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From Part I: The Gospel according to Lao Tzu:
"There are those," said the Ancient Sage,
"Who would conquer the world and make of it what they desire.
I see they will not succeed.
The world is like a hollow utensil
And cannot be manipulated.
That which is not the Way soon fades away.
Hence the sage assists the natural development of all things,
Even though he does not venture to interfere."
When something accords with the Way,
All creation aids it.
But when the Way rejects something,
Creation too opposes it.
The stream flows gently
But its course is inexorable.
There are many directions,
But there is only one Way by which the stream flows.
The Way has given to the soul freedom of movement
And power over herself.
Exercising this freedom and this power,
She may think she is fulfilling her true nature,
Not knowing that her nature was made, not merely to move,
But to move in the right direction.
As free of the Way, one can go in many directions,
But then one becomes a slave of those directions.
As a slave of the Way, one can follow naught but one Course,
But then one is free.
Universal freedom is a lie
Because there is only One Course in the universe, not many.
Yet universal freedom is true
Because, in following the One Universal Course,
One encompasses the cosmos.
Having the freedom of choice,
One chooses freedom from choice.
From Part III: Uniting Oneself to the Incarnate Tao through Watchfulness and Prayer: We take refuge in our thoughts, fantasies and emotions because
they give us a deceptive sense of security. But Christ tells us to abandon that security and make ourselves vulnerable, relying wholly on our Creator.
Both Christ and Lao Tzu likened this state of self-abandonment to the mind of a little child who has not yet developed a mature ego.... "Become as
little children," they said. A child, although also touched by the primordial fall, is closer to the true Source of knowing than an adult. Simple and
spontaneous, he knows without knowing how he knows. He can be happy without knowing he is happy. What adults often consider happiness is in reality
the emotional excitement of the ego; while a little child's happiness consists in the simple, selfless joy of being alive.
When Christ told each person to "deny himself" and "lose his life," he was not saying to obliterate the conscious mind. Rather, he was saying to
purify it by casting off the ego that has grown on it like a parasite. Thinking, imagining, dreaming and emotion are not destroyed in the follower of
the Way; rather they are wholly submitted to a higher Source.