So…I just finished a big project. A workshop of a new musical. And right afterwards, I got sick. It was like my body was declaring “HELL NO, K-Hanggi, you aren’t going anywhere, you aren’t doing anything. You are going to lie there, in bed, and rest…And maybe watch Netflix.”
Don’t. Do. Anything.
By the third day, just when I was starting to get a little energy back, I thought. “This is HEAVEN. I love not doing anything.” And I heard a voice say to me (and my deepest insights come, of course, from that Voice), “I want you to completely see how you are NOT the do-er. I am. Let me show you.”
In my life, I’ve always been one to push the ball up the mountain. In high school, my Mom said I burnt the candle at three ends, not just two. And yes, I’ve spent some time in Workaholics Anonymous years ago when I realized it was, um, an addiction.
Since then, I’ve gotten deep into exploring my feminine energy…being receptive…taking time off…listening to my intuition. All that good stuff.
And in the CREATE workshops that I teach with Natalie Roy, we always talk about the balance of the masculine and feminine energy. The process of getting INSPIRED IDEAS in the Feminine and then TAKING ACTION on those ideas in the Masculine.
But…over the last few days…the same few words keep coming back to me: The Law of Least Effort. I can hear Spirit encouraging me to give up effort. Really. And I can hear the urging to give up trying, hustling, all of that — because I’m being taken to a new place. An up-leveling. And there’s a certain amount of Surrendering, Trust, and Listening that are essential to this new place.
And as soon as I thought about blogging about this topic, I got excited. Could I practice “least effort” in every area of my life as an experiment? And see what happens?
Deepak Chopra talks about The Law of Least Effort in his book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” He compares it to following the example nature sets. He says “Grass doesn’t try to grow; it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim; they just swim. This is their intrinsic nature.”
The Tao Te Ching, which I LOVE, talks all about non-action. It says all sorts of things, to roughly paraphrase, that comes down to this idea: The Master does nothing and yet nothing is un-done. It’s the concept of We Wei — being in harmony with nature, letting things flow, engaging in life in an effortless way.
And I’ve seen this in my directing too: the less I interfere, and allow the actors to find it on their own, well, the more organic the scene is. It’s coming from a real place. So, the less I “direct,” the better.
I also know ALL THE PLACES that I try to “make” things happen in my life. I see it in the advancement of my career, in finance, with my body, and especially with my “to-do list.” And guess what? It just doesn’t work. I’ve also seen in my romantic life, the more I just allow, the better. The easier things flow.
So, I’m going to do a little experiment of not trying, just allowing, following the flow… And then see where it leads me!
If you wanna do the experiment to, here’s…
Exercise for Day 1:
Where do you see yourself trying hard? Pushing? Is there any area of your life where you just let things flow? And other areas where you really try and push? What’s the difference???