9 Great Lao Tzu Quotes To Illuminate Your Life

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[success]When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.[/success]

We have be willing to die to the old in order to embrace the new.

It’s make your mind up time.  Are you willing, really willing just to let go of all those conditioned beliefs you’ve been hanging on to since you were knee high to a grasshopper?

If you’re still in a state of fear, overwhelm, worry, guilt, or shame it’s time, time to move on, to let go of all those old habits of thinking and being.

We’re always at choice as to how to feel, think, believe; what we are willing to accept or decline as true. Choose what to feel in the role of the new you and feel it often, with enjoyment and pleasure.  And then…you’ve guessed it, keep right on doing it and start to look for the amazing changes in your outer world experience.  It’s fun.

[success]Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.[/success]

No need to rush around because what needs to be done will be.

Do you ever stop to ask yourself where the heck August went, or where the year has gone?  I know I do…flaming Ada, it’s going to be December before I get a chance to blink.  And that’s the problem really. Living life in the fast lane might sound exciting, as we hurry from one project to the next because heaven knows we have sooo blooming much to do.

Rushing from one thing to the next leaves little room to “See, in broad daylight streams full of stars, like skies at night.”  Little room to stop and stare and drink in the abundant beauty all around created by nature who manages to accomplish everything with ease.

Slow down a little and enjoy the blessings of the life we have.

[success]The sage does not hoard.  The way of the sage is to act, but not to compete.[/success]

Be cooperative not competitive.  Once we enter the creative plane of life we rise way above the fears that there’s not enough to go around.  We don’t have to experience envy or greed…everything is available to us right now. By operating from the creative plane of thought we are in harmony with and have the cooperation of the Divine.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be successful.  On the contrary be as successful as you possibly can and your success will radiate outwards and the rest of us will benefit.  Let me be the first to thank you.

[success]For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.[/success]

We are the only limits.  We live in an unlimited universe.  Everything we desire is here, awaiting our connection, our seeking.  We must learn to give proper direction to the limitless source of supply that surrounds us, opening ourselves to miracles that we seek, because they are surely seeking us.

[success]The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.[/success]

What does it feel like to be the person you’ve decided to be…you have decided haven’t you? You don’t plan on continuing to be the sum total of all that went before?

Do you feel more relaxed, lighter, confident, successful, happy, excited, rich, blessed……what?

Are you having fun being this new you?  Do you have wonderful new thoughts? Have you stopped worrying and expecting the worse?  Are you waking in the morning excited for the lovely day ahead of you?

Be yourself  as determined by you.  You are wonderful amazing and brilliant. Just make sure who you are is who you’ve chosen to be and not a hand-me-down version you learned from others in your world.

[success]The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.[/success]

Most of our waking day is handled by our subconscious mind. Our programming. Which is quite handy for getting dressed, driving the car, handling the mehs of the day, but a little problem arises when the rest of our life is being run by these old habits of thought.  There’s no opportunity for growth…and worse, we’re operating from other people’s desires which were fed into our subconscious from babyhood…which means they’re never bringing us the life WE want to lead.

We need to activate our conscious mind more frequently throughout our day, this is the way of higher consciousness, of growth. This is the path to the introduction of higher dimension.

[success]Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.[/success]

So we’re pretty darn busy…so much to do, so little time.  Everything is vitally important.  Not.

We seek happiness in relationships, in accomplishments, in ‘stuff’ we own, maybe even in experiences that create a rush and yes, maybe they all bring a sense of satisfaction, but then we seem to need more.  Yet making the practice of loving kindness an important part of our life’s path is a simple way to experience true joy and contentment.

If we would regularly and consistently keep ourselves open to helping others we’d begin to be aware of our oneness, not as an intellectual concept but as a totally heartfelt experience.

[success]Do you have the patience to wait, Till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving, Till the right action arises by itself?[/success]

Do nothing, man’s delusion is that he thinks he can make things happen.  We don’t make things happen at all, they happen by virtue of the consciousness we occupy.  Life is an activity of imagining.  Events happen because we remain in a fairly stable state of consciousness.  As we alter our beliefs we alter our state of consciousness and if we maintain our new state then the right action arises from it…without any help from us.

Amazing.

[success]By letting it go it all gets done.  The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.[/success]

Remember Lester?  I wrote about him here. He was the one who began to examine his life to discover why he was about to die, according to his latest medical diagnosis. He quickly understood that his feelings had been the cause of all his problems, not other people, and not the world.  He systematically taught himself to let go of every negative emotion he was experiencing.

He became healthy again.  And even more glorious he attained a level of inner peace and happiness that he never know possible.  Maybe it was enlightenment. What do I know.

And he decided to teach others to do the same and the release technique was born.

A little known fact about Lester, he also discovered he could heal people and even fix broken tv sets merely be ‘seeing’ them as perfect.  Now that smacks of super beingness.  Wish I’d been around to meet him. One of these days my friends, one of these days a super being is going to cross my path…I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile let’s all simply be willing to let go of emotions that just don’t feel that good.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

If you had to pick a quote that’s illuminated your life, what would it be?

Radiate your inner beauty with us here…you illuminate us all.

As always, thank you for reading, commenting and sharing!

Encourage one another.

Love Elle

ElleSommer
Elle Sommer is the author and founder of Live Purposefully Now, a website focused on sharing the insights and ancient wisdom that have collectively changed her life, in the desire to make a meaningful impact on yours. Trained at Coach U and having completed a year long training with Bob Proctor, her mission is to encourage and inspire others to build the business, relationships and life they want. You can also find her on Healthy Natural Oils her new website for helping you get started with essential oils for more natural health, well-being happiness and success in your life!

