Osho Retreat Experiences:
There is a wonderful Osho (Bagwan Shree Rajneesh) retreat that takes place here in upstate New York, it is one that I have, unfortunately, only been able to attend once, but what an experience that was! I am not a “sannyas”, meaning someone who has formally joined his organization, but I do find his books very inspiring and insightful. In fact one of the first books I read was “The Alpha and the Omega”, which really propelled me onto this path of meditation and yoga. After that I discovered Jiddu Krishnamurti’s “Network of Thought” and then there was no turning back — I had reached terminal velocity and was well past the point of no return.
An Osho retreat, if they are all like the one I attended, is really something out of this world and worth attending if you have the opportunity. This retreat was held at a mystical Sufi Ashram up the mountains of upstate New York and they could not have picked a better location. The ashram was surrounded by quiet hills and just being there created a sense of serenity and depth within. We arrived and checked in on a Friday evening and soon after everyone had settled in, the party began. The program was packed with Osho’s famous guided meditations. There was Osho’s Dynamic Meditation, Osho’s Kundalini Meditation, Movement as Meditation, among others… and if you know anything about Osho’s meditations you know they involve a lot of music and lot of dancing. Since I love both immensely, the whole weekend was like one huge celebration of energy and spirit.
Now, before you get the idea that the retreat was like hitting the local nightclub, let me warn you it was very demanding. Osho’s meditations are physically challenging. They are designed to break down deep rooted patterns and ignite one’s awareness. The meditations use a great deal of breath and movement to force a catharsis of anything repressed, so that space is created within for meditation to occur. During my time there and soon afterwards several astonishing experiences took place. Of these here is one that was particularly interesting and insightful.
It was during the later part of Saturday evening’s meditation program. We had just completed, what must have been hours of physical meditation and dance, and were viewing some of Osho’s video commentaries and getting some much needed rest. I had found a comfortable floor chair and was cherishing this period of relaxation, when I was taken aback by what started to transpire. My physical body began to disappear from my field of awareness. At first some parts began to vanish, then shortly thereafter, the whole body was gone. I was just a witness to what was transpiring. The experience was not at all scary though, in fact it was quite pleasant and most of all very intriguing. As I became more comfortable with this unusual state of consciousness I actually began to experiment with it. I tried to mentally find my body, locate it in time and space, but it had completely disappeared from my field of awareness. I was unable to rediscover it no matter what I tried. I was no longer a physical creature in any shape or from. I was just energy, just awareness. Eventually, on its own accord the body returned, or better said I returned to my body.
This experience gave me deep insight into the nature of our reality and consciousness. It also helped me understand first hand what Osho was trying to accomplish with his meditations. His meditations always work to empty your mind and body, and then require you to remain vitally aware and wait for what life might bestow on you. This is exactly how it happened. The meditations purged me of all the junk I was holding within, and then unexpectedly, while just relaxing, consciousness shifted to a different dimension of being and awareness. For those looking to try Osho’s meditations I will provide some of them on this website as well, but until then you can grab one his books, or better still, attend one of his retreats. I mean, what can be so bad about dancing your butt off while at the same time, discovering what your True Nature really is.
For those in the Northeastern US who wish to attend this retreat you will want to keep an eye on Osho Padma Meditation Center in NY. This is where I found out about the retreat, I believe the person running this center is Ma Satya Priya. The retreat, by the way, is usually during Halloween weekend, which is just perfect as for once you get to take your masks off, instead of putting more on :-). I might go again this year if they hold it. The center also runs several weekly Osho Meditations, I have not attended those (as I am not in that vicinity), so if you wish to try it out, you can check out their schedule on the website. Do let me know your feedback if you attend. Other Osho websites you may want to explore are: Osho Home Page, Osho World Vision of Enlightenment and Friends of Osho. Enjoy!