Small Hall | reboot11
The art of not-doing
Being in sync with what wants to happen
Sometimes the most effective course of action is not the direct effort for you to go and do it, but the act of arranging the circumstances so that it is more likely to happen by itself.
We find bits of pieces of this concept in a range of subjects such as architecture, user interface design, psychology and mysticism.
Architects have to be aware of this, intuitively or not. It makes a difference where you put the doors and the windows and how you arrange the rooms in relation to each other. There will be certain rooms that are more appropriate for intimate encounters, others that will be more appropriate for business activities, etc.
On a website, if you move things around, change the colors, make buttons bigger or smaller, change the fonts, change the use of pictures - all of it will have an effect. People will act differently when they come to your site. How things are arranged might make the difference between just another site that people stay on for 5 seconds, or a runaway viral success.
It is not always the conscious, deliberate actions that make the most difference. It is not always your conscious thoughts that are the most useful. Admit it, you really have no idea how you manage to breathe and digest your food ,and how you put grammatically correct sentences together, and from where you get new ideas. It just sort of happens, based in part on what is going on in your body and in the sub-conscious parts of your mind, and what you somehow pick up from the universe in ways you don't quite understand.
A stage magician or a hypnotist will have a certain skill in keeping your conscious attention occupied, while the real action goes on elsewhere.
Sometimes surprising effects emerge. The sum is sometimes more than the parts. Nature is full of examples of systems and of emergence. Things just happen "by themselves" under certain circumstances, but not under other circumstances.
It is possible to make things happen without doing them. It is magic, but it is also very logical. There's a lot more leverage in spending your efforts on making certain things more likely to happen than in trying to do them all yourself. And it is much easier if you can plug into what actually wants to happen.