A man asks Osho about a friend who is paralyzed, and wonders if anything can be done to help. Osho suggests the friend should become a sannyasin, and then continues(
If you are lying in bed all day and you can’t move, you will continuously want to, because movement is life. Nothing else is so important as movement. Rocks are dead because they cannot move. The trees are a little more alive because a little movement is possible, but they are rooted in the earth. Animals are not rooted in the earth so they are more alive, they can be free.
Man is even more alive, because not only is he not rooted in the earth, he is not rooted in matter. His consciousness is a freedom, a sky with no boundaries. So movement is very essential and basic to life.
When you are paralyzed, the very paralysis, twenty-four hours a day, becomes an autosuggestion. Again and again you remember that you cannot move. Again and again you repeat to yourself that you cannot move – and this repetition cooperates with the paralysis. So just the opposite has to be done.
Whenever he feels that he cannot move, he should close his eyes, and in fantasy go for a long walk, or a run.
While going for a walk, it may be raining – the raindrops are falling on you making you completely wet. The whole thing is that all the senses should participate – smell, touch, vision – everything. This becomes a miraculous cure.
If he loves dancing then it is perfect, because dancing is exactly the opposite pole to paralysis. People who don’t know how to dance are already half-paralyzed. Paralysis is no movement and dance is pure movement. To be really alive one needs to be a dancer. That is the beauty of watching a dancer. Suddenly you feel the ecstasy of the movement, so alive, so delicate, so tremendously moving – as if gravitation doesn’t exist. If he is a real dancer you feel that he can fly.
One of the greatest dancers, Nijinsky, would take great jumps that were thought physically impossible. Scientists observed him and said that such a big jump was not possible with gravitation. They asked him how it happened. He said he didn’t know except that a moment came when he was not; when he felt he could fly.
When he jumped – and the height of the jump was a miracle – the greater miracle was his coming back to earth. He would come so slowly as if(a dry leaf is falling from the tree and comes slowly(not like a stone. It is as if he defies the whole law of gravitation.
So tell him that if he can imagine dancing, that will be the cure.
Many times it has happened that a person has been paralyzed for ten years, and the doctors have told him that he will not be able to move for the rest of his life. Suddenly one day the house catches fire and everybody is running out. The paralyzed person forgets, and out of fear he also runs from the house.