Wu Wei and “moving with the flow” –reposted
September 20, 2012 3 Comments
Wu Wei and “moving with the flow” was origionally posted on 3-24-2011
There are a couple distinctions in Taoist philosophy::
The Subjective: The way people interpret and describe the way things happen.
The Tao: the way things, or Nature, truly happen, which transcends human description.
A person’s reaction to “the way things happen” influences how he/she internalizes the way things happen.
great discrepancy between:
- the way nature happens(or Tao), and
- how a person internalizes the way things happens,
…can lead to stresses, and chaos.
According to Taoism , no person can fully know the Tao, The universe, nature’s forces and ways of change… because the Tao transcend human senses, full rational dissection, and full description. (thus the “Tao is Nameless” other than “Tao”)
However. Taoism’s practice is interpreting, behaving(or not behaving), interacting, or patterning more and more with the way nature happens as it becomes more apparent to the person.
That is: Move , work with, or flow with Nature, Act in Harmony with Tao and one will experience less stress and chaos and one will experience more happiness.
Wu Wei is the principle of “No Action”. More Accurately, its defined as abstaining from excessive effort and excessive action beyond the way a situation naturally happens..
If person canoing upon a river is paddling against, or across the current, he must exert a lot of energy. If the person turns his boat and point to move with the river’s current, he may need no action. He moves along effortlessly with the current., as the river “happens”.
Think of the river current as a metaphor of how nature changes or flows. In Practicing Wu Wei one uses his experientially refined ability to recognize the way nature flows, and moves with it
Go with the Flow. Action in Harmony with the Tao and no action beyond that.
This is Wu Wei
Wu Wei in our modern world:
- If a person worryies too often about things that are not important to his present moment; or is multitasking;or he is uses more effort and then situation needs, the resulting effect may be stress and fatigue.
- A production worker may find he is more productive and happier outside of work, If he uses body in more natural positions of lifting, ergonomics, and works with ways that require less noneffective effort.
- Permaculture designers create ecological garden and agriculture designs, that pattern nature and use of Wu Wei, resulting in relatively self or long sustaining systems of produce.
A person may increase ones capacity of authenticity, harmony or integrity of his internal way with the natural Way or Tao, by meditating: the witnessing the two-as-one, briefly . Others studies, are Yoga, Tai -chi, or just taking walks.
From there they may be inclined apply Wu Wei in what ever action or non-action they do.
As for the distinction of the “subjective” and the “Tao”, they may move together harmoniously.