The Power of Doing Nothing

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Ancient Chinese philosopher and poet Lao-tzu, author of Tao Te Ching, once said, “When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.”


When you are at a place in your life where you do not know which way to turn, what is your usual response?

In our view, the best response is always to do nothing. We’re aware the usual response in Western society is to take action. It doesn’t matter what the action is. Just do something.

Your Western mentality dictates, when faced with challenges, you should do something, anything. That is almost always wrong.

The best way to face a challenge, any challenge, is to do nothing. That sounds like heresy to Western ears.

The compulsion to do something, anything in the face of challenges is counterproductive. It shows a lack of trust in yourself, in life, in God.

By always doing instead of just be-ing, you are betraying yourselves, your lives, your dreams, your well-being.

When you hit the rough spots in your life path, the best thing to do is nothing.

When you get into that still, quiet place your soul lives in eternally, you will touch the hand of God. Then, and only then will you be guided to take only right action. Action, being directed by your higher selves, by God, Goddess will always be right action.

To put it simply, doing nothing is the most powerful “action” you can take. Doing nothing till your higher self, your God nudges you into action is always your highest and best path.

Copyright © 2022 by John Cali and Berna Copray
Edited by Berna Copray


This video, The Art of Doing Nothing, shows how doing nothing is a life skill that can transform lives.

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4 Responses

  1. Pat

    Thank you, John. I struggle with this constantly but am learning to follow Spirit’s leading more than just jumping into action. Problem is I look around my house and there is so much I could do but more often than not I do nothing. You see . . . still struggling. Hope you are all well and safe. Take care.

    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, Pat. It certainly is a challenge for most of us in our action-obsessed world today.
      All is well here, thanks. I hope there too. Many blessings to you and yours.

  2. Jeannie

    as I look over the years I can see how it all works.
    We have the tendency to panic and grasp at straws, wrong move.
    When I relax and just let things be things work out.
    Wish I understood that when I was younger!

    Brilliant post and reminder. Thanks to you and Spirit!

    And Happy Fathers Day to you!

    love and hugs

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