4 Keys for a Successful Life According to Lao Tzu
Since ancient times people turn to elders and spiritual leaders to share their pieces of wisdom about the best way to live life. Even though we all have these philosophies to share with one another, these people usually have more experience to share with the world. Teachings from a few of these philosophers are still talked about today as they have survived the test of time.
Legendary Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu or “the old master” from either the 4th or 6th century BCE (may have been a name used for a group of spiritual elders) left four values that connect you with your best self and align you with universal energy. They have been written in the Tao Te Ching text, a classic on philosophical and religious Taoism—a religious belief of Chinese origin that connects humans with ‘the way’ or Tao, which can symbolize nature, Source, or life itself.
Following all four rules described in the text will also help live an authentic, fulfilled life. All start with connecting yourself to Source.
“When you succeed in connecting your energy with the divine realm through high awareness and the practice of undiscriminating virtue, the transmission of the ultimate subtle truths will follow.” – Lao Tzu
The four rules are known as: reverence for life, honest sincerity, gentle attitude, and supportiveness.
1. Reverence for Life – Be Grateful
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu
When you appreciate life and everything it offers, you are able to let go of the attachment on how things should be and instead you will celebrate what is. An enlightened person wakes up every morning in pure joy just from knowing that they are alive. Reverence for life starts with having unconditional love for yourself and then touches every other person, creature and part of the all.
This virtue cultivates unconditional love for everything in this universe. It becomes gratitude for all life and existence itself. Having this virtue will help you be happy regardless of life circumstances, and manifest great things into your life through gratitude.
2. Honest Sincerity – Be Authentic
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
Being honest with yourself and your path ensures you are staying true to your mission in life. It also leads to authenticity in everything you do, drawing closer people and events who can help nurture that in you.
Spiritual leader Dr. Wayne Dyer said a good affirmation to help you be honest in life is: “I no longer need to be insincere or dishonest. This is who I am, and this is how I feel.”
Being authentic is a straight road to leading an authentic life, the one that truly serves you, your mission and the world.
3. Gentle Attitude – Be Kind
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
Being kind means shutting down your ego that wants to control or judge others and instead focus on your unconditional love for them. It is impossible not be kind through love. Kindness leads to connection, forgiveness, lightheartedness, and acceptance. Kindness is a skill, a philosophy that can positively change your whole life. Kindness means accepting people and life exactly as they come thus always being in a peaceful state of mind instead of fighting reality.
4. Supportiveness – Be in Service
“From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu
There is on final virtue that comes from kindness, unconditional love and authenticity. That is service to others or giving without asking anything in return. The act of giving brings the soul pure joy. To experiment with this, the next time you are feeling down, try doing nice things for three people, which could be as simple as giving compliments. Notice how positively this service will affect your mood.
Being in service is about supporting others when you can (without draining yourself) in the way they need it most. If you are helping them in a way you think they need help, you are acting out of your own ego. There are many people on this planet who go around “helping” people, not realizing all they are doing is forcing their own opinions and ways of being on others often without consent.
Supporting others means asking them, “how can I be of service?” and accepting that sometimes you cannot do anything, but hold the space for them. Holding space means allowing yourself to be there for people without the need to actually do anything or being a supportive presence. When you hold space for others, they feel accepted exactly as they are, they feel safe to share their authentic self and feelings with you, and the know that they could ask for help but only if and when they choose to do so.
Thriving to live with all of these four virtues in mind will bring new waves of abundance into your life to match the level of kindness and unconditional love you are now bringing into the world. The world will answer.