“How you look at things depends on you, not on things. Unless you come to a point where you drop the interpreting mind and look direct, look immediate, mind is your mediator. It brings you things distorted, it brings you things mixed with interpretations. They are not pure.

“So the only way to reach to truth is to learn how to be immediate in your vision, how to drop the help of the mind…. This agency of the mind is the problem, because mind can create only dreams. But mind can create beautiful dreams and you can get so excited. Through your excitement the dream starts looking like reality. If you are too excited then you are intoxicated, then you are not in your senses. Then whatsoever you see is just your projection. And there are as many worlds as there are minds, because every mind lives in his own world.”

Method

“Try in small things not to bring the mind in. You look at a flower — you simply look. You don’t say, ‘Beautiful!’ ‘Ugly!’ You don’t say anything! Don’t bring words, don’t verbalize. Simply look. The mind will feel uncomfortable, uneasy. The mind would like to say something. You simply say to the mind, ‘Be silent! Let me see. I will just look.’

“In the beginning it will be difficult, but start with things in which you are not too involved. It will be difficult to look at your wife without bringing words in. You are too involved, too emotionally attached…angry or in love, but too involved.

“Look at things which are neutral — a rock, a flower, a tree, the sun rising, a bird in flight, a cloud moving in the sky. Just look at things with which you are not much involved, with which you can remain detached, with which you can remain indifferent. Start from neutral things and only then move towards emotionally loaded situations.

“The more you put the mind aside, the more light will happen to you, because when there are no dreams, doors are open, windows are open, and the sky reaches to you, and the sun rises and it comes to the very heart, the light reaches you. You become more and more filled with truth as you are less and less filled with dreaming.”

Osho: Hsin Hsin Ming
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