Daily Angel Oracle Card: Conditioning, from the Osho Zen Tarot, By Osho
“This card recalls an old Zen story, about a lion who was brought up by sheep and who thought he was a sheep until an old lion captured him and took him to a pond, where he showed him his own reflection. Many of us are like this lion – the image we have of ourselves comes not from our own direct experience but from the opinions of others. A “personality” imposed from the outside replaces the individuality that could have grown from within. We become just another sheep in the herd, unable to move freely and unconscious of our own true identity.
It is time to take a look at your own reflection in the pond, and make a move to break out of whatever you have been conditioned by others to believe about yourself. Dance, run, job, do gibberish – whatever is needed to wake up the sleeping lion within. Unless you drop your personality you will not be able to find your individuality. Individuality is given by existence; personality is imposed by the society. Personality is social convenience.
Society cannot tolerate individuality, because individuality will not follow like a sheep. Individuality has the quality of the lion; the lion moves alone. The sheep are always in the crowd, hoping that being in the crowd will feel cozy. Being in the crowd one feels more protected, secure. If somebody attacks, there is every possibility in a crowd to save yourself. But alone? only the loins move alone.
And every one of you is born a lion, but the society goes on conditioning you, programming your mind as a sheep. It gives you a personality, a cozy personality, nice, very convenient, very obedient. Society wants slaves, not people who are absolutely dedicated to freedom. Society wants slaves because all the vested interests want obedience.”*
We compromise ourselves to help those around us feel safe. We are afraid to rock the boat, to cause discomfort, to make changes that would seem to only benefit ourselves. Yet often these compromises make us uncomfortable; they make us feel small, helpless and stifled. This can breed resentment and the negativity must find an outlet. Unfortunately, often this outlet is self destruction, trying to numb the pain of not living authentically, which can lead to illness. It’s time to break free of the constraints of others.
Do not fear your own power, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. No one can hold you back except you. If you are living your life by someone else’s rules, it’s time to reevaluate! What is important to you? If you are finding your powers of creative manifestation to be limited presently, it may be because they are blocked by the fact you are not being true to yourself. It is difficult to create when you are swimming upstream, full of angst and frustration. You must let it all go.
Surrender to the Divine plan. Rise above the drama of every day life and see your own true self… a beacon of love and light. See yourself free from the restraints that you have allowed others to place on you. Break free from it all and fly.
You are a lion. Leave the sheep mentality behind.