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Opening to Intimacy

Osho:

“Everybody is afraid of intimacy. The problem becomes more complicated because everybody wants intimacy. Everybody wants intimacy because otherwise you are alone in this universe — without a friend, without a lover, without anybody you can trust.”

 

Our fear of intimacy comes from the fear of being unacceptable as we are. Using gentle non-cathartic methods, we will allow ourselves to experience some of these fears at a conscious level.

We will also look at how the judgments we make of ourselves hinder our ability to be open and loving. As we become more loving and accepting of ourselves, the doors open to intimacy with others.

The work consists of interactive exercises in pairs, introspection, and group sharing. We begin to see how we all have similar fears around intimacy. This allows us to become more playful and light-hearted in our connections with others. To move from the seriousness of the ego to the childlike innocence of the heart.

Osho:

“Once you have accepted yourself as you are, the fear of intimacy will disappear.”

 

And:

“Only a man of meditation can allow intimacy to happen.”

 

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

 

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.