Dynamic Meditation and Daily Life
Dynamic meditation and Osho Active Meditations used in business, education, penal systems, etc...
Maneesha James has a background in general and psychiatric nursing and midwifery. She was the guinea pig in the early seventies when Osho was designing his active methods, and has practiced the techniques for over 25 years
Now an editor and freelance journalist, Maneesha has authored several books on meditation.
Her fifth book, "Impara a Meditare: tecnica per una vita viva" ("Learning Meditation: techniques for juicy living"), is published in Italy by Macro Edizione. She is the creator of two CDs of guided meditations. She is also the scriptwriter and presenter of the documentary, "Meditation: Stress-Free Living For Busy Women" (Goldhil US; Gaia UK). She has been interviewed internationally for magazines, including the online magazine ... naturaljourneys.com, for newspapers, radio and television. When she is now working on her sixth book (on emotional management) Maneesha leads meditation-based groups and conducts individual sessions in Europe, the US, and Australasia.
Her work focusses on living totally, and dying consciously.
Dynamic Meditation is one of the most scientific methods to heal and to create integrity between the three parts of the body - the body, mind and heart - and between the three brains.
The first stage of the method, "fire" breathing, works on the reptilian brain, allowing us to break free of the control of the higher brain. So emotions and instincts are freed up.
The second stage, catharsis, works on the mammalian brain, by cleaning the blocked emotions and freeing old mental memories and shocks.
In the third stage, of jumping and hammering the first chakra with sound, you move the energy up to the high part of the body, and by so doing return to a deep sense of integrity. You can get to a point when you are jumping totally effortlessly for fifteen minutes.
According to the system of acupuncture, there are several energy points in the soles of the feet that are very important. We discovered through our machines that by impacting the soles of the feet - as you do in the third stage - you positively impact the brain, hence the significance of landing on the flat of the feet, including the heel.
By the fourth stage - of stopping suddenly and remaining as if frozen - the whole system is already in a deep unity and the energy moves freely through all the body. You are no longer fragmented but have a fluid being. This is the base ground from which you can go into the experience of yourself. As Osho has said, all the other stages are preparatory: this is the point at which meditation can be experienced.
Most of the Osho meditations are structured like this. They are incredibly scientific, the inspiration of a genius.As far as I know nothing like this has existed before...something so methodically and scientifically thought through, so condensed into the space of one hour and so contemporary in its structure."
Born in Italy, Dr Formicola trained as a bioenergetic therapist in the USA and as a psychotherapist in Italy. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is also qualified in the fields of Oncological Psychology and Psychiatry. Currently she is director of a district service for psychotherapy and mental health. Here she talks about how she brings her knowledge and experience of meditation into her work.
In the case of supervised groups in the work with skilled staff (psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers etc), Dynamic has a positive influence on them, particularly in the case of transforming a static situation and in freeing pent-up energy. Kundalini is very useful when there is a need to focus on a patient or to bring attention to a specific ingrained pattern.
I also use Dynamic and Kundalini in groups for the prevention of burnout, in hospitals and in centers for mental illness and health. Group participants are screened before participating. Work on the body and knowing how to be more centered are always ways to prevent burn out. I start this staff burnout prevention group with Dynamic or Kundalini, followed by a relaxation technique. The third phase is a sharing, followed by specific work related to any issues that emerge. I use a variety of methods here — from psychoanalysis to body therapy. The initial project has become a permanent activity because it is recognized to be a very effective instrument.
In all the groups I conduct, in which meditation is featured, I find that meditation facilitates the expression of participants' feelings and supports my empathy with them. I enjoy the meditative aspect of my work and I'm so happy to have found a way to make the empirical system of the psychotherapeutic approach more complete.