Friday, July 20, 2007

The Toltec had an interesting technique
they called not-doing. Not-doing does not
mean doing nothing. Not-doing is a
decision you make to consider the opposite
of what you have always been doing.
Not-doing can be liberating. Not-doing
can give you a refreshing perspective.
All of us, at one time or
another if
not most of the time, go through life
half-asleep with blinders on, propelled by
the engine of fear, unaware of our
agreements, or caught up in habits born
out of someone else’s fear.

Not-doing requires that you not accept as
absolute truth all the things you think or
say. The next time you feel stressed or
react emotionally, listen very carefully
to the dialog in your own mind. Is what you
are saying to defend your point of
view true? Is it really true?
Just that little bit of doubt opens
another way of looking at things that
has very little to do with the intellect.

Do you have habits such as saying yes when
we mean no, feeling obligated to act
according to someone else’s wishes, staying
at a job that holds no promise, or not
having the courage to move on in a
relationship when it’s over?

Not-doing is simply the act of suspending
habitual unconscious doing for the purpose
of fostering awareness and regaining your
balance. Nonstop doing is driven by
the language mind. Not-doing is a
perspective fostered by your
dreaming mind.

In the doing of daily life we are like
this and like that. We operate exclusively
on the island of what we know. What is,
and what we are capable of, are neatly
contained without our description of how
things are. This description is held
together because we defend it, nurture it,
and insist we are right, even if it doesn’t
feel good.

Belief, however, is holistic and contains
elements far outside the narrow path carved
by rational thought and nonstop action.
To harvest the force of belief involves
developing the dreaming mind in equal
balance with the language mind. Our
human being is nourished by balance, never
by the imbalance caused by
nonstop doing.

Not-doing opens possibilities that exist
only outside the island of what you know.
Engaging in not-doing considers viewpoints
that embrace the opposite of your normal
doing as equal and valid complements to
what you normally do.

-- Adapted from BeliefWorks, by Ray Dodd

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