Seminar One X - I
Seminario One X - I Iniziazione
This type of structure originated from the famous Phoenix House community in New York, USA, where Frank Natale, Vincent Marino, and later Danny Yuson (Veeresh) served as clinical directors and recovery process facilitators for the residents. In the following years, under the guidance of Osho with Veeresh in Pune, India, in the 1970s, the current structure known as AUM Marathon (A: awareness, U: understanding, M: meditation) was established. Since then, hundreds of AUM Marathons have been conducted worldwide, primarily led by Veeresh and his assistants. In Italy, Apurva was involved in a series of meditation and humanistic therapy communities where Veeresh and his work, including AUM Marathons, were offered. Apurva became part of Veeresh's Italian staff for many years. He participated in numerous marathons with Veeresh and the Humaniversity staff in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy for over a decade under Veeresh's guidance. Apurva is directly certified as an AUM leader by Veeresh.
The approach used in this type of structure is innovative and powerful from every perspective: emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. Thousands of people worldwide have benefited from this type of experience. During this experience, participants sleep fewer hours than they normally would in their daily lives, creating a system that helps break down the usual barriers we use to avoid feeling, allowing us to open up and connect with our emotions and intimacy.
We will maximize your experience, allowing us to let go more fully and make it easier to open up and relax. In this state, we will feel more available, open, and vulnerable, which will help us gain new awareness about ourselves, our emotions, and human relationships.
The One X - I seminar will leave you clear, deeply grounded in your body, and at the peak of your energy. We will go beyond our mental and physical limits, emotionally heal, and learn to dissolve negative emotions and stress, transforming them into positive emotions and creativity. In this inner space, it becomes easier to meet other human beings, create joy, intimacy, friendship, and open up naturally and spontaneously.
We will utilize various group and individual techniques with proven success, such as:
Emotional Release Sessions
Osho Active Meditation
Communication and Relationship Exercises
Emotional Awareness Information
from an interview with Apurva
Excitement, jealousy, sadness... some people are overly emotional while others are seemingly cold and unexpressive. We don't know much about our emotions. Sometimes we know details about a soccer player's or an actress's life, but we know little about our own emotions, which is quite astonishing considering that our lives are constantly filled with emotions. Learning to know them, honestly accepting them beyond the conditioning of culture or society in which we grew up can literally change the direction and quality of our lives.
Often, due to an emotion, we have said or done things that we wouldn't have done otherwise, or things that we bitterly regret afterward, creating further discomfort just by recalling those situations. We believe that ignoring the cause of those feelings is enough to make them disappear when, in reality, this incorrect way of sometimes dealing with the past and its corresponding emotions is precisely the cause of their continuous reappearance in our lives, catching us off guard.
Sometimes, our fears or unconscious blocks are repressed or unexpressed emotions linked to memories that are triggered in our brains in the present moment, once again blocking us to the point where we begin to believe that we are defined by that particular way or that life and others are like that. Emotions can be a decisive factor in our lives, and understanding them means understanding ourselves, the people we love, or interact with every day. Learning to understand oneself and others through ourselves can create a winning and harmonious group, a happy family capable of facing turbulent moments in a creative way and fostering unity of purpose.
How many times have people abandoned their endeavors at the first emotional storm? They preferred to get depressed or give up the challenge, resulting in a decline in their self-esteem and the belief that they can't accomplish anything. What does science tell us? What are emotions chemically? What happens in our brain and body when we are emotional, when we perceive strong and intense sensations, and yet we must make important decisions or respond clearly and correctly even under pressure? Learning to recognize, master, and express emotions in a creative way can make an immense difference in our lives. We have been strongly conditioned to accept certain emotions, and their corresponding expression is deemed acceptable, while others are denied or deemed unacceptable by society, our educational system, which leads us to deny and repress them. Consider anger, shame, and other mistakenly labeled negative emotions. However, they exist just like the other emotions we consider positive. For example, joy or crying, in specific moments, are both acceptable to express, especially for women. Normally, we only accept certain types of emotions that are culturally acceptable, while repressing others. Where do the emotions go when you repress them? Often, the tensions and unpleasant sensations we experience can be traced back to your repressed emotions, stored - so to speak - in your muscles, in your being. Often, the tense and rigid shoulders on Friday evening are the emotions you have held back during the week, the burdens we carry on our shoulders. How do you expect to move forward and accumulate all of this as if nothing happened? Do you have a clear sense of how it feels to be truly free from tension and past memories? Do you have a clear experience of how it feels and how you sleep and rest when you are deeply relaxed and your body is soft and free from tensions?
