Chapter 1: Cooperate with Love
I’m changing all the time.. Since the group, I don’t know.I don’t like talking, I don’t like laughing.I feel like crying.. [a little laugh]
Whatsoever happens, accept and enjoy, and don’t force anything. If you feel like talking, talk. If you feel like being silent, be silent - just move with the feeling. Don’t force in any way, not even for a single moment, because once you force anything you are divided in two - and that creates the problem, then your whole life becomes split.
The whole of humanity has become almost schizophrenic, because we have been taught to force things. The part that wants to laugh and the part that doesn’t allow you to laugh become separate, and then you are divided in two. You create a topdog and an underdog, and so there is conflict. The rift that the conflict creates can go on becoming bigger and bigger and bigger. So the problem is how to bridge that rift, and how not to create it anymore.
In Zen they have a very beautiful saying. They say,
Whatsoever you do, just do it as totally as possible. Everything should be done in such a relaxed way that there is no effort in it. If you enjoy walking, good! If suddenly you realize that you no longer have the urge or desire to move, then sit down immediately; not even a single step should be taken against your will. One should not drag oneself. That dragging is the whole mechanism of the ego, the manipulator.
Just the other day I was reading about a certain Christian ministry, who when they pray, have to put on a belt - a prayer-belt they call it. The explanation given is that it divides the lower part of the body from the higher; the genitals from the heart. And they call it a prayer-belt!
This is what the religious mind has been doing to humanity - dividing the mind and the soul into lower and higher. But the body is one, there is no lower or higher. The blood that has been circulating in the feet, within a few seconds has moved into the head. There is no higher or lower, because the body is one organic unity. But all the religions divide it, and because of their division, humanity has become a madhouse.