The Master does nothing,
yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always doing things,
yet many more are left to be done.
~ Tao Te Ching
What could this quote possibly have to do with getting better results with the law of attraction? Quite a bit, actually. It turns out, to see the most success with the law of attraction, you need to follow the path of least resistance. this means, you need to put forth little to no effort in your manifestation. In Taoism this is called “wu wei” or “non-doing”.
This flies against the advice given by many, to constantly visualize and affirm what you want. But, you will see that the path of least resistance, or non-doing, will result in better, faster manifestations every time.
The Paradox of Non-Doing
The Tao Te Ching is one of my favorite books, and has been for years.
One of the reasons I love it is because of the way that it recognizes universal paradoxes.
A perfect example is found in non-doing. How is it possible that nothing is done, and yet nothing is left undone? This seems impossible at first glance.
And yet, if you are at all aware of how the law of attraction works, it should make perfect sense.
You know that it depends completely on the vibration you hold. When you align yourself with the universal flow, your power is magnified exponentially. If you are misaligned and try to take action, your influence is actually very small.
Move with the Flow, Not Against It
We are part of a very powerful universal flow. As individual beings, we have the choice to either move with it, or against it.
As I said, when we move with it, we actually have a great deal of power.
I think some people fear that if they surrender to this universal flow, they won’t get what they desire.
However, you have to keep in mind that you, too, are part of the universal flow. The Universe is so in tune with you that your every desire reverberates through the entire Universe instantly.
No desire is left unanswered. This is the law of attraction in a nutshell.
And in fact, this universal flow will actually take you to your desire, effortlessly and easily. The more you try to act on your own, independent of the universal flow, the more you are actually removing yourself from your desire.
Why the Universe Wants You to Have Your Desires
Often people focus on how small we are in comparison with the entire Universe. They focus on our insignificance, not on our significance in all that is.
It seems arrogant to say that the Universe wants us to have our desires. We are human beings with a lifespan of perhaps 70 or 80 years, sometimes less. What do our lives matter in the grand scheme of things?
And yet, we matter a great deal, because we are part of that universal flow. That universal energy flows through each and every one of us, just as it flows through animals, plants, and even inanimate objects.
Everything is energy. And energy is always flowing in some direction. Therefore, it is not too much of a stretch to say that everything is part of this universal flow, including, say, the computer I’m typing this on, or the couch I’m sitting on, or the water I’m drinking.
Many of the Native Americans had a belief that spirits were in all things, including the rocks. And i think this goes back to this same point. They had a knowing that all things were connected through universal energy.
So, then, why would the Universe want us to have our desires?
It’s a little like asking why a river wants to flow into the ocean. Really, it is just the nature of the river to flow into the ocean. It is the principle of non-doing for that river to flow into the ocean, in fact. It’d take a great deal of effort to do otherwise.
The Law of Attraction at Work
The law of the Universe is that every desire is immediately answered energetically, in perfect order.
Actually, it is better said to say that the essence of every desire is immediately answered energetically. For instance, if you want money, your underlying desire for abundance, security, or freedom is instantly answered and waiting for you to arrive to meet it.
If you want a romantic partner, the underlying desire for love and companionship is instantly answered and waiting for you to arrive to meet it.
Your desires are the creative force behind the Universe. Desire is what has always driven the Universe onward to expand and to create.
If we are all interconnected in this great web of the Universe, we all then actually play a part in allowing it to expand through us. We are all creators in our own right.
Once that desire is created, then it is up to us to surrender to that universal flow. The principle of non-doing says that by surrendering to this flow, we will effortlessly arrive at the perfect fulfillment of our desires.
How Universal Energy Flows Towards Your Desires
So you’ve set your desire in motion, simply by having the desire. Nothing more than that was required.
That’s pretty effortless, right? You didn’t have to visualize it, or affirm it. The Universe knows instantly what it is you want, and the moment your desire is received, the essence of that desire is answered.
Now, the universal flow will effortlessly take you to the fulfillment of that desire, if you allow it to.
The reason is a tiny bit technical, but imagine this:
If the gradient of the ground were totally level, that river we talked about earlier would never go anywhere, right? But because the ground has a gradient, the river naturally flows downhill. there is a disparity between where the river is now, and where it will be at rest (in the ocean, or the lowest possible point).
So let’s apply this to your own situation. Let’s say you want money, and the underlying essence of that desire is abundance.
If you are matching with the vibration of abundance, there is a disparity between your seemingly non-abundant external reality, and the abundance you hold within. The universal flow will have to take you to a place where this disparity is resolved—i.e., where there is abundance both within and without.
