When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world.
Tao Te Ching v61
I am present, poised, and peaceful.
Gymnasts make walking on a balance beam seem simple. They do this by focusing completely on what they are doing. I give the same disciplined and loving attention to each activity in my life.
When I start to lose my footing, I don’t panic. Rather, I act with equanimity. I remain calm and make small adjustments to regain my balance. This starts with realigning with the one Power in my life—God. I avoid overreacting by taking a deep breath and once again connecting with Spirit. I am then able to act and react with poise, composure, and presence.
My feet remain firmly planted when I stay in constant contact with God. I am content and joyful and have peace of mind right here and now.
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment.—1 Timothy 6:6
I will not fear to look within today.
Within me is eternal innocence, because it is God’s Will that it be there forever and forever. I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His Own, can will no change in this. For to deny my Father’s Will is to deny my own. To look within is but to find my will as God created it, and as it is. I fear to look within because I think I made another will that is not true, and made it real. Yet it has no effects. Within me is the Holiness of God. Within me is the memory of Him.
The step I take today, my Father, is my sure release from idle dreams of sin. Your altar stands serene and undefiled. It is the holy altar to my Self, and there I find my true Identity.
A Course In Miracles ~ 309
. . . Is Constant
Walk each day in childlike faith, with your hand clasped in the hand of your Master. That is the hand of truth, it is security, it will never fail you. Earthly men may fail you but never your Master. And in seeking your Master, let this thought help you, that you will find him, you will see him and hear his voice speaking to you, when you have learnt to overcome the ‘not-self,’ of the lower self, and to think always as your higher self commands.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle