Confidence - 信心 - Xìnxīn
The greatest attribute
cannot be taught-
the truth about one's self,
once realized, provides reassurance
that the end of the path may lie ahead.
Skillful practice yields self-reliance.
With a courageous heart, one can defy danger.
To enhance one's power, become more humble.
The truly confident need not boast.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Through a lifetime of quiet contemplation, we can arrive at the truth. The more experienced we become, the more we are able to apply our knowledge to understanding. We exercise what we know, and it not only enlightens our understanding of the truth, but also helps us take action in meaningful ways when presented with a previously unforeseen event. The more we act, the more self-reliant we become.
Achievements bring with them wonderful rewards for our confidence. We seek out greater and greater ventures, continuing until we are able to accomplish undertakings unfathomable to the average person. When we reach that level of skill, it is a time of celebration, but also extreme caution. We would be justified to rejoice in victory, for this level of ability to which we have been dedicated.Yet, we must be wary, because the foolish will seek to try something too great to handle. Blind pride and unchecked passions pave the road to certain doom.
The more accomplished that someone becomes, the more prudent he/she should be. The great one's skills, the more precarious the road one must tread. The most powerful followers of Tao are also among the most humble. By veiling their brightness, until the most proper moment, they escape the greatest danger posed to the skillful.