The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds,
and filling their cores,
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.
This whole chapter is really juicy and lays out emptiness, not-doing, and being in accord with the Tao really well. I’ve just pulled a couple of the lines that most captivate me.
The idea of creating confusion in those who think that they know immediately calls to mind the closing line of advice from a Rumi poem (sorry, no direct quote as I’m far from my beloved book collection right now) the line ends in: “give up your cleverness and embrace bewilderment.”
That’s really what it’s all about. Taking power away from your thinking mind – full of attachment and senseless desire, letting go and letting it flow, embracing mystery and bewilderment, and making friends with not-knowing.
[I can practically hear the squeal of disagreement from my highly cerebral, intellectual friends at the idea of pursing NOT-knowing; but seriously my friends, if you give up trying to know everything, you’ll come to know much much more! …anybody doing a contradiction count on this project? It’d be great to see some graphs when we’re done!]