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Decoding Life-Negative Conditioning - Uncling to Misery

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This is an excerpt from OSHO's chapter on Decoding Life-Negative Conditioning - Uncling to Misery.

"It should be easy to drop suffering, anguish, misery. It should not be difficult: you don't want to be miserable, so there must be some deep complication behind it. The complication is that from your very childhood you have not been allowed to be happy, to be blissful, to be joyous. You have been forced to be serious, and seriousness implies sadness. You were forced to do things that you never wanted to do. You were helpless, weak, dependent on people; naturally you had to do what they were saying. You did those things unwillingly, miserably, in deep resistance. Against yourself, you have been forced to do so much that by and by one thing became clear to you: that anything that is against you is right, and that anything that is not against you is bound to be wrong. And constantly, this whole upbringing filled you with sadness, which is not natural.

~~~~~* To be joyous is natural, just as to be healthy is natural. It is perfectly right to ask why you are miserable. It is not right to ask why you are blissful. You have been brought up in an insane society where to be blissful without reason is thought to be madness. If you are simply smiling for no reason at all, people will think something is loose in your head - why are you smiling? why are you happy? And if you say, " I don't know, I am just being happy," your answer will only strengthen their idea that something has gone wrong with you. But if you are miserable, nobody will ask why you are miserable.

To be miserable is natural; everybody is. It is nothing special to you. You are not doing something unique..

~~~~~* Unconsciously this idea goes on settling in you, that misery is natural and blissfulness is unnatural. Blissfulness has to be proved. Misery needs no proof. Slowly it sinks deeper into you - into your blood, your bones, and into your marrow - although naturally it is against you. So you have been forced to think you are mentally sick; something that is against your nature has been forced on you. You have been distracted from yourself into something you are not.

This creates the whole misery of humanity, that everyone is where he should not be, what he should not be.

~~~~~* The first thing you do is simply laugh at yourself, at what an idiot you have been. The misery was never there; you were creating it with one hand and you were trying to destroy it with the other hand - and naturally you were split, like in a schizophrenic condition. It is absolutely easy, simple. The most simple thing in existence is to be yourself. It needs no effort; you are already there. Just a remembrance ......... just getting out of all those stupid ideas society has imposed on you. And that is as simple as a snake slipping out of its old skin and never looking back. It is just an old skin, nothing more. If you understand it, it can happen at this very moment. Because at this very moment you can see no misery, no anguish.

~~~~~* You are silent, standing on the door of nothing; just a step more inward and you have found the greatest treasure that has been waiting for you for thousands of lives. "

** Shared with infinite love to all, Tara **

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