Osho Whirling Meditation is based on an ancient Sufi technique. While the whole body is moving, you can witness your center being silent and still.
Find an open space where you will not have to worry about hurting yourself or others if you fall. It is best to have bare feet and wear loose clothing and to avoid eating for at least a couple of hours before whirling. There are two stages to the meditation: first whirling, then resting.
Osho Whirling Meditation combines certain activities like shaking, dancing, jumping, humming and others to lead into silence and meditation. Music is used as a background for all these meditations. A final stage of 15 minutes of silence completes the meditation and a gong signals the end. A complete CD download includes also the silent stage with one of the tracks being mostly silence with a signal at the end – this is part of the experience.
Sufi whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.
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“Whirl with eyes open, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving.” ~Osho
How to practice Osho Whirling Meditation:
First Stage – 45 minutes – Start slowly, with the arms extended out and the eyes open, turning on the spot, in a clockwise direction. Left-handed people might feel discomfort from whirling clockwise. Try whirling anti-clockwise to ease the discomfort. Some people find it helpful to focus the eyes at first on an upraised finger, which can help prevent dizziness. Gradually increase the speed of your whirling, letting your body be soft and allowing the eyes to unfocus so that the images become blurred and flowing. Continue increasing the speed until the whirling seems to be happening by itself. You will find a still center inside.
Second Stage – 15 minutes – At some point, when the whirling has taken over, the body will fall. Don’t make the fall a decision on your part, but just allow it to happen when it happens. In this way, your body will land softly and the earth will absorb the energy of the fall. Immediately roll onto your stomach, so the navel is in touch with the ground. Feel your body blending into the earth. Keep your eyes closed and remain passive and silent for at least 15 minutes.
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