Are You In Your Own Way?

The Master steps out of the way
and lets the Tao speak for itself.

Verse 45 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Do you ever feel like you are your own worst enemy? Do you ever feel like you could get everything you want from life if you only didn’t have to contend with yourself? Well me too! It always seems to me that I know exactly what to do to get me what I want and yet never seem to actually get around to doing it. Or maybe I do do it but I get it done so much later than what seems appropriate. I bet most of us have felt that way at one time or another. We think ourselves into doing things that we just knew would not work and think ourselves out of things that we knew would work but just seemed to crazy or time consuming. It is at these times that life seems the most stressful, hard and demanding. It’s like the whole world is conspiring against us. Well it is. Sort of.

What is really happening is you’ve stepped outside of the flow and decided to impress your will upon it. OK, maybe it’s not as harsh as all that, but instead of going with the course of a river you are paddling against it. The Master does not fight the flow nor does The Master attempt to press their will upon it. They see things as they are. They see what is happening and instead of trying to control that, use it to achieve what is meant to be. They use the flow of events and situations to achieve whatever it is they desire. The Master uses the flow of the river to get where they want to go in the shortest time possible. What does that look like, you ask? The next time you are stuck in unexpected traffic and are smarting at how late you will be, use the time to your advantage. You can take the time to practice relaxation, plan your next meeting, or look at where the flow of your life may be leading. Take the time to look for the signs and omens that will speak to you of the Tao what your path in it is. The Tao does not go the way that we will. This, The Master knows. The Tao goes the way that the Tao wills. Get out of the way and allow the current to lead you. Enjoy the ride and have fun along the Way!

In love and light

Celina

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