Taoism and the Wu wei
A Jason Gregory Film
Dedicated to the liberation of all beings.
Our suffering as a species come from the incorrect perception of living in the past through the attachment to memories that. then shape our future. The phantoms of past and future are only of use to the intellect, because it gives individuals the idea that they are in control of their lives. Yet, as an individual grows, he begins to understand that no matter how grandiose his attempts at control, life always has a way of changing those plans. And in doing so life also destroys the individual’s imagined ability to control the future outcome. This mentality of forcing ourselves upon life, is the socially accepted practice of modern civilization.
An individual’s attempt to control life according to her own beliefs, and as a result to force this perspective upon others, is the beginning of tyranny. Lao-Tzu’s essential teaching of wu-wei on the other hand, illustrates our attempts to control life. He emphasizes that it is only when you give up forcing or controlling anything that you begin to get the kind of control you always wanted, but never knew existed.
Part 1 – The effortless mind
The Taoism of Lao-Tzu was about the way, the Tao, which is somethign we experience when we are more attentive to our inner and outer worlds. The Tao can be followed and experientially known when we have surrednered our controlled conditioned identity over to the effortless realm of spontaneity and trust, Wu-wei- Translated into English, wu-wei means “nondoing” “nonaction” or effortless action. These translations are literally correct and lead us to the intuitive and ultimate psychological experience of Wu wei.
This effortless realm is why the Tao is usually referred to as The way of nature when we follow the Way, we can experience the same spontaneity of nature within our own experience , as a result, we trust our path through life.
The discovery of spontaneity in life allow us to sink deeply in the awareness that we WRE nature and not separate from any aspect of it. Essential teaching of Wu wei can only be known if the individual is sincere in surrendering control, and ass a result giving his life something much bigger of himself.
Tao is That which is bigger than our personal lives. It’s depth of understanding is vast. WeWei is the fragrance of Tao. It is the spiriitual attitude that is expressed and lived. by many adepts, gurus, masters, saints, sages, shamans, and yogis. When we discover the flow of Tao moving within our own lives, as a sage does, we begin to be receptive to where our experience in life is leading us, We cease clinging to the experiences of the past and instead become rejuvenated in the present. The future becomes nothing more than a mirage, as the pure transparency and reflectivity of our consciousness behind to be absorbed in the femini: