Knowing, Doing and Being

There are three aspects to Tantra: knowing, doing and being. In tantrik cosmology, ‘knowing’ is the outer path, ‘doing’ is inner path and ‘being’ the secret path. The key to all the three paths is the relationship becasue in tantra there are no ‘things’; there are only relationships that we develop with our awareness. Knowing is about developing a ‘view’. It is about rationalizing, creating foundation, and understanding principles. It is the relationship based on subject-object, content and structure. Doing is about practice. It is the relationship based on process, timing and harmony. Practice is founded on a solid view. Without view there is no practice. Being is is about totality or wholeness. It is the relationship based on love and compassion; it is about being in love.When I first started doing Craniosacral work it was all about what I ‘knew’. My understanding at that time was rational, technical and skillful. Later, as my ‘practice’ developed, my knowing went into background and ‘doing’ became the primary way of work. In ‘doing’ things happen, I moved with the insight of what is unfolding in the dance of healing session. There was no-effort. It is totally effortless and even after many hours of doing you are not tired because you are totally present. Effortless doing requires being present with the awareness. As the practice grows deeper something else starts to happen. I become aware of timelessness, everything seems to dissolve in fluids and oceanic tides of consciousness. There is no ‘I’ of me or client, just the sense of ‘being’; alive, conscious and fluid. Working from ‘being’ is ‘not-doing’ or ‘effort-less doing’ or wu-wei. There is no desire to ‘do this’ or ‘do that’. The action and movements come from the heart, the living matrix, and you follow them like a cloud floating with the movement of wind. ‘Knowing’ operates from the intellect, ‘Doing’ is from the hara or ‘the embodied self’ and ‘Being’ unfolds from the ‘heart’.

Practice not-doing, and every thing will fall into place. ~Lao-tzu

Someone asked Osho: “Wu Wei and the way of the Heart – How are they Interrelated?” Osho replied, “They are not interrelated; they are one and the same thing – just two ways of saying the same thing. Wu-wei means action without action. It means doing without doing. It means allowing that which wants to happen. Don’t do it, allow it to happen. And that is the way of the heart. The way of the heart means the way of love. Can you do love? It is impossible to do love. You can be in love but you cannot do it. But we go on using expressions, like ‘making love’, which are foolish. How can you make love? When love is there, you are not there. When love is there, the manipulator, the maker, is not there.” In my journey through Mt. Kailash, I met an old hermit who was making his way through Himalayan mountains. It was the bitter cold, rivers and lake were frozen and ground was covered with fresh snow from over night and hermit did not even have any shoes. And here I was wrapped in four layers and boots. I asked him, “How will you ever get there in this kind of weather, do you need any help? “The hermit laughed and replied, “My heart has already got there, so it’s easy for the rest of me to follow.”

Now be silent.
Let the One who creates the words speak.
He made the door.
He made the lock.
He also made the key.
~ Rumi

Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet-
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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