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You’ve no doubt heard of Lao-tzu, the Chinese philosopher of the sixth century BC.

The spiritual hierarchy had assigned a mission to him: to take news of the Tao, ECK (Holy Spirit), to people. He’d gone a long way in his spiritual unfoldment, having traveled into the first of the true spiritual worlds. He gladly came to earth at the bequest of the spiritual hierarchy.

Lao-tzu, born in the northwestern part of China, lived at the same time as Confucius, whom practically everyone seems to have heard of. But their missions were vastly different.

Confucius was younger than Lao-tzu, and his mission from the Lords of Karma was to urge the Chinese toward a finer code of conduct. And so he did.

Lao-tzu, as already stated, was to teach people about the Tao, the Life Stream of God. Yet the nearest he could describe It to them was to call It the Way. However, the outcome wasn’t to his liking at all, because his audience was of quite a low state of consciousness. The spiritual wisdom didn’t stick; he’d expected more.

It was then that he nearly failed in his mission. He had planned to wander off into the desert and there die.

Lao-tzu thus threw in the towel, wanting to quit.

Fortunately, the ECK intervened. As he was making his way from the area, the ECK inspired a lowly gatekeeper to prevail upon him to stay and set his teachings into writing. Due to the gatekeeper, this world is a far richer place today. So Lao-tzu didn’t fail; he got people to see in a new dimension. For example, one little verse of his teaches them to look for what’s not there and yet is very much taken for granted by all.

In that way, this simple but profound verse was a means of telling them to be aware of the Tao and how It will manifest aspects of Itself every single day.

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.

—Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching
(Translated by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)

So how does Lao-tzu’s story relate to you? The low consciousness you sometimes meet in your service as an ECK leader could lead you to despair too. Just remember, though, the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ, the Inner Master, is giving you a chance to expand your state of consciousness when you deal with the resulting problems. So take heart.

It is a rare privilege to serve as an ECK leader. The Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ has chosen you for a very good reason.

—Sri Harold Klemp

Try the simple technique of seeing in a new dimension when a problem arises. Say to yourself, “I am expanding my state of consciousness.” Then listen for the help that is already given, as you seek out your next step.