Awareness in Action:
“Only one thing is enough: awareness is a master-key. It unlocks all the locks of existence. Awareness means you live moment to moment, alert, conscious of yourself and conscious of all that is happening around you in a moment-to-moment response”.
- start from the center; it is only out of silence that action arises – the mind creates clutter – the mind causes reaction – silence moves to action – silence makes a mirror out of your (my) consciousness, and you are (I am) authentic.
“watching leads you to action, a new kind of action. A new quality is brought to action. You watch, you are utterly quiet and silent. You see what the situation is, and out of that seeing you respond. The man of awareness responds, he is responsible – literally”.
- be spontaneous; ordinarily you (I) function out of the past – experience and accumulated knowledge cloud the potential future with ready-made answers – knowledge and ego are normally associated with each other – life changes continuously and has no obligation to fit with your (my) conclusions – how then to be spontaneous, you (I) need to be open up spaces to let the actions of spontaneity in.
“The knowledgeable man is the most blind man in the world. Because he functions out of his knowledge, he does not see what the case is. He simply goes on functioning mechanically. He has learned something, it has become a ready-made mechanism in him and he act out of it”.
- be decisive; mind is never decisive, it is the nature of the mind to be indecisive – vacillating between opposites, trying to discern right from wrong – be a witness to/aware of the games of the mind – awareness has the decisiveness.
“Be aware of the mind – its bright side, its dark side, its right, its wrong. Whatever polarity it is, you just be aware of it. Two things will come out of that awareness: one, that you are not the mind, and second, that awareness has a decisiveness that the mind never has”.
- complete each moment; make every moment complete – postponing (procrastination) becomes an inner monologue – the more you (I) live in the presence, the less you (I) need the constant thinking, the tension between past and future, the noise of procrastination.
“Postponing becomes an inner dialogue, an inner monologue. Do not postpone. Live right here and now. And the more you live in the present, the less you will need this constant ‘minding’, this constant thinking”.“That what you have missed, you go on thinking you will catch somewhere in the future. You are not going to catch it! This constant tension between past and future, this constant missing of the present, is the inner noise”.
- stop trying to be good; the only virtue is awareness – with trying to be good, and proving your (my) ‘goodness’, humbleness is lost – you (I) need a consciousness not a character, where character is painting the circumference, it is superficial, consciousness is the transformation of the centre – consciousness means you are not to learn from others what is right and wrong, you (i) simply have to look inward; the deeper you (i) go, the more consciousness (not conscience) is released and realized – morality is concerned with good and bad qualities, goodness is a by-product of awareness, goodness follow consciousness like a shadow.
“Character means you have a ready-made answer for all the questions of life, so whenever a situation arises, you respond according to a set pattern. Because you respond according to the ready-made answer, it is not a true response but a reaction”.The more in consciousness you are “- the deeper you go, the more consciousness is released, When you reach the centre you are so full of light that darkness disappears”.“Coming to a point of absolute awareness, there is no question of choice you simply do whatever is good. You do it innocently, just as your shadow follows you, with no effort”.“Religions have been teaching you to be good, so that one day you can find God. That is not possible – no good man has ever found God. Find Godliness, and goodness will come of its own accord. And when good comes of its own accord, it has a beauty, a grace, a simplicity, a humbleness. It does not ask for any reward here or hereafter. It has its own reward”.My Synopsis of “Awareness – The Key to Living in Balance.” by Osho