How to find the meaning of life
Since my very first encounter at school, I was fascinated by philosophy, which then resulted in me completing a MA in Philosophy. I developed an interest in contemporary philosophy, particularly Existentialism. My graduation thesis was about existential psychoanalysis: Jean Paul Sartre’s philosophical interpretation of the Freudian psychoanalysis. And yes, psychoanalysis was another major hit. As a young man, I did not know if my depression led me to read those authors or vice-versa if my intellectual interests triggered my depression.
I think I reached the age of maturity when I realised that the whole philosophical project stems from desperation. Philosophy is a tragic project doomed to fail. It is a desperate attempt to make sense of the world. It is the rational mind trying to defeat the intrinsic existential anguish of humans in search for a meaning in life. And for what concerns psychology: it is my firm belief that every single psychologist studies Psychology to overcome their own neurosis – unfortunately with very scarce results. Freud himself was the “father of neurosis”.
Osho and his Dynamic Meditation saved me from this intellectual impasse. Osho says that there are 3 dimensions of reality: the known, the unknown and the unknowable. The known is what we have learnt from experience; the past which we expect to repeat itself in the future. The unknown is what we do not know now, but we will know in the future. The unknowable is the transcendental. It is by definition beyond the grasp of cognition. It is a bit like the horizon: if you try to catch it, it keeps moving away, perennially ahead, beyond, refusing to be caught by the mind.
Interestingly the most valuable elements in life belong to the realm of the unknowable. Take love for example: what we call love is a “scientific mystery”. Love defies categorisation, analysis, quantification, reification. And yet, love is what gives colour to life; it is its juice, essence, inspiration. What would life be without love?
The mind is a beautiful mechanism designed to understand things and it suffers tremendously when things are beyond its reach. At this point the minds does two things: either accepts any answer as the truth (dogmatism) or more honestly keeps searching in vain for an answer, which will never come - hence the existential anguish of philosophy.
But instead of using the mind for what it is not equipped to do, what about approaching life from a different dimension? What if we left the mind do its amazing job when it comes to science and technological advances and instead operate from a different centre?
The heart lives in the dimension of the unknowable. Not because it knows the unknowable, but because it is at ease in its mystery. It does not ask questions; it does not approach life with the imperialistic attitude of the mind. The heart does not want to conquer, rather it thrives in the very experience of loving for no reason at all.
Osho Active Meditations, and particularly Dynamic Meditation, are to my knowledge and experience the most effective tools to shift the energy from the mind to the heart. It is a total transformation. Osho meditations are not just about relaxing, performing better at life, sleeping deeper and having a more focused mind; Osho Active Meditations are about transforming your whole being, whole body chemistry, supporting new neural pathways to make you a more loving and compassionate person.