When you feel something, feel it! Be true to yourself. This is the energy of Life moving through you. This is the energy of Life moving through me. This is living an authentic life.

Osho says, "Remember to be true to yourself. How? Three things have to be remembered:

One - never listen to anybody, what they say for you to be. Always listen to your own inner voice, what you would like to be. Otherwise, your whole life will be wasted. Don't listen to anybody, just close your eyes and listen to the inner voice. That is what meditation is all about: to listen to the inner voice. This is the first thing.

The second thing - if you have done the first thing, only then the second becomes possible: never wear a mask. If you are upset, be upset. It is risky, but don't smile, because that is to be untrue. But you have been taught that when you are upset, smile; then your smile becomes false, a mask, just an excercise of the lips, nothing else.

When you want to be angry, be angry. There is nothing wrong in being angry. If you want to laugh, laugh. There is nothing wrong in laughing loudly. By and by you will see that your whole system is functioning. When it functions, really well, it has a hum around it, just as a car hums when its mechanism is functioning well.

Don't wear masks, otherwise you will create dysfunctions in your mechanism. Blocks. If you suppress anything, in the body there is some part, a corresponding part, to the emotion. If you don't want to cry, your eyes will lose their luster because tears are needed. [Do you know they are trying to mutate onions so that they don't make you cry? Their crying mechanism is a gift! - alexa's words]. When once in a while you weep and cry and really get into it, your eyes are cleansed, and they again become fresh, young, and virgin. That's why women have more beautiful eyes, because they can still cry. Men no longer have vibrant eyes because they have a wrong notion that men should not cry. What nonsense, because nature has given us all the same tear glands. If we were not to weep, we would have no tear glands.

Remember, if you cannot cry and weep wholeheartedly, you also cannot laugh because that is the other polarity. People who can laugh can also cry; people who cannot cry cannot laugh. Children often laugh and cry together, because both things are joined.

The second thing is, don't wear masks - be true whatever the cost.

And the third thing to remember is authenticity - always remain in the present, because all falseness enters either from the past or from the future. That which has passed has passed - don't bother about it; do not carry it as a burden. And all that has not come has not come yet - don't bother unneccessarily about the future, otherwise the future will come into the present and destroy it. Be true to the present, and then you will be authentic. To be in the here and now is to be authentic."

Be true to your feelings. Don't wear masks. And remain in the present, where authenticity lives. This is being true to yourself, with a little guidance/reminder from Osho.

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Comment by greyhound lover on June 29, 2009 at 11:23am
Sometimes we wear these masks to hide from ourselves so begining to remove them can be frightening and is easier done in small steps, I think feeling safe and supported in our
place in life is roundabout the time the masks are easier to deal with...Hugs
Comment by Maria on June 29, 2009 at 10:29am
Thanks for this Alexa. Everything I believe in and try hard to be (often missing the mark). Between you and Gary Jacobson I have a feeling my masks are going to be somewhat redundant soon :-)

x to you

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