A Musing on “Wu Wei”

Here’s another trip through the musings of Morning Pages. Enjoy!

Anyway, there is a lot to be thankful for in this moment. I’m in a gorgeous part of the world. I have great coffee at hand as well as delicious Greek yogurt. I’m young. I’m smart, and I have the good fortune of being able to learn of the Dharma. There is no time to waste getting caught up in hormonal chaos. I could die at any moment. Practice is paramount.

That makes me think about wu wei. Most think of this as inaction or a bit more subtly, “doing without doing”. The thing is, it doesn’t mean “doing nothing”. It’s more like a rethinking of proper action. For the most part, we think of ourselves as Masters of the Universe, and by the power of Greyskull, anything that opposes our sense of the way things should be must be smote through “MY” action as agent who shapes the universe to “MY” will. The Tao Te Ching says multiple times that those things built by force and will come to an early end. They come to be from delusional thought–a cosmological navel gazing that puts undue importance on my place in the universe and overlooks how I am a part of it all–it’s a view that aspires for permanence, security and grandness. “I”, in truth, am just a momentary coming together of stardust, dancing and shining on this small orb in a backwater solar system. “My existence” lasts for what would be less than a heartbeat from the universe’s perspective.

Unlike this agent-centered push to dominate nature, wu wei is action that flows along with the universe’s unfolding. It is action, but action that correctly sees “my” place in the universe and acts along with the universe, rather than against it.


May this help you see how to act in accordance with the Truth of the universe–wu wei.



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Munificent Kludge Factor
    Oct 12, 2015 @ 21:32:27


  2. lgh0525l
    Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:51:12

    I should replace “I” with “microloans from nature that together make whomever writing this.” Microloans-from-nature-that-together-make whomever-writing-this agrees with you, Gassho, but it is hard finding the nature of our place in the universe.

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  3. Michael
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 17:40:17

    Oh, but for the Power of Greyskull…

    The good news is that my heart seems to know exactly what you mean when you say, “action that flows along with the universe’s unfolding.” The strange news is that my thinking mind sometimes is uncertain how to proceed because it doesn’t know if you dress casual or more formal for these moments. I created a diversion by instructing him to dress Rococo, leaving him flat-footed and uncertain of the budget he should allot to such a challenge ,then dashed off into the world…. 🙂


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    • zeuslyone
      Oct 20, 2015 @ 20:18:31

      Thank you, Michael! May you feel at ease with the decision of formal or casual wear for the various quandaries of life. Go with what feels appropriate without thinking, rather through instinctive and insightful action in accordance with the situation. There’s your attire for wu wei–sometimes formal, sometimes casual, sometimes jammies, sometimes Rococo, and every once in a while, you may just need a clown suit. 🙂

      Peace and Compassion on the Path,

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