Move from the Head to the Heart

Move from the Head to the Heart

It is not thinking about the wine that can make you intoxicated, it is the wine. You can go on thinking about the wine, but just by thinking about the wine you will never become intoxicated. You will have to drink it… and the drinking happens through feeling.

“Thinking is a pseudo activity, a substitute activity. It gives you a false sense of something happening, and nothing happens.

“So shift from thinking to feeling, and the best way will be to start breathing from the heart. In the day as many times as you remember, just take a deep breath; feel it hitting just in the middle of the chest. Feel as if the whole existence is pouring into you, into your heart exactly in the middle – not on the left, not on the right… exactly in the middle. That is where your heart center is. It differs with different people; ordinarily, it is leaning to the right.

“It has nothing to do with the physical heart. It is a totally different thing; it belongs to the subtle body. Your heart is exactly in the middle and that is a good sign, a very good sign, of balance. You can have centering very easily.

“So breathe deeply, and whenever you do, do it at least five times – deep breaths; take it in, fill the heart. Just feel it in the middle – that the existence is pouring through the heart: vitality, life, God, nature… everything pouring in.

“And then exhale deeply, again from the heart, and feel you are pouring all that has been given to you back into God, into existence. Do it many times in the day, but whenever you do it do five breaths at once. That will help you to shift from the head to the heart.

“And you will become more and more sensitive, more and more aware of many things of which you have not been aware. You will smell more, you will taste more, you will touch more, you will see more, you will hear more; everything will become intense.

“Ordinarily the senses have become dull… as if much dust has gathered. You hear but it is just so-so, you taste but it is flat. You look too, but the existence does not look psychedelic.

“Once these senses are cleaned – and that cleaning happens when you move from the heart…. If you move from the head, senses become dull, dust gathers, because the mind never allows you to feel. Each time you want to feel it gives a substitute.

“It is almost as if a child wants the breast of the mother and the mother gives a substitute, just a rubber breast, and the child is happy sucking the rubber breast. Or even sometimes the mother is not there, then the child starts sucking his own thumb; he creates his own substitute. Now, the breast is nourishing; the thumb is not nourishing. Thinking is like the thumb and feeling is like the breast.

“So move from the head to the heart and all your senses will become suddenly luminous. You will start feeling life really throbbing in you, ready to jump, ready to flow.”

Osho, The Zero Experience, Talk #4

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