Adapted from The Tao of Star Wars with permission of the author.
It is the fundamental of Tao. If you have to learn only one thing from the reading of Tao Te Ching, this is what you should go for. The concept permeates the entire book.
The answer is very simple: Wuwei is built upon the working of Nature. And nothing in this Universe can be more powerful than the working of Nature -- manifested in all things we see, all things we do.
I mean all things and everything.
Wu wei translates into “inaction,” meaning “pure effectiveness.” When a person practices wu wei, they accomplish more because they are releasing the ego and allowing themselves to be carried forth by Tao. Wuwei or Non-Doing The Tao of Letting Go. Wuwei (无为), or non-doing, literally means 'doing nothing' in Chinese.. It is the fundamental of Tao. If you have to learn only one thing from the reading of Tao Te Ching, this is what you should go for. Wu-Wei Using wu-wei begins with an understanding of The Way Things Are, as the Taoist sees it. The Taoist watches nature and sees that all that nature does--eroding mountains, growing forests, making rivers--all this is accomplished effortlessly.
From something as sacred as life and death to others as mundane as riding a bicycle to attracting the man or woman you love. Knowing the nature of things and direct your efforts accordingly is like flowing along with the current and it will make achieving something effortless.
Many a time, wuwei, or non-doing, require that you do nothing in order to do something.
For example, if your intention is to grow a plant, do what you should do. Give it the sunlight, the fertilizer and the water. Having done that, begin the non-doing by leaving the plant alone and let it grow on its own. Otherwise, you would do more harm than good.
In this instance, doing nothing is doing something. The maxin applies to everything we do. If we let nature take its coursethings get done.
If we go against it, little -- or nothing -- will get done, no matter how hard we try. Do what is required, cut down on the superfluous. Do less, in order to achieve more! Non-Doing is Powerful Wuwei, therefore, is not doing absolutely nothing.
What it means is that we, having understood the order of things, act according to the order, and nothing else. It refers to non-action for things superfluous. Just imagine how much more powerful we can be, if we can focus in such manner. It is just like water consistently dripping on the same spot of a rock.From religious Taoism assimilated the rise of a Buddhist-influenced, ascetic, contemplative Ch’ing-wei tao Tantric “Thunder Magic” sect from Hua Shan and Lungmen Shan in west China, a martial Pei-chi tao or Pole Star Taoism from Wu-tang Shan in Hupei province, and a sorcery-oriented Taoism of central and south China, Shen-hsiao.
One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei, which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.”A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the .
Wu-wei also implies action that is spontaneous, natural, and effortless. As with the Tao, this behavior simply flows through us because it is the right action, appropriate to its time and place, and serving the purpose of greater harmony and balance.
Therefore early Contemplative Taoism can never cultivate wu-wei with any form of spiritual practice. As Lao Tse said: “ Superior wu-we i does not aim at wu-wei and so it is truly wu-wei.
Understanding it is a matter of getting the point intuitively, not a result of some discipline. Wu Wei is the supreme action, the precious simplicity, suppleness, and freedom that flows from us, or rather through us, when our egos and conscious efforts yield to a power not their own.
Wu wei is life lived above excess and tension. In Do Nothing and Do Everything: An Illustrated New Taoism, Qiguang Zhao applies the ideas of Wu Wei (do nothing) and Wu Bu Wei (do everything) to modern life.
Rich and humorous illustrations convey the subtle ideas that go beyond language and are re-created in the same style as the ones the author draws impromptu on the blackboard in his rutadeltambor.coms: