Punya participated in ‘a transforming healing process’ with laughter, crying and silence.
A week ago I came out of the Three Treasures; that’s the name given by Anutosho and Shivam Nick to a process consisting of 3 days laughing for 3 hours, then 3 days of crying, closing with 3 days of sitting in silence. ‘Treasures’ is a very good description: treasures given to us by Osho.
I wanted to immediately write about my experience, but my writing mind took a few days to click back in. I discovered that my creative mind – the one that thinks laterally, comes up with ideas, titles and jokes – was working perfectly. But the concentrative left-brain did not want to come back for some time after the days of sitting. This state felt very refreshing and new.
Anutosho and Shivam Nick held these first Three Treasures at the Gayatri Mandir in Corfu, where the participants could spend the afternoons walking, lounging on the beaches or go back to their grindstone (for me, my beloved PC).
Three Treasures can be seen as a refresher for those who have already done the 21-day Mystic Rose – one of the last meditations Osho gave us – or as a taster for newcomers. They can get a sense of what the whole process is about before deciding whether to sign up for the meditative therapy group.
As I heard, Osho had repeatedly told Leela – who has brought the technique into the world (over 100 workshops held in 30 years), and who is now writing a book about it (with her son Divakar as ghostwriter) – that each phase should last 7 days and could not be shortened. As an experimental compromise it has been decided that the short version would at least never be called Mystic Rose or mention the name in the advertising. Divakar, who facilitated this version a few years ago in Malta, called it ‘Trinity’.
I had done the Mystic Rose in Pune when it first came out and later as part of a workers’ group. Or maybe I did another one? (Some participants in our group had done it 8 times!) After that I never felt like repeating the experience, although it was held for a few years at my doorstep, also at the Gayatri Mandir. All I did was take part in the last, silent phase, where the locals were invited to join. Hearing that this year’s 7-day Watching on the Hill would be shortened to 3 days, I opted to book for the whole thing. I got so much more out of it than what I’d bargained for!
Having only 3 days for each phase, allowed little time to squabble or avoid being total: we could not waste the opportunity. So on we laughed like mad, infecting each other with uncontrollable fits. And stayed with our own laughter. In Italian we say, ‘mi fai morire dal ridere’ (literally translated: you make me die from laughter). Death felt really very close, making me forever disappear into golden light.