I have reflected on the words travel and dream recently. It opened up when I did a Osho tarot spread and draw the cards Traveling and The Dream. Osho’s perspective on traveling is that life is a journey, it never ends, and hence, the notion that we should claw and fight our way through each day to eventually reach a goal makes no sense. Because when we reach that goal, we will need a new goal, our travel will continue. And at that point we might have fought our way forward for many years missing the opportunities that our life has given us during our travel as we were so focused on arriving.
There is a quote by Lao Tzu that goes like this:
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
It is the travel, it is the movement, is is the daily expression that is life, the goal, that is only a support in choosing our direction when we get to crossroads.
How does the card The Dream fit in here? According to Osho this card symbolizes our tendency to create internal future scenarios that are inflated and unrealistic. Our future, the one we have imagined in our mind, becomes so much brighter and better than the life we are living here. And thus dreaming lures us into a apathetic and lifeless zombie mode where we do not anymore see and experience our life and reality fully – instead we experience our daily life as a strife as we move towards realizing our dream – not realizing that LIFE is here. Hence we miss our travel – we miss ourselves and the world around us.
What is the solution to this problem?
What I have applied is the word GROUNDING. Because when you are earthed, with both of your feet steady on the ground, you cannot dream. When you are aware of your breath, and the small sensations that life offers in every moment, you cannot be swept away into alternate realities – and that is when you can start traveling for real.
Looking back at my life, from let’s say, my twenties and onwards, one of my most prominent regrets is that I have not allowed myself to be HERE and enjoy the journey. I was so set on arriving that I missed what was all around me. Thus, this is something that I am going to be changing – by GROUNDING myself and pushing myself to make my life HERE in every moment.
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