FORMLESSNESS IN FORM
BEYOND ALL PRECEPTS/CONCEPTS/ PERCEPTIONS
Hope is as hollow as fear.
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don't see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
Tao Te Ching #13
Stephen Mitchel Translation
Don’t worry about your health and safety.
From Tao Te Ching, Chapter 13
Bill Martin Translation
successful, healthy, and safe.
Has, I wonder, this desire
led to peaceful, joyful,
satisfied and loving children?
What do we really want;
for them, and for ourselves?
Lives of harmony and love.
Lives of courage and devotion.
Lives of dancing and singing.
Lives that take the roads least traveled.
Lives well spent in simple pleasures.
Lives that return more than they receive.
A small part of it is instinctual -
the natural ability of an organism to protect itself.
But most of what we learn is artificial,
a manufactured fear that keeps us in line, toeing the mark,
and obedient to the rules.
If we’re good and prudent we will be rewarded.
So life unfolds surrounded with anxiety and tension.
Brave and creative actions are dismissed
before they are fully formed for they are always, “unsafe.”
and we go to our graves
huddled against the darkness which,
if we were to venture out into it,
would be discovered to be Light Itself.