If you have been following my work for sometime, you know how much I admire the work of Wayne Dyer. I just recently started studying his work on “Living the Wisdom of the Tao”. The Tao (pronounced Dao) means the way, the path, it is an active and holistic practice of the natural order of Nature and its universal awakening. I wanted to touch on the fact that we live in a celebrity obsessed world and how the lesson of Obscurity needs to be shared. We live in a world where people need to constantly be noticed, everything is being done to be noticed. “Notice Me, Notice Me, Notice Me”. Verse 36 of “The Tao Te Ching” states:
The lesson here is called the wisdom of obscurity. The gentle outlasts the strong. The obscure outlasts the obvious.
Do you have the capacity to get passed that need of “Notice Me”? Can you seek out obscurity by suppressing any desires for attention or recognition for the things you do? True nobility is being better than you use to be. A willingness to do good things anonymously and the desire to continue to grow and share your wisdom and help others recognize that to be obscure is the way to true peace and happiness. Become less obsessed with your importance, simply share and give. “The Tao does nothing and leaves nothing undone”. Stay humble and allow everything to come to you, live free and trust your source. “Why is the sea a king of 100 streams? Because it lies below them”.
That which shrinks Must first expand.
That which fails Must first be strong.
That which is cast down Must first be raised.
Before receiving There must be giving.
This is called perception of the nature of things.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.
– Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu