51st Verse – The Hidden Virtue

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The Way connects all things to their source.
It springs into existence, unconscious, perfect, free;
takes on a physical body;
lets circumstances complete it.

Therefore all beings honor the Way and value its virtue.
They have not been commanded to worship the Tao and do homage to virtue,
but they always do so spontaneously.

The Tao gives them life.
Virtue nourishes them,
rears and shelters and protects them.
The Tao produces but does not possess;
the Tao gives without expecting;
the Tao fosters growth without ruling.
This is called hidden virtue.

According to the teachings on Lao Tzu, we are all connected to the source/God/Universe. That source is a part of us and we are a part of it.

The source “springs us into existence”, we take our physical form and then we are let to live our lives. We are still connected to the source and we can tap into its power, but it does not seek to possess or control us.

We can live in fear of some outside force that seeks to control and govern over us or we can realize that we are one with that force and we can live our lives in concert with it.

We can also employ this hidden virtue in our own lives. We can create and not control. We can let go of the desire to control others. We can let go of the desire to control the circumstances in our lives.

Since we are connected to the source of our creation, we are also already connected to everything that we need and everything that we think is missing. We can only realize this once we clear the fog of control, fear, and lack that we create in our lives.

We already innately possess the ability to connect with the source and thus we have the ability within us to see clearly the path to the circumstances that will complete us.

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One thought on “51st Verse – The Hidden Virtue

  1. We are connected to the source…I believe that and as long as I stay connected to the source, everything connects to me. I like Dr. Wayne Dyer’s conference “The Power of Intention”. It’s an hour long but he talks about the same message this poem shares. “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”

    Thanks Sean. I like reading your posts first thing in the morning. They set me up for a good start; your blog is like my “cup of tea” in the morning. Good day.

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