"The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used but never filled." TT Ching, Ch. 4)

"In the silence and the void, ever present and in motion." (TT Ching, Ch. 25)

"The ten thousand things depend on it; it holds nothing back." (TT Ching, Ch. 34)

Lao Tzu tells us that the Tao means emptiness, the void, and that it is totally selfless. Some commentators have drawn the conclusion that the Tao means non-being, nothingness. A better explanation is "The nature of Being is said to be nothingness because being is absolutely complete, in need of nothing, conscious of no wants." 59 As Gi-ming Shien says, the Tao "forgets itself and its own existence."

This utterly selfless nature of the Tao can better be understood within the life of the Triune God. From all eternity Each Person (each "I") forgets himself before the Other, emptying himself in perfect love, and in this ineffable love they are One. Each person of God is therefore wholly selfless, with the quality of spontaneity, self emptying or self forgetting which Lao Tzu calls nothingness. 60

This selfless pouring out of the Tao in creation now becomes manifest as the Word who in His selfless love for man begins to dwell he womb of the Virgin Mary.

The Tao (Word) emptied himself by taking on the form of man. He never ceased to be God but humbled himself by taking on the human nature. The selflessness of divinity now becomes manifest in a little child who was also the Son of God. This He did to save us from our sins and gather broken humanity into the bosom of the Father.

In the beginning was the Tao,
and the Tao was with God,
and the Tao was God. ...
And the Tao became flesh
and made his dwelling among us...." (Jn 1:1,14)

Wu Wei (Non-action)