If you want to become whole

We are walking on the “Camino de Santiago” in Germany, the Jacobusweg. It is the pilgrimage route, walked by people during medieval times, that goes to Santiago, Spain.
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Chapter 22 of the Teo te Ching:
If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.

If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.

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If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.

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If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.

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If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.

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The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.

We visit the Cathedral in Freiburg — where there is a statue of St. James, whose body is at the Cathedral in Santiago, Spain. The medieval pilgrims would have stopped here on their way.
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Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.

Because he doesn’t know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.

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Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.

When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.

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St. James – the pilgrim.

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In a dark corner, we find the most ancient carving, a medieval relief of St. James and the pilgrim. Meditate on this image.

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