Non Action is Action?!

Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you're being right now. --Neale Donald Walsch

"A reflection on a pool of water does not reveal its depth."

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

Tao abides in non-action. Yet nothing is left undone - Lao Tzu

How can I be still? By flowing with the Stream - Lao Tzu

I take no action and people are reformed.
I enjoy peace and people become honest.
I use no force and people become rich - Lao Tzu

Let everything be allowed to what it naturally does

In walking just walk. In sitting just sit. Above all don't wobble.

"Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being." --Jelaluddin Rumi

The Inner Light
(George Harrison)
Lead Vocal: George Harrison

"Without going out of my door
I can know all things on Earth
Without looking out of my window
I could know the ways of Heaven

The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows

Without going out of your door
You can know all things on Earth
Without looking out of your window
You could know the ways of Heaven

The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows

Arrive without travelling
See all without looking
Do all without doing"


Excerpt from 'Silent Power' by Stuart Wilde

So, Wu Wei is accepting life and not forcing it. It is being aware of the ebb and flow of the seasons, aware of the spirituality of all things, aware that in the great abundance of the God-Force, there is no time. It is knowing when to act, and not acting until you know. You can wait forever if you have to. You are eternal.

Wu Wei is being content with what you are, with who you are, and with what you have now. It's knowing that abundances and relationships of real worth, come only when and if you're settled. When you're balanced, the universe provides; more will always be there. But Wu Wei is the act of not pushing, not forcing.

Be the silent controlled person who is moving relentlessly toward freedom and away from restriction - toward your goals, one step at a time, in an organized patient way.

Wu Wei is also the ability to get around the blocks you experience as you try to materialize ideas and goals.

When life doesn't want to dance to your tune, start by asking yourself these questions:

Am I in the right place? Am I too early or too late? Am I going too fast? Do I need more patience?

Do I need time to consolidate, to create an energy within myself that is compatible with my goal? Am I trying for something that's too far in the distance? Do I need to set a goal closer to where I am now?

Ask yourself:

Remember, many of the things you want are, in fact dead weights - prisons you create for yourself. More often than not, material things weigh you down - because you have to look after them and worry about them.

Sometimes the deeper spiritual part of you, the infinite self within, protects you from disaster. You'll head off, trying to acheive something that the inner spiritual you, the deeper subconscious self, doesn't actually want. So it will make sure you arrive late, or the person you seek will not be there, or the check bounces, and things generally don't work.

If things really are not working, and they turn out to be a mess, you have to think, Hey, is this because of something deep inside me - do I really want what I think I want? Am I committed to the idea or not? What are the consequences, obligations, and energies involved? Am I investing too much of myself in the idea? Perhaps it won't mean much when I get it.

I'm sure you've had the experience of going for something and getting it, then realizing that the prize wasn't worth the energy you expended; it was a disappoinment. So be careful that you don't hurtle off up some path just to prove what a hotshot you are, without thinking through your actions, whether they actually do anything for you.

The other question to ask yourself is:

Are my actions powerful and appropriate?

A few small, powerful actions are worth a hundred hours of diddling about. There's a school of thought that says: When faced with an obstacle, whack your head against it until the thing breaks. Then move to the next obstacle, and whack it with whatever part of your skull still remains. I'm not keen on that idea; it seems to lack finesse.

When you're faced with an obstacle, step back and take a long, hard look at what it is telling you. More often than not, you can adapt and walk around it. Sometimes you have to wait while you raise your energy enough to flow over the obstacle effortlessly.

Don't whack your head against it. Stop. Get inside your power. Plot how you're going to get around it, how you're going to materialize the sales you need, for example, and how you can more effectively present your information to people.

No, don't use your head to power yourself forward, by whacking it on things. Instead, use it silently, to feel out where your strongest path lies. That is silent power.

Excerpts pp56-61 - Silent Power, Stuarte Wild (Authot of Whispering Winds of Change)

"Non-action" is "action"

Sometimes after I have healed someone, they would give me a gift. I would immediately give away that gift to someone else. Some people would complain immediately: "Oh no! Dr. Yan, you really don't understand people". This is not correct. When I give away the gift, I am doing a good deed for you! When I give away someone from you, it is a way to test you. I often do this, as I have learnt this from my teachers. A person should do good deeds, and pay attention to doing good deeds for strangers. This requires training. You can't ignore the training, because most people cannot do this. If you can do this aspect, then you will understand the state of "clear tranquility and without action" in qigong. Emphasizing virtue will lead you to enter this state of "clear tranquility and without action". Most person cannot enter this state. Daoism speaks of "Inaction is action". It begins with "inaction": not thinking of small goals, not thinking of your personal benefits. When your abilities appear, tasks that others cannot do you can do. That is "action", where you are able do anything. This includes healing illnesses that others can't heal, and resolving problems that others can't resolve.

Dr Yan Xin

Action is being truly observant of your own thoughts, good or bad, looking into the true nature of whatever thoughts may arise, neither tracing the past nor inviting the future, neither allowing any clinging to experiences of joy, nor being overcome by sad situations. In so doing, you try to reach and remain in the state of great equilibrium, where all good and bad, peace and distress, are devoid of true identity.


Email excerpts about Dzogchen:

" regards to meditation in Dzogchen, how does one actually 'practice'
Is this not a contradiction in terms? Now, we know that using the mind to
go beyond the mind is a traditional theme in Buddhism. Not-doing is
fundamental to Zen (Sage acts without acting). But how is this made a
reality? Or, in terms of the two major misunderstandings of nonaction: how
is it to be prevented from degenerating into either remaining passive and
indifferent (avoiding activity) or: doing whatever comes to mind under the
guise of spontaneity *(which does not deal with the basic problem of one's
deep-seated conditions, habits and passions)*.


QUES: How does Dzogchen as practice "deal with the basic problem of one's
deep-seated conditions, habits and passions"?


Non action is basically the discovery of FREEDOM as something inseparable
from our being; it cannot be created. Freedom is not the opposite of
determinism but of compulsion, of *having* to act."

"Grasping experience through thought, which is the sphere of operation of
our "mind", is itself the ultimate content of what is. Since one is free
from seizing on perceptible qualities, there does not exist anything that is
better or worse. This supreme path is to be cultivated.

Therefore one does not engage with affirmation or negation, knowing that
there is nothing to accept or reject.

Moreover, one does not even remain even in the states of the absence of
movement of thought or of nonmovement.

Once should not remain in a state wherein there is no doubt, nor eliminate a
state of doubt.

If one is attached to a state of clarity of ones mental conditions,
When, in a certain moment, there is a profound (experience) of the absence
of thought,
That is not a thorough comprehension, since a profound experience
In which there is no thought, is still an experience."

From: Primordial Experience - Manjushrimitra
Trans: Namkhai Norbu and Kennard Lipman


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