Tao Te Ching – Chapter 27
This path has no rules, no rituals, and no preconceived notions.
Traveling it we seek neither praise nor blame,
yet our actions become impeccable and blameless.
Our life is illuminated by the light.
Everything that happens is for our benefit.
Everything in our experience instructs us in the way.
Everyone we meet becomes our teacher, good and bad alike.
Everyone we meet becomes our student, bright and dull alike.
If we try to pick and choose, we will never learn.
Ceasing to pick and choose:
this is the great secret of life.
“What is, is. What is not, is not. That’s the way it is.” I love that little saying about the perception of reality. Since what is, is. I have the choice of seeing it as being for my benefit and attempting to find out just how it might work that way. Or not. But what possible advantage could there be in seeing it any other way?
Of course a certain experience might lead me to take action to help change a situation, and then that would be a benefit, wouldn’t it? Letting injustice teach me about my own heart and my own sense of justice would be letting “what is” be my teacher. So, at the risk of venturing a political opinion, can the presence of Donald Trump be a “what is” that can be instructive? Well, I have had my eyes opened to the disintegration of my culture and have become more deeply dedicated to another way of living since he was “elected.” Donald Trump – disaster or turning point in the renewal of the Earth???