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We Can Change the Flow

May 17, 2023
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change and taoism

"If the boulders are moved, even a river will change its flow" is an old Taoist saying that has always resonated with me. With everything going on in the world I find this image so inspirational.

In Lunar Tao, Deng Ming Dao writes, "Except for occasional flooding, the mightiest river keeps to its bed. It flows where it finds openings between cliffs and rocks. So it is with the flow of our lives. Life is the flow of energy. This flow of energy moves constantly according to the fixed points that exist at any given moment, and so by choosing the points, we can change the flow."

By choosing those fixed points, we can change the flow…what a powerful and empowering truth. Even when I make the effort to move just the smallest pebbles one at a time- choosing in the moment to drop the story line, to send out an energetic forgiveness, to switch the channel to something pro-social and heartening, to sit rather than to skip, each time I choose to let it in rather than push it right away…I sense the flow change.

What a lovely reminder that we really do have the freedom to choose what to change and what belongs to us, both externally and internally, the fixed points, those boulders which show where the flow of our life will go.

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