Problem, what problem?

Today I launch a series I’ve long wanted to do: Inspired text from all time, all teachers, all tribes. The Creative Spirit speaks at all times, which makes it exciting to consider sources beyond our traditional canon of spiritual scriptures such as the Bible, the Gita, Lao Tzu . . .

This text is from Osho, from the book Joy.

This is what enlightenment is all about — a deep understanding that there is no problem.

Then, with no problem to solve, what will you do? Immediately you start living. You will eat, you will sleep, you will love, you will have a chitchat, you will sing, you will dance — what else is there to do? You have become a god, you have started living.

. . . .

If people can dance a little more, sing a little more, be a little crazier, their energy will be flowing more and their problems will by and by disappear.

Hence I insist so much on dance. Dance to orgasm; let the whole energy become dance, and suddenly you will see that you don’t have any head — the energy stuck in the head is moving all around, creating beautiful patterns, pictures, movement. And when you dance there comes a moment when your body is no longer a rigid thing, it becomes flexible, flowing. When you dance there comes a moment when your boundary is no longer so clear; you melt and merge with the cosmos, the boundaries are mixing.

Watch a dancer — you will see that he has become an energy phenomenon, no longer in fixed form, and becoming more alive, more and more alive. But only if you dance yourself will you know what really happens. The head inside disappears; again you are a child. Then you don’t create any problems.

. . . .

Whenever you see that now you are slipping into a problem, catch hold of yourself — run, jump, dance, but don’t get into the problem. Do something immediately so that the energy that was creating the problems becomes fluid, unfrozen, melts, goes back to the cosmos.
. . . .

Use more energy, then fresh energies will be flowing. Just don’t be a miser. Use them today; let today be complete; tomorrow will take care of itself, don’t be worried about tomorrow. The worry, the problem, the anxiety, all simply show one thing: that you are not living rightly, that your life is not yet a celebration, a dance, a festivity. Hence all the problems.

It is easy to link the Sufi poet Rumi to this thought theme. An entire tradition of celebratory dancing prayer was spawned from Rumi’s ecstatic whirling spiritual communion. They are called Whirling Dervishes . . . .

Other posts to peruse

How magnificent you are
Space and time, love and joy