Wuwei is a Daoist expression meaning “non-action”, or maybe more precisely “action through non-action”. Wuwei points towards a form of natural, relaxed, effortless, spontaneous and harmonious being in full acceptance of what is present – moving with the flow of things.
When we work with non-action we are traversing unknown territory and move into a field of not-knowing. The source of movement is sensitivity for that which is and a core practice is to become silent in our minds to give space for experiencing more of what is going on in the moment. To allow ourselves to be changed and co-created by the world instead of stubbornly holding on to our ideas about who we are and what the world is.
The known is contained within the mysterious unknown. By relaxing and unlearning what we believe is true we can see the world as it is really unfolding in the moment. The ideas (dogma, truths, moralities) we hold about both ourselves and about the world is what makes us stiff, inflexible and out of touch with the flow of life.
The opposite of being stiff and holding on to fixed ideas is connecting with uncertainty and generosity. Wuwei offers us the freedom to be generous in sharing our skills and in sharing ourselves. There are no secrets and teaching becomes a practice of vulnerability rather than superiority.