Tao Te Ching: Stay at the center of the circle and let all things take their course

Stay at the center of the circle and let all things take their course.

– Tao Te Ching

This is the center Douglas Harding when he says that at the center, at zero distance, we are capacity for the world. Here, we all things happen within and as what we are. They live their own life. They take their course. And they do so whether we notice or not.

When we find ourselves as capacity for our world, we find ourselves as capacity for thoughts, feelings, reactions, choices, the activities of this human self in the world, and the wider world. It all happens within and as what we are. It all already lives its own life.

This is not “let all things take their course” in the sense of passively sitting back and not do anything at a human level. That’s a misunderstanding and comes from taking ourselves as fundamentally and ultimately this human being. The quote points to finding ourselves as what all happens within and as, and notice that all things already take their course and live their life, including this human self and its thoughts, emotions, choices, and activities in the world.

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