The Tao is empty
bottomless, the ancestor of it all.
Within it, the sharp edges become smooth;
the twisted knots loosen;
the sun is soften by a cloud;
the dust settles into place.
It is hidden but always present.
I do not know who gave birth to it.
It seems to be the common ancestor of all, the father of things.
~ Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer
What is Lao-tzu really talking about in this verse? Think about it. Re-read this over and over giving each time a different thought. It’s a paradox! “It’s empty but inexhaustible…” The Tao is always there but you can’t see it…it’s bottomless, goes on forever. Having it with you is amazing and it s always with you but our negative minds and thoughts get in the way of realizing this. I know that in this world, there is much negativity and not positive things (or at least they don’t get recognized very often).
Our ego’s have much to blame with this thought process. We always think that we can never do something or deserve anything we want or we have problems that no one can solve. Funny enough we actually believe what we think! That’s why no one gets what they want, or they keep on having issues they can’t solve!, they think it will never happen so they get comfortable in where they are now. Wayne Dyer said “Consider all things that seem to be a problem from the perspective of the eternal Tao”. That is so true, we don’t do that enough and I know we are all, including myself, guilty of this problem.
We must stop our thoughts, find that stillness within ourselves and listen to it. Invite it to let you know what to do. Be positive! All we need in this world is another negative person. Think about it. What does it tell you?