Cheryl Guess
Cheryl Guess

Hi, this is Cheryl Guess, a Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living, Palm Desert, CA. I would like to share with you a passage from Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book entitled Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life. In this passage, Dr. Dyer unfolds the mystery of the 8th Verse of the I Ching:

The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It flows to low places loathed by all men. Therefore, it is like the Tao.

The Tao and water are synonymous…. You are water; water is you. Think about the mystical magical nature of this liquid energy that we take for granted. Try to squeeze it, and it eludes us; relax our hands into it, and we experience it readily. If it stays stationary, it will become stagnant; if it is allowed to flow, it will stay pure. It does not seek the high spots to be above it all, but settles for the lowest places. …The Tao asks you to clearly see the parallels between you and this naturally flowing substance that allows life to sustain itself. Live as water lives, since you are water… It is natural for you to be gentle, to allow others to be free to go where they’re inclined to go, and to be as they need to be without interference from you. It is natural
to trust in the eternal flow, be true to your inner inclinations, and stick to your word. It is natural to treat everyone as equal. All these lessons can be derived by observing how water, which sustains all life, behaves. It simply moves…

Do you feel your life is flowing as it should, or have you allowed your thoughts and
actions to become stagnant? Can you be gentle with yourself and others, and let them
follow their own path without judgment. Once you come to the realization that life is
unfolding just as it should, you open up to a new awareness of the simple beauty of all
life. You find harmony within yourself, and you trust in the Eternal Flow that is Life.


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