Something that I have been working towards, that seems so counter intuitive, is effortless action – the action carrying itself out through me, so to speak. If you feel it, you might also express yourself in words as abstract as these.
The Observer of Action
It’s getting into that state of flow, where you observe yourself doing; as acting, but “you” seem to be just an observer as your body carries out its own function. This is freedom. Not a worry about the end results; no thought about next week’s bills; no effort; just noticing. No judgment; only open awareness. All you know yourself as, is the observer of an action that is carrying itself out.
The Enlightenment in Being, Not in Doing
I feel that this is the resting state of the sage, the “Awakened” or “Enlightened” one. Most have nothing to do, and nowhere to be, in their mentally pure state; and yet they may do so much, and be all over the Earth engaging with others. It’s the lightness of being. You express yourself through your conspicuous action no more. You are; still you are not what you do. Your entity is; your existence is; but you are doing far more than what the world defines as action by being just an observer.
Is this What Tao Te Ching Recommended to Know Yourself?
Is this the same “wu wei” that Taoism told us about – the same principle of existing naturally, in a way that is not contrived at all; a way that is harmonious; like the planets move around the Sun? It may be so, for it there is no force or conscious control; there is only spontaneity and effortlessness.
Is this Action or Meditation?
Is this meditation in action? Have you ever felt that same state? When and where was it? Can you remember, as a child, losing track of time doing something? Is that something that could benefit your life right now? Could you do that special thing with a mindset of meditation and see what happens? Could you know yourself like that at this stage in life?
You wouldn’t know until you embark on the route to find it. So, go on, and find it. Look for it, under your pillow of your childhood dreams, or in that crevice of your heart where there is, not darkness but light. Just make this effort to find effortless action thereof.