7 of Fire – Stress

Seven of Fire - Stress

How many people do you know who, just when they were completely overloaded, with too many projects, too many “balls in the air”, have suddenly come down with the flu, or taken a fall and ended up on crutches? That’s just the sort of “bad timing” the little monkey with the pin in his hand is about to impose on the “one-man-band” pictured here! The quality of stress represented by this card visits all of us at times, but perfectionists are particularly vulnerable to it. We create it ourselves, with the idea that without us nothing will happen–especially in the way we want it to! Well, what makes you think you’re so special? Do you think the sun won’t rise in the morning unless you personally set the alarm? Go for a walk, buy some flowers, and fix yourself a spaghetti dinner–anything ‘unimportant’ will do. Just put yourself out of that monkey’s reach!

Osho’s Teachings

All private goals are neurotic. The essential man comes to know, to feel, “I am not separate from the whole, and there is no need to seek and search for any destiny on my own. Things are happening, the world is moving–call it God…he is doing things. They are happening of their own accord. There is no need for me to make any struggle, any effort; there is no need for me to fight for anything. I can relax and be.” The essential man is not a doer. The accidental man is a doer. The accidental man is, of course, then in anxiety, tension, stress, anguish, continuously sitting on a volcano. It can erupt any moment, because he lives in a world of uncertainty and believes as if it is certain. This creates tension in his be-ing: he knows deep down that nothing is certain.

Osho A Sudden Clash of Thunder Chapter 3

 

A coat of quotes and passing poetry

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IllimitableIn this illimitable world,

knowledge in the wonder that is known.

Holding up as it were, a mirror of consciousness.

The reflection to appear, the beauteous bear.

The in-between and unbeknownst, another’s view of perception.

Hallows a smile of acceptance, to wear and revere.

 

(Art an original sketch of Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo Da Vinci. With a little starlight added to it.)

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Illimitable