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Opening to Self-Love

If you totally accepted yourself just as you are, without changing anything, would you have any problems?

“In self-love you will start becoming more and more relaxed. A person who loves himself is totally relaxed.” Osho

 
Opening to Self-Love helps us confront the beliefs and fears that stop us from being loving and compassionate to ourselves and to others.
When we focus awareness on the mechanisms of self-rejection, they start to fade away. This allows us to open to our unique beauty, to rediscover our essential value; to open up to positive, loving relationships with others.

The Opening to Self-Love process is based on individual, paired and group exercises, designed to bring our inner critics into the light of awareness. Our approach is light-hearted and loving so that the energy tied up in negativity can be gently released into creativity.
Group sharing allows us to see that we all have similar beliefs that get in the way of our self-acceptance and to see that we are all sensitive, human, and worthy of love.

When we open up to loving ourselves we find that our meditation deepens and happens more easily.

“The more you love yourself, the less you will find of the self in you, and then it becomes a great meditation, a great leap into God.” Osho

 

Opening to the Inner Child

“The spring is there, and the fresh water is still running there – but rocks have been put around you. You have been blocked. Once those rocks have been taken away again you will become a child. It will be a rebirth. Again, you will start flowing. Again, your eyes will have luster and your face will have joy. Again, you will become luminous.” Osho

 
Some of the natural qualities of a child are innocence, playfulness and joy and a sense of wonder about the mystery of life. Rather than supporting these qualities, parents and society force their own values onto the child’s vulnerable mind and vital, spontaneous impulses are slowly repressed.

This is a healing process to uncover the layers of emotional hurt, allowing them to be felt, expressed, and dissolved in a loving atmosphere. The result is a space of meditative awareness in which the natural child, with all its aliveness, can re-emerge.
 

“Meditation simply means learning to forget all that you have learned. It is a process of deconditioning, a process of dehypnosis.” Osho

 

Primal Mirror

As children we develop a series of false identities or masks in response to the expectations and projections of those we depend on for survival. Over time these become autonomous and start to run our lives. We move between them with little or no awareness, triggered by external events.

Wounding happens when we are not seen and loved unconditionally as children. The wounded child is a powerful and convincing identification which can keep us stuck in defense mode and, when we are triggered, we start to live out our childhood movie.
We can learn to recognize and accept this when it is happening and, instead of remaining stuck, begin to heal the inner child by giving it the love and reassurance it needs – from our own adult resources.

Reclaiming and healing the inner child allows us to regain the spontaneous joy and wonder of life. It is the essential journey of life to become a child again healed, whole and awake.

“Parents, because of their own investment – business, politics, religion, philosophy – are less interested in the potential of the child. They are more interested in how to mold the child so that he fits in their world, becomes respectable in their world, is not an outcast, is not a misfit. All this arises out of good intentions, but the result is not good. It is almost slaughtering the child, destroying, killing him. Most of his potential will always remain only potential. He will never be even aware what treasures he has brought with his life. He will die and those treasures will remain unopened.” Osho.

 

AFH – The OSHO Freedom Process

With his profound understanding of the conditioned mind, and of the transforming power of meditation, Osho reframed the Fisher-Hoffman Process, an egocentric system; transforming it into what he called the Anti-Fisher-Hoffman Process.
This deep work enables us to liberate ourselves from any source of conditioning, be it from family, religion or society.

“My effort here is to destroy all conditioning – Hindu, Mohammedan, Christian, Jewish … it does not matter what kind of conditioning you are carrying; I want you to drop it. It is a weight. And through all the therapies, I am trying to do something else which the West has not understood yet. Through therapies they try to bring you to normal humanity. Their psychoanalysis brings people to what they call sanity. My therapies – and all the psychoanalytic methods used here – have a different purpose. It is not to make you into normal, average, so-called sane people: it is to cleanse you of all traps, all theories, all religions, all kinds of conditionings. All these therapies here are deprogramming you and leaving you free, without any program. The negative part is being done by the therapies – they destroy your programming. And the positive part is done by meditation.” Osho

 
In our childhood we have always been directed to be, and to behave, in a way that was acceptable to our parents and society, rather than to be true to ourselves.
This has created a layer of conditioning and a false self which masks our true essence and hinders us from living a rich and full life – in our work, in our relationships and in our creativity.
When we look inward we have no idea who we truly are; we find instead a deep longing to find love and freedom.

