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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Trust, Fear, and the Tao

Marge felt conflicted; and it showed in her body language: Right foot stood on left, thighs pressed together, left palm pressing right arm, right hand tapping chin. It was all rather pensive, and nervous, like she might jump out of her skin at the slightest provocation.

“I want to go with the flow, but I don’t trust the Tao. I’m too frightened.” she said.

“That is because you’ve been told that trust is the antidote to fear, but it’s not.” explained Shifu. “Every healthy mammal is born with the tendency to blindly trust its parental figures. But something magical happens in puberty. And like most things pubescent, it can be rather messy.

We, each of us, shift gears from being devoted to authority figures, to loving everyone as our peers, but with a healthy dose of skepticism. A child might first trust the Tao and then apply the advice of the Tao Te Ching, but for a healthy adult it’s the other way around. First we read Lao Tzu’s tome and then we test its claims by putting his advice into practice and noticing the results.”

“But its cryptic and opaque, how am I to understand it? Do I need a commentary?” Marge confided.

“It’s short enough. You could recite 6 passages in less than 15 minuets. Do that every 12 hours and you’ll get through the Tao Te Ching EVERY week; that’s 52 times annually. In the meantime find someone to teach you an easy way to meditate.”

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