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As long as mind has not reached supreme quiet, it cannot act. Action caused by momentum is random action, not essential action. Therefore it is said that action influenced by things is human desire, while action uninfluenced by things is the action of Heaven. Desire is in considering things to exist, or being possessive toward things. This is thought that is out of place, action with an ulterior motive.

When not a single thought arises, then true mindfulness is born; this is pure attention. When the celestial potential is suddenly activated in the midst of silent trance, is this not spontaneous attention? This is what is meant by acting without striving.

                                                                 Excerpt from The Secret of the Golden Flower, China; Translation: Thomas Cleary