Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Chapter 28, Know the masculine but keep to the feminine
Since recorded history began, our culture has been rooted in a very masculine principle: it has been about action, achievement, conquest and dominance.
Lao Tzu tells us to ‘know the masculine, yet keep to the feminine’, the qualities of which include nurturing, compassion, wisdom and acceptance. These are qualities that are greatly needed in the world, now moreso than ever.
Lao Tzu urges us to know the world and all its myriad forms, but to keep to the formless. When we are focused exclusively on objects and forget the source of the objects (such as the uncarved wood from which the utensils are crafted), we lose touch with our source and the result is invariably suffering for ourselves and others.
If we not only accept the world as it is but embrace it with compassion and open arms, then we will never lose connection with our source and will live a life of abundant virtue. Only then can we truly “be the change we want to see in the world.”
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