Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.
Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the Universe
and the Universe will sing.
How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 54, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
We have been talking about the need to center ourselves in the Tao, and stay centered. We have this tendency to prefer the side paths. When we meander those side paths, things get out of balance, pretty quickly. I talked yesterday about the kinds of people that prefer that we stay on the side paths. They benefit from things remaining out of balance. But I ended yesterday’s chapter with the understanding that things can’t always remain out of balance. The Tao, that which governs the Universe toward balance and equality, always achieves its ends.
We have talked about the consequences of preferring the side paths. But the good news is that there are consequences for staying centered in the Tao. And those consequences are the good kind.
When you let the Tao be present in your life, it has consequences. You become genuine. What? I wasn’t genuine while I was meandering along those side paths? Nope. No where near it, actually. I was so far removed from being the real me, because I was so far removed from what makes me genuinely human. Those side paths were swindling me. I was delusional. I actually saw myself as alone and separate, even while I was doing what every other delusional human was doing. I couldn’t see how connected I was, because I had lost my sense of connectedness to all things in the Tao. I was somehow less than real. Not genuine. I had to rediscover my roots. I needed to once again embrace our common Mother, the Source of all beings. What took me so long? It must have been I was making it much harder than it actually was. It is easy. Requiring no effort, at all. All I had to do, was let it happen.
You see, the Tao isn’t some place far away. No matter how far I roam down those side paths. The Tao is always, right here. Those roots were still there. I just forgot I had those roots. I needed reminding. Of who I have always been. The only active thing I had to do was embrace it. Once you embrace it, you will never slip away. Those roots? They will hold you, and never let you go. You are planted. Relax. You are safe. Secure. Planted. Welcome to the real and genuine, you.
All I had to do was let it be. Stop resisting it. Stop tugging away at those roots trying to escape their grasp. Just let it be. Now, I can be whatever the Tao wants me to be. That “letting it be” is really all there is to it. Master that, and you have it all. And mastering that is easy. You simply need to let it be.
I love it when I see individuals letting it be. When they let the Tao be present in their lives, they become genuine too. I see individual snowflakes at first. Just snowflakes, each one different from all the rest, but all having come from the same Source. But snowflakes can be turned into snowballs.
If we can let the Tao be present in our lives, we can let it be present in our families. And I have seen that too. Families who have let the Tao be present in their lives, flourish. And now I start to do a little imagining. If we can let the Tao be present in our lives and in our families, then we can let it be present in our countries as well. Those snowballs just keep getting bigger and bigger. It can happen. I know it can.
I know this is true. I want to hear the whole Universe sing. See, I have a very vivid imagination. Big snowballs can get bigger and bigger still. I want to hear the whole Universe sing. And I believe we can hear it. All we have to do is let it. Each and every one of us letting the Tao be present in our Universe is how it will happen. I just know it. And you will, too; just look inside your own self.