Doubt is a hard emotion for me, and other people, to feel.

What is the best course of action when one has doubts? The LOA perhaps may say, "Try to manifest something- an answer..." But is there a time when inaction is wise?



asked 13 Feb '12, 15:41

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edited 13 Feb '12, 17:14

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Some words to ponder

Chapter48 of the Tao Te Ching

In the pursuit of learning,
every day something is added.
In the pursuit of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.

Less and less is done
until you come to action with striving.
When you follow this practice,
nothing remains undone.

All under heaven is won by
letting things take their course.
Nothing can be gained by interfering.



answered 13 Feb '12, 16:45

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Perfect answer! Wonderful! Thanks, ursixx! <3

(13 Feb '12, 16:48) Jaianniah

@ursixx - love the pictograms in the tao te ching link, chinese seems such a beautifully imaginative language :)

(14 Feb '12, 02:01) blubird two

yes there his you can do wu wei action with out effort. i would say stay in the truth and do only what needs to be done. has for the thing that you doubt see up to where it will affect what you do not doubt(the truth) then you should be able to see how to fix that doubt(lack of truth). and eventually that doubt(lack of truth) will be in the light of truth and the darkness will go away. then with no doubt left it will get solve. there his solution to every problems. one only needs to find the truth about it. so seek the truth and do not be frozen by doubt. experience and enjoy.

Wu wei (Chinese: 無爲; a variant and derivatives: traditional Chinese: 無為; simplified Chinese: 无为; pinyin: wú wéi; Japanese: 無為; Korean: 무위; Vietnamese: Vô vi) is an important concept of Taoism (Daoism), that involves knowing when to act and when not to act. Another perspective to this is that "Wu Wei" means natural action - as planets revolve around the sun, they "do" this revolving, but without "doing" it; or as trees grow, they "do", but without "doing". Thus knowing when (and how) to act is not knowledge in the sense that one would think "now" is the right time to do "this", but rather just doing it, doing the natural thing.

Wu may be translated as not have or without; Wei may be translated as do, act, serve as, govern or effort. The literal meaning of Wu Wei is "without action", "without effort", or "without control", and is often included in the paradox wei wu wei: "action without action" or "effortless doing". The practice of wu wei and the efficacy of wei wu wei are fundamental tenets in Chinese thought and have been mostly emphasized by the Taoist school. The aim of wu wei is to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium, or alignment with the Tao, and, as a result, obtain an irresistible form of "soft and invisible" power.

There is another less commonly referenced sense of wu wei; "action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort". In this instance, Wu means "without" and Wei means "effort". The concept of "effortless action" is a part of Taoist Internal martial arts such as T'ai chi ch'uan, Baguazhang and Xing Yi. It follows that Wu wei complies with the main feature and distinguishing characteristic of Taoism, that of being natural. To apply wu wei to any situation is to take natural action.

PhilosophySeveral chapters of the most important Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching, attributed to Laozi, allude to "diminishing doing" or "diminishing will" as the key aspect of the sage's success. Taoist philosophy recognizes that the Universe already works harmoniously according to its own ways; as a person exerts their will against or upon the world they disrupt the harmony that already exists. This is not to say that a person should not exert agency and will. Rather, it is how one acts in relation to the natural processes already extant. The how, the Tao of intention and motivation, that is key.

Related translation from the Tao Tê Ching by Priya Hemenway, Chapter II:

2 The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose. Wu Wei has also been translated as "creative quietude," or the art of letting-be. This does not mean a dulling of the mind; rather, it is an activity undertaken to be the Tao within all things and to cultivate oneself to its "way."

As one diminishes doing — here 'doing' means those intentional actions taken to benefit us or actions taken to change the world from its natural state and evolution — one diminishes all those actions committed against the Tao, the already present natural harmony. As such one begins to cultivate Tao, one also becomes more in harmony with Tao; and, according to another great ancient Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi, attains a state of Ming, or 'clear seeing'.[citation needed] It is in the state of Ming[citation needed] that the Taoist is in full harmony with Tao, and 'having arrived at this pointless point of non-action, there is nothing that is left undone.' It is upon achievement of this Chinese equivalent to 'enlightenment' that a sage begins to perform wei wu wei, or 'action without action.' Thus the sage will be able to work in harmony with Tao to accomplish what is needed, and, working in perfect harmony with the Tao, leave no trace of having done it.

An example of active non-action using wu wei, would be to teach in such a way that no course of action is dictated to a student (they are just told raw facts for use, and left to their own creative devices), so they assume that they have been taught nothing, that is, until their learnings have been integrated in their lived experience.

A fully achieved person is like a spirit! The great marshes could be set on fire, but she wouldn't feel hot. The rivers in China could all freeze over, but she wouldn't feel cold. Thunder could suddenly echo through the mountains, wind could cause a tsunami in the ocean, but she wouldn't be startled. A person like that could ride through the sky on the floating clouds, straddle the sun and moon, and travel beyond the four seas. Neither death nor life can cause changes within her, and there's little reason for her to even consider benefit or harm.

"The more rules you make, the more thieves are created."

"The world can be ruled by letting things run their course; it cannot be ruled by interfering"

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the truth will set you free. experience and enjoy.


answered 13 Feb '12, 16:24

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white tiger

edited 13 Feb '12, 18:21


hehehe great minds think alike

(13 Feb '12, 16:46) ursixx

@white tiger - yes action without effort ... :)

(14 Feb '12, 02:02) blubird two

@white tiger - "a fully achieved person is like a spirit! the great marshes could be set on fire, but she wouldn't feel hot ... little reason for her to consider benefit or harm" - beautiful

(14 Feb '12, 02:08) blubird two
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If you believe in a Higher Power ask for guidance then do the next indicated step. This takes practice but it always works, after you get the hang of it. You are not alone you know. This works especially well if this is you idea of your own Higher Power.


answered 14 Feb '12, 01:40

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edited 14 Feb '12, 01:42

it may be more than a brain-mind issue,
is there a responsibility left unaided
or just comfort for one's self
a rash action is amiss as is an omission


answered 14 Feb '12, 05:30

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If you are lost, if you are confused, if you are depressed, if you are angry, if you are frustrated, if you are cold in your heart; all of these are human, and almost every human experiences every one of these, sometimes. Silence is a source. It is a return to your center, by simply letting go of everything that is not silence. Use silence when needed; as you would use the medicine. Give yourself two doses of silence. See what comes from silence, it is the best cure. It allows everything to complete. And suddenly, you are a new being, in a new world. But, the voices they will scream as they attempt to keep continuing, and silence will make it difficult for anything, except absolute emptiness and presence to be true. And, that is exactly why silence is a source. If you are lost, if you are confused, seek silence and find what comes from the source to you in that place. We honor you, we are you.

Source - Matthew

In meditation i get into (above) the 21 state ( 10-12-15-17 ) and after I have done all my tecniques to get there, I set my intent, i say over n over agian in my head. ( for u ) - i set my intent to relaease my doubt, i am strong in soul body n mind....... i set my intent to relaease my doubt, i am strong in soul body n mind......say this over n over n over,, untill it becomes no longer a grouping of words and wait untill it becaomes a feeling, then sit back and let the universe and ur heart do the reast of the work,, if u want to try the 10 state here's a link of a personal meditation I made, remeber too, if u do try it, follow all suggestions in the description,. good luck

love n light



answered 14 Feb '12, 07:17

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