06 Mar Unless you are finished with the past you are living a ghost life (OSHO)
You need space; the past is so much inside — a junkyard of dead things. There is no space for the present to enter. That junkyard goes on dreaming about the future, so half the place is filled with that which is no more and half the place is filled with that which is not yet.
And the present?
It simply waits outside the door.
That’s why the present is nothing but a passage, a passage from the past to the future, just a momentary passage.
Be finished with the past!
Unless you are finished with the past you are living a ghost life. Your life is not true, it is not existential.
The past lives through you, the dead goes on haunting you. Go backwards.
Whenever you have an opportunity, whenever something happens in you: happiness, unhappiness, sadness, anger, jealousy, close the eyes and go backwards. Soon you will become efficient in travelling backwards. Soon you will be able to go back in time and then many wounds will open.
When those wounds open inside you, don’t start doing anything. There is no need to do. You simply watch, look, observe; the wound is there. You simply watch, give your watching energy to the wound, look at it. Look at it without any judgment because if you judge, if you say, ‘This is bad, this should not be so,’ the wound will close again. Then it will have to hide.
Whenever you condemn then the mind tries to hide things.
That’s how the conscious and unconscious are created.
Otherwise, mind is one; there is no need for any division.
But you condemn.
Then the mind has to divide and put things in the dark, in the basement so you cannot see them — and then there is no need to condemn.
Don’t condemn, don’t appreciate. You simply be a witness, an unattached observer.
Don’t deny. Don’t say, ‘This is not good,’ because that is a denial and you have started suppressing.
Be detached. Just watch and look. Look with compassion and the healing will happen.
Don’t ask me why it happens because it is a natural phenomenon. It is just as at a hundred degrees, water evaporates. You never ask, ‘Why not at ninety nine degrees?’
Nobody can answer that. It simply happens that at a hundred degrees water evaporates. There is no question, and the question is irrelevant. If it evaporated at ninety nine degrees, you would ask why. If it evaporated at ninety eight, you would ask why. It is simply natural that at a hundred degrees water evaporates. The same is true of the inner nature.
When a detached, compassionate consciousness comes to a wound, the wound disappears, evaporates. There is no why to it. It is simply natural, it is how it is, it is how it happens. When I say this I say it from experience.
Try it and the experience is possible for you also.
This is the way.
Awareness: the fire that burns the past