The power of Wei Wu Wei, commonly known as Wu Wei or Not Doing, can be fully activated through a series of 4 simple steps.
Step 1: Give Yourself Permission for Wu Wei (Not-Doing)
Wu Wei (Not Doing) needs a special permission period of time. That period must be designated with defined boundaries (times) so that the mind will feel comfortable freeing itself from the world. The Social Mind actively discourages functional Wu Wei periods and encourages the misinterpretation of Wu Wei.
The use of a special permission period helps to bypass the suppression of the Wu Wei and gives you a chance to take the next steps.
Step 2: Shut Up
Avoid having opinions. Avoid being involved in politics. Avoid opportunities to express your opinions.
The physical behaviors that manifest doing depend heavily on language and interaction with other humans. Doing is most strongly bound into the social sphere. If you want to not do, this is the first behavior to work on.
Step 3: Stop Meddling
For many people meddling is an addiction. There is a constant, non-stop vigilance for the rush of the next meddling opportunity. Free time is even consumed with thoughts of meddling.
During your special permission period, you must do none of that to engage Wu Wei.
Don’t interfere in other people’s lives. Don’t express opinions about their lives. Do not shape the course of their lives.
Let them be.
You don’t have to like or accept what they’re doing. Feel what you must feel. But don’t shape them!
Step 4: Let Yourself Be
When engaging Wu Wei, you must abandon self-criticism, and self judgment. You must release yourself from measurement. You must release yourself from expectation.
Wu Wei or Not Doing is Not Intended For Use Every Minute of The Day
To use Not Doing every minute of the day is to flee living and the challenges and rewards of living. Humans are choice based creatures. Without choice being actively made, we are actually not living as humans. Without facing the world, we are not accumulating karma.
There is no reward from the Tao for living in prolonged flight. We are intended to face the challenges and pleasures of the world and grow in response to them.
You can still work to cut back on the imposition of your mind on the world even if you live in the world. You may not be able to do all of steps listed above. Do what you can. It’s not a contest and whatever you do will reveal information about yourself. From the information will flow the insights that you need to act on for personal balance.
You will make mistakes in the application of Not-Doing. You will under do it and over do it.
Blessings on the Spiritual Path,