Tao Te Ching 58th Verse

Tao Te Ching 58th Verse


58th Verse
When the ruler knows his own heart,
the people are simple and pure.
When he meddles with their lives,
they become restless and disturbed.

Bad fortune is what good fortune leans on;
good fortune is what bad fortune hides in.
Who knows the ultimate end of this process?
Is there no norm of right?
Yet what is normal soon becomes abnormal;
peoples’s confusion is indeed long-standing.

Thus the master is content to serve as an example
and not to impose his will.
He is pointed but does not pierce;
he straightens but does not disrupt;
he illuminates but does not dazzle.

This verse Lao-tzu is showing us the importance of how we perceive situations and people in our lives and how we react to them.  “When the ruler knows his own heart, the people are simple and pure”.  This is because when you are connected to your true self and know yourself, you aren’t directing those beliefs onto other people.

You can be pointed but no pierce, illuminated but not dazzling.  When you follow your beliefs and what guides your life there is no need to dazzle for everyone to see and agree with that belief.  Your thoughts and beliefs are shaped by who you are, experiences around you and the thoughts in your mind.

That view of the world can change at any given time just as fortune or bad fortune can.  Think about a situation in your life where everything seems to be going bad.  As you attract more of those thoughts of misfortune the more you attract.  That streak of bad situations can easily change as can your view of why its happening or why it won’t happen.

“People’s confusion is indeed long-standing”.  Interesting how bad situations linger longer than good ones do.  You imposing your belief on someone else will be remembered longer than a good deed you did for that same person.

Live your life and follow the direction it is meant to flow.  Follow your beliefs without ego and people with similar beliefs will gravitate to your confidence and your good will without you deliberately showcasing the way you think they should think.


Tao Te Ching: 6th Verse

Tao Te Ching: 6th Verse


6th Verse

The spirit that never dies
is called the mysterious feminine.
Although she becomes the whole universe,
her immaculate purity is never lost.
Although she assumes countless forms,
her true identity remains intact.

The gateway to the mysterious female
is called the root of creation.

Listen to her voice,
hear it echo through creation.
Without fail, she reveals her presence.
Without fail, she brings us to our own perfection.
Although it is invisible, it endures;
it will never end.

This verse of the Tao Te Ching speaks of that thing not seen but that is felt, the gift of creation.  Creation can be mother nature acting out on it’s own or your own creational drive within you which is your passion.  Passion is felt when you are connected to your true self and to your Source.

Even though it is available to all, it’s uniqueness is always available to each individual that accepts its presence.  The way it flows in our life is also unique to each person and can come out in art, your career or in the way you interact with other people.

Lao-tzu speaks of listening to her voice and hearing her echo.  When you listen and trust your intuition she will then reveal her presence.  This is often seen when you trust in yourself and are certain of your choices.  When this happens everything falls into place as it should.  Although it is invisible, it endurance shows us that even if we lose track of our passion and our own creative talents, it is always available to us when we are ready to receive it’s purpose.

71st Verse Tao Te Ching

71st Verse Tao Te Ching


71st Verse

Knowing ignorance is strength.
Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

Only when we are sick of our sickness
shall we cease to be sick.
The sage is not sick but is sick of sickness;
this is the secret of health.

Health is not just a physical condition it is also a state of mind.  One could have physical illness but not be sick because they do not allow themselves to be consumed by their condition.  When you become sick of sickness and you are aligned with your Source you never can be truly sick.

To become sick of sickness you get to a point where you can never go back to that way of thinking or allowing sickness to overcome you.  Sickness can be anxiety, depression, a disease but you always have the choice on how you deal with any of these temporary conditions.

Spiritual health is about aligning your body, mind and inner self.  Choose to be happy, choose to be healthy and mentally choose to be strong.