Friday, March 13, 2015
All Private Goals Are Neurotic
If I have extra time after meditating in the morning, I like to draw an inspirational book from and open it to a random page. It is remarkable how often the message is the perfect fit for my present reality. Today I pulled the an Osho Zen card from a set my friend Carolyn gave me a couple years ago. When I turned it over and read "STRESS," I laughed out loud. Here is what it had to say:
"ALL PRIVATE GOALS ARE NEUROTIC. The essential man comes to know, to feel, 'I am not separate from the whole, and there is no need to seek and search for any destiny on my own. Things are happening of their own accord. There is no need for me to make any struggle, any effort; there is no need for me to fight for anything. I can relax and be."
It goes on...
"THE ESSENTIAL MAN IS NOT A DOER. The accidental man is a doer. The accidental man is, of course, then in anxiety, tension, stress, anguish, continuously sitting on a volcano. It can erupt any moment, because he lives in a world of uncertainty and believes as if it is certain. This creates tension in his being: he knows deep down that nothing is certain."