Tao Te Ching – Chapter 33
Studying other people brings us knowledge.
Studying our own mind brings us freedom.
Overcoming other people requires force.
Overcoming our conditioning requires true power.
Once we realize that we always have everything we need,
we understand that we are truly adequate for our life.
Identifying with our true nature,
we discover that we are adequate for our death as well.
The study of my mind is a confusing process. I mean, I’m using my mind to study my mind – how convoluted is that? Nevertheless, that study is necessary if I am to discover the myriad illusions that my conditioning has created over the decades. There is no way of proving this, but I firmly believe that there is a “Mind” underlying and beyond the ordinary mind that can undertake this study. I call it my, “Tao Mind.” It might be called Universal Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, Buddha Nature, etc – but it is the Essence of all life and is the mechanism that allows for true spiritual evolution.
I am trying to turn my attention to this Mind in all of my activities – walking, reading, writing, meditation, conversing, working in the garden, doing Qigong – everything. As I am able to cultivate my awareness of this underlying Reality, everything seems to relax into its proper place and peace descends – a peace independent of circumstances; the kind of peace the great teachers of our race have understood and tried to communicate to us.