Insights into Energy and Consciousness
Osho begins from where Western psychology leaves off. Beyond Freud and Jung, beyond the Human Potential Movement, to the psychology of enlightenment, of buddhahood. In these talks Osho reveals his vision of a New Man a man who embraces all aspects of life from the mundane to the sacred, and of the creation of a climate in which that new man can realize his ultimate potential. Response to questions from seekers cover a multitude of topics including the nature of meditation; sex, love and prayer as the three essential steps to the divine; destiny; why Westerners are attracted to Eastern religion and philosophy; the significance of kundalini yoga; dream psychology and the seven energy bodies.
“Existence is energy, the movement of energy in so many shapes and so many forms.”
With the possibility of choice, anxiety follows like a shadow. Now everything has to be chosen; everything is a conscious effort. You alone are responsible. If you fail, you fail. It is your responsibility. If you succeed, you succeed. It is again your responsibility. And every choice is ultimate in a sense. You cannot undo it, you cannot forget it, you cannot go back on it. Your choice becomes your destiny. It will remain with you and be a part of you; you cannot deny it. But your choice is always a gamble. Every choice is made in darkness because nothing is certain.
That is why man suffers from anxiety. He is anxious to his very roots. What torments him, to begin with, is: To be or not to be? To do or not to do? To do this or to do that? "No choice" is not possible. If you do not choose, then you are choosing not to choose; it is a choice. So you are forced to choose; you are not free not to choose. Not choosing will have as much effect as any other choice.
The dignity, the beauty and the glory of man is this consciousness. But it is a burden also. The glory and the burden come simultaneously the minute you become conscious. Every step is a movement between the two. With man, choice and conscious individuality come into existence. You can evolve, but your evolution will be an individual endeavor. You may evolve to become a buddha or you may not. The choice is yours.
So there are two types of evolution: collective evolution and individual, conscious evolution. Evolution implies unconscious, collective progress, so it would be better to use the word revolution in talking about man. With man, revolution becomes possible.
Revolution, as I am using the word here, means a conscious, individual effort toward evolution. It is bringing individual responsibility to a peak.
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
sex… aware… outside… dreaming… brain… consciousness… oneness… vivekananda… gurdjieff… ramakrishna