It is also the nonrecognition, for you don't need to know they exist for you to know they are there.
The Tao - a focus on things, energies, events, and yet, also, being oblivious to things, energies, and events; a balance, a concert, a single note.
How to Understand the Tao
We tend to divide up the Tao into more manageable sizes and parts to allow us to study those particular parts of the Tao. The drawback of course, is that we miss other parts at the expense of comprehending specific ideas. But by maintaining balance and keeping the totality of the Tao ever present in the mind, this is a workable and useful technique.
Balance is the difficult part. Human nature tends to cause all to become specialists in a certain area. Therefore, in order to maintain balance, one should limit the amount of time spent in any one particular concept. For example, if you are doing a Goddess ritual, then of course the Tao can be represented by the Goddess. if you are doing a life force ritual, then the same idea applies. But once the purpose of the exercise has been completed, then your mind should revert back to the idea of the totality of the Tao. As your experience and understanding grows, then your necessity for this technique will diminish as your spiritual nature evolves and improves. Then the idea of substituting parts for the whole will cease to be necessary.