Friday, December 21, 2012

12-21-12 Doing the Non Doing

The world admonishes us to have a plan, make goals, work toward our dreams.
This state of doing for our own good is good and never questioned.

When a person is wanting complete happiness it requires a letting go of our programmed beliefs. In other words, what we have been taught as normal and for our best interests.

True happiness takes getting out of our own way and allowing the plan that came with us into this world happen. This is easier said than done. Plans have a way of falling down in mid-flight. Have you ever experienced those times with your life just happens? When an unexpected event moves us onto a different path.

I read a story about the author of the book “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. How he came to write this book which took him from poverty to wealth all because his wife died and he drained his savings in medical bills. He was always picked on as a kid because he was small and different. So he made up this story to tell his daughter based on his growing up. We just don’t know what’s going to happen and what the results of that might be for us.

A selfless act can only be performed by someone in an egoless state. Every act performed by someone in the usual way of things has some kind of reward attached whether it is financial, power, love, status or just feeling good about oneself. All these things are ego re-inforcing. To perform a selfless act one must let go of one's ego and pass into an enlightened state of consciousness. This is called wu wei – the state of doing without doing. Here every act is selfless for the ego has ceased to exist. There is no I making decisions and the outcome is always perfect.

'Doing' good means those intentional actions taken to benefit us or actions taken to change the world from its natural state and evolution.

To pass into an enlightened state of consciousness one diminishes doing. Doing all those actions committed against the already present natural harmony. Having arrived at this pointless point of non-action, there is nothing that is left undone. It is upon achievement of this Chinese equivalent to 'enlightenment' that we begin to perform wei wu wei, or action without action (doing the non doing). Thus we will be able to work in harmony with the already natural order to accomplish what is needed, and, working in perfect harmony with the already natural harmony, leave no trace of having done it.

Have a wonderful happy holiday season.

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