*This comes from the Transformation tarot deck of OSHO online*
“Pain is natural; it has to be understood, it has to be accepted. Because naturally we are afraid of pain, naturally we avoid it. Hence many people have avoided the heart and are hung up in the head, they live in the head.
The heart gives pain, true, but only because it can give pleasure — that’s why it gives pain. Pain is the way that pleasure arrives; agony — the door that ecstasy enters. If one is aware of it, one accepts the pain as a blessing. Then suddenly the quality of the pain immediately starts changing. You are no longer antagonistic to it, and because you are no longer antagonistic to it, it is no longer pain; it is a friend. It is a fire that is going to cleanse you. It is a transmutation, a process in which the old will go and the new will arrive, in which the mind will disappear and the heart will function in it’s totality. Then life is a benediction.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in the habit of avoiding pain at all costs. I was taught that pain is a sign that something is wrong, but in this philosophy, pain is a signal that something is about to change. Although change can be difficult, it’s not necessarily bad. Uncomfortable and awkward for sure, but change is a constant part of life.
Look at puberty. Admittedly one of the most difficult parts of growing up, and yet, without it, we would remain undeveloped, small and helpless. Growth and growing pains are most certainly painful at times (I can still remember how my legs would ache), but it’s all absolutely necessary if we are to become our true selves.
Although I can honestly say I won’t go looking for pain, now I’ll be looking at it as sign of new things to come.
What about you, my friendly blog reader?
What’s changing in your world?
I’d love to read about it in the comments below.