Tao Te Ching Day 38: The Spirit of Life

I have fallen down more times than I can remember. From the physical act of falling or getting knocked on my ass to the emotional act of getting knocked on my ass it happens to all of us.

We are a people of perpetual fall downedness. We are a people that were built with some structural issues not every one is a weeble wobble, some of us are potatoes on tooth picks in the wind. Yet, our foundation is so deep, rooted to something so profoundly solid that we never fear getting knocked down because getting back up is the only possible next step.

That which is well established cannot be uprooted

That which is strongly held cannot be taken

The descendants will commemorate it forever

TTC 54 (Lin)

When studying the Tao we are taking to a cultivation of something older than God. To practice that which has always existed, roots us in the infinite. To be rooted in this infinite place sets us apart from the normal and being set apart we stand out in a way that becomes attractive to those who witness it.

Because we may continue to fall but we always rise from that place of being rooted to eternity.

People like Lao Tzu and other sages still exist because of the cultivation of the Tao in themselves.

I remember when I first started writing I was so afraid of dying that writing, to me, felt like a way to immortalize myself. I would be able to write down my thoughts, my stories and in doing that would live on forever with them.

Years later and having done a lot of work on my own fear of death along with now studying the Tao I realize it takes more than just the writing of our feelings and a few stories we think are interesting.

What I realized is that for a person to live on after they are gone that person most show up as the most fully realized version of their incarnated form. To do anything less would to be living a life of another.

Unless we take the teachings of the Tao and allow all of our accumulation of life to fall away we will never be who we are.

It would be like Jim Carey playing Andy Kaufman and then forgetting he was Jim Carey and living the rest of his life as Andy. That person already existed.

Cultivate it in yourself; its virtue shall be true

Cultivate it in the family; its virtue shall be abundant

Cultivate it in the community; its virtue shall be lasting

Cultivate it in the country; its virtue shall be prosperous

Cultivate it in the world; its virtue shall be widespread

TTC 54 (Lin)

Once we begin to cultivate this pure way of being we can see it take affect in those around us. First our family takes notice and without effort they begin to be curious in what we are doing that makes our life so rich and full.

The Tao is very much an attraction rather than promotion, way of living.

The wonderful finding here is that we only need to focus on our own cultivation and by doing that we will affect not just those in our generation but those generations to come.

Therefore observe others with yourself Observe other families with your family

Observe other communities with your community

Observe other countries with your country

Observe the world with the world

With what do I know the world? With this

TTC 54 (Lin)

When we begin to see others as ourselves and other communities as our community we fall into the Tao as we become one with all things. Being one with all things, serving all things, we let go of the finite space of this physical reality and move into the root of all creation.

We start by cultivating at the root and we end by cultivating at the root an eternal circle of oneness.

Happy day.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

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