By: Enck Kanaj
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The natural or effortless way of living is very easy to apply, because it is intrinsically imprinted upon our being. It is all about harnessing the power of intention, the law of non-interference, and respect for opposing forces. We forget this path, however, because we are taught that life is a struggle and that we should find it challenging to live a better life. Then, we become so deeply indentified with the learned schemas of “how to be successful in life” that we forget who we are and how to find our place in this world through the natural way of living. To determine if you are living the natural or effortless way, simply observe yourself and find out if you are struggling. If you are exhausted in your attempts to achieve higher goals, then you have not incorporated the natural way in your attempts to manifest success.
Furthermore, we struggle when we want to manifest something with which we do not resonate subconsciously. In other words, we may consciously desire something in life, but our subconscious mind can sabotage our efforts. This happens because of the tendency in human beings to crave only one pole in the duality of opposing forces and to resist the other pole. What we resist, however, is impressed upon our subconscious mind, manifesting in undesirable realities that seem fated. Said another way, what we resist persists. The natural way of manifesting success implies non-interference with the intrinsic process of swinging between the two opposite poles of duality and the opposing forces inherent to all things. There are two opposing forces maintaining the equilibrium and dynamism of every natural process on every level of the universe. Most people go against the natural flow by undermining the manifestation of their goals because they crave what they do not have and fail to appreciate what they do have. Appreciating what one has and the state one is in implies a respect for the natural flow without resistance. It is impossible to soar to the heights if one does not accept and appreciate when one is in a low. The heights cannot be maintained without sometimes venturing to the lows. Winning cannot be experienced without losing. This is the way of nature. Going with it conserves power. Resisting it results in the loss of power.
Everyone seems to struggle to live a better life. Whether in school, at the university, or at work earning money to have what they want and meet daily expenses. We also struggle to plan and create the life we desire. Frequently, it feels very difficult to achieve and accomplish those plans. Ask yourself a question. How many of your past plans have actually come to fruition? Do you believe you had total control over the reality of your plans coming true? How much energy have you consumed to achieve things that were not possible to achieve? Did the efforts and your individual energy consumption justify what you achieved? Did your efforts and actions bring you the results you expected, and were they worth the time and energy? If we exhaust ourselves by struggling all the time, we need to learn the natural approach to accomplishing more of the things we desire without becoming desperate. The natural way of living involves accomplishing things more effortlessly than before. That is the way of nature, which has been taught since ancient times. The ancient people were not more clever than modern humans, but they were better observers of nature. They understood that nature always finds the most efficient way to accomplish itself. This truth is reflected in every physical law of universe.
The natural approach consists of the application of two principles: 1) We cannot control reality or others. Reality is as it is and others are who they are; we must accept them for what and who they are. 2) We have to know ourselves and accept ourselves for who we are.
Thus, we struggle only when we violate one of these principles.
Life and reality are, most of the time, composed of a variety of spontaneous events. Rather than resisting them, allow things to flow naturally in the way that they will. Resisting the natural flow of reality only creates suffering and energy consumption.
You may be forcing yourself to be someone who you cannot be. When you cease struggling and forcing yourself into behaving according to a mental self-image, and instead accept yourself for who and what you really are, you will achieve more. Trying to be someone you are not is against the natural way of living. Often the problem is you, rather than the outside reality you might blame. Thus, you must first know yourself.
The natural way of accomplishing is based upon the principle of least interference. In other words, we should interfere with the natural flow of reality as little as possible. For instance, if you live in a place filled with people you do not like, you have two options: to improve that place or to leave and find a better place. Both options can be in alignment with the natural approach of living, depending upon which of the two options causes you to expend the least amount of energy. If possible, it would be better to contribute toward improving the place in which you live but if you cannot change the people surrounding you, it would be better to find another place with better people. This is more natural.
I am not declaring that we should eliminate all desires and expectations and take no action or do nothing. Of course we must do something, but what we do should be done according to the natural way of achieving and living. The natural way of accomplishing something requires less action and energy consumption than the unnatural way of striving. This natural approach will in no way allow you to achieve and accomplish everything you desire. No approach on Earth can do that. I can guarantee, however, that this natural approach will boost your performance and results by 300%.
