For a really long time we’ve been told that the outcome or result of anything that we do or create is proportional to the efforts we put in for it, the more we try the better we get at any skill, which is undeniably true but an amazingly fascinating idea was introduced by an American philosopher, Aldous Huxley, it was also largely explored by another influential writer Alan Watts. He says the harder you try the worse you do, this Huxley called it the backward law or the law of reversed effort.
This doesn’t apply to many cases but it does clear the obscurities in various other complexities and life scenarios, especially in situations where our conscious will is applied to reach our goals. Alan Watts beautifully explains this with these meticulous examples “When you try to stay on the surface of the water you sink; but when you try to sink you float. When you hold your breath you lose it—“
As striking as it may seem this is an extremely interesting and functional law which helps us solve realistic problems, the more you fear death, the less you’ll live in your present moment, you’ll always remain poor in your mind as you will aspire for a prodigal lifestyle, the more audacious you want to be, the more anxious and scared you will be mentally.
The great Lao-tzu a Chinese sage who is also a master of this law declared that one must get rid of knowledge in order to assimilate anything as we cannot teach or convince the ones who claim to know it by justifying themselves in order to gather wisdom.
This law is largely useful in our quotidian life, we always desire to eliminate stress and negativity regularly only to make us more insecure and anxious, we have to delve into the act of fostering a comprehending mindset of self but not force it to reside with us because in a conflicting mind there’s always a lurking war between the conscious and the subconscious minds eventually the subconscious mind is the one that gives in.
Life is really a rollercoaster but the moment you live in is the only moment you can make the most of, the never-ending desires and overthinking thoughts only lead us to an unimaginably enigmatic situations which are predominantly stressful. To live in the present and to acknowledge the moment cannot be preached but experienced and practiced, our minds are under constant pursuit of new and ceaseless thoughts, the contrasting thoughts that are lining up one after are the thoughts that ruin our mental peace, since our journey is extra memorable than our ultimate destination, mental peace and sanity is more important than the excessive mental exhaustion that we cause to our ever precarious minds thus letting it go is and relaxing can be fruitful and satisfactory, as Alan Watts puts it “The best way to clear muddy water is leaving it alone”.