Nonanticipation - 非預期 - Fēi yùqí
Do not ever cease to try,
forget thoughts of personal gain.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
We should not pray or meditate with thoughts of personal gain. We should hold no expectations. Then, the true rewards will come. If you strive for power or gifts, none will come. You will become lustful, lost in a sea of your own desires. Praying for results brings nothing, but resentment. The true spirit appears when no expectations exist to hamper it.
Great teachings speak of results, but they do so merely to prepare the aspiring person for the experiences that will come. It is important not to see Taoist writings as advertisements; they are just descriptions of a possible encounter.
Sit down, banish thoughts of results, and you will move naturally, spontaneously with Tao. It is admittedly a paradox. We know what to expect, and yet, we allow them to appear on their own time. It seems to be irrational, and utterly inefficient. Yet, if we truly know Tao, we know this is the fastest way to rejoin the swift current.