Chapter 26: To Be Effortless Is Just to Be Spontaneous
I have been studying Aikido for the past ten years, but I didn’t get the basic truth.
But when I saw the movement of your body in discourse, I understood the point of the basic truth:
I understood that the movement which is one with existence is coming from total relaxation and deep awareness. It is utterly different from the movement which one gets from training.
I feel very much, “action through inaction” by watching how you move. Please comment on “action through inaction.”
Beloved Master, I am grateful to you.
Action can be without any effort; then it is called actionless. If it comes out as a spontaneity, then it is called action without action. It is a very simple truth but has become very complicated, since we are trained for everything. We have all become actors. We are even told to smile; there are great philosophers like Dale Carnegie, who says, “You have to say to your wife at least three times a day ‘I love you, sweetheart.’” Whatever you are feeling is not the question. The emphasis is on the mask that you are wearing. Then everything, even smiling, becomes an effort.
Millions of people have forgotten how to laugh. In the Soviet Union, psychologists are preparing manuals for people to be taught in schools, colleges, hospitals, how to laugh, because they have discovered what I have been saying to you continually: that love and laughter go together, and laughter is one of the greatest medicines.
At the same time, it is also a great meditation. Only in the Soviet Union are they working very deeply to find out what happens when people laugh. Their blood flow changes, their brain cells become more active, their heartbeat becomes more rhythmic. Something like laughter has been found by the scientists to be of tremendous importance - but they are being immensely stupid about it. They think it has to be a training; every school child has to be trained how to laugh.
And if in the Soviet Union everybody is trained how to laugh, no laughter will exist at all. Now they are saying that in every hospital there should be a special ward, a humor ward where all the patients should tell jokes and laugh. It is very calculated: what their medicines cannot do, laughter can do.
But to me, if laughter comes as a training it may do something, but it cannot be a total transformation where in a single moment your whole being is thrilled, vast, rejuvenated, and there are no side-effects.
Just today, I came to know that one third of the diseases in the world are created by the doctors. Not knowingly - just because of their medicines, which are going to have after-effects. For the moment they may be useful, but they may create something in your chemistry, in your hormones, in your biology. And you may never connect them. You had taken the aspirin only for your headache - to be exactly true, only for your wife! But that aspirin is going to have its own effects, and you are a complex phenomenon.