The Tao Te Ching: Verse Four
The Tao is empty
When utilized; it is not filled up
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things
It blunts the sharpness
Unravels the knots
Dims the glare
Mixes the dusts
So indistinct! It seems to exist
I do not know whose offspring it is
Its image is the predecessor of the Emperor
The Tao is the source of all things. It cannot be used up. It can never be emptied. It continuously replenishes itself. It is ageless, limitless and never ending. It is that which connects each of us to one another. It is a constant source of grace and unconditional love. The true nature of the Tao is incomprehensible. This is why it is so difficult for us to grasp that abundance is our birthright.
The only limits placed upon us are the ones we self-impose. All we need to do to access the possibilities of the Tao is ask. Not just ask for our share; but ask for all we desire. We’ve been so conditioned by society’s laws of right and wrong and social etiquette to believe that asking for it all is inappropriate, greedy and rude; but that is man’s notion not the Tao’s.
The first time you actually do this will be a bit scary. You will probably be waiting for a reprimand or bad luck to follow. But slowly, as you begin to manifest all that you believe you need or have been dreaming of; you will begin to exhale and trust. The adventure lies in noticing how the things you’ve wanted actually appear in your life.
The Tao is not Aladdin’s lamp. It’s not something magical. It is the Intelligence that guides us through our life lessons so that we can grow spiritually and ascend to a higher level of being. All things are possible through the Tao. You do not have to understand how. All that is required is faith and the courage to walk your path as it unfolds.
The business of caregiving can be lonely and exhausting but it does not need to be that way. Do not let your well of compassion for others run dry. Form you alliance with the Tao. Allow the Tao. Accept assistance from the endless source of help. Just ask.