A Meditative Therapy – Meeting of East and West
When Osho first created The Mystic Rose Meditation, he said “I have invented many meditations, but perhaps this will be the most essential and fundamental one. It can take over the whole world.” He went on to say that this will be an absolutely new and unique meditation that has never existed before in the history of mankind. He calls this work a Meditative Therapy, as it combines the two dimensions of Western therapy and Eastern meditation in one dynamic transformational process.
Generally therapy groups are run quite separately from meditation groups or retreats. This new revolutionary process combines therapy and meditation simultaneously. In the Eastern approach to personal transformation, the emphasis is on being in the present moment, the here/now, also known as a state of no-mind or meditation. Relaxing to such a degree that we are able to slip out of the constant flow of thoughts, emotions, feelings and reactions, etc., and therein develop the capacity to become aware of our inner world of pure consciousness. The emphasis is on a capacity to disidentify from the nonessential and remain with the essence of presence.
The Western approach offers many different types of therapies which enable us to understand and heal our neurosis, fears, anxieties and so on. Osho would often say that therapy is necessary as ground work, or clearing the garden so that the flowers of meditation grow.
Laughter clearly becomes therapy when experienced for sustained periods. It removes fear, inhibitions and loosens the energetic armouring that interpenetrates and surrounds the physical body. It enlivens, invigorates and brings out a level of vitality we seldom allow ourselves to feel. At the same time, people who are in deep abandoned laughter are thrown out of the mechanisms of mind and become totally present to this moment, to a state of No-Mind. Participants can experience an altered state of being, spontaneous, alive, overwhelmed with the delight and playfulness of laughter and joy. During these sustained periods of laughter, a healing therapy as well as a meditative state can be experienced simultaneously. This is a rare and unique process that is on one hand, utterly simple and yet profoundly transformative