The Dao moves in reverse direction; and runs through those humble.
-> Ordinary people invest their energy in their “self”, which claim credits from reality about what is happening. The process reverses when we surrender attachment to our selves, and align our live to the universal Dao. When this process starts, Dao starts to move and run in our live.
Things born out of manifest, manifest born out of unmanifest.
-> From unconscious arises consciousness (the waking up of the “self”), from consciousness arises the perception of the entire world.
Discussion of Ch40:
When we align our intention to Dao or to Truth, the entire universe starts to guide us towards it. The less we are addicted to our selves, the more humble we are, and better the Dao can run through us.
As we start to pay attention to our “self”, we begin to see the nature of it, including how it arises, and how it relates to the perceptive world. Then we are in position to continue its dominance or to reverse the process through surrender.
Bilingual text of Ch40: https://www.lisiming.net/ddj34-52/