POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Light and Shadow Dancers
Be aware of your masculine nature;
But by keeping the feminine way,
You shall be to the world like a canyon,
Where the Virtue eternal abides,
And go back to become as a child.
Be aware of the white all around you;
But rememb’ring the black that is there,
You shall be to the world like a tester,
Whom the Virtue eternal, unerring,
Redirects to the infinite past.
Be aware of your glory and honor;
But in never relinquishing shame,
You shall be to the world like a valley,
Where Virtue eternal, sufficient,
Sends you back to the Virginal Block.
When the Virginal Block is asunder,
And is made into several tools,
To the ends of the Wise Man directed,
They become then his chief officers:
For “The Master himself does not carve.”
I am reading through the Tao Te Ching (The Way of Life). This is a set of eighty-one simple poems ascribed to the ancient mystic, Lao Tzu. There has been much debate about the actual person of this teacher–and who it might have been who penned the words which were eventually compiled into what is known as the Tao Te Ching. Regardless of that, I am inspired by the powerful paradoxes and glimpses of the Unspeakable, Un-Boxable contained in these short poems.
In this teaching, Lao Tzu reveals that the Way of Life transcends the apparent conflict. He shows us that consciousness is indeed comprised of both light and shadow, triumph and “shame”. By “becoming as a child”, we greet the experience of everything with fresh wonder. No longer must we endure an inner war–the battle of contradictory forces.
By embracing everything, we return to the innocent simplicity of childhood. We shed our judgments of how life must be, and surrender to the flow of All That Is. Dancing, spinning, tasting and testing–we emerge as masters of the paradox. In this is a whole new power and freedom and peace.
Are you willing to imagine yourself as both a still valley and a bursting volcano? Such is The Way of Life.
Pssst… I can read your mind. You’re wondering “…how does this make any difference in my life today?” It’s all very practical, really. When we loosen our perceptions, lighten our grasp…blink our eyes into a new way of seeing, all of life becomes a grand adventure. Yes, I showed up in a man’s body, but I cannot be defined as merely male. Yes, I am delighted by the work I do in the world, but I am not only what I do. I am free (as are you) to observe everything with amazement.
“I’ve come to just treasure the experience of life…all of it…in all its raw, windswept, sunrise-laden, barefoot shit and splendor”
Jacob Nordby is an author and speaker. He recently released his first spiritual novel, The Divine Arsonist: A Tale of Awakening, and was published alongside Jack Canfield and others in Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now.
You may connect with Jacob and download a free ebook titled “Re-Mapping Your Life” by visiting his website:http://www.yourawakenedself.com/