Principle 12 reflections part 2

This is our second week focusing on Principle 12, also known as the Principle of Accumulating Actions. It says:
”Contradictory or Unifying Acts Accumulate Within You. If You Repeat Your Acts Of Internal Unity Then Nothing Can Detain You.”

This week we are asking ourselves how this principle played out (or didn’t) in our past. Can I see how my actions in a certain direction accumulated reinforcing or discouraging new actions or a certain direction.

Please remember the Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant as morals. They are part of a dynamic meditation, a discipline that you can practice in every moment of your life. They are principles, general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.

Here’s some personal reflections. I hope they’ll assist your own.
Less is more, at least some times and in some cases.
Considering each principle over 4 weeks gives us sufficient time to at least make possible a cursory exploration of key aspects. Of course it does not guarantee that we’ll do anything of the sort. But if I can have a clear intention to find a moment
(not a minute, less time than that maybe 30 sec) to at least remember the subject today, and I do the same tomorrow, and the next day the same. Eventually I do more I reflect a bit, I wonder what the principle means, is it true, how does it apply? Of course I forget about it for days.

But every week I go to my meeting (or receive a note like this, that perhaps I even read) and I’m reminded, if only in passing. Weeks become months, perhaps years, but eventually I start to integrate not only the meditation, but even a new kind of behaviour, a style of life, based on the principles, and my internal registers of contradiction or unity as guides. Eventually, every day and every activity are also pretexts to, or if you prefer, contexts for, the practice of this dynamic form of meditation.

An important key to that practice is given in this principle, in the idea of accumulating a tendency through repetition. Better mere moments of reflection repeated in an ongoing way than a long enthusiastic session or two repeated and then abandoned. It’s one of those situations where less is more.

It’s like the old story of how a single downpour falling on rocky ground, might wash away some loose topsoil but even a drip repeated over millennia will carve out the twists and turns channel that will mark the direction of a great river.

Remember Lao Tzu’s comments about the gentle force exerted by water? In chapter 78 of the Tao Te Ching he writes:

Nothing in the world is weaker or more yielding than water.
Yet for overcoming the hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard. The weak overcomes the strong.
Everybody knows that’s true but few can put into practice.