If you want to get out of that chair you are sitting in then what is the first thing you must do? That’s right! You must first push down with your feet and hands if you want to stand up. If you then choose to walk to your fridge for a cold drink, you must first push your foot in the opposite direction from the fridge so that you will move forward toward that beer in the icebox. If you want to drive a nail you begin by moving the hammer in the opposite direction. If you want to build a skyscraper you start by digging a hole.
Now here comes the do-nothing part. When you stop going in the opposite direction and just before you go forward you are completely at rest, aren’t you? When your foot is done pushing backward and just before it swings forward, it is at rest. When you raise the hammer back it stops just before you swing it forward. You see, doing nothing is built into every activity.
Even the simplest form of activity in creation, the sine wave, exhibits this do-nothing-to-do-something principle. The sine wave goes up, then down, then up, then down, and that’s all it does for its whole life. But it’s not just work, work, work, for the lowly sine wave. After each up and after each down he gets to take a short rest, something like a coffee break. It appears that the universe is a benevolent employer, building rest, the art of doing nothing, into every activity even at the most basic level of creation.
Now would be a good time to take a closer look at this fascinating principle. Let’s take the example of shooting an arrow at a target. This is a great analogy for uncovering the principles of dynamic action and success, the very founding principles at work in the EuStillness Technique.
Now let’s say that you want to shoot an arrow at a target. What is the first thing you must do? You must first draw the arrow in the opposite direction from the target. Isn’t that right? Once you have drawn the arrow back fully and just before you release it the arrow is at rest, isn’t it? It is in a different state of rest than if the arrow were just lying on the ground. The fully drawn arrow displays a dynamic rest. It is not moving but has the full potential to do so as soon as you release it.
What do you do next? You aim at the target, don’t you? Now, once you have fully drawn the arrow and aimed it at the target, what must you do to get the arrow into the target? That’s right … Nothing! Before you release the arrow your muscles are tense holding the arrow in place. All you have to do is stop doing. In this case, you let your muscles relax and instantly the arrow takes flight. If your aim is true you will score a bull’s-eye. This is exactly how the EuStillness Technique works.
(We’ll continue along this line of reasoning and expand the Bow-&-Arrow analogy in our next blog.)
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