How to follow your inner vision when the world is pushing you to be something else

Inner Vision: Tao Te Ching verse 12 week 14 Saturday Morning Mastermind


Is the world trying to squash your inner vision?

Do you allow your inner vision to guide you or do you experience the outside world with your senses to the point of loosing your inner direction? Does it feel as if you’ve unknowingly traded the values of your youth for the promise of possessions deemed valuable by society? If so, you’re not alone.

There’s no doubt that we are inundated with sights, sounds, tastes and smells designed to distract us from what’s important on an almost constant basis.  Carefully crafted commercials, signage and innocent looking product placements curb our attitudes and shape our views to the point we think they’re our own.  Before we realize it, we’re programmed to respond to and desire these things which are presented to us.

“The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision”

The Tao says to trust your inner vision instead

The 12th verse of the Tao tells you to beware that these things are not the desires of your inner being and thus will not bring you inner peace.

Dr. Wayne Dyer points out in his book, “Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life” the 12th verse of the Tao Te Ching warns us that when we focus outward on the obtainment of things we run the risk of loosing touch with our true inner convictions.

Dr. Dyer further explains that by focusing on that which you outwardly experience through your senses you hinder your own growth and risk loosing sight of the underlying spirit which brings all things into being.

So how then do we guard ourselves from these distractions and follow our inner vision? How do we enable ourselves to look beyond our senses and experience a transcendent perspective of the world that will bring us true inner peace?


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This is week 14 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of “Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

Read Chapter 12 – Living with Inner Conviction

Then Meet us here for a LIVE discussion March 19th at 10am EST

tao te ching verse 12

Over to you, how do you stay true to your inner vision? What do you think this verse is trying to teach us?

  • Donna Allen

    Loved the way Julia spoke about the house. It seemed as though…that set the tone for the others to bring the verse back around to the inner conviction! Of the crazy thought process of the senses. Great discussion!

  • Sandy Root

    Just saw this quote that fits well with our discussion today: “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it.”

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, insights, and experiences everyone!

  • Karen Lohof

    This has been awesome — per always. Thanks everyone. This is such a great place to start the weekend!

  • Good Morning Everyone!!

  • Welcome! Good morning!

  • I couldn’t agree with you all more! I had the big house in the burbs…not for me! I’ll take my Gypsy Wagon or a small log cabin anyday! LOL There is a lot to be said for simplicity. That doesn’t mean I’m not open to Abundance, but I would spend good times with family and friends, support charites, travel…have experiences rather than get a McMansion. Great post Jason!

    • yes, this si something I learning more and more each day.

    • Jason Roberts

      Thanks Katherine and nice point. I sometimes feel like the house I live in and appreciate so much is a type of cage keeping me from the world I would love to explore.

  • Donna Allen

    In reading this verse. Three things impacted me more, and confirmed why the feeling of all this pressure of things. I’m reminded of this what – Elbert Einstein “Quoted on Insanity ” I believe would be fit to say.

    The five senses has caused many of us to feel the crazy that Dr. Wayne mention here. The chase for “Money – Power – the quest for more Adoration. Is a Waste of Energy. Its like there is never enough. Calm down and relax will help your stress levels. (Smile)

  • It’s crazy how much everything in the world can cloud our own vision.
    I like how Wayne said “We cannot know the creator when we’re focused exclusively on what’s been created.”
    It’s kind of like that saying ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees’
    If you’re so focused on all the superficial stuff, how can you see the deeper meaning of your existence or hear the message from your spiritual self?

    This chapter is a good reminder for slowing down and not working so hard. We tend to think we need to go, go, go all the time but we don’t really have to.
    When we are so caught up in accumulating ‘stuff’ there is a ton of pressure and stress. When you release the need to acquire so many things you also release the pressure you put on yourself.

    More stuff means more responsibilities. The more you feel you must have, the more you have to work to get and maintain that stuff.

    Imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have so many bills or things you needed to clean or take care of…

    Do you really need everything you think you must have or do you just think you need it because that’s what you’ve been told a successful person must have?

    • Donna Allen

      Samantha, One may think this is what they should do. Once you see there is no need. Brings a true peace!

    • I think you hit the nail on the head there Samantha in that we tend to chase all the different Jone’s in our lives, rather than being true to the self of how our creator created us to be an what our purpose in life is, then we truly can really be alive and free to be.