The Tao doesn’t come and go. It is always present everywhere, just like the sky. If your mind is clouded, you won’t see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. All misery is created by the activity of the mind. Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations? If so, then the Tao will loom into view. Can you be still and look inside? If so, then you will see that the truth is always available, always responsive.
Yes, we read this and it sounds so nice, soothing and calming. But that is the effect of the words on our mind. Actually this is the entire curriculum for a course in self-study and transformation. What are the course objectives?
- Am I aware when my mind is clouded?
- Is the activity of my mind causing me or others misery?
- Am I aware of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations that I hold in my mind and emotional body that are the moving force behind dysfunctional behavior of mine?
- When I see those that are dysfunctional and are ‘clouding my perceptions’, am I able to let them go?
- Can I verify that I have truly let them go because my behavior has changed? Do the people in my life and my life’s circumstances mirror this change?
- Am I at peace with myself and so I can be still and look inward, away from the distractions and bustle of life?
- Does that which cannot be seen with my eyes (the Tao) loom into ‘view’ more and more continually and fill me with joy?
The time for the final exam is now.