The Master is her own Physician

excerpts from Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching”

A.B. Godfreed
2 min readMay 19, 2022


photograph by A.B. Godfreed

If you close your mind in judgements
this is robbery and chaos
Its net covers the whole universe
the peace has been shattered

If powerful men and women
be a pattern for the world
the hard and the stiff will be broken
nothing left to hold on to
without expecting
without interfering
without possessing

The Tao is like a bellow
empties them of concepts, judgements
and desires

The more you know
the less you understand
each separate being in the universe
true perfection seems imperfect
easy to correct
easy to break
easy to scatter

What [s]he learns is to unlearn
allows things to happen
look inside your heart
accept yourself
thinking, keep it simple
profound and subtle
free from desire
the world would become paradise


This piece (including the title) is composed out of randomly selected phrases from Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way”. This compilation was translated into English by Stephen Mitchell (1988).

In 2012, I bought this classic Taoist text from the Way In Book Shop in Beirut (Lebanon), of all places. Talk about a rather apropos shop name for the acquisition of one of my favorite books of timeless and timely wisdom.



A.B. Godfreed

Non-Entity with a clear purpose to transform self (& perhaps the world) through critical consciousness and Love.