The Way of the Willow

A man floats on a big heavy log down a brown river so wide he cannot see the sides. The river flows rapidly but to the man it appears to move slowly because he cannot see the sides of the river.

It flows so strongly that the man can only move the log small degrees to the right or left by paddling vigorously with his arms. He cannot paddle the log backwards.

So is our ability to affect change for ourselves in the universe. The course is set.


Be like the Willow.

The Way of the Willow

The Way of the Willow is empty
When utilized, it is not filled up
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things

It blunts the sharpness
Unravels the knots
Dims the glare
Mixes the dusts

Who understands the Way seems foolish;
Who progresses on the Way seems to fail;
Who follows the Way seems to wander.

May the Willow Gods be with you.