Without going out of your door, you can know the ways of the world. Without peeping through your window, you can see the Way of Heaven. The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus, the Sage knows without traveling, sees without looking, and achieves without ado.
-Tao te Ching, #47
The only thing that separates us from the rest of what exists is our ego, which is all smoke and mirrors. We are one with all, we just don’t know it. We are not only a microcosm of the universe, we are the universe. We just have so much restricting our vision and knowledge of this. We know this, we all have this sense of something missing, and most of us figure out that it’s something larger than ourselves that we’re a part of. We all chase after it, going through doors and peeping through windows in a life-long search for that missing piece of ourselves that will make us whole. The more we look around, though, the more we get caught up in the illusions that are all around us. And the more we do this, the more we restrict our vision and the further we move away from our true selves and the very missing piece we seek. Instead of running around and chasing shadows out there, why not turn inwards and find the stillness and emptiness that lies deep inside?
People would rather chase shadows. It’s easier and less frightening than looking inward. People fear silence. Why? Because they might hear themselves. We are strangers to ourselves. We are afraid of who we are, for various reasons. If we knew who we were, we would have to either love that person, or change — and either one can be hard work. So we choose to be lazy and comfortable instead. Not the Sage. There is one who “gets it”, who heads down his or her path towards that missing piece, who knows the difference between short term pleasures and long-term gains.