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What’s “Do nothing” really?


Along with "Think without thinking", "Do nothing" is one of the most uninviting concepts in some Oriental philosophies.

Most people who are desperately and sincerely looking for an answer to their impending problems but not capable of abandoning the Aristotelian reasoning, may feel cheated when they open a book on Oriental wisdom and see those phrases written on the first page they read.

What does it mean, "Do nothing"? Does it mean "Do really nothing"?

No, it isn't.

"Do nothing" means "Accept the fact that you are doing nothing".

To know that you do not have control over your body, emotions, and thoughts is the first step to accept that you are doing nothing no matter what you think you are doing.

You are doing nothing whether you  accept it or not.

Your body, your mind, and the rest of the world is your hologram, an illusion.

But who creates the hologram?

You do.

By doing nothing, you can do everything.

It can be decoded as "If you can accept that you are doing nothing, you will stop being annoyed and start creating your hologram as you like".

You are ALWAYS creating your hologram as you like, in fact. You just don't want to accept the fact.

You simply make up your sentiment of refusal and say, "The world is horrible".

It is natural that one may wonder why we have such "negative" feelings. (Neither "negative" nor "positive" feelings exist. Only your judgement exist.)

The answer is quite simple. All the elements in your hologram are catalysts. So are your emotions.

The wisest way is just accept your feelings as they are.

You are an illusion, but you are the one who creates the illusion. You even create yourself.

You always get the world by doing nothing.

If you do something, you will never get the world.

The last two sentences should be read in a different way from the prior part of the chapter, which is rather reader-friendly and doesn't demand a lot of interpretation.

The word "world" is often interpreted as hologram.

The world = hologram equation is a useful decoding tool. It is worth remembering when you read Tao Te Ching.

"(To) get the world" means "to be aware that it is your hologram", in other words, "to get out of your hologram".

To do so, it is unwise to be actively engaged in there.

So, "If you do something", that is to say, being submerged and stuck, it will be difficult for you to be conscious that it is a hologram.

Those sentences are the guidance on how you get out of your hologram.

The answer is " Accept all" (=Do nothing =Don't try to change it).

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Go and visit Kokuritsu Nogakudo (National Noh Theatre). This is one of the must-see places in Tokyo. Normally Noh performances take place along with Kyogen, a traditional farce. You may have to fight against the temptation of falling asleeep during the Noh play. But, don't worry about Kyogen. It is fairly representational and not too difficult to understand what they are doing on the stage. Even if you don't comprehend it at all, just laugh out loud when the Japanese audience do.

-Chapter 3 Do Nothing has three sections: Hara gei the belly art, You and non-you, and Act without acting.

  This article «What's "Do nothing" really» is a complement to understand them better. Especially the world = hologram equation is useful to decode the text anywhere in Tao Te Ching. It will help you comprehend the essential.

  While you see the world as the word means conventionally, you have to divide the whole existence into two, you and non-you. The equation will help you accept you and non-you are the same.

  If you can agree to the idea that everything is one, it won't be too hard to see why you can change the world by doing nothing. Accepting it is a powerful instrument to change it. This is «act without acting».

-Hara gei the belly art is a funny story about a Japanese custom, where they use the act without acting. You often see it in business.

  Japan is a primitive society with hi-tech gadgets. Luckily, we have kept the "primitive" side of human nature through the industrial revolution and the mass consumption era that followed it.

  Under the mask of a Toyota and a Sony, we have some firm belief of superstitions and the worship of fertility. If you observe Nintendo video games and Hayao Miyazaki's animation films, you can often see them.

  Read other funny episodes concerning the life in Japan.

-An ugly Japanese girl finds herself unexpectedly popular in a London night club Mirror, mirror on the wall.

-An American samurai stands up for the honor of a Japanese man No Absolute Truth.

-Chapter 26 Root. "Something heavy is the root of something light". "If you are restless, you lose the root", says Lao Tzu.

-Chapter 48 Reduce and reduce

-Chapter 48a No control, so what?

-Taoism videos / Chapter 48 1-5 Reduce

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