There are eighty-one passages in the Tao Te Ching. The one I read this morning felt like it hit home. I’ll share it here and then share my thoughts.
The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths. Be aware when things are out are out of balance. Stay centered within the Tao.
When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while poor have nowhere to turn- all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.
Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu, translated by Stephen Mitchell
When I read this passage this morning it reminded me of our political system. The thought that came to me was how much we spend on the military and when questioned people often say things like, “Be grateful your free.” or “That is how we stay a free country.” My thought is if we do not keep our people healthy and our children educated the military or it’s weapons will be of no use to us.
My thought is that it starts within each of us. I cannot do all that everyone in the world needs but I can pray for those in need. Help where I am most valuable and live my life in integrity. I might make mistakes but that is when I need to re-center and know life is always unfolding for my highest and best.
I know there is only One Consciousness, One Infinite Love and One Divine Wisdom and I call it Spirit. It lives and exist in and through all beings, all things and I know there is no place where Spirit is not.
I know I am enough, I know there is enough, there is enough Love, Light and Goodness in the world. I know I am centered and able to companion with Love. I know in Spirit all is possible. I know Love and I know as I reach out in Love all is given to me in Love. And as I know this truth for me I know it for the world. I know that education and health care is possible and I am open to a greater experience for all life.
I give Thanks for the abundance of this world. I am grateful to live and have my being in the Divine Mind of Spirit.
And SO It IS!