Do not keep struggling, because struggling is not natural. I am not saying to refrain from all action, but rather to minimize and optimize your actions and take them at the right time and in the right place. The intention of accomplishing something you desire is more powerful and is in accordance with the natural way. Through the power of intention, you do not interfere with the natural flow, but instead wait for the right time and the right place, in accordance with your true self. Let us suppose that we have to compare the power of action with that of intention. Which wins, action or intention? Of course the power of intention is more powerful than the power of action. Through intention, you have the power of all of nature and the universe. You can take endless actions in violation of the natural flow of events, and which will cause you suffering, sorrow, and energy consumptions. Through intent, however, you wait for the right time and you choose the right place to take one single action designed to lead you down the path of success. The power of intention is closer to the natural way of achieving success. The power of intention aims to minimize your actions.
The right place for each one of us in this big world is effortlessly presented many times in our life; but we are frequently too blind to see it. To step into the right place requires us to be good observers and to know ourselves.
No one can explain the concept of the natural way of living more effectively and more deeply than Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and the father of Taoism:
“In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao (the natural way),
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.
True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.”
Taoism is a philosophical and religious tradition that aims at living in harmony with the Tao. The term Tao means “way,” “path,” or “principle,” and can also be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. Taoists are well known for their skills at the martial arts, the secret of which is the natural way or the principle of least action or interference. Taoist martial artists learn to defend themselves, not to attack others, by using the energy of the attacker or enemy. The Taoist martial arts are only used passively in combat situations and their techniques are based on the principles of least action, requiring that one wait until the opponent initiates the attack and emphasizing neutralization over resistance.
Further physicists are familiar with the “.” This principle describes all physical laws of motion and the propagation of light, including electromagnetism and quantum theory. Basically, the principle states that nature always finds the most efficient way, requiring the least action, from one point to another.
Reality is infinite and extremely complex, because there are infinite factors and actors all interrelated with each other creating a matrix. Reality changes rapidly, spontaneously, and unpredictably. Reality is a very dynamic scene and very “uncertain.” Often, the series of spontaneous changes is impossible to forecast.
In order to cope with the complexity of reality, our brains create simplified models to orient ourselves in reality. The models are just like maps, but, similarly to maps, there is always something in the territory that is not reflected on the map. Therefore, no model can be used to grasp reality. Reality is uncertain, because in addition to the fact that “we know that there are things we don’t know,”there are things “we don’t know that we don’t know.”
Reality is like Plasticine that is being continuously reshaped. Human being and reality reciprocally shape each other. Human activity shapes reality and reality shapes humans. What is more important is that the modern world and society (aspects of reality) are becoming even more complex and spontaneous. Business people know this very well, since they see their businesses fluctuate dramatically or even go bankrupt based upon very unpredictable changes in human demands.
The best concept in quantum theory for representing society is the principle of quantum coherence in the physics of organisms. In ordinary terms, coherence implies correlation or connectedness. Quantum coherent systems have neither space nor time separation. In a living organism, due to quantum coherence, every part of the system on a quantum level can have maximum freedom while being in tune with the whole. Due to connectedness, a small change in one part is reflected throughout the entire system.
Let us consider society as a living organism. We must be in tune with society as a whole. The means of communication are sophisticated and one change anywhere in the world directly affects the rest of the world. The keys to being in tune with the wholeness of reality are information and interchange. We have to be informed as much as possible. For instance, businesses and companies must be continuously updated with the competitors’ developments. Otherwise, they may go bankrupt. This is valid on an individual level, too, as we must remain in tune with society.
On an individual level, however, the natural way of being in tune with the outside plastic reality is to be “formless.” This means not having strong beliefs or dogmas to which we adhere, but being ready to change our beliefs about everything and exploit every new opportunity. We have to change our views relating to science, economics, politics, and so forth. Nothing is permanent; rather, all things are fluid. The nature of reality is fluid. For instance, we have a strong belief that science is exact and settled. When we consider modern quantum physics, however, we understand that Newtonian physics is wrong. Science is partially wrong and partially right.
Our freedom is as big as the extent to which the principle of being in tune with the whole is not violated. Our local freedom should be extended as much as we respect being in tune with the wholeness.
To live effortlessly the natural way, we must consider reality as a set of gates through which we can enter, walking the paths inside of them. We must not try to change reality or the world, but we can choose which gates to enter and exit. For every set of beliefs there is a gate. In other words, if we change our beliefs, we should exit the current gate and enter another gate.
Does our life have a purpose? The only purpose is to maintain our individual life and increase our happiness as much as possible while feeling good. Any other purpose serves this first purpose of feeling good. Many people think that their first purpose is to help others. However, they are not helping anyone other than themselves. What they are doing is helping themselves through helping others. The natural way of living is to help others when you need help.
