“In your very understanding you are free” (Osho)
The master teacher Osho said something really important: we cannot understand more than we experience. Words are just illusions. I mean that we can turn ourselves into great scholars and get a lot of information but it is still an illusion. People really believe that information is knowledge but it is not. Information is memory while knowledge is experience. A computer is intelligent but it is not wise.
A few days ago I was invited to speak with a large group of young students in a high school in Norway. They asked me many questions and I kept trying to redirect their attention to their hearts. The brain always asks but the heart always listens. The brain has thoughts while the heart has dreams and images. When we are in the brain we think without interruption. In the brain, what automatically comes to our minds are questions about how to act. When we are in the heart we do not ask anything; we just see, feel and listen. The heart never asks any questions; the heart simply listens and acts.
Once we are in the heart we see the door and we move through. As long as we are in the brain we try to go through the wall and we continuously hit our heads.
In the last couple of years I have really become a world traveler. I literally went across the continents and met thousands of people. Based on what I saw all over the world I can say without a doubt that the main obstacle to getting into the heart is the fight with ourselves. We do not trust ourselves. Getting into the heart is easy if we trust ourselves and surrender to the power of the heart.
How can we win without fighting? Well, this is the secret: when we stop fighting, we are able to move like a stream flowing down from the serene mountain to the beautiful valley. When I teach tai chi the main request I have for my students is to relax, to surrender and let themselves flow silently. This is the loveliness of feminine energy. It flows – it is soft and gentle.
You might ask yourself why it is so important to be in the heart and experience, rather than to sit in the head and get only the illusion of words, the illusion of information. The answer is that in the heart there is something that will catch your attention. Once you get into the heart and go through this experience then all of existence becomes your friend. Your quality of love becomes completely different. It is a state of consciousness that changes your energy completely. You do not merely love somebody in particular. You become love! It doesn’t matter what you do; you are purely unconditional love. And all of existence gives you abundance.
Remember that existence is a mirror: it reflects whatever you do and feel. Existence echoes you. Isn’t that extraordinary? You send a flower and receive a garden! You become so grateful to be alive that every single moment in your existence becomes a celebration.
We have forgotten to celebrate. In my journeys I had the chance to see communities of aboriginals living deep in the middle of nature, and I have to confess that I was jealous. They did not need any reason to celebrate; life was enough reason for them to celebrate. They were kissing the trees and they were speaking with the animals and each night they would dance until they fell asleep. Then they would wake up in the morning and work Mother Earth singing happily. All men were kings and all women were queens. The women never heard about (the pop singers) Shaquira or Beyonce and still all of them were dancing and celebrating each moment of their lives. All of them were Shaquiras and Beyonces. Isn’t that great?
Remember that we were born here to celebrate! We created obstacles and we now try to overcome them in order to celebrate. Celebration became a sort of bravery. How do you dare to celebrate? Well, I am here now to tell you that you can celebrate. As Osho said, you do not need to become a Buddha to celebrate. It is exactly the opposite: you can celebrate and then you are already a Buddha. If you can dance and celebrate, you are already a Buddha.
Our entire lives should be one celebration after another. Dance, run after butterflies, watch a flower, let all of your life be a wonder. Wonder is even beyond knowledge. It is just now and nothing else. Past, present and future are all happening at the same time. Every moment becomes new and all life becomes a wonder and a celebration.