Thursday, March 23, 2006
Trust the gods within.
Accept given boons.
Illusion is reality’s border:
Pierce fear to go beyond.
In your meditations, you will meet gods. These gods are nothing more than the holiest aspects of your own mind: They are not other beings. Your inner gods will grant gifts of knowledge and power. Accept what comes your way without doubt and without fear. You can trust your gods. They will never betray you, for you cannot betray yourself.
Such trust dissolves fear and regret. You will find resolution to your inner conflicts. The gods will direct you forward to the very order of reality itself. On the other side is vast profundity, the ultimate nature of existence. But the border can be crossed only if you have resolved all fear and regret.
All fear comes from our sense of self. When we stand at the border of reality, we are afraid that we will lose our identities by plunging in. We are afraid of being destroyed. But we came from Tao in the first place. We are Tao. To return to Tao is not to be negated, but to become one with the entire universe. True, we will no longer be who we are now, but we will be one with Tao. In that state, there is no need for fear.
by Deng Ming-Dao
from the book 365 Tao Daily Meditations
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Thanks to Lisbeth West
Posted by Grant Bishop at 11:57 AM