vol.1 no.6
What Others Think of Me:
Why it is SO Important;
How to Deal With It!

"What Others Think of Me" is a HUGE issue for most of us! It seems to run so much of our lives. It touches issues of unworthiness, comparison, the need for love, and much more. So this newsletter simply cannot do the topic justice. That would require a 100-page newsletter!! But we have managed to put some highlights into this issue that will begin the exploration for each of us into how important it is what others think about us, and how to start taking steps in the direction of centeredness and personal freedom.

As always, we welcome your comments and stories.
Feel free to send them to us!

Quotes of the Moment:
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
Carl Gustav Jung


"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss


"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices.
Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself. Face the truth."
Katherine Mansfield


"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight...."
e.e. cummings


"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written
for myself, and so my purpose is to have
the utmost fun playing my part."
Shirley MacLaine


To know oneself is to know all.
And that is the only thing I emphasize;
no belief, no dogma, no creed, no church, no religion.
By a simple process of inner observation
you come to realize yourself....
Truth is within -
seek not elsewhere.

 "Let me listen to me and not to them."
Gertrude Stein


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
Robert Frost

A Quick Glance at Upcoming Events.... (For details, check out our Web calendar, by clicking HERE.
Workshops, Classes & Events - August - November
*September 24th - 26th Finding the Work You Love, Finding the Life You Love Workshop.

At The World of Meditation. The Workshop will take place primarily outdoors in the Rose Garden (weather permitting). Fee: $125.
Throughout the weekend, you will move through four explorations: How can I discover what fulfills me? How do I translate what I enjoy into real marketplace opportunities? What are the obstacles that stop me from taking steps to pursue my ideas and dreams? And how do I deal with these obstacles? Write or call us for more information, or to register: info@findingtheworkyoulove.com; 206-772-8897. (See more information below.)
*Oct 2nd How to Deal with the Overthinking Mind! 
We are filled with continuous chatter, which is just us unconsciously talking to ourselves! Instead of fighting the mind, learn techniques and meditations that help you experience relaxation and stillness - where the mind stops and real happiness descends! The instructors have meditated for over thirty years, living and teaching in India, Japan, Europe and America.  Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothing.  Held indoors/outdoor weather permitting.  Time:11am-5pm. Cost $49.  Meets at The World of Meditation - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 09115.  Tel:206-772-8897. Sponsored by North Seattle Community College.
*Oct. 12th - Nov. 30th Meditation: From Chatter to Peace of Mind (Class)
Meditation simply means a silence which brings serenity to the heart, the mind, and the being. By meditating you can create more relaxation, clarity and self-acceptance, while benefiting your health, relationships and work. Each class will explore different meditation techniques. Beginners and seasoned meditators welcomed! Subhan Schenker, the instructor, is a certified meditation facilitator with thirty years experience in teaching meditation worldwide. 7:00PM - 9:00PM; 8 Tuesdays; October 12th - November 30th; Fee $95.00
Offered through North Seattle Community College, but held at The World of Meditation - - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 09115.  Tel:206-772-8897.
*Oct 22nd - 24th An Osho Meditation Experience with
Swami Satya Vedant. 
The Mystic Osho introduced a variety of meditation techniques that range from high-energy to passive.  The meditations presented in this event help release stress and slow down the overthinking mind.  Everyone is welcome-whether you are a beginner or a seasoned meditator.
Swami Satya Vedant, who has been a disciple of Osho since 1975 and has held workshops throughout the world including the United Nations, the World Bank, the pentagon and Deepak Chopra's enter in San Diego. This year he was a key speaker at "India Conclave 2010" in New Delhi; and recently at  The Advait Congress in Russia.

Oct 21st: (Thursday)Talk by Vedant ,open and free to public: Title - "India My Love." 7pm - 9pm, at the World of Meditation.

Oct 22nd -23rd (Friday & Saturday) - held at Center for Spiritual Living: Fri: 7pm - 10pm; Sat 9am - 9pm.
Oct 24th (Sunday) - held at Two Dog Yoga Center: Time 9am - 5pm.
Cost: $155.00 for full event. Individual Days: Fri: $35.00, Sat $95.00, Sun $65.00
See more details below.
*Nov 6th - Enhancing Relationships with Meditation!
Relationships, especially intimate ones, can be the most rewarding and the most difficult experiences in life. Meditation adds a completely new dimension to relationships. Instead of getting lost in the chattering mind and old stories, we can connect to a centeredness inside that lowers the "temperature" and raises awareness and understanding. This workshop is for anyone - individuals and couples - who wants more meaningful and joyous relationships in their lives! Bring a bag lunch; wear comfortable clothing. Time:11am-5pm. Cost $49. Meets at The World of Meditation - 9709 46th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Tel; 206-772-8897. Sponsored by North Seattle Community College

