KNOW THE WORLD Chapter 47 Tao Te Ching Verse 47 is about knowing who we are. We already have the power to know our true self. This is such an empowering message that I understand my world without outside help. “Without going out the door, know the world”(1) Or “Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky; “(2) In this chapter the use of the word “world” means to me the true self, authentic self or who we really are. One commentator pointed out in this context the word world means mankind. Another commentator suggested out that we are mini universes, the individual universes …..
Chapter 43 Tao Te Ching The Tao Te Ching suggests for the best outcomes we should think with softness and flexibility. Thinking with softness is having thoughts of kindness. Loving and caring. All the various translations tell us that the flexible can overcome the ridged and the soft overcome the hard. “The softest things of the world override the hardest things of the world”1) The best example of this in nature as that of trees that are rigid will break in a strong wind but a willow that is flexible and move back and forth in the wind will not break. Water is a wonderful example of this principle because …..
Chapter 45 Tao Te Ching When we doubt the greatness of things it may seem that something is lacking. Chapter 45 of Tao Te Ching tells us how great perfection may seem imperfect and fullness may seem lacking. The first seven lines of the chapter remind us of the opposites perfection and imperfection, fullness and emptiness, this is showing the yin and yang of things This chapter tells us things may seem less from what we expect. The chapter says that what we may call great may seem to lack all of its greatness. This is not saying that it is or is not lacking, but that is just the …..
Chapter 46 Tao Te Ching Chapter 46 reminds us that enough is enough. The chapter refers to the world. To me the world is either the universe or our individual world. It is our thoughts. For the purposes of this blog I am using our individual self. “When the world has the Tao Fast horses are retired to till the soil When the world lacks the Tao Warhorses give birth on the battlefield“(1) When we are living in the Tao we have an attitude of being our true selves and in harmony with the universe. When we live in the Tao we can slow down from the fast pace …..