Survival is not life.
Survival is a necessity--to exist in the material world is a necessity--but the end is always to come to a flowering of the potential, of all that is meant by you. If you are fulfilled completely, if nothing remains inside in seed form, if everything becomes actual, if you are a flowering, then and only then can you feel the bliss, the ecstasy of life. The denied part of you, the unconscious part, can become active and creative only if you add a new dimension to your life--the dimension of the festive, the dimension of play.
So meditation is not a work, it is a play. Praying is not a business, it is a play. Meditation is not something to be done to achieve some goal--peace, bliss--but something to be enjoyed as an end in itself. The festive dimension is the most important thing to be understood--and we have lost it totally. By festive, I mean the capacity to enjoy, moment to moment, all that comes to you.
We have become so conditioned and habits have become so mechanical that even when there is no business to be done, our minds are businesslike. When no narrowing is needed, you are narrowed. Even when you are playing, you are not playing, you are not enjoying it. Even when you are playing cards, you are not enjoying it. You play for the victory and then the play becomes a work; then what is going on is not important, only the result. In business the result is important. In festivity, the act is important. If you can make any act significant in itself, then you become festive and you can celebrate it. Whenever you are in celebration, the limits, the narrowing limits are broken. They are not needed, they are thrown. You come out of your straitjacket, the narrowing jacket of concentration. Now you are not choosing; everything that comes, you allow. And the moment you allow the total existence to come in, you become one with it. There is a communion. This communion--this celebration, this choiceless awareness, this nonbusinesslike attitude--I call meditation.
The festivity is in the moment, in the act, not in the bothering about the results, not in achieving something. There is nothing to be achieved, so you can enjoy that which is here and now. My definition of meditation is that it is simply an effort to jump into the unconscious. You cannot jump by calculation because all calculation is of the conscious and the conscious mind will not allow it. It will caution: "You will go mad. Do not do it." The conscious mind is always afraid of the unconscious because if the unconscious emerges, all that is calm and clear in the conscious will be swept away. Then everything will be dark, as in a forest. It is like this: you have made a garden, a garden with a boundary. Very little ground has been cleared, but you have planted some flowers and everything is okay--ordered, clear. Only, the forest is always nearby. It is unruly, uncontrollable, and the garden is in constant fear of it. At any moment the forest can enter and then the garden will disappear. In the same way, you have cultivated a part of your mind. You have made everything clear. But the unconscious is always around, and the conscious mind is always in fear of it. The conscious mind says, "Don't go into the unconscious. Don't look at it, don't think about it." The path of the unconscious is dark and unknown. To reason, it will look irrational; to logic, it will look illogical. So if you think in order to go into meditation, you will never go--because the thinking part will not allow you to. This becomes a dilemma. You cannot do anything without thinking, and with thinking you cannot go into meditation. What to do? Even if you think, "I am not going to think," this is also thinking. It is the thinking part of the mind that is saying, "I shall not allow thinking." Meditation cannot be done by thinking; this is the dilemma--the greatest dilemma. Every seeker will have to come to this dilemma; somewhere, sometime, the dilemma will be there. Those who know say, "Jump! Do not think!" But you cannot do anything without thinking. That is why unnecessary devices have been created--I say unnecessary devices, because if you jump without thinking, no device is needed. But you cannot jump without thinking, so a device is needed. You can think about the device, your thinking mind can be put at ease about the device, but not about meditation. Meditation will be a jump into the unknown. You can work with a device and the device will automatically push you into the unknown. The device is necessary only because of the training of the mind; otherwise, it is not needed. Once you have jumped you will say, "The device was not necessary, it was not needed." But this is a retrospective knowing; you will know afterward that the device was not needed. That is what Krishnamurti is saying: "No device is needed; no method is needed." The Zen teachers are saying, "No effort is needed; it is effortless." But this is absurd for one who has not crossed the barrier. And one is mainly talking with those who have not crossed the barrier. So I say that a device is artificial. It is just a trick to put your rational mind at ease so that you can be pushed into the unknown. That is why I use vigorous methods. The more vigorous the method, the less your calculative mind will be needed. The more vigorous it becomes, the more total, because vitality is not only of the mind--it is of the body, of the emotions. It is of your full being…….
Society creates a narrowed consciousness, but consciousness itself means expansion; it is unlimited. Both are needs, and both should be fulfilled. I call a person wise who can fulfill both needs. Either extreme is unwise; either extreme is harmful. So live in the world with the mind, with your conditioning, but live with yourself without mind, without training. Use your mind as a means, do not make it an end; come out of it the moment you have the opportunity. The moment you are alone, come out of it, take it off. Then celebrate the moment; celebrate the existence itself, being itself. Just to be is such a great celebration if you know how to take the conditioning off. This "taking off" you will learn through Dynamic Meditation. It will not be caused; it will come to you uncaused. Meditation will create a situation in which you will come to the unknown; by and by you will be pushed from your habitual, mechanical, robotlike personality. Be courageous: practice Dynamic Meditation vigorously and all else will follow. It will not be your doing, it will be a happening. You cannot bring the divine, but you can hinder its coming. You cannot bring the sun into the house, but you can close the door. Negatively, mind can do much; positively, nothing. Everything positive is a gift, everything positive is a blessing; it comes to you, while everything negative is your own doing. Meditation, and all meditation devices, can do one thing: push you away from your negative hindrances. It can bring you out of the imprisonment that is the mind, and when you have come out you will laugh. It was so easy to come out, it was right there. Only one step was needed. But we go on in a circle and the one step is always missed... the one step that can bring you to the center. You go on in a circle on the periphery, repeating the same thing; somewhere the continuity must be broken. That is all that can be done by any meditation method. If the continuity is broken, if you become discontinuous with your past, then that very moment is the explosion! In that very moment you are centered, centered in your being, and then you know all that has always been yours, all that has just been awaiting you.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Survival is not life.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A friend asked for some ways to start to release tension and held emotion, so I wrote this...Enjoy!
