Those who are on tiptoes cannot stand
Those who straddle cannot walk
Those who flaunt themselves are not clear
Those who presume themselves are not distinguished
Those who praise themselves have no merit
Those who boast about themselves do not last
Those with the Tao call such things leftover food or tumors
They despise them
Thus, those who possesses the Tao do not engage in them
Individuals usually decide to listen to, buy into or follow another individual because that person inspires them. The person takes on leadership status because they resonate as an Authentic Presence to others. This is the guidance Lao Tzu shares in verse twenty-four to all professional and family caregivers; care from a place of Authenticity.
Someone who has an Authentic Presence has worked very hard be in touch with his/her true self. They have found the courage to explore the nature of their heart, mind and spirit. They know their strengths, they have embraced their shortcomings and they have set out on a course to live a genuine, awakened life. Clearly, this is true bravery.
Individuals such as these awaken our passions and dare us to think that we could follow in their footsteps. But this would require effort not just hopeful thinking. Someone with Authentic Presence has achieved some virtue that is now reflected in their energy (Aura) and you can sense it when you are with them. This reflected energy is the outcome of much loving kindness directed inward to support their personal journey to self-discovery and awakened living.
Someone with an Authentic Presence does not appear to know better than anyone else. They do not make an assumption that they are capable of fixing anything let alone implementing a Fix to someone else’s issues or challenges. A person with Authentic Presence possesses a calm confidence and ease with themselves (Tiger Energy) and with those they come in contact with or seek their assistance. They allow. They allow their heart to be open. They allow people to access them. They allow individuals to walk their own Path and discover their own answers with compassionate support. They know that they are powerless to Fix therefore; they avoid being on the receiving end of the inevitable resentment that follows interfering in the name of Caring.