Express Yourself in Effortless Action

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.
-Oscar

Weed Your Garden First – Know Yourself before You Know Others

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles”- Sun Tzu. One thing in life is for sure – all the important lessons are learned only by experience. Know yourself and win rest of the world.

Know Yourself

Know Yourself

I realized it when I was hopeful about playing a pivotal part in getting a local start to an Occupy movement in my home town some time ago. More than a movement, it proved to be a great experiment in seeing social dynamics on an upfront and personal level. It also compelled me to see how easy it is to point a finger at others for problems, and how difficult it is to know yourself. I would have to say that the frustrations that the lessons of Occupy caused in me, egged me on to create what has now taken the shape of this blog – StartWithin.

Whose Fault is It?

It is so easy to point the finger at others; so easy to point out the weeds in other’s garden. And this syndrome only grows with human population growth. It takes real wisdom to realize and fathom the reality of someone’s fault (a person, a leader, a government) and use the lessons for PERSONAL growth first.

A Lesson Learned in Time

The lesson that must be learned, however, is that before you try to incite change in another, it is you who must change. Weed out the greed in your own heart before shaking your fist at the corporate greed. That is what I had to do. I could not see myself being apart of something with pure ideals (realized or not) with what I felt was a lack in personal purity. I had to weed my garden first, and the process seems to have just started. It may take this lifetime (or more) to get this herculean task completed.

The Chain Reaction of Weeding

There is hope though. Just like one person on the block cleaning up their yard can spur others to spruce up their place as well, likewise, by “weeding” yourself you may end up encouraging others to do the same. Making wise choices yourself, without, howsoever, making much noise about it creates the space for those around you to make wise choices as well. On the flip-side, when you make poor choices, you allow other to continue the way they are going. There are more people comparing themselves to you in ways you may never know. Your growth creates a force to allow their growth. This is how human population growth is. This very act of spreading the positive change is the true Occupy movement.

Occupy yourself first, weed your own garden. What is that 1% negative within you that is oppressing the 99% positive that wants to grow and evolve? What is that one good change you can decide to strive for right now? What is one “weed” you can pull in this moment? To find out it is imperative to make efforts to know yourself.

Get the gloves out and get ready to take the dirt, your garden awaits.

-Oscar Nelson