Trust, truth, and beauty

From the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 17:

One who can’t trust oneself, can’t trust another

When I first read this, I was tempted to write about how I’ve had so many people doubt me, question my motives, falsely accuse me of wrongdoing.

I was tempted to bring this up:

Matthew 7.1-5
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

I wanted so badly to air my feelings of being wronged, of being judged, of being unjustly accused.

But then something occurred to me – that maybe this wasn’t about pointing fingers, or about justifying or rationalizing how right I have been so many times, despite being accused of being wrong.

Maybe this was a moment ripe for inner reflection. Maybe, the fact that I was so quick to use this sentence defensively, is just what it was meant to show me.

Maybe, just maybe, I was so quick to point the finger of mistrust at others, because I don’t trust myself.

Mark 8:36 says “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

In this sense, what would it profit me to gain the whole world, by demanding trust from others, and lose my soul by not being able to see it. Lose it by not being able to look at it for what it can very well be: one of blame, and not trust, in others as well as itself.

So as I reflect back on the verse, from the Tao Te Ching, I must insist to myself that I learn to trust myself, be true to myself. I must learn to believe in myself and know that I will be true to myself.

Only then will I see the good in others, and believe that others have the capacity to care and respect, and therefore deserve my care and respect.

Only when I trust myself, with completeness, in the moment, that I am capable of living the truth daily, then I will see the truth in others, and in truth, beauty.

I must learn to be still within, and trust that I can flow along The Path effortlessly.

“I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8 (New International Version)

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1 Comment

  1. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matt 5:8)

    One of the reasons to look for the log in my own eye first is because so many times, I project whet is inside me out onto the world around me. By seeing what I do not like in those around me, I can often learn about what I do not like about me.

    Of course, the opposite is also true. That’s why the pure in heart see purity around them.

    A wise post. Thank you for sharing it.

    H. K.


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