Acupuncture is - OSHO


Acupuncture is utterly Eastern. So when you approach any Eastern science with ..the

Western mind you miss many things. Your whole approach is different: it is

methodological, it is logical, analytical. And these Eastern sciences are not really 

sciences but arts. The whole thing depends on whether you can shift your energies

from the intellect to the intuition, whether you can shift from male to female, from

yang to yin; from the active, aggressive approach. Can you become passive, receptive?

Only then do these things work; otherwise you can learn all about acupuncture,

and it will not be acupuncture at all. You will know all about it, but not it. And sometimes

it happens that a person may not know much about it and knows it, but then it

is a knack —just an insight into it.

So this is happening to many Eastern things: the West becomes interested — they

are profound. The West becomes interested in an Eastern thing, but then it brings in

its own mind to understand it. The moment the Western mind comes into it, the

very base of it is destroyed. Then only fragments are left and those fragments never

work. And it is not that acupuncture was not going to work, acupuncture can work,

but it can work only with an Eastern approach.

So if you really want to learn acupuncture, it is good to know about it but

remember that is not the most essential thing. Learn whatsoever information is

possible, then forget all the information and start groping in the dark. Start listening

to your own unconscious, start feeling en rapport with the patient. It is different....

When a patient comes to a Western medical man, the Western medical man starts

reasoning, diagnosing, analyzing, finding out where the illness is, what the illness is,

and what can cure it. He uses one part of his mind, the rational part. He attacks the

disease, he starts conquering it: a fight starts between the disease and the doctor. The

patient is just out of the game — the doctor does not bother about the patient. He

starts fighting with the disease — the patient is completely neglected.

When you come to an acupuncturist the disease is not important, the patient

is important, because it is the patient who has created the disease: the cause is in

the patient, the disease is only a symptom. You can change the symptom and

another symptom will come up. You can force this disease by drugs, you can stop its

expression, but then the disease will assert itself somewhere else and with more

danger, more force, with a vengeance. The next disease will be more difficult to tackle

than the first. You drug it too, then the third disease will be even more difficult.

That's how allopathy has created cancer. You go on forcing back the disease on

one side, it asserts itself from another, then you force it on that side — the disease

starts becoming very, very angry. And you don't change the patient, the patient

remains the same; so because the cause exists, the cause goes on creating the effect.

Acupuncture deals with the cause. Never deal with the effect, always go to the

cause. And how can you go to the cause? Reason cannot go to the cause — the cause

is too big for the reason — it can only tackle the effect. Only meditation can go to the

cause. So acupuncture will feel the patient. He will forget his knowledge, he will just

try to get in tune with the patient. He will feel en rapport; he will start feeling a

bridge with the patient. He will start feeling the disease of the patient in his own

body, in his own energy system. That is the only way for him to know intuitively

where the cause is, because the cause is hidden. He will become the mirror and he

will find the reflection in himself.

This is the whole process of it, and this is not being taught because it cannot be

taught. It is really worth going into, so my suggestion is first learn in the West for

two years, then for at least six months go to some Far Eastern country and be with

some acupuncturist. Just be in his presence — just let him work and you watch. Just

absorb his energy, and then you will be able to do something; otherwise it will be


And if you start feeling your own energy by and by, or the working of the energy

in your own body, acupuncture will not remain just a technique, it will become

an instrument. And it is an insight — you can learn the technique and nothing will

come out of it — it is more a hunch than an art. That is one of the most difficult things

about ancient techniques: they are not scientific, and if you approach them with a

scientific outlook you may get some inkling but the major part will be missing.

And whatsoever you will be able to get hold of will not be much, and it will be


The whole ancient approach was totally different: it was not logical at all, it was

more feminine, more intuitive, more illogical. One was not thinking in syllogism as

the scientific mind thinks; rather, one was in a deep participation with existence —

more in a sort of dreaming state, in a reverie, and allowing nature to release its secrets

and mysteries. It was not aggression on nature...a persuasion at the most. And the

approach is from the interior.

One has to approach one's own body from the interiormost core. Those seven

hundred points were not known objectively, they were known in deep meditation.

When one goes deep inside and looks from inside — a tremendous experience — one

can see all the acupuncture points surrounding oneself, as if the night is full of stars.

And when you have seen those energy points, then only are you ready. Now you have

an inner grasp, and just by touching the body of the other person you will be able to

feel where the body energy is missing and where it is not; where it is moving, where

it is not moving; where it is cold and where it is warm; where it is alive and where

it has gone dead. There are points at which it responds, and there are points at which

it has no response at all.

You will be able to know acupuncture only to the extent that you become

capable of knowing yourself, and when both coincide there is a great light. In that

light you can see everything — not only about yourself, but about the bodies of

others. A new vision arises as if a third eye has opened.

Acupuncture is not a science but an art, and every art demands of you a deep

..surrender. It is not like any other technique that a technician can manipulate. It

needs your whole heart in it. You have to forget yourself just as a painter forgets while

painting, or a poet forgets while composing, a musician forgets while playing. It is

that kind of a thing. A technician can practice acupuncture but he will never be exactly

what is needed. He will never be that. He may help a few people, but it is a great art,

a great skill. It has to be imbibed. The secret is surrender. If you can surrender yourself

totally into it, if it becomes a devotion, a dedication — and it can become — go

into it, go wholeheartedly, with joy."

Start being on your own. And you will have to find your own knack. Acupuncture

is a knack and an art, and there is no need to follow anybody like a rule. There

are none. Rules do not exist, just insights. So start working on your own.... In the

beginning you will feel a little unconfident, and you will be worried many times about

whether you are doing the right thing or not. But this is how one has to begin. It is a

kind of groping. Sooner or later you will find the door. Once you have started finding

the door then less and less groping is needed. Then you know the door. Start


When you touch anybody's body or you work with needles, you are working on

God. One has to be very respectful, very hesitant. One has to work not out


knowledge but out of love. Knowledge is never adequate, it is not enough. So feel for

the person. And always feel inadequate, because knowledge is limited and the other

person is an entire world, almost infinite.... People touch you but they never touch

you. They touch only the periphery, and you are there somewhere deep in the centre

where nobody enters except love. Man is a mystery and is going to remain a mystery

forever. It is not something accidental that man is a mystery.

Mystery is his very being.

(From Medication to Meditation, Great Britain, 1996)


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