What did Lao Tzu see when he looked at the world of nature? He saw that each thing fulfilled its destiny without thinking, without possessing, rebelling, complaining, blaming, taking credit or seeking honor. They all followed the pattern set up by the Way. 61
Self-willed man, however, many times refuses to follow the Way. So, Lao Tzu startles us by saying what seems to be absurd to make us think. He says,
Work without doing. (TT Ching, Ch. 63)
What does he mean by practice non-action?
He cannot mean doing nothing because in chapter 68 writes:
A good soldier is not violent.
A good fighter is not angry.
A good winner is not vengeful.
A good employer is humble.
This is known as the virtue of not striving.
This is known as the ability to deal with people.
This from ancient times has been known as the ultimate unity with heaven.
Non-action therefore means acting according to the Way, that is in an unselfish manner. In effect Lao Tzu says, don't be guided in your thoughts, feeling and opinions, but act according with your true nature and the Way or Order established by the Way. Someone has said, Non-Action is supreme action, suppleness, simplicity, and freedom that flows through us, when our private egos and conscious efforts yield to a power not their own. "The way to do", is simply" to be."
Christ has the same message for us who are so bent on action but for a different reason.
Christ tell us that only those who do the will of God will enter heaven.
"Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord,
did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?'
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
'I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers " (Mt 7:21-23)
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