As mentioned, we have to minimize actions or take fewer actions in comparison to the unnatural way of engaging in endless actions that are against the natural flow of things. In no way, however, does this mean that we have to remain motionless when opportunities are encountered. We have to take actions when the opportunities appear and our actions are conforming to the natural flow of reality. At the core of the evolution of life and the natural way is dynamism. We must be dynamic throughout life. To state it more clearly, we have to follow the dynamism of reality and life. Being static with regards to every aspect of living is harmful. For instance, eating only one diet, staying in the same place, or working at the same job for a long period of time is harmful. Everything should be alternated with its opposite.
Everything in the universe is of a dual nature and is structured according to cycles within cycles. Large cycles are composed of smaller cycles. Every cycle requires at least two opposing forces in order to maintain a dynamic equilibrium or motion. I believe that these cycles within cycles and opposing forces permeate everything, from the microscopic world of electrons to the cosmological level of galaxies, including the physiology of our bodies and psychological levels of the human mind. These principles are ancient ideas developed from the philosophies of Taoism in ancient China, which calls the opposing forces yang and yin. I would like to incorporate this idea into my theory of the natural way of being. In order to maintain the equilibrium of being-ness, we need to balance the two opposing forces in every aspect of life. These two opposing forces, yin and yang, balance each other by being converted or transformed cyclically into each other, thereby maintaining the dynamism of life. People usually crave only one pole of universal duality by attempting to destroy this equilibrium and dynamism. Seeking only one pole of duality, that which is considered good, is an illusion of the ego. When we believe that some things are “good” and some things are “bad” and that to be fulfilled, people must acquire only the “good” things, we are literally being deceived by this ego illusion, which is separateness-oriented, and unable to comprehend the wholeness of things. People must accept both the “good” and the “bad “of every aspect of life. Let us look at some examples:
Without being low, you cannot attain the heights. Many successful people who have achieved many remarkable goals in life have experienced great lows, and have had to overcome tremendously difficult situations.
In the pursuit of any goal, “opposing forces” will be encountered along the path, which are not inherently bad, as they are only the forces maintaining equilibrium, without which the process of the manifestation of goal cannot be furthered.
It is our incorrect perception of these forces that results in sorrow when encountering the so-called bad things. The bad things are part of the equilibrium and dynamism inherent to the process of attaining the desired goal. If the bad things are fought or resisted, the process is destroyed. If the bad things are unbearable, it may be best to abandon that goal and the process itself, because it may not truly be desired, instead being a goal originating purely in the ego.
The law of attraction is the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy and the idea that like energy attracts like energy.
First and foremost, the law of attraction is the law of the subconscious and has nothing to do with metaphysics. We create reality, both consciously (in a state of awareness) and subconsciously (in a state of unawareness). The undesirable truth is that we create 70% of our reality subconsciously and 30% consciously. Most of the time, we are unaware when we create our outer reality. Reading the following statement by Carl Jung is sufficient for understanding this: “Whatever is not conscious will be experienced as fate.” Our outer reality is primarily the reflection of our inner subconscious reality. Therefore, the most valuable pursuit is to become aware of our subconscious issues, which prohibit us from consciously creating our reality. We can focus all day on positive thoughts, but what is unconscious will not become conscious through such forced focus in an attempt to be someone other than who we are. The more we attempt to be someone other than who we are, the more we suppress our unconscious emotional issues into our unconscious mind. The more we fight our negative thoughts, the more we impress them into our subconscious, which then manifests subconsciously in outward reality. Moreover, the law of attraction is in direct opposition to the natural way of living and the true state of duality. The natural way of living is nonresistance, acceptance, and non-striving. One may wish to apply the law of attraction to attract something one does not have, but if one does not have something it is because one is not resonating subconsciously with it, which indicates that by pursuing it, one is resisting one’s current state of living and being. The more something is resisted, the more it persists. The very act of applying the law of attraction as a method will impress further upon the subconscious mind that the particular thing being desired is lacking. The only natural way to change one’s current state is to love and accept one’s current state of being without trying at all to be other than what one is. Loving what one has and what one is impresses the perception of prosperity into the subconscious mind. This is enlightenment. By loving oneself and one’s current state of living and being, one becomes more easily aware of unconscious baggage, and gains the freedom to change. Without loving and accepting oneself as one is, however, change is impossible. Negative thoughts cannot be changed without first loving them and accepting them. The principle of duality is that there is no negative thought without a positive thought. It is unnatural to have only positive thoughts. They cannot exist without negative thoughts. Swinging between negative and positive thoughts is the natural process. The problem arises when people become trapped in negative thoughts and or undesirable situations because those things are what they are resisting and fighting. Resisting one pole of duality by craving only the other pole, whether that is wealth, beauty, a successful career, or some other thing, is unnatural, and results in a loss of the 50%/50% balance between opposing forces, which is the natural way. Too often, people think negatively 90% of the time and positively 10% of the time. All we need to do is love and accept ourselves the way we are and let go in order to enter the balance of the natural way of living. Craving is translated in the subconscious mind into the notion that we lack something. When we love and accept our current state of living and being, we will achieve more in every aspect of life. No matter how much we have, if we love our current state of wealth we impress prosperity into our subconscious mind, which will make us wealthier. If we resist what we do not like, then we interfere with the natural process characterized by the law of duality, which embodies both forces, the bad and the good, the positive and the negative. Therefore, avoiding these forces and attempting to reject the things that we do not like undermines the natural processes of dynamism and equilibrium, which are maintained by the coupling of opposing forces.