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  • Ooh…I *love* this article…thank you! I couldn’t choose just one quote – I practice what I call ‘presence to unfolding within organic growth’ so each quote resonates well. The one I use a lot is the first “when I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Each morning I awaken with a fresh sense of possibility – what held true for me even as recently as the previous day does not necessarily hold true this day, as I allow my heart-truth and creative expressions to evolve.

    • Nice to see you Joy…what a lovely phrase you have I can totally feel the amazing energy of it. And it’s so true that each day we can begin anew. Thanks for your sharing your inspiration with us.

  • Elle; I realize this post featured Lao Tzu’s wisdom and his words are still profound, however, I am more impressed with the sparkle of your words. Wisdom at times can hold such gravitas but your words of wisdom bring a wonderful levity to profundity. You have shown us over and over again that life can be blessed with wisdom, as well as fun, thank you. Please continue to bless us with your words.

    • Awww Brian, thanks for your kind and loving and inspiring words. This is just what Lao Tzu was talking about, simple acts of loving kindness and I love being the recipient of it. Thank you my friend. 🙂

  • Elle-
    YES, YES, YES – to all of them.
    On this given day though – this is what I choose-
    “By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”

    As always, thanks for being the beacon of light that you are ~xxoo

    • Fran as always you are so generous with your comments and I truly appreciate you. It’s difficult to pick one quote isn’t it, they’re all so relevant to living a brighter life.

  • I found your lovely post through Twitter… and I’m so glad I did! I’m familiar with some of these quotes, but you’ve shared a number of others here that I haven’t come across before. The one that really stood out for me today is the one about having the patience to wait until the right action reveals itself to you. I wrote a post about inspired action a few weeks ago, and it was about an experience I’d had where I got an utterly unbelievable amount of stuff done in a single weekend. It was exhilarating. And I’ve been feeling let down because I haven’t been able to recapture that momentum and energy since then. I already knew that inspired action can’t be forced, but you’ve reminded to have the patience to just let it go and let it be… it will come again when the time is right.

    • Welcome Nathalie…I’m so happen you found us! And thanks for such an insightful comment. We’ve been taught to push through and make things happen and the problem with that is unless we’re occupying a new state of mind, of consciousness, we’re going to do all the old things we’ve done before and obviously they didn’t quite work. Being willing to sit in the state of our new consciousness with gratitude can make all the difference between stumbling through an obstacle course or a bit of ease and grace. And being a lazybones, I’m picking ease and grace. 🙂

  • Lao Tzu is one of my faves, so when I saw this subject line in my inbox, I had to come check it out. Especially loved this one, Elle===> “Do you have the patience to wait, Till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving, Till the right action arises by itself?”

    So counter-intuitive…but so powerful, if we have the patience. Reminds me of a quote paraphrased from ACIM “Infinite patience produces immediate results”

    • Hi Steve thanks for stopping by and for sharing your quote, I like that one my own self. Quotes are so powerful if we would take on board their incredible wisdom…wish I could be that succinct. Sigh. 🙂

  • I’m not too familiar with Lao Tzu, but this post definitely motivated me to dive deeper into his works!

    I think that’s what people misunderstand about “the placebo effect”, it’s not about taking a sugar pill, or tricking yourself, it’s about believing you are going to get better and letting your body heal itself. Managing to let go of the stress of being sick, dying even, must be incredibly difficult.. I can barely let go of the stress of my everyday trials and tribulations.

    • Thanks for stopping by Ragnar, I was reading only the other day about how our body is perfectly capable of healing so much more than we realize…but we have to get out of the way first…and finding ways to relieve our stress is a great first step. 🙂

  • This is way cool! I love Lao Tzu in the morning. I am in a “waiting” period in my life just now and ” are you willing to wait…until your mud settles and the water runs clear” is just what I needed to hear. Good heavens, I have been stirring the “mud” with my impatience and wondering why the water would no run clear!
    Great post Elle!

  • I am with Fran on letting do and this one resonated for me Do you have the patience to wait, Till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving, Till the right action arises by itself? Something I have realised has been both a learning and and allows for growth
    beautiful post xxoo

    • I said in an earlier comment that this particular quote resonates with a bunch of us…and it’s fascinating because we’ve all been so programmed to live by action first. Love how we’re all awakening to a new way of being in the world. 🙂

  • Thank you Elle! I love your interpretations of Lao Tzu. I’m going to reread and really digest what you’ve written. I’ve been reading, off and on, of Wayne Dyer’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. I need to find out where I packed it in our recent move! Thanks as always for your amazing inspiration!!
    xoxo
    Betsy

    • I haven’t read Wayne Dyer’s translation Betsy…must add it to my list of ‘books I want to read’. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I know how busy this time of year is for you as you take care of all the little ones. 🙂 They’re truly blessed having you for a teacher.

  • Lao Tzu has some wonderful quotes and you have some wonderful advice – let go of those emotions that are not good for you. Learning to let go can be hard but so worth it for the peace that it brings.
    Great post Elle!

  • ‘Letting go’ may sound easy, but it is the hardest to accomplish in life…but once you are able to do it, you are free and you feel it everyday.. great thoughts!

    • Hi Vinma, and it’s so true that letting go sometimes takes a while…I find the releasing technique a great one to use throughout my day. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of ‘stuff’ we carry around with us and so often by contemplating the wise words of the sages that came before us, things can become more clear and once we become aware, then we can make the changes necessary to lead the life we truly desire. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your views…we’re all in this together.

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