Gate 18: The Gate of Correction
This gate heals the wounds that have been inflicted by society, parents, relatives, teachers, bosses. To regain your own integrity, you must work through externally imposed behaviors you once perceived as your own. You must examine these behaviors, figure out what is superfluous, and introduce new ones that can benefit you and the rest of society. Accept that what’s in the past is in the past. It shouldn’t affect you in the present. Don’t be so hard on yourself: It’s not your fault. This gate invites you to shed your inner limitations in return for freedom. This path will lead you to happiness: by recognizing the difference between what is real and what has been imposed upon you. Go easy on yourself. Accept that it’s okay to show weakness, even if it requires a lot of strength to do so: That strength is present in your 18th gate.