Massage is something that you can start learning but you never finish. It goes on and on, and the experience becomes continuously deeper and deeper, and higher and higher. Massage is one of the most subtle arts - and it is not only a question of expertise. It is more a question of love...
Learn the technique - then forget it. Just ´feel´and move by feeling. When you learn deeply, ninety percent of the work is done by love, ten percent by the technique.
By just the very touch - a loving, conscious touch, something relaxes in the body.
Massage is needed in the world today because ´love´ has disappeared. By and by we have forgotten where to touch, how to touch, how deep to touch. In fact touch is one of the most forgotten languages, because the word has become sexual and people have become afraid.
When you touch the body of a person, be prayerful...as if God himself is there, and you are just serving him. Flow with total energy. And whenever you see the body flowing and the energy creating a new pattern of harmony - you will feel a delight that you have never felt before. You will fall into deep meditation.
While massaging, just massage. Be in your fingers and your hands as if your whole being is there. Make it a play, make it a game and take it as fun. Laugh and let the other laugh too. Soon you will be helping many people.
If your heart has been touched by a master you will also have experienced the touch of silence, and with time and meditation it deepens. Silently of course, but surely. And you notice one day, its taking over! Tipped the scales.
Conscious touch is what happens. Being present, going nowhere. It’s possible to follow a script, but the felt experience is a moment to moment now here, and now touching here, and now here......
When you are trying to be attentive, simultaneously keep in mind that the body should not become tense. It should be relaxed, loose, in a kind of let-go.I like this story of Ananda becoming enlightened when his head touched the pillow. You cannot find a better place to become enlightened. Remember it.
And Buddha has not given you any objects to meditate upon… He has told you to do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness. When you are eating, eat totally -- chew totally, taste totally, smell totally. Touch your bread, feel the texture. Smell the bread, smell the flavour. Chew it, let it dissolve into your being, and remain conscious -- and you are meditating. And then meditation is not separate from life.
Walking, just be watchful of the breath going in, the breath going out. You are putting one of your feet ahead: watch, feel it from within. You are touching the earth: feel the touch of the earth. And the birds are singing and the sun is rising... One has to be multi-dimensionally sensitive. This will help your intelligence to grow; this will make you more brilliant, sharp, alive.
It is the emptiness of the mountain that makes the voice echo.
It is the emptiness of the sea that makes the waves.
Easy is right, the right way is easy.
Q. I cannot breathe completely. I feel that I’m holding a lot here in my lower belly.
Breathing is one of the things to be looked after because it is one of the most important things.
If you are not breathing fully, you cannot live fully.
Then almost everywhere you will be withholding something, even in love. In talking even, you will be withholding. You will not communicate completely; something will always remain incomplete.
Once breathing is perfect everything else falls into line. Breathing is life. But people ignore it, they don’t worry about it at all, they don’t pay it any attention.
And every change that is going to happen is going to happen through the change in your breathing.
If for many years you have been breathing wrongly, shallow breathing, then your musculature becomes fixed. Then it is not just a question of your will - It is as if somebody has not moved for years: legs have gone dead, the muscles have shrunk, blood flows no more. Suddenly the person decides one day to go for a long walk – it is beautiful, a sunset. But he cannot move; just by thinking it is not going to happen. Now much effort will be needed to bring those dead legs to life again.
The breathing passage has a certain musculature around it, and if you have been breathing wrongly – and almost everybody is – then the musculature has become fixed. Now it will take many years to change it by your own effort, and it will be an unnecessary waste of time. Through deep massage, those muscles relax and then you can start again. But once you start breathing well don’t fall into the old habit again.
Everybody breathes wrongly because the whole society is based on very wrong conditions, notions, attitudes. For example, a small child is weeping and the mother says not to cry. What will the child do? – because crying is coming, and the mother says not to cry. He will start holding his breath because that is the only way to stop it. If you hold your breath everything stops – crying, tears, everything. Then by and by that becomes a fixed thing – don’t be angry, don’t cry, don’t do this, don’t do that.
The child learns that if he breathes shallowly then he remains in control. If he breathes perfectly and totally as every child is born breathing, then he becomes wild. So he cripples himself.
Every child, boy or girl, starts playing with the genital organs because the feeling is pleasant. The child is completely unaware of the social taboos and nonsense, but if the mother or father or somebody sees you playing with your genitals they tell you to stop it immediately. And such condemnation is in their eyes you become shocked, and you become afraid of breathing deeply, because if you breathe deeply it massages your genital organs from within. That becomes troublesome, so you don’t breathe deeply; just shallow breathing so you are cut off from the genital organs.
All societies that are sex-repressive are bound to be shallow-breathing societies. Only primitive people who don’t have any repressive attitude about sex breathe perfectly. Their breathing is beautiful, it is complete and whole. They breathe like animals, they breathe like children.
So many things are involved....
Osho, Above All, Don’t Wobble
Anger has three layers. The first layer is the anger of the body. Be aware of the anger of the body. You may not have watched it that the body accumulates anger, that the body has its own ways of accumulating anger. When you feel anger, you gnash your teeth, you clench your fists… Why?
In fact, in the east there have been devices to help you. Those are temporary helps, but of great value because they can make you aware of many things. When you feel angry, just gnash your teeth, clench your fists and you will be surprised that as you gnash your teeth and clench your fists and just fight the air… Shadow boxing… Within five minutes the anger is gone. Something has happened, something has been released.
Now, Postural Integration, Rolfing, and methods like that are becoming very much aware that your repressed angers, sexuality, greed and all kinds of poisons accumulate in the body, in the muscles. By deep massage, those poisons can be released. Rolfing is really a great contribution. Deep Massage of the body can be of great help. It can make you aware that your body is carrying many things, and your body drives you into many things which you may not have gone into if the body was not driving you there.
BE AWARE OF THE ANGER OF THE BODY. Buddha says, MASTER THE BODY, LET IT SERVE TRUTH.
How to master the body? The first thing is to learn relaxation. Buddha taught his disciples how to relax. In the East, particularly in the science of Yoga, there is a special posture, SHAVASANA. This is the posture: lie down on the ground as if you are dead. Let the body slowly slowly die. Start from the feet. In fact communicate with your body, say to the feet, “Die, please die."And then go on upwards.