These techniques are for you! Take the time to release things you do not need making space for acceptance, awareness and Love. Watch the mind but don’t get identified with the mind. All the techniques are to be done with the eyes closed.
Gibberish- this meditation is good for releasing all the crap out of the mind! This meditation can be done any time of the day. You can increase the time by adding two minutes per week, if you like.
Gibberish Language is speaking in a language that you do not know. There is no point to what you are saying; you are just throwing things out.
Set two timers: One for five minutes and the second five minutes after the first. Then Set two timers one for five minutes and the other for five minutes later. with eyes closed for five minutes speak in gibberish, move the body. After the timer goes off sit in silence for five minutes. After the timer goes off sit in silence for five minutes.
Whenever you feel angry or really pissed, stressed out. Go in your room, close the door and start to scream, release, hit a pillow for as long you like, and then sit in silence.
Shake, Shake, Shake, Shake it off
This is great to do when you feel you want to release, then renew your energy. It can be done with or without music.
Stand with your feet planted on the floor, and begin to shake the body. Start at the feet and allowing the shaking to move up through the body all the way to the crown of the head. Imagining you are turning from a rock into liquid. After shaking for five minutes, sit in silence. After the timer goes off sit in silence for five minutes continuously gibbering for five minutes. After the timer goes off sit in silence for five minutes.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This moment is ripe with change, transformation, revelations, silent celebrations. Because of the "economic Crisis" many are now faced with a lot of free time. What happens now? Well for me at this moment not having as much work ( for money:) as I usually do has meant that my soul/spirit has a lot of time and space to do work. And has she been working! Full time nine to five, and I feel like there are many others who are moving into this space. Now more than ever I really feel like in this space anything could happen. Really living in this moment, I literally have no Idea what could happen in the next hour and am open to all the infinite possibilities out there.
It is a very refreshing and frightening all at once, I am really excited and really anxious and the two somehow cancel each other out, leaving me here, in this present moment. Feeling the keys beneath my fingers while typing, listening to the sirens outside, breathing.
I am jumping into this mystery, arms open to the sky.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Whew! It has been way too long since our last post. But I am glad to be writing to you at this moment. I feel like what has been occurring in this moment has It has been a long way coming, for the past five years doing active meditation techniques in NYC has been like carefully tilling the soil and with patience and awareness gently planting, sowing and cultivating seeds of consciousness here. As a result the number of people we share with has grown along with the various types of individuals we share with from pre-teens to those with a bit more life experience:)
This past year in particular has been a time of really working to cultivate this awareness and joy in each moment and what a journey it has been! We started also n this past year to work with 718 design to develop a logo and some marketing materials. Because in the this year we intend to spread awareness through meditation and creativity inspired by meditation to as many people as we can reach. SO we will be working this year to make the techniques we share more visible and available. So if you know of anyone who has ever wanted to try meditation, or of spaces in which we may be able to share let us know.
Well we start of the new year with deep and chaotic exhales, consciously releasing the old and jumping into the new! Our Dynamic cycle started yesterday and we are over joyed to have a really strong and committed group of individuals right from the start!
Darkness Meditation has growing over the years and last month we had 15 people attend and enter into the formless with eyes wide open! so we will have another darkness meditation this month , continuing to embrace that within us all which is beyond definition.
Also a very special treat is that we will be offering a one day Meditation camp this month! In the camp we will share several active meditation techniques interspersed/interlaced with time for integration and Osho art of listening. Check out more details for all the events I have mentioned below.
As we enter into this new year it is a small reminder that we always have an opportunity to start again to start anew. Each Day, hour, minute moment of breath is fresh, is a clean slate for your soul to write upon. So I invite you to look at your life through this lens and know that we create our lives, through the choices we make in each moment. So let us make choices this year that will bring more love, light, peace, freedom and celebration into our lives.
Happy New you!
Ashni and Neerajan
Meditation from the Source
OSHO Dynamic Meditation
115 E 23rd St, 12th Floor (between Park & Lexington Ave)
New York NY 10010
Subway 6 to 23rd St
Price for the 21 Day Program $ 130.-
Drop In Classes are welcome at $ 12.-
Please arrive 10 minutes early to receive an introduction
Pre-registration issuggested by phone or email
If you are interested in participating call (718)399-1428
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OSHO Active Meditation Camp
The Camp will be held at:
Actors Movement Studio
302 West 37th St , 6th Floor
January 23rd 7-9pm
Living in NYC we are constantly surrounded by
light, which is a form of subtle tension. When
one enters into darkness this tension can be released
and one is then open to experience deep relaxation
and unity within and outside of oneself.
This Meditation is based on the journey of the
Essenes into the forests to commune
with the divine in darkness. In Darkness we enter into a deeply
nourishing and relaxing space where we can come
into contact with ourselves and the divine. In a completely
lightproof room we will journey
into the darkness with eyes wide open.
Meditation will take place at:
New York Core Center
115 E.23rd St, 12th floor NYC,NY
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