After the initial blow to the ego, “no merit” can actually show us a way to an immense sense of freedom. Doing something for its own sake, without trying to gain or manipulate anything, but simply as an act of devotion, can be a truly liberating experience. That is the true power of “no merit”.
The first time I found myself actually experiencing total rest, there was an almost immediate emotional/intellectual reaction, a deep unease and even fear, and that was the first time I realized that my habitual self-centeredness (a.k.a the ego), was not going down without a fight. So if I’m going to tame the habit, it is going to take real work.