- Thoughts for inspired living

April 25, 2008


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:08 am

I remember learning to tie knots that I will probably never use back when I was in Boy Scouts. It was fun. The knots all had a purpose. Two that immediately come to mind are the “Sheepshank” and the “Bowline.”

The Sheepshank was used to shorten a long length of rope without having to cut it. The Bowline was the knot you tied around your waist if you were ever stuck in a deep hole and someone threw you a lifeline.

As a parent of 3 boys, I was always presented with knots in shoelaces, yo-yo’s and in other things that they couldn’t get out. I was the household king of knot untying. Then the fatherly bragging rights surfaced as I frequently announced there was not a knot I couldn’t untie. It may wind up on my tombstone. It’s quite the legacy.

Knots do have a dual purpose – to show you their functionality and to identify the problem location.

Think of knots as the intellectual approach to solving a dilemma. It has its uses. Based on experience, you can call on a way you’ve successfully used that knot in the past and apply it to the current situation. But suppose that doesn’t pull you out of the ditch this time around. Are you going to keep tying the same knot? Most people do.

Additionally, on several occasions, you will run into a knot that you can’t consciously untie. It’s past the scope of your expertise – even if you’re the reigning champ. The conditioned thing we do at that time is to damage a wall with our head.

The 4th verse of the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom provides a solution. Lao-tzu, the writer of these 81 incredible verses offers a way when he writes of the mystical force of the Tao:

It blunts all sharp edges,

It unties all tangles

It harmonizes all lights,

It unites the world into one whole.

I wonder if you have ever noticed that the words, “unties” and “unites” have the exact same letters?

When we untie ourselves from the concept that we are separate from our source of life, we begin the process of allowing that force to unite with our human mind and allow solutions to flow in.

Our life force that Lao-tzu named the Tao can show us how to tie every known and unknown useful knot. It can also loosen anything that’s entangled.

If you’re all tied up with your thinking to the point that you cause knots in your stomach, may I suggest that you find that untying and uniting force within.

Side Note: You won’t find the solution with alcohol. It only helps you “tie one on.” It just adds to your collection of seemingly untie-able knots.

Find the time each day for quiet contemplation and visit with the animating life force that is who you really are. Allow this ever present source of life to permeate every cell of your mind and body and find out first hand that there’s not a knot it can’t untie.

All the best,


P.S. Thank you to all who participated in our FREE Hypnosis Session via conference call last night. There was a welcoming energy on the call that was conducive to allowing our critical consciousness to take a vacation and make room for solutions to bubble up. I look forward to doing many more in the future.

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