Life is only possible in insecurity.

Lotus

Life is only possible in insecurity.

This is something that is very fundamental to be understood: life in its very essence is insecurity. While you are protecting yourself, you are destroying your very life.

Protection is death, because only those who are dead in their graves are absolutely protected. Nobody can harm them, nothing can go wrong for them. There is no longer any death for them – all that has happened. Now nothing is going to happen.

Do you want the security of a graveyard?  Unknowingly that’s what everybody is trying to do. Different are their ways, but the goal is the same. By money, by power, by prestige, by social conformity, by belonging to a herd – religious, political – by being part of a family, a nation, what are you seeking? Just as an unknown fear surrounds you, and you start creating as many barriers as possible between you and the fear. But those same barriers are going to prevent you from living.

From The Great Zen Master Ta Hui: Reflections on the Transformation of an Intellectual to Enlightenment by Osho (Chapter 35, available here).

Photo credit: Venkataramesh Kommoju on Flickr

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2 responses to “Life is only possible in insecurity.

  1. Yes. In insecurity, in transition, in metamorphosis, in movement, in color, out loud. Security doesn’t even exist, except maybe in a self-awareness that we are always all right. From there, there’s nowhere to go but up.

    • I had to share this here because I’ve been thinking of it constantly since I came across the chapter last week. In my thinking and working on my own ability to be vulnerable, this is the stuff!

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