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Unpleasant Emotions

The Struggle

In the sphere of the emotions it is very useful to try to struggle with the habit of giving immediate expression to all one′s unpleasant emotions. Many people find it very difficult to refrain from expressing their feelings about bad weather. It is still more difficult for people not to express unpleasant emotions when they feel that something or someone is violating what they may conceive to be order or justice.
Besides being a very good method for self-observation, the struggle against expressing unpleasant emotions has at the same time another significance. It is one of the few directions in which a man can change himself or his habits without creating other undesirable habits. Therefore self-observation and self-study must, from the first, be accompanied by the struggle against the expression of unpleasant emotions.

(Gurdjieff in Ouspensky′s In Search of the Miraculous.)

Osho suggests: share the positive, watch the negative:

Wait. When you are angry, this is the moment to meditate. Don′t waste this moment anger is creating such great energy in you - it can destroy. But energy is neutral - the same energy that can destroy, can be creative. Wait. The same energy that can shatter, can shower life - just wait. Waiting and not doing anything in a hurry, one day you will be surprised, seeing the inner change. You were full of anger, and then anger goes on and on and comes to a climax... and then the wheel turns. And you can see the wheel is turning, and the anger is relaxing, and energy is released, and now you are in a positive mood - the creative mood. Now you can do something. Now do. Always wait for the positive.
And what I am saying is not repression. I am not saying to repress the negative, I am saying watch the negative. Remember the difference, tremendous difference is there. I am not saying sit on top of the negative, forget the negative, do something against it - no. I am not saying that. I am not saying when you are angry, smile - no; that smile is false, ugly, phoney. Don′t smile when you are angry. Then close the room, keep a mirror in front of you, see your angry face yourself. There is no need to show it to anybody else. It is your business, it is your energy, it is your life, and you have to wait for the right moment.

(Osho - The Divine Melody #9)