To Believe or Not To Believe

Recently I spent a writing/research day at our local bookstore. In passing, I picked up, “The Book of Understanding: Creating Your Own Path to Freedom” by Osho (also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher), and was immediately put off and attracted—both—by what he had to say about belief:

Bahama Sky by Laurie Buchanan

Bahama Sky by Laurie Buchanan

I do not believe in believing. My approach is to know, and knowing is a totally different dimension. It starts from doubt, it does not start from believing. The moment you believe in something, you have stopped inquiring. Belief is one of the most poisonous things to destroy human intelligence.

All the religions are based on belief; only science is based on doubt. And I would like the religious inquiry also to be scientific, based on doubt, so that we need not believe, but we can come to know someday the truth of our being, and the truth of the whole universe.”

Here’s what Bernard Levin—journalist, commentator, and writer—had to say:

Osho is not trying to purvey information but a truth that bypasses conscious thought and all that belongs to it, just as the most important activities of human beings bypass the mind.”

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Ice Water in my Veins

Ice Water by Laurie Buchanan

Ice Water by Laurie Buchanan

On Tuesday at just about Noon I finally heard from the Geek Squad regarding the data they’re trying to recover from my hard drive that died. Tuesday was their eleventh day of having it in their possession. I was hoping to hear that they were over-nighting the recovered data and that I’d have it on Wednesday afternoon.

The gentleman said, “I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we’ll be able to recover some of your data, although we still don’t know how much. The bad news is it’s a time-intensive process. We’re looking at another four weeks.”

When he said “… able to recover some data,” my blood got a wee bit cool. When he said it would be another four weeks” it felt like my blood had turned to ice water in my veins. I was in shock. Pretty much rendered speechless because so much time—eleven days— had already passed.

So what now?

As my mother used to say, “Time, tide, and Laurie wait for no man.” I’m in the process of picking myself up, dusting myself off, and starting all over again. With that in mind, Energy Medicine 101 starts again day after tomorrow. I’ll see you bright and early for Crystal Therapy.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan
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