Think about the body of a two or three-year-old child. Touch their arms. How are they?
Tense or soft? How is their smile? Well, I, you, we were that child, and even though it may seem like an extreme example compared to an adult, think about it for a moment, reflect. We consider it normal to perceive ourselves and our bodies as tense, to have tense shoulders, to live with that accumulated tension in our muscles, stiffening the body and therefore our entire being. We believe it is justifiable, for work, for the career... no, it's not normal.
And if you communicate with those who experience this constant and permanent state of tension, regarding this chronic condition, incredibly, they will explain to you in detail why it is so and that nothing can be done about it. Work, family, marriage, mortgages, and more will be the reasons they use to justify this condition to themselves. Unfortunately, for many people, this is the state they are in, almost most of the time, if not always! It then becomes justifiable to mistreat those close to us. It becomes acceptable and understandable to be violent, angry, and manipulative.
The motivation for why you should know more about your emotions and how to express them creatively is the fact that by doing so, you will have the opportunity to profoundly improve the quality of your life. The way you behave, your way of responding to different life situations, reflects exactly how you feel. I have worked with people from all walks of life, in companies and privately, with thousands of people in different nations, mainly in Italy, Europe, and America. With very wealthy individuals and people facing economic or other types of problems, I encountered the same fears, limitations, and conditioning, perceived differently and from different angles but still significant factors in a person's fundamental motivation regarding survival, abundance, the perception of love, and life in general. Emotions and experiences lived in the early years of life strongly influenced the decisions or behaviors of adults, "fundamental decisions" made at the age of 3, 5, 12, 13, which still function and operate, significantly rationalized under the guise of an adult. Those emotions, those sensations, made us decide in a split second who we were, what we had to do or be to survive or get through those specific moments. Often, what we believe ourselves to be is only what we have learned to be and not who we truly are at our core. Emotionally, we learned to hide or lie already in childhood, to please or survive our parents or those who took care of us.
Most people have an immature relationship with authority: emotionally, it only takes a "nothing" to trigger us, at the age of 40, as if we were 8 years old, and there we are, in front of our mother or father reprimanding us, feeling completely reactive, while in reality, we are at work, in the office, with a colleague ten years younger than us. There are people who manage to stay angry with others for years instead of taking responsibility, growing, and maturing. Blaming someone else for our dissatisfaction will not make us feel fulfilled and whole. There are no right or wrong emotions; there is only what you feel in the moment, beyond what you have been conditioned to believe about your feelings.
Also consider that you can always change the way you feel or perceive what you feel. It's chemistry, it's the body, and you are the spectator, the observer of what happens in your body-mind system, you as consciousness. Sometimes it's easy for us to witness our sensations without identifying too much, and sometimes emotions are a tsunami that overwhelms us... We have been educated to repress anger, which then we only unleash on those closest to us, in twisted and unconscious ways, turning our most important relationships into the trash can of our repressed and unexpressed emotions.
You can see it clearly on Saturday nights: people repress a lot of tension and stress during the week, only to drink or indulge in drugs without limits, just to be able to let go.
And what often emerges is the repressed anger that is now unconsciously discharged onto other people. You see it sometimes in the hysterical and violent behavior of some parents towards their children, you see it on television, at the stadium... The stadium is one of the few places where anger can be expressed publicly. It is important, based on my experience of group work with people (for over 25 years), to take care of having regular emotional cleansing, composed of simple exercises that can be done alone or with friends. Practicing for less than 3 hours a week allows us to perceive the improvement clearly after just a few times of using it.
There are countless practices offered and easily accessible, available and useful to maintain emotional harmony with ourselves and others. Just like we take care of our body and our home, considering, knowing, and expressing our emotions in a creative, regular, and non-destructive way should be a priority in our daily lives.
An emotionally healthy person will be an integrated and capable person, understanding and able to forgive oneself and others in the present moment.