Beyond clinging and resisting, unconcerned and without striving there is Wu Wei, the art of letting things take their course; the not needing to do, the not needing to plan, the not needing to interfere, the fearless, silent witness to the flow of reality.
The literal translation of Wu Wei is "without action". The Taoist view recognises that the Universe, the Absolute is already harmonious according to its own ways; and Wu Wei is the art of being in alignment with this harmony. The Absolute unfolds as it must, and the best that can happen is to know this.
The realisation that opposite sides transform into each other is the philosophical foundation of Wu Wei. Like water Wu Wei has a yielding quality. It has no will of its own but follows the will of the terrain. It can be described as soft yet irresistible force, an action so subtle, so well in accordance with the nature of things, that there is hardly a trace of having done the action.
|"Whatever is to be made to fall,
first must be raised.
If you want to become whole,
let yourself become broken.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself become twisted.
If you want to become full,
let yourself become empty."
"The faster they hurry,
the slower they go,
and clinging cannot be limited;
to be attached to enlightenment
is to go astray."
~ Hsin Hsin Ming
|Keep breathing, allow your body and stick to the truth. Deep inside refuse to run. Longing and loss and fear of the future will give way to reality and the self.
For the liberation we seek is revealed not in victory, not when we prevail but when we find ourselves defeated.
See, all things howsoever they flourish, return to the source from which they grew. For the timeless net has been cast wide, coarse are its meshes, yet nothing slips through.
Facing all fears and the loss of all, the illusory difference between life and death, between being and non-being dissolved and I have emerged into the silent bliss of reality.
Resting in the silence of infinite beingness, free from desire and sorrow; I am the serene self. Free of all fear and bondage, I surpass both matter and light. I am Om, the foundation of all, transcending maya and the world.