Finding the Work You Love,
Finding the Life You Love -
a Weekend Workshop.
September 24th - 26th.
Here is what people are saying about this workshop
and Subhan: 

"Subhan's work was not just informative, but life affirming and motivating. The processes we practiced really helped me get to a place of clarity and confidence. By the end of the course, I had decided to go back to school, which I had been unclear of for a while. I am also more willing to take some risks and try new things that I hadn't thought of before in the area of making connections.
I would highly recommend his work for anyone unsure of their choice of work, or what direction they are going in. You will not be disappointed." Nicole Nicolaisen, Seattle, WA.

"I thought the workshop was very helpful for all areas of life not just with one's career. It helps people step outside of their comfort zone to do some self reflecting and identify the real issue that is keeping them from going after their dreams. I have learned to step outside of my fears...." Vonnetta Ewing, recruiting consultant, Washington, D.C.

"To anyone hesitating about taking this class: I've spent the past couple decades of my life searching for a career that best fits me. I've read many career books over the years that did very little to help. As most people know, this is frustrating and being in the wrong career is literally detrimental to your health. After running out of options, I decided on a leap of faith and took the "Finding the Work You Love" class. I accomplished more in one weekend with this class than I did in two decades. The instructor, Subhan, combines career discovering strategies that really work with a life-long multidisciplinary experience that most other instructors or career book writers lack. All of the other participants had similar feelings about the class. People spend their money on many things (many that do little for their REAL benefit), but this is one class that will definitely have its return! I highly recommend to anyone the "Finding the Work You Love" class."
-Jeremy K., Seattle, WA

Join us for the Workshop!
Times: Friday: 7:00pm-10:00 pm; Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun: 9:00am-5pm;

Place: The World of Meditation Center, 9709 46th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115

The group size is limited.
To register, or for more information, tel: 206-772-8897;
email: info@FindingtheWorkYouLove.com
Fee: 2010 SPECIAL - $125 for the whole weekend!
Check out the details of the workshop, by clicking here.
World of Meditation Meditation Schedule
September & October Meditations
Cost: $8 per meditation (or $5 with a 10 meditation pass with no expiration date, which costs $50)

Mondays: 8pm - 9:30pm
Sept 20th Nataraj Meditation
Sept 27th Chakra Sounds
October 4th No - Yes Meditation
October 11th No Mind Meditation
October 18th Kundalini Meditation
October 25th Chakra Sounds
Wednesdays: 5:15pm - 6:15pm Kundalini Meditation                 
Sept 15th, 22nd, 29th.
Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.                   
Thursdays: 8pm - 9:30pm:

Sept 16th Kundalini Meditation
Sept. 23rd Full Moon, Beginning of Autumn Celebration/Meditation
September 30th Intro to Mystic Rose
Oct. 7th Mandala Meditation
Oct. 14th Chakra Breathing
Oct. 21st India My Love (Vedant Lecture) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Oct. 28th Osho Discourse: Sex, Love & Prayer
Saturdays: 10am
Dynamic Meditation
Sept. 18th *.
Oct. 9th*, 16th*, 30th*.
[* = potluck brunch afterwards.
Bring something vegetarian and join us!]
Satsang Meditation with live music

September 17th - Friday, Potluck dinner
from 6pm to 7:30pm; Satsang at 8pm, followed by dancing!
October 29th - Friday, Potluck dinner
from 6pm to 7:30pm; Satsang at 8pm, followed by dancing!

Jokes for Your Funny Bone!
Kundalini  MeditationSome One-Liners to tickle your fancy!

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a
garage makes you a car.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

An Osho Meditation Experience with Swami Satya Vedant.
Oct 22nd - 24th 
Vedant Event
In This Issue
Quotes of the Moment
Upcoming Events, Classes & Workshops
Finding the Work You Love!
WOM Meditation Schedule
Jokes For Your Funny Bone!
An Osho Meditation Experience with Swami Satya Vedant
Osho on Concern About Others
Meditation of the Month
Quick Links
About Subhan and Shanti
Subhan's Corner (Blog)
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Osho on Concern About Others:   Osho 7

Listen carefully: whenever you try to perform something, you are searching food for the ego. Whenever you are natural and let things happen, they are perfect, and then there is no problem. When you are natural and let things happen, God is at the back with you. When you are afraid, trembling, trying to prove something, you have lost God. In your fear, you have forgotten Him. You are looking more at the people and you have forgotten your source. Self-consciousness becomes a weakness. A person who is unself-conscious is strong, but his strength has nothing to do with himself -- it comes from the beyond.

