I have come to marvel at occasion when I am able to observe a silent teachings unfolding. It helps me to understand the ” doing not-doing”, which is not passivity, far from it, but it is a state of high alertness, a state in which everything seems to happen by itself, without the interference of conscious will. This is the paradigm of non-action. The painting paints the painting, the poem writes the poem, we cannot tell the dancer from the dance. Nothing is done because the doer has melted into the deed and the nothing is in fact everything. Gentleness means resilience and it is synonym with endurance. This is where true power can be found, like water that erodes the rock.
The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action
Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.