Part of a Painting

Osho once said:

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”

When I first read these words, I rejected them. Our American culture tells us that the world is a tree ripe for picking. Those who are motivated will succeed simply because they will work for it. “If you put in enough effort, you can achieve anything” could be our slogan.

Osho’s work is beautiful and often mysterious. His words are used with great consideration, so I couldn’t throw away this quote. Instead I decided to throw it into the dryer that is my mind and let it roll around for a few months.

Tonight I pulled it back out again. This is the easiest way I can describe how I understand it:

Imagine that you are part of a painting, like a single color or stroke of the brush. You can look at artwork in its entirety and you are a piece of it. Without you, there would be a hole that would distract the viewer. While you are not the entire painting, you are important to it. Your movement adds flavor and emotion to something much greater than you.

Returning to Osho, he says “don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask…“. Often times we want to be the most vibrant color in the painting. We want people to look at the entire masterpiece and then notice how much we contributed to it. When Osho says to stop seeking, searching, etc, he’s telling us to stop desiring. He says, relax, what you desire is already there.

When you stop desiring a more beautiful painting, you can take a step back and appreciate what’s already around you. Sometimes art is ugly. You will find yourself living in horrible circumstances, maybe friendless, lonely, or a combination of darker colors. Each gives the painting more depth and meaning. But there is inevitably more color because of it.

When you ask, knock, or demand, you are seeking. What you are searching for is something outside of yourself. You are looking for another person’s answers. “Why do I feel like this?” or “What should I do?“. In both questions, there are no answers. In the painting there is only color – no individual interpretation. To look at one stroke of the brush, you can’t decipher its full meaning or purpose.

This isn’t an allusion to God or to say that you are a part in some grand scheme. Rather it is to say that you are part of a whole. Osho said that if you relax, you will be with the painting. When you seek to be vibrant, attract attention, or create new meaning, you distract from the overall painting. If you resonate with it, you will find peace. When you start vibrating with it, you are complete.

Well guys, today was day one of Blogtober! I hope that you choose to join in, it’s a lot of fun and a great experience!

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