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Enlightenment: Human Wisdom Enhanced by Spiritual Wisdom

Lao Tzu has said that the human eye can see only the manifestations of the things created by the Creator; only with spirituality or spiritual wisdom may one perceive also the mysteries of the creation, which is the wisdom of the Creator. That is to say, humans see only the things created, but not why they were created, unless they have spiritual wisdom, the access to which requires profound human wisdom.

“Every manifestation attests to the mysteries of His creation.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 5)

“Likewise, we watch the comings and goings
of our likes and dislikes, of our desires and fears.
But we do not identify with them.
With no judgment and no preference,
we see the mysteries of creation.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 7)

Unaware of true self, we tend to identify ourselves with our thoughts and feelings, and we have become what we think we are. In that way, we have become a character on a big movie screen, but that is not the person we really are, because we are just spectators, and not the persons on the big screen. We have no separate self, and therefore we should not allow the separate self to control and misguide us in our everyday life and living. We should become only the spectators of, and not the participants on, that big movie screen.

As the spectators, we no longer overdo in any undertaking, we no longer judge or choose, and we no longer expect any result of our effort-we just do what we are supposed to do, no more and no less.

“We accept all that is simple and humble.
We embrace the good fortune and the misfortune.
Thus, we become masters of every situation.
We overcome the painful and the difficult in our lives. That is why the Way seems paradoxical.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 78)

And this is especially true when God is impartial to all of us, with no exception.

“The Creator has no judgment, no preference:
He treats everything and everyone alike.
Every manifestation attests to the mysteries of His creations.
So, we, too, embrace everything and everyone with no judgment, no preference.
His grace, never depleting and forever replenishing, shows us the Way.
Judgment and preference separate us from His grace, causing attachment.
Only with His grace do we find renewal and rebirth along the Way.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 5)

With humility, we can grow in spirituality with the help of His grace.

“Living by the Spirit, we choose a simple and humble lifestyle.
We meditate to enhance our spirituality.
We love our neighbors as ourselves.
We express compassion to all.
We speak with truth and sincerity.
We live in the present moment.
We take action only when necessary.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8)

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

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Identity crisis

They do not know who they really are. That is, they may have falsely identified themselves with something in the world they are living in, such as “I am a successful businessman” or “I am a good mother.”

Once they have created for themselves their false identities, they naturally feel the need to protect and preserve their self-created images. In doing so, they desperately want to control and protect their destinies, such as avoiding what they fear might taint their preserved identities, or repeating what they previously did in order to sustain and substantiate their identities.

As an example, a “successful businessman” might want to overwork in order to avoid in future all possible failures in his or her business, or to repeat in future all his or her past successful business endeavors.

As another example, a “good mother” might strive to control the behaviors of her children in order to control and shape them into the individuals she wants them to become to prove that she is indeed a "good mother."

In the process of protecting and sustaining that identity, stress is not only unduly created but also aggravated by all outcomes falling short of their expectations. Nowadays, many people are living just to escape their yesterday’s pains and to anticipate their tomorrow’s pleasures; unfortunately, they are on the road to more unhappiness, and not less.

The bottom line: you are who you are, and not who you would like to become.

Not letting go

The unhappy people simply refuse to let go of what they think belong permanently to them; they anticipate what they think they rightly deserve through their efforts to control or influence the outcomes of events in their lives. They are afraid of any unforeseeable change, especially death that puts an end to everything they have delusively created for themselves.

Tao Wisdom

If we live according to Tao wisdom, we should have no identity crisis, because without an ego, we know who we really are, and not being someone we wish we were. If we live according to Tao wisdom we should never become depressed, because we let go of anything and everything in life --  the good as well as the bad, the pleasant as well as the unpleasant. We just embrace anything that comes along our life journey. No letting go is the underlying cause of human depression, because we neither forget nor forgive.

My Way! No Way! Tao Is the Way!

Stephen Lau

Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

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