There’s a zone of silence within us that we can step back into, letting go of the hooks and strings that usually pull on us as we react to the conditions of our experience.
“The sage does nothing, but nothing is left undone.”
When you find that mildly detached place within you, it’s as if you know how to respond intuitively to every little thing that does (and doesn’t) require a response.
I used to practice it sparring with friends in martial arts: there the sense of inner detachment immediately released the fear of getting hit or the need to unnecessarily react to punches and kicks that were never a threat.
Later I learned to do it while looking after my kids: freeing me from my own worries and frustrations around crying babies that refuse to sleep, and giving me a kind of sixth sense for what they really needed in the moment.
Well that sounds amazing but in reality I was haphazard and inconsistent in my practice; now with three young ones I’m remembering what I used to do and how well it worked.
To sum it up: inner peace lets us respond with instinctive ease to the flow of events and circumstances around us. 無為 wu wei , translated as “non-action” or “not doing”, implies that when we let go of contrived intentions and actions we find a deeper instinct or intuition that guides us in accordance with the dao.
All this time I thought that I was allowing myself to respond better to objective external reality. But from a Law of Attraction perspective there is no external reality to adapt to.
From the Law of Attraction perspective, those moments of stepping back and letting go were non-resistant. And the intuitive responses that came to me were the first manifestations of the better-feeling conditions flowing to me as a result.
Letting go of resistant thoughts or mental representations allows us to attract conditions and realities that match our innate love and joy and satisfaction.
The crying children become easy to soothe because we are letting go of preconceived resistant thoughts and expectations.
With wu wei we aren’t responding better to reality, we are allowing a better reality to flow to us.