Down from Santarem


After descending from Santarem, we walked past fields of tomatoes and grapes….and, in other places, corn. We met a French guy who helped us avoid a wrong turn, a place where there was no way sign but he had read the guidebook which said, “turn right at the house.” How did he know it was the right house? He smiled and said, “I don’t know.”

This story reveals the value of advice at times when you must made decisions without adequate information.

We heard about a eucalypts forest where almost all pilgrims get lost because some of the trees (with signs on them) have been cut down and there are no signs to show the way. Life is like that sometimes. People wonder….should I accept the job? …marry that person? ….move to a new place?….get divorced?

Lao tsu (chapter 5) says:

“The Tao is like a bellows;

it is empty, yet infanately capable.

The more you use it, the more it produces.

The more you talk about it the less you understand.

Hold on to the center.”

Following the Inner Way can help you decide. You don’t need to understand it.

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