The AFH process opens us to an understanding of how our conditioning has been created and how it has been passed down from generation to generation. From this understanding comes freedom, grace, and responsibility for our own lives.

“And if you can risk, totally risk, not preserving anything, not playing tricks with yourself, not withholding anything, suddenly the unknown envelops you. And when it comes you become aware that it is not only the unknown, it is the unknowable. It is not against the known, it is beyond the known. To move in that darkness, to move in that uncharted place without any maps and without any pathways, to move alone into that absolute, the quality of the warrior is needed.
Many of you still have a little of it left because you were once children; you were all warriors, you were all dreamers of the unknown. That childhood is hidden but it cannot be destroyed; it is there, it still has its own corner in your being. Allow it to function; be childlike and you will be warriors again. That’s what I mean.”
Osho

 
The process is mostly residential, in silence and in isolation, with only a limited number of participants.
Pre-requisite: Primal Deconditioning and emotional release work recommended.

Admission is by a series of interviews that start from 6 months prior to the start of the course.

For a pre-interview write to Kala from 9-31 August, 2020 write to Sosheera

You will need to arrive in the OSHO Meditation Resort Pune at least one week before the process starts.
 

The Rebel

Living life according to our conditioning leaves us running around in circles, repeating patterns that keep us addicted, co-dependent, and fixed in negative behavior patterns.
Finding the source of our conditioning and addressing our unconscious patterns, enables us to start living our lives in a new way – in tune with the essential qualities we were born with.

“Don’t become a revolutionary; become a rebel. A rebel is one who has no ideology, no ideals, who has nothing to impose upon himself, who takes life as it comes and takes it easily, who enjoys it, dances it and sings it. This spontaneity will give you the flavor called meaning. Otherwise life becomes just a repetition of the past. It is no more alive – just formalities and rituals; it becomes burdened.” Osho

 
The Rebel focuses on developing our ability to watch without judgement – the key to a life of tremendous joy and freedom.

“A rebel is one who does not react against the society, who understands the whole game of it and simply slips out of it. It becomes irrelevant to him.” Osho

 
This course is recommended as a preparation for AFH – The OSHO Freedom Process, and some previous experience with primal related work is required.

“The rebel is in a state of tremendous love with freedom — total freedom, nothing less than that. Hence, he has no savior, no God’s messenger, no messiah, no guide; he simply moves according to his own nature. He does not follow anybody; he does not imitate anybody. Certainly, he has chosen the most dangerous way of life; full of responsibility, but of tremendous joy and freedom.” Osho

 
This course is residential and in silence and isolation.
 

Primal Deconditioning Intensive

Conditioning is given to us by parents, family, teachers, and society – it is learned behavior. It fuels all that is false about us by maintaining the personality – a mask. This in turn disconnects us from our individuality, that place where we feel at home and connected.

“All personality is false. Good personality, bad personality, the personality of a sinner and the personality of a saint – all are false. You can wear a beautiful mask or an ugly mask, it doesn’t make any difference. The real thing is your essence.” Osho

 
This process works through the layers of our personality which manifest as self-destructive behavior, addictions, and co-dependency issues.

We use different techniques, to re-connect with the healthy child within us – to set it free from the “hypnosis” of the past. And we will experience how meditation allows us to acknowledge our wounds while we remain in a space that is essentially untouched by them.

“Whatever is repressed will have to be witnessed; whatever is buried inside will have to be faced. Wherever we have made ourselves blind, we will have to create eyes. We will have to undo the things we were taught to do as children and redo them in a totally different manner. We will have to return to that point in our childhood at which our energy was stolen. This is why all religiousness is nothing but the reclaiming of childhood.” Osho

 

Meditation on a daily basis will embed this new freedom into our daily lives allowing us to maintain a healthier more fulfilled life – living the truth of who we are each moment.

This course is residential and in silence and isolation.