When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away
Channelled writings on chapter 2.
Today we are looking at non-duality. You can't have good without evil, hot without cold etc. They are merely different points on a spectrum. As one moves more to non-duality, without reacting and judging things - simply accepting what is - inner peace is found.
We don't do the inner work for ourselves only but for the benefit of all beings. Everyone around us benefits when we become calmer, kinder and less reactive. They feel better about themselves too and this ripples out throughout the world. Violent thoughts beget violence if you act on them. Observe thoughts without judgement. Let them float by like clouds moving across a clear blue sky.
Actions speak louder than words. Try to do good not for recognition but because it's the right thing to do. You will be rewarded in ways you cannot always foresee.