Osho says we can divide humanity into three groups of people. Which group describes your life?
Generalizations about humanity are tricky. But, this one seems to have some basis. It deals with spiritual truth and the level of concern for people. It’s important to remember that he often used stories and analogies to get points across; it’s a standard language tool.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is better known as Osho. He is a controversial spiritual leader from India. Like many who came to the United States, he misunderstood the culture.
He read the constitution and thought what it said was what it meant. They expected a society that would accept diverse beliefs, but this was a significant miscalculation. Although it says that it is a country where people are free to practice the religion of their choice, it is not always the reality. They underestimated the power of religious prejudice and bias. And so, their experiment in Oregon did not become the lasting positive community they sought to establish.
How to Group Humanity by Osho
“Humanity is divided into three parts.”
“One part, the major part, almost ninety-nine percent, never bothers about truth.”
“Then there is the second part of humanity: a few who inquire. But they don’t know how to learn.”
“This third type can become a disciple. And only this third type, when they have attained, can become masters.” — Osho (1)
The third part of humanity approaches learning with a beginner’s mindset. It’s an advantage that allows them to challenge boundaries and beliefs. They are disciples of learning and growing, not followers of any particular leader or sect.
Which Group Describes Your Situation?
The question of how to group humanity makes us look at our values and judgments about people. Which of these three groups resonates with your spiritual path?
The first group applies to everyone. Most people think what they believe must be true. However, most people believe what the cultural narrative tells them. So, there’s that. At least 3 billion people in the world meet once a week to worship an imaginary friend. Their concern is not with facts or the truth as much as it follows tradition.
The second group is those who seek but give up. They get frustrated with the cultural narrative’s answers and don’t know where to turn. They have the desire, but not the tools, so they fail to learn.
If the third group resonates, you are someone who actively engages in some spiritual activity. You shun organized religion, choosing to forge your spiritual way. These people use spiritual technologies to create their path.
The catalog of methods for developing and exploring consciousness is what we call Spiritual Technologies. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic. These tools improve observational skills and help us identify the roadblocks that get in the way.
We recommend you incorporate emotional checks in all of these processes. Keeping your feeling in check helps us think more clearly.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphones to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse language to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of our “personal power.”
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration.
Meditation is a mind hack that often uses mantras, sutras, and affirmations as tools. These mental devices open doorways of consciousness. You could easily categorize them as awareness expansion tools, the same with Yoga since it contains a range of meditative processes.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. Grounding techniques focus on our connection with nature, such as Sun Gazing, Forest Bathing, and Tree Grounding.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory (learning how to learn).
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a crucial element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Final Thoughts on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Our cultural narrative teaches us how to group humanity. It’s hard not to listen to this programming. Groupthink manipulation is a powerful brainwashing tool. However, there is a way out. Start questioning the cultural narrative. Practice spiritual technologies and awaken. Become a freethinker and learn the value of a healthy skeptical mindset. Sure, sometimes awakening can be stressful. It will reveal that your bias and prejudice are choices. You don’t have to keep them. Eventually, learn how to group humanity so you can find out who to help.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh teaches us important lessons about our culture. Spend a few minutes to ask yourself some questions.
- How do I group humanity?
- Why do I do it?
- Where do these judgments originate?
- Can I change people from one category to another? If so, what information is necessary?
- If you believe people can learn, you also need to accept that they can change?
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(1) Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Osho, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia