Ceaselessly you are engaged in teaching the world what you believe holds the greatest truth, the greatest value. ~The Way of Mastery
Chapter 67 of the Dao De Jing speaks of having three treasures – mercy leading to courage, economy leading to generosity, and humility leading to leadership. This got me to wondering what my three treasures are.
The first one I thought of was not knowing. Life has taught me repeatedly that I don’t know everything I think I know. In fact, I’ve lived long enough to realize that I really don’t know much of anything. In a way this is liberating. When I can let go of wanting to know, or thinking that I know, the urge to control things or fix things eases. My attitude is one of curiosity. There are moments, I like to think, of insight and wisdom which were obscured when I was busy knowing stuff.
The second one is surrender. Surrender, as Adyashanti says, is the name of the spiritual game. Surrender creates a spaciousness in which we can hear, if we listen, the inspiration and inner guidance that is always available to us. We experience surrender when we breathe. Each breath must be released to allow a new breath to fill us with the energy of life. Surrender isn’t a defeat. It is a yielding to the natural flow that guides us on the current of creation.
My third treasure is trust. I’m learning more and more to live in trust, as I’ve described in recent posts. Living in trust leads us to the peace that passes all understanding, literally. Because trust doesn’t always make sense. Some of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made, decisions to trust my inner guidance, seemed crazy at the time, but eventually unfolded to reveal beauty and perfection that I could never have foreseen.
I like to think that these are my three treasures – not knowing leading to wisdom, surrender leading to guidance, and trust leading to peace. If these are indeed my treasures, then I must be teaching them to the world, according to the quote above. Am I?
Hmm, if I work backwards from what I’m actually teaching to discover my treasures, then I have to admit that there are times I treasure judgment, impatience, anger, fear. At these times, perhaps the most valued treasure I can teach is compassion. Compassion creates opportunity to see the moment I choose to treasure judgment, for example, and gives me a chance to make a different choice. What a generous gift.
So what are the treasures you are teaching to the world?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:21