Wu Wei comes from Chinese philosophy it means without action, control, without effort.
It is the water way taught by Lao Tzu.
“The Sage is occupied with the unspoken
and acts without effort.
Teaching without verbosity,
producing without possessing,
creating without regard to result,
the Sage has nothing to lose.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Tê Ching
I would like to introduce you to my understanding and experience of Wu Wei.
The first thing that comes to me if you ask me about wu wei is the science of non action, doing without doing, letting the true action emerge from emptiness.
How can you be in the state of Wu Wei where all unfold effortlessly in a natural way.
I classify different steps before one can be in a positive aspect of Wu wei.
Yes you ear me a positive aspect of wu wei, if wu wei is misunderstood instead of taking you to its positive manifestation where the true action arise naturally it will put you to sleep in a self destructive state.
Only when one is at peace in his/her mind and has the inner elements balance one can experiment the true sense of wu wei.
Why is that?
When the mind is so busy wondering grasping on all emotions, all types of experiences, it becomes very difficult to stay without doing any thing. At this point the non action will make it worst, the mind will kick in even more the energy will be disturb and the non doing can bring depression or torpor.
First one need to learn how to relax the body, the energy and the mind.
Buddha teaching takes us to become master of our mind, first by bringing peace and relaxation with proper effort , mindfulness and concentration. For more details see my book Dragon Buddha Hermit Yoga.
With the Tao practice one will balance the inner elements, energy, with tai ji , qi gong, meditation … bringing good health, peace and the feeling of total relaxation.
In both school one will grow into the practice up to a point where he/ she remain in the Buddha nature, the Natural state of the Grace of Being or Tao.
At the beginner stage vigilance , alertness is more required. This is a form of effort so we can t really said it is wu wei but if one is properly guided it is possible to let the principle of wu wei grow in you to prepare the ground for the real wu wei to be.
In both Tao or Buddha ways one need to come to a point where he/ she recognize that all is empty of origin, there is nothing to grasp on, all is fine as it is. Some people can experience this right away but others need to re-educate and decondition their being.
To be in wu wei means that you need to die in all moment, to be beyond fear and attachment. When you die there is no effort you are just dying, it is a moment of total surrender, acceptance where there is no space for any type of resistance.
There is no space for mind projections, desire. In Buddha teaching we could say it is emptiness, total presence and total surrender blend together.
Only from this state the true action will arise and expressed itself without effort, judgement, interpretations.
I been guided by this process for so many years.
Lets go to my present life when two month ago i was invited to travel to Bali. After my arrival i felt that this is not a place for me, to hot and much pollution on the roads. But i say to myself just relax about it let if unfold, remain open and see what happen.
The month went very fast i was invited to stay in beautiful places, meet with great people.
And was guided to visit the Wu Wei tea house. Interesting i lead my life by wu wei and now i m in Bali visiting and meeting the people of wu wei wisdom sanctuary,
It did not took long for being invited to teach.
The place is located on a beautiful property near Ubud, it has a 300 years old Indo Chinese temple with a beautiful Sarnath Buddha that is the Buddha that is always on my altar.
Well wu wei manifest itself in the mater here in Bali.
My visa is expiring in a couple days need to go.
Direction Bangkok then Kuala Lampur where i spent a week and meet great Guqin school and teachers.
Now i m back in Bali giving private teaching, guidance and will give The Grace of Being 8 days retreat at the end of the month or other if this retreat is not welcome in here, one need to adapt.
For now the demand is more about teaching tai ji, qi gong,personal guidance...
Life has found a way to take me back into teaching practices that are more suitable , beneficial for me in this point and time. Wonderful, E ma ho.
If you are interested to meet me, have a private guidance or satsang siting around a cup of tea or studying with me while i m in Bali you are welcome to contact me and visit me.