Why you should embrace the paradox of life

The paradox of life: Tao Te Ching verse 2 week 3 Saturday Morning Mastermind

Why is it important to embrace the paradox of life?

According to Wayne Dyer in Chapter 2 of Change your thoughts, change your life, he suggests that by embracing the paradox of life, you open yourself up to a more peaceful and happy existence.

He says the Tao is telling us we should strive to go through life realizing that people have a natural inclination to label everything as one way or another. And yet, those labels are only words placed on things based on the physical world & some humans’ perspective.

When we put aside the labels, we take away that standardized meaning about things and can see things as they simply are rather than how people think they ‘should’ be.

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Embracing the paradox of life frees you

When you embrace the paradox of life, you are able to “move freely, unencumbered with thoughts about where you should be and how you should be acting” You realize that the labels people give things are only that, labels. They don’t really mean anything. You can simply BE YOU, allow others to just be how they are, and go about life freely, joyfully, and without worry or judgement.

What do YOU think?

This is week 3 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of
Change your thoughts Change your life” by Wayne Dyer

Read Chapter 2 – Living the paradoxical unity

and tell us what you think verse 2 of the Tao Te Ching and Wayne Dyer are telling us…

Verse 2
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty,
only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.

Being and nonbeing produce each other.
The difficult is born in the easy.
Long is defined by short, the high by the low.
Before and after go along with each other.

So the sage lives openly with apparent duality
and paradoxical unity.
The sage can act without effort and teach without words.
Nurturing things without possessing them,
he works, but not for rewards;
he competes, but not for results.

When the work is done, it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever.

Do you think we should embrace the paradox of life?

Join the Pre-Mastermind discussion…
(add your thoughts in the comment section at the end of this post)

Here’s some questions to get you started.

  • Do you think you would see anything as ugly or repulsive if no one had ever defined it as such?
  • If there was no judgement about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ behavior because we simply ‘are’, do you think you would feel upset or annoyed if someone drove in front of you without using a turn signal? or do you think all your annoyance comes from how you think they ‘should’ behave?
  • If a tree fell in front of you on the road, would you be upset with the tree? or do you not judge the tree because you don’t expect it to conform to specific behaviors?
  • Would you still do the work or activities that you do if there was no goal to be achieved or result made to happen?
  • How would your life change if you were only focused on the actions of your work or activities as you do them rather than an outcome you hope to gain?
  • What do you think is meant by ‘when the work is done it is forgotten, that is why it lasts forever’?

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  • In reference to Dan’s concern, I would say be a person with principles.
    We can do the best we can in living a principled life regardless of abusive people in our work and home life.
    When it comes to the polarities I think Dr. Dyer may be referring to, the vital principles are the keys to life. Stronger in divine energy too.

    In worse case scenario where one gets fired due to an abusive action, a person would have to practice non-fear based habits and stir up strengths in beliefs and actions that see us through hardships and attracting/co-create a better way to live. Like aggressive spiritual warfare, if and when one is ready and able.

  • I think Dr. Dyer is referring to what goes on in spiritual warfare. Being aware of what is going on in spiritual warfare could be thought of as the first step in the process of change. As we are aware and practice mind power techniques we should be able to move mountains in time.

  • i don’t agree with the”only” reason we see beauty is because there is ugly. Dr. Dyer may have been pointing to how polarities relate to each other. However, I think beauty is like a vitality principle and ugly is lack of beauty. Beauty would have come first, and therefore the only reason you see ugly is due to lack of beauty, and the only reason you see beauty is because it is a gift to life and existence.

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  • Excellent! Thanks Samantha 🙂

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  • It is our thoughts about things that cause joy or misery and most of those thoughts are based on duality and “beliefs” (which are just thoughts thought often enough to believe them). Our “free will” to choose our perspective and actions based on those thoughts is what allows us to live in “heaven or hell” here on earth. Learning nonjudgement is one of the biggest hurdles for us all as we all start out being judged and taught judgement as children. One of the first things many of us remember has to do with being “good or bad” so it is deeply engrained that we must constantly put things in moral categories. It takes a strong person to really look at their beliefs and where they came from.

  • If a tree fell in front of you on the road, would you be upset with the tree? or do you not judge the tree because you don’t expect it to conform to specific behaviors? In reading this verse and seeing your question.

    I see no judgement of the issue. In the way that I know me. I would say “Oh well lets go with the flow”
    ~Donna One thing I read at the end is that. I had a teaching on being one with my spirit. Just be.

    So in the moment of the “Now” Should the tree fall in front me and change the course of where I was flowing to. It’s forgotten.

  • Recognizing that everything in the physical world only has the meaning we give it is a profound realization if you truly take it to heart.

    This realization cuts to the chase of where so much of our dissatisfaction about life, the people in our lives, our careers, our wealth, etc comes from.

    We’ve been taught to think, feel, and act according to what society defines as ‘good’, ‘successful’, ‘beautiful’, ‘happy’, etc and when things don’t go as expected, people don’t do as we think they should, or we can’t ‘keep up with the Jones’, it creates emotional turmoil in the form of guilt, anger, frustration, disappointment, etc…

    When you see things and accept people just as they ‘are’ vs what you think they should be, or how you think they should act, or where you think you should be in life, you free yourself from the experience of feeling these unpleasant emotions.

    I posed the question in the blog post above about a person driving in front of you in traffic or a tree falling in the road in front of you to show how our expectations about how we expect people to behave is what is really causing the emotional upset.

    it’s not the the person that causes the emotional reaction. It’s our feelings about how we think a someone else should behave.

    Think about that for a moment. if you didn’t have any predefined expectations about how a person ‘should’ behave in most situations would you ever even have a reason to be upset with anyone?