The Ego – Osho

“The ego is needed because the true self is not known.  The ego is a substitute.  It is a pseudo entity.  Because you don’t know yourself, you have to create an artificial center; otherwise functioning in life will be impossible.  Because you don’t know your real face, you have to wear a mask.  Not knowing the essential, you have to trust in the shadow.

There are only two ways of living life. One is to live it from the very core of your being which has been the way of the mystics.

Meditation is nothing but a device to make you aware of your real self, which is not created by you, which need not be created by you, which you already are.  You are born with it.   You are it!  It needs to be discovered.

Society does not allow it to happen.  No society allows it to happen because the real self is dangerous.  Dangerous for the established church.  Dangerous for the state.  Dangerous for the crowd. Dangerous for tradition.

Because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual. He no longer belongs to the mob psychology; he will not be superstitious and he cannot be exploited.  He cannot be led like cattle.  He cannot be ordered and commanded.  He will live according to his light.  He will live from his own inwardness.  His life will have tremendous beauty and integrity.  But that is the fear of the society.

Integrated persons become individuals and the society wants you to be non-individuals.  Instead of individuality, the society teaches you to be a personality. The word personality has to be understood. It comes from the root personapersona means “mask.”  The society gives you a false idea of who you are; it gives you just a toy, and you go on clinging to the toy your whole life.

One way to live is to live through meditation.  Then you live a life of rebellion, of adventure, of courage. Then you really live!  The other way to live, or to fake living, is the way of the ego: strengthen the ego, nourish the ego, cling to the ego so that you need not look into the self.  The ego is an artifact created by the society to deceive you, to distract you.”

The Most Uncharted Sea, OSHO Talks


Power Of Visualization

Shakti Gawain’s books are full of powerful affirmations and healing meditations.  Her first book, Creative Visualization, was written in 1978.  She suggested using your imagination to create what you want in your life!  It became a best seller and positively affected many lives!  Understanding the Law of Attraction, Shakti said, “Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the Universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you!”

Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon, wrote a book in 1960 called Psycho-Cybernetics. As a surgeon who altered the bodies of his clients, he found that very often their mindset was the same after surgery as before their physical changes.  The people were still thinking of themselves as old, overweight or disfigured.  Dr. Maltz wrote about them “setting the new goal of a positive outcome through visualization of that positive outcome … otherwise they will get stuck in a continuing pattern of limiting beliefs.” His ideas focused on visualizing one’s goals and he believed that self-image is the cornerstone of all the changes that take place in a person. According to Maltz, if one’s self-image is unhealthy or faulty — all of a person’s efforts will end in failure.

The power of visualization works using the ideas described below!

“A Bridge Across Forever” Quote From Richard Bach

“A Bridge Across Forever”

“I don’t know where you are, but you’re living right now, somewhere on this earth. And one day you and I are going to touch this gate where I’m touching it now. Your hand will touch this very wood, here! Then we’ll walk through and we’ll be full of a future and of a past and we’ll be to each other like no one else has ever been. We can’t meet now, I don’t know why. But some day our questions will be answers and we’ll be caught in something so bright…and every step I take is one step closer on a bridge we must cross to meet.”
― Richard BachThe Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story

An Act Of Love

“Most of us still need to learn how to take care of our physical body. We need to learn how to relax and how to sleep. We need to learn how to eat and consume in such a way that our body can be healthy, light, and at ease.

If we listen carefully, we can hear our body telling us all the time what it does and does not need. Although its voice is very clear, we seem to have lost our capacity to listen to it. We’ve pushed our body too hard, and so tension and pain have accumulated. We’ve been neglecting our body so long, it may be lonely. Our body has wisdom, and we need to give ourselves a chance to hear it.

In this very moment you may like to pause and reconnect with your body. Simply bring your awareness to your breathing, and recognize and acknowledge the presence of your whole body. You may like to say to yourself, ‘My dear body, I know you are there.’

Coming home to your body like this allows some of the tension to be gently released. This is an act of reconciliation. It is an act of love.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The Art of Living”.
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