Note: This is the final installment of a three-part post.  You can read part I here and part II here.

One of the most famous verses from the Tao says:  The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.  In other words, start small and take things one day at a time.  If you have goals and objectives, don’t look at them in their entirety.  Many times, they’ll seem insurmountable if we look at the big picture.  However, if we break down the process into achievable steps, suddenly our journey towards our goals doesn’t seem so daunting!  This wise teaching can be applied to any experience in life, whether it be starting a new business, writing a book, running a marathon, building a marriage, or raising a child.

Dr. Dyer encouraged people who are battling addictions to apply this philosophy.  For most, the idea of never again touching an alcoholic beverage, a drug, or an unhealthy food can be overwhelming.  However, if they decide that “for today only” they’ll avoid their addiction, and they make the same decision every day, they will tame the beast and reach their goals.

When it comes to solving problems, Dyer recommended a similar approach.  The Tao, he said, encourages us to take on difficulties while they are still easy and solvable.  We should never let a problem become overwhelming, but should instead nip it at the bud.  Procrastination sometimes causes small issues to become huge problems; by taking small steps every day, we effectively prevent these insignificant details from snowballing into a major dilemma.

Dyer went on to say that we are all interconnected in this Universe.  Everyone and everything emanates from the same source.  Therefore, he concluded that there is no such thing as an enemy.  He borrowed a Native American saying to emphasize his point:  No tree has branches foolish enough as to fight among themselves.  Don’t judge another, because we all come from the same place, we are all the same, and we are all headed in the same direction.

The Tao states that if you try to use violence to get rid of your enemy, more enemies will arise.  Think of the dandelion weed.  It has soft white tufts that hold hundreds of seeds.  If you try to destroy the dandelions from your garden with your lawn mower, the seeds will scatter in the wind and in a few months you’ll have even more dandelions!  However, if you respect the plants and allow them to play their role in nature, you’ll soon learn to live in harmony with them.

When faced with the choice of being right versus being kind, the Tao encourages us to always choose kindness.  Whenever you find yourself at an impasse with someone, always be the first to say “I love you”.  This is the best way to end a silence: I love you.  These three simple words break down the strongest barriers and reach the center of our core.

Finally, Dyer encouraged us to see everything that happens in our lives as miraculous.  And it’s true… The fact that we’re on this planet, that the Earth even exists, is a true miracle.  That two people find each other and fall in love, that’s a miracle.  That a living being can be formed from two microscopic elements, that’s certainly a miracle.  What miracles have taken place in your life???

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For more on Dr. Wayne Dyer, visit his website at www.waynedyer.com

I highly recommend his PBS special, The Power of Intention.  Watch it here on Google video.

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