Of course, it’s possible to hold resistance. If you are in fact a match to lack, then you will instead be taken to lack. Actually, since your external circumstances already reflect lack, they will just be perpetuated. This is the law of attraction.
However, there is another dimension to this universal flow. This disparity is not 100% resolved yet (actually not even close) because you have an unfulfilled desire. There is a desire you have brought into being, and which is not yet manifest in your reality.
The greater the disparity between your current vibration, and the vibration of your fulfilled desire, the more you will be feeling resistance, and in fact be misaligned with the universal flow.
The reason is simple: your higher self is always holding your desire for you. You were a vibrational match to lack, and so you got lack. But this is never going to feel very much in alignment with the universal flow, because while you are attracting exactly what you are a match to, your higher self is holding your full potential, determined by the desires you have held.
So, you see, the universal flow is never quite resolved until it brings you to the fulfillment of all of your desires.
There Is Never an End to the Universal Flow
Unlike a river, which has its end in the ocean, the universal flow is never done, well, flowing.
You see, there is never a time in life where you are just done with all of your desires. Again, the nature of the Universe is to expand. The moment you have reached one desire, it will immediately expand into a greater one.
This is not out of a sense of lack, like someone who seeks for more and more money to fill the real emptiness they are feeling within. No, it is an excitement for life, a desire to experience more and more. It comes out of perfect fullness.
If that universal flow stopped for a moment, everything would become stagnant. But, it is never the case. Even once you die, the moment you reach the other side, you will have a desire to experience more.
So many people plead with God, saying, “If I just have this one thing, I will never ask for anything again.” Of course, that’s a lie. it’s our nature to ask. And it’s the Universe’s nature to answer. This is the principle of non-doing at work.
Do Nothing, and Nothing Is Left Undone
So let’s return to the principle of non-doing that we first discussed at the beginning of this post.
I’ve outlined how the universal flow works. You have a desire, it is answered, and the universal flow takes you to the fulfillment of that desire.
Because of this, being aligned with the universal flow will ensure that you will reach your desired manifestation in the end. It is guaranteed.
Even if you fight that flow, you will still get there in the end, because it is just too powerful to fight forever. It will just be a heck of a lot more painful. Your choice, though.
What does it feel like to be aligned with the universal flow? Well, it feels like effortless ease. It feels like fullness. It feels like abundance. There is the knowing that you need to do very little to actually reach the fulfillment of your desire.
You see, the principle of non-doing does not mean that you literally do nothing. Actually, literally doing nothing for every moment of the day would be quite against the universal flow. We want to get in and experience the world. We want to take inspired action.
Effortless Action vs. Effortful Action
The principle of non-doing means that you do not take any superfluous action. It means that all of your actions are perfectly in alignment with universal flow. When this is the case, then all of your actions feel effortless.
Technically, I work very hard. I often put in 15 hours a day at making my coaching practice exactly how I want it to be.
But, it feels so effortless. I wouldn’t be doing it otherwise. The days fly by like nothing. I can’t wait to wake up in the mornings to start it all over again.
So, non-doing has nothing to do with how much outward work you are actually doing. It might be very little, and it might be a lot.
Non-doing is only concerned with whether that action is aligned with universal flow. It has to start from the inside out. You have to lead with your emotions.
If you take actions out of a place of fear or lack, those actions will not be aligned, and they will feel very difficult.
Moreover, such actions will bring you no closer to your desire. That’s why in the quote above, it says the ordinary man, though he does much, leaves many things undone. He is no closer to happiness, or the fulfillment of his desires, because his actions are done in misalignment with universal flow.
Align Yourself with the Universal Flow
At every moment of the day, align yourself with the universal flow.
This is not just to do with actions, but thoughts, too. Are you worrying about a problem, and that feels resistant to you? You are acting in misalignment with universal flow. Focus instead of something that feels more open and free to you, whether on that subject or another one entirely.
You cannot do this logically. You must feel your way through it. If you are about to do something, and it feels like effort to you, pause and ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it inspired action, or is it action taken out of lack?
No matter what you do, always turn towards the flow. Turning towards the flow will feel like relief, not like effort. As you turn towards the flow, you will feel more and more relief as the energy is able to flow through you once again.
Do this for a few days, and see whether you don’t feel happier, and whether you aren’t seeing the manifestations of your desires in your life. This is how simple it can be.
How About You?
Now it’s your turn. What’s your experience with the universal flow, and the principle of non-doing? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Please comment below and let me know.
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