Daily Zen - Practical Life Guidance

How To Achieve Something

Ancient wisdom says that to move forward, you have to go backward. To go up, you have to fall down. To be something, you have to be nothing, a nobody….

Every solution to every problem is to first let it go. Stop caring about it. Stop trying so hard. Then you know exactly what to do next and you’re inspired to do it. This is called ‘action from inaction.’ This is how you end up with the RIGHT action; otherwise, the harder you try, the more you fail. Or, you may find out later your “success” was just a trap for a miserable life.

Doing one thing to experience the opposite thing might seem counterproductive until it becomes clear the universe functions on polarities, or what science calls quantum entanglement.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Not some of the time, not most of the time – EVERY time. You can count on it.

When you finally step forward in life and put yourself out there, have you ever wondered why there’s always some obstacle or someone there to oppose you? That’s just a natural law of the universe to stay in balance.

Eventually you figure out that when you want to go one way, you have to first go the other way. Then you are not inviting resistance in order to balance your action.

This is what the ancient sages meant when they talked about humility. Humility isn’t some pious, ‘do good’ pursuit. It’s how you get the greatest return for the least amount of effort.

By being nothing, you become everything. By letting it all go, everything comes to you. By dropping all ambitions, you achieve the whole world.

“Rather than advance an inch, I would rather retreat a foot.” — Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching