The Secret of the Golden Flower

What then did these people do in order to achieve the progress that freed them ?

As far as I could see they did nothing (wu wei), but let things happen, for, as Master Lao Tzu teaches in our text, the Light circulates according to its own law, if one does not give up one’ s accustomed calling.

The art of letting things happen, action in non-action, letting go of oneself, as taught by Master Eckhart, became a key to me with which I was able to open the door to the “Way.”

The key is this : we must be able to let things happen in the psyche.

For us, this becomes a real art of which few people know anything.

Consciousness is forever interfering, helping, correcting, and negating, and never leaving the simple growth of the psychic processes in peace.

It would be a simple enough thing to do, if only simplicity were not the most difficult of all things.

It consists solely in watching objectively the development of any fragment of fantasy.

Nothing could be simpler than this, and yet right here the difficulties begin.

Apparently no fantasy fragment

is at hand-yes there is one, but it is too stupid!

Thousands of good excuses are brought against it: one cannot concentrate on it; it is too boring; what could come out of it ? It is ” nothing but, etc..

The conscious raises prolific objections, in fact, it often seems bent Upon blotting out the spontaneous fantasy-activity despite the intention, nay, the firm determination of the individual, to allow the psychic processes to go forward without interference.

In many cases there exists a veritable spasm of the conscious. ~Carl Jung, Secret of the Golden Flower, Page 90-91