In working with greater challenges, we must also create space that allows for our growth to handle new challenges.
This is simple, as it’s always possible to remove:
Fear, judgement, prejudice, envy, greed, worry and so many other negative attachments…
Normally people go out to face the world thinking that it is an unchanging personal story that makes them strong. But even stories are merely clothes worn for color and identification. Even ego is merely a story in the end. Every story wears thin after enough times being told.
Ultimate strength is in the ability to release, Ultimate grace is allowing our stories to shift as we grow.
We can never be filled by our desires nor possessions
Living can never be fully shaped by desiring possessions. This is because our empty space can never be fully defined by the lack of something.
This is a powerful concept from many different angles.
The most apparent angle is: Living by consumption, such as the American material lifestyle, only fuels a chase, a lifestyle requiring burning possessions to fill a person’s empty space.
Think about this. Living upon chasing possession means the actual possession of the item can never be satisfying. This is interesting to me, as American culture contains so many stories of a material lifestyle being futile. Yet, many people chase the dream of possession. The lure of being something else, someone else, so much richer, a dream of what we might be: being more attractive than what we actually are.
Here is the reason why:
Human nature includes the gift of being able to see: we can be more. This why so many people fail to see the beauty of who we are now. Tomorrow can always appear to be better when problems will always exist in the now.
Taoist practice teaches how to balance our potential with what we are now. Taoists are soul crafters: working upon shaping life with the flow of experiencing now rather than filling in life with illusions of what we think we should be.