Let Stillness Lead: A Poem
the present moment
is all there is
just a dream
a glimpse into the timeless,
all questions quelled.
of dreams forgotten,
not of this world
to be in this world
yet finding stillness,
in the din,
how does one hear silence?
how is one found by
and lost in
"30. Understanding By Following
In the kingdom of thinking, nothing can be attained by force. Push and thoughts stumble over themselves. Try and there is confusion. Search and struggle and all that is found is searching and struggling. Like moving with the Tao, understanding comes of itself.
The preparation for what comes of itself is called learning. Concentrate on learning and there will be success. Work at understanding and there will be failure.
All learning is learning-by-following. Learn gently and carefully so the following is not disturbed. Learn with anger and the following leads to fear; learn with fear and the following leads to anger.
To understand, learn and then forget learning. Let go and trust. Understanding comes effortlessly. It is not acquired but happens.
Wonder and soften and open. Let understanding lead. Trust the letting go and follow its leading. This is called understanding-by-following. Let go gently and carefully so the following is not disturbed.
Understanding cannot be controlled by self. Learn to understand by learning to be selfless.
Understanding is thinking free of self, moving uncluttered in the empty fullness of the Tao."
-Ray Grigg, Tao Te Ching: A Think and Do Workbook