Creativity and Innocence @ Osho Miasto, Italy

 

We just recently ended our Children and Parents Painting course in Miasto, Italy.

This is a unique course created by Meera for families to come together and learn what it means to be fully alive and creative. Usually single parents or couples come with one child or a few and the age of the children is between 3 and 16 years. This year a couple came with 7 of their children, some of them from their previous marriages!

It is quite a joyful, but at times also a very intense and confronting process. Sometimes the adults and the children paint together, sometimes they paint on their own and sometimes both have different activities in different locations. We also have sessions just for the adults who can address and get support in dealing with difficulties they face in their role as parents or in their couple relationship.

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As Osho pointed out, it is quite a delicate art to be a parent in the real sense. Osho once said that a real parent gives freedom. Many parents worry too much about their child. The psychological reason for this is that unconsciously they often see the child as an extension of themselves. As a child is born out of the mother's belly without being so aware of it she instinctively sees her child as part of herself.

When we turn in and understand that a child belongs to existence and that we are merely being used by existence as a vehicle to bring a child into the world and that a child does not really belong to us, then it becomes easier to drop the idea of a child being 'mine'. In fact in a deeper sense there is no ’me’, no ’mine’. Neither your mother, nor your partner, nor your child is 'yours'. We are all part of the vast ocean of life and all these assumptions are false.

To live such an understanding in day to day life, however, is not easy and we have to let go of many habits and unconscious behaviour patterns. This group gives the support to live and practise a new understanding of parenthood and partnership.

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Another point that we look at is that when we relate to a child or to our partner we tend to be too focused on the other and we forget ourselves. However the other is really a mirror where we can discover aspects of ourselves. So having a child or being in a long relationship can be a great learning to discover unknown parts of our own psyche. But many times people do not use relationship or their role as a parent in this way, but rather as a way to forget themselves and thus they stay busy with duties and responsibilities.

In this course parents find the time to meditate and go deep into themselves while our team of helpers takes care of their children. As Osho says: consciousness is the key to all authentic happiness. A good parent really is a conscious parent. It is not a matter of behaving in certain ways according to some rules what a good parent should or should not do, but rather to become aware moment to moment of oneself. A conscious act is 'good' whatever you are doing and an unconscious act is 'wrong', even if we do what we are supposed to do in the eyes of society.

This is some of our potential learning and in the group we create situations where this understanding can become an actual experience rather than remaining just a great spiritual idea in our mind.

So we and our team are looking forward to our next course in 2020 when again parents and children come together to play, paint, dance, enjoy and find their true expressiveness!