The Tao of Spirit Series

Lesson 8 – Action From Being

“A truly good man does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone. A foolish man is always doing, yet much remains to be done.” – Lao Tse (Chapter 38, Lao Te Ching)

“If we can just be, and we can let that being of who we are come forward, and we can let our voice and our mind just present themselves, this being will do away with all the doing that has been our compulsive and obsessive behavior. That being comes forward, and then it does the doing. And there’s no karma because the action is done from the state of being, not from the state of ego, or from right and wrong or from “I’m supposed to know” or anything else like that.” – John-Roger

The place that the action is coming from is the key. When we go out into the world, what kind of energy are we carrying with us? Are we going to be in our compulsiveness and our habit patterns, or are we going to be present in this energy of being?

Walt Whitman describes this attitude, this beingness that we can carry with us
beautifully:

“We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers nor any thing that is asserted. We hear the bawling and din, we are reached at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side. They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade, yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over.”
– Walt Whitman