“The Master doesn’t talk, he acts. When his work is done, the people say, “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!” Lao Tzu
I remember when I first read The Tao Te Ching…There was something about it that really draw my attention, and even though I couldn’t grasp it all, I continued reading. I read The Tao very often, and I have to tell you that every time I do, I discover something new. Isn’t it fascinating how you look at something and you think you know what’s in front of you, you think you can see that something exactly as it is, and suddenly something happens, something that makes you feel like you’re seeing that something for the first time?
Things, people, situations, the whole world, in fact, is not seen by us as it is, but as we are. We are the ones who give value to everything and everyone, and based on our understanding and our perceptions we see everybody not as they are, but rather as we are. The moment we change, the moment we start looking at ourselves and the whole world from a different perspective, the moment we choose to change our lenses, we realize that the world is being transformed. We are able to transform the whole world by transforming ourselves, and that is exactly why I wanted to start this post with this beautiful and powerful quote from Lao Tzu; so that I can share with you one of my many experiences, experience that made me realize how things, people, situations, events etc. , are being transformed by us, by me, by you and by each and every one of us, and how we all have this power, whether we want to accept it or not.
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” Buddha
So what do those words really mean? What was Lao Tzu trying to tell us? What was he trying to teach us 2500 years ago?
I have more than 2 years since I read The Tao Te Ching, and I do it at least once a month and although I didn’t always understand what these words meant ( they looked to me more like a play on words): “When his work is done, the people say, “Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!” things changed in time and one day something happened, it finally hit me.
I was doing the exact same thing that Lao Tzu was talking about, taking credit for everything that was good in my life and for all the great things that I had accomplished. I could’ve never done any of those things if it weren’t for the help and guidance that I was receiving, and still am, each and every single day. Whenever I feel inspired, whenever it is that I am in the flow and everything goes smoothly in my life, that is the moment I realize that I am experiencing something precious and that I am in fact accessing the unlimited abundance that is present in and around us: “The Tao is like a bellows: it is empty yet infinitely capable. The more you use it, the more it produces.”
These words make so much sense to me, for I have realized that the more I do, the more I am able to learn, and the more I learn the more I am able to do. That is exactly why I believe that we are all great and that we are all capable of accomplishing things that are beyond measure. You know, the only difference between those who are working on making a difference in their lives and of those around them, the only difference between the great men and women in history and those people who are only working to make a living, is that those who are working on making a difference, believe they can and they will, and those who are only working on making a living, believe that’s all that they can and that’s all they will ever do. To quote Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
We can because we know we can, and because we know we are precious and divine beings and that is exactly why, everything that is pure, beautiful and good will be accomplished, not by us alone, but with the help and guidance from that divine intelligence that created us all, the Source from which all things arise. I know most of us call it God, Allah, Buddha etc. but I strongly believe that what we choose to call it, doesn’t make it what it is. It’s not the name that matters, but feeling its presence and knowing that is in you and all around you.
Take for example the word fire. The word fire doesn’t make fire what it is. Fire can be what it is even if you choose to call it rock, fish or Barbie doll. You can’t get burned from the word fire, but only from that which fire really is. These are only words, and if you ask me, words came after the birth of all that is.
We think we know who we really are, and we think that we are the ones in charge of our lives and that we are the ones who are creating all of these incredible and beautiful things, things that are present in our lives, but is that really true?
The way I see it, there is something within us ( these are some of the names that people give this something: God, Allah, Tao, inspiration, intuition, inner knowing, gut ) that helps me and you, to do the things we need to do, and helps us be all that we can be, and if we want to be more, and if we believe that to be possible, that something will make help us create that reality for ourselves, and all those people who realize and accept this to be true, will eventually be able to bring the best out of them and make this world better than it was when they arrived.
All that you need is already there, within you, provided for you and me, for each and every one of us by that invisible, divine intelligence that created us all, that’s our nature, that’s our real value, so why choose to deny your real identity, your true nature? Why choose to be unhappy when you can choose to live a blissful life by feeling and being one with The Source, one with the whole world?
“The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want.” Lao Tzu