Attacks affect us to some degree. We are at the end of the rope. We need a solution, relief. The government is working at its level to stop this dance of death, but according to Osho the solution lies with us. Instead of pointing fingers at each other for the situation we are in, Osho insists that we must change the quality of our minds.
According to Osho, the roots of terrorism are in the unconscious, which is a million years old. Though we have evolved from being animals, aborigines and the cannibals, our mind is still the mind of the hunter of the stone ages. It’s the mind of the predator, who loves to kill for survival and sees nothing wrong in it. Unfortunately, the new weapons and the advanced technology give this destructive mind the dangerous tools to destroy and play havoc unscrupulously.
The unconscious is a vast archive of human experiences, the conditioning. It is here that change needs to take place. Osho has devised a meditation technique to heal the unconscious mind.
His Dynamic Meditation technique is for the terrorist, the terrorised and anyone feeling traumatised and depressed even by thinking about the events. Using the power breathing, catharsis, silence and celebration, the technique helps us let out fears from the mind and soothes at the innermost level.
The need for therapy
Osho says, “You live in fear, not in joy. If we can clean the basement of the human mind’s unconscious… and it can be cleaned away. Terrorism is not in the bomb, it is in your hands; terrorism is in your unconscious.”
Osho has spoken extensively on terrorism. He feels humanity needs a thorough spring cleaning. Otherwise, the state of affairs will worsen.
He says, “It seems all kinds of blind people have bombs in their hands and are throwing them at random. So individual violence will increase—it is increasing. And all your governments and your religions will go on perpetuating the old strategies without understanding the new situation. The new situation is that every human being needs to go through therapies, needs to understand his unconscious intentions, needs to go through meditations so that he can calm down, become cool—and look towards the world with a new perspective of silence.”
Dynamic meditation can be the new weapon that can destroy the age old destructive instincts of man. It uses strong and chaotic breathing to disturb the old patterns of thinking and feeling. This breaks the barrier created by the “civilised” mind and energy enters the emotional reservoir of the inner world expressing repressed primal emotions like anger, hatred, fear, and jealousy. This is called catharsis. It has a deeply purging and healing effect.
There is a lot of research that endorses the value of catharsis or ventilation. “The real, true emotions that need to be expressed are in the body, trying to move up and be expressed and therefore integrated,” says Dr Candace Pert [former director of brain biochemistry at the US National Institute of Health] in her book, The Molecules of Emotion.
In Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy, Osho goes as far as to say, “Life needs expression, life is expression. If you do not allow life, then you are creating, accumulating, explosive forces. They will explode and you will go to bits. Every man is schizophrenic, divided—divided against himself. He cannot be at ease; he cannot be silent; he cannot be blissful. Hell is always there, and unless you become whole, you cannot be freed from this hell.”
Really speaking, every human being is a walking volcano, a suicidal emotional bomb. The bombs in the hands of terrorists are visible, but who can detect and diffuse the emotional bombs within?
This is what the dynamic meditation does. It helps diffuse the emotional bomb.
For almost 39 years, millions of people all over the world have been practicing it. You don’t have to be a believer to do this whirlwind of a meditation; it is pure science. Dynamic meditation is so vigorous that you will feel the body/mind hit by a cyclone. It is a shortcut to physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Initially, you may find it strange because it blows up all the concepts of traditional meditation. Firstly, it is done standing, not sitting. This alone makes it radically different from the traditional methods. Secondly, it’s intense activity followed by a deep silence.
It may look like sheer madness, but it is a conscious madness. There is a watcher watching every activity.
After going through intense activity in the first three stages, there is a sudden stop in the fourth stage. You have to freeze like a statue. This extreme change from action to non-action throws you in the abysmal depth of silence which is your own being. This silence stays with you throughout the day. You become so calm and collected, violence becomes impossible. It is the calm of nature in the wake of the storm.
Osho’s Dynamic Meditation Technique
Dynamic meditation is more effective if done in a group because you benefit from the group’s energy. But it can also be done alone. Even in a group, it is an entirely individual process. You remain oblivious to those around you throughout. You are keeping your eyes closed. This helps you be alone in the crowd. To get the most out of it, do it on an empty stomach and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Four of the five stages of the technique are accompanied by psychedelic music.
First Stage [10 minutes]. Breathe chaotically through the nose, concentrating always on exhalation. The body will take care of the inhalation. The breath should move deeply into the lungs. Be as fast as you can in your breathing, making sure the breathing stays deep. Use your natural body movements to help you to build up your energy. Feel it building up, but don’t let go during the first stage.
Second Stage [10 minutes]. Explode! Express everything that needs to be thrown out. Go totally mad. Scream, shout, cry, jump, shake, dance, sing, laugh; throw yourself around. Hold nothing back; keep your whole body moving. A little acting often helps to get you started. Never allow your mind to interfere with what is happening. Be total, be whole hearted.
Third Stage [10 minutes]. With raised arms, jump up and down shouting the mantra, “Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!” as deeply as possible. Each time you land, on the flats of your feet, let the sound hammer deep into the sex centre. Give all you have; exhaust yourself totally.
Fourth Stage [15 minutes]. Stop! Freeze wherever you are, in whatever position you find yourself. Don’t arrange the body in any way. A cough, a movement – anything will dissipate the energy flow and the effort will be lost. Be a witness to everything that is happening to you.
Fifth Stage [15 minutes]. Celebrate through dance, expressing your gratitude towards existence. Carry your happiness with you throughout the day.
The specially designed music for this meditation is available at www.osho.com/meditation