However, there is a supernatural state in meditation in which there is an absence of all positive and negative thoughts. This is point zero, which ordinary people cannot achieve. Only masters of meditation can achieve a state in which there are 0% positive thoughts and 0% negative thoughts. In this state, there remains a balance, and there is only the present awareness and a state of pure being-ness. In this state, negative thoughts annihilate positive thoughts just like electrons annihilate positrons (positive electrons) by producing photons of light.
Now, I would like to explain the illusion of the law of attraction. Many of the events that occur in reality and life are a result of randomness. When I say random, what I mean is that the cause is unknown to us. The behavior of a very complex system (like society) can be described only through statistics, because it is impossible to forecast all of the exceedingly large number of factors.
The trick regarding the law of attraction is that the brain acts as a filter, selecting information from reality that conforms to one’s beliefs and filters out any conflicting information. The brain has an incredible capacity to create patterns of causality even with random events, filtering out anything that does not conform to the patterns it perceives. Thus, when we expect to see a thing or a specific quality, we will see it, but its opposite will be there too, filtered out by the brain. The problem with filtering is that when we do encounter the opposite effect, which is necessary to the natural process of manifestation in accordance with the law of duality, we tend to say “I might have done something wrong while using the law of attraction” and then try to improve the performance of the law of attraction so as to create only the desired qualities and objects. This results in futile striving, and consequently further impresses the state of lack onto our subconscious mind.
Almost all people are not living according to their true self, but are instead manifesting a false self. People feel more comfortable living as a false self because they fear being judged by others. Adopting a false self is a defense mechanism designed to avoid judgment from others and to maintain the state of being loved by others. We are beings who need love. We cannot live without love. Love is food for the soul.
Both judging others and the fear of being judged are reflections of our subconscious fear of a lack of love. When we were children, we were programmed to associate judgment with the absence of love. Parents and others withdrew love from us when they judged us for certain mistakes we may have made. Thus, on a subconscious level in our mind, judgment is associated with not being loved. The most judgmental person one will ever encounter, however, is oneself.
The secret to subjugating the fear of being judged is to love oneself. Why? Because the subconscious mind, where our soul resides, does not distinguish if love comes from others or from our own self. For our soul, it is the same whether the love is received from others or from inside. We can compensate for the absence of love from others by loving ourselves. The more we love ourselves, the more we value and feel confident about our true self. Said differently, the more we love ourselves, the more we express our true self and the closer we come to finding the natural way of living. The key to the natural way of living is to know ourselves and to live the truth of who we are without trying to be what we think we should be, which is a self-image imposed by others or by parental and societal programming.
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The natural or effortless way of living is very easy to apply, because it is intrinsically imprinted upon our being. It is all about harnessing the power of intention, the law of non-interference, and having respect for opposing forces. We forget our natural way of being, however, because we are taught that life is a struggle and that we should find it challenging to live a better life. Then, we become so deeply identified with the struggle of "how to be successful" that we forget who we truly are and how to find our place in this world through the natural way of living. Are you tired of reading books about the Law of Attraction only to find it’s still not working? We struggle when we want to manifest something with which we do not resonate subconsciously. In other words, we may consciously desire something in life, but our subconscious mind can sabotage our efforts. Read The Natural Way of Living: How to Effortlessly Manifest Your Goals, Why the Law of Attraction Does Not Work and learn how to making simple shifts can increase your power and awareness and start manifesting your dreams into reality!