Tao Te Ching Journey

16th Verse – Tao Te Ching

Become totally empty.
Let your heart be at peace.
Admits the rush of worldly comings and goings,
observe how endings become beginnings.

Things flourish, each by each,
only to return to the Source . . .
to what is and what is to be.

To return to the root is to find peace.
To find peace is to fulfill one’s destiny.
To fulfill one’s destiny is to be constant.
To know the constant is called insight.
Not knowing this cycle
leads to eternal disaster.

Knowing the constant gives perspective.
This perspective is impartial.
Impartiality is the highest nobility;
the highest no bolt is Divine.

Being Divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
This way is everlasting,
not endangered by physical death.

I just had to stop and really take a step back when reading this verse. Really think about the words. . . My how we are busy with our lives in this face paced world. I don’t think we stop and smell the roses. When things get busy and complicated, just say to yourself “This too shall pass!”

As Dr. Wayne Dyer said in his book, “The ultimate place of peace and enlightenment is in this continuous return to the nameless, placeless site of your origination.” Which to me means ~ God … Spirit … Jesus … Source.

Lao-tzu reminds us in this verse that inner peace comes with returning to the Source, where all cycles begin and end…well of course…why don’t we remember this. It is so simple. God said, “I am the beginning and the end.” Haven’t you noticed that when we end our day and go to bed, that’s the end of the day. When we wake in the morning, it’s the beginning of another day. The cycle continues until we pass away. It’s a new day, a new beginning to look back on the day before and to be better, to do better, to change for the better. Each day when we wake up, we get another opportunity to do good.

Dr. Dyer says, “Don’t be on stuck in the rush of worldly comings and goings, unable to remember the constancy where endings become beginnings. Beginnings are disguised as painful endings.” We may not have asked to go through our struggles we have but we still have opportunities to make them better, learn from them, and to begin again.

My mother-in-law always said, “This too shall pass…” Now I know when she got that from, but it is so true.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Lao-tzu says, “Take time to be an impartial observer of life, particularly when an ending is causing despair.”



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