WHEN YOU ARE SELF-CONSCIOUS, you are in trouble. When you are self-conscious, you are really showing symptoms that you don't know who you are. Your very self-consciousness indicates that you have not come home yet.

Whenever you are self-conscious you are simply showing that you are not conscious of the Self at all. You don't know who you are. If you had known, then there would have been no problem -- then you are not seeking opinions; then you are not worried what others say about you. It is irrelevant! In fact, nobody ever says anything about you -- whenever people say something about you, they are saying it about themselves.

Nobody can say anything about you. Whatsoever people say is about themselves. But you become very shaky, because you are still clinging to a false center. That false center depends on others, so you are always looking to what people are saying about you. And you are always following other people, you are always trying to satisfy them. You are always trying to be respectable. You are always trying to decorate your ego. This is suicidal.
Rather than being disturbed by what others say, you should start looking inside yourself. To know the real Self is not so cheap. But people are always hankering for cheap things.

It happened:

When the pain in Mulla Nasrudin's back became unbearable, he reluctantly went to a specialist to diagnose his problem.
"Well," said the doctor, "your problem can be cured by an operation, two weeks in the hospital and six months totally horizontal."
"Doctor, I can't afford the cost of all that!" shouted Nasrudin.
"Well then, for twenty-five rupees I can retouch the X-ray," suggested the doctor.

This is cheap! -- retouch the X-ray -- but that is not going to make you healthy. That's what we are doing: continuously retouching the X-ray, and thinking that somehow the miracle will happen. When you are decorating your ego you are retouching the X-ray. That is not going to help in any way; it is not going to help you become healthy. But it is cheaper: no operation is needed; at no cost. But what is the point? Your misery remains.
You become respectable and your misery remains. You become highly praised by the society -- your misery remains. You are decorated by medals, gold medals -- Padma Bhushan, Victoria Cross -- but your misery remains. These gold medals are not going to destroy your misery: they are like retouching the X-ray. All decoration on the ego, for the ego, is nothing but deceiving yourself.
And continuously you go on becoming weaker and weaker and weaker -- because the ego goes on becoming weaker every day. Your body will become weaker, your mind will become weaker, and by and by the ego that you have created out of the body and mind combination will become weaker. Fear will become greater and greater; you will be continuously sitting on a volcano that can any day explode. It will not allow you rest. It will not allow you relaxation. It will not allow you any moments of peace.
Once you understand it then the whole energy is put into another direction. One has to know oneself. One has not to be worried about what others say about you.

The ego is very deceptive. It goes on hearing what it wants to hear. It goes on interpreting what it wants to interpret. It never sees the fact. It never allows the fact to reveal itself to you. People who live in the ego live behind curtains. And those curtains are not inactive -- they are active curtains. Whatsoever passes through the curtain, the curtain changes it.
People go on living in a mental world of their own creation. Ego is the center of their world, of the false world -- call it 'illusion', 'maya' -- and around the ego they go on creating a world... which is nobody else's world. Only they live in that world.
When you drop the ego, you drop a whole world that you have created around it. For the first time you are able to see things as they are -- not as you would like them to be. And when you are capable of knowing the facts of life, you become capable of knowing the truth.
The facility of life is the first step towards truth. And ego is the most falsifying agent.

Osho: A Sudden Clash of Thunder


Don't be too concerned with what other people think. If you are too concerned with other people and what they will think, you can never transform yourself. Then you are just the slave of other people's opinions. And they will not allow you to move beyond them in any way. They can only allow you to be like them, never different from them.
Once you think of transforming yourself, remember, now you are going beyond the crowd, beyond the society. There is no other way. If you are interested in transforming yourself, you are going beyond the mind of the crowd, beyond the collective mind.

Osho: The New Alchemy to Turn You On


Never be concerned about others. My whole effort here is to give you all freedom, total freedom, to be whatsoever you can be.
Seriousness is also beautiful if it is natural. Then it is a flowering. The whole world laughing and nobody serious will not be a very deep world. It will be very superfluous. Laughter has a beauty of its own, a flowering, but seriousness.... When I say don't be serious, I mean don't be UNNATURALLY serious. When I say laugh, I don't mean laugh anywhere for no reason at all. When I say laugh, I mean ALLOW laughter; if it comes don't repress it. And the same I say about seriousness. If it is natural to you, if it is a natural climate to you and you feel good and happy in it, then perfectly good. There is no need to be worried about it.
Remember, the unnatural has to be dropped and the natural has to be allowed flowering, expression. If you are here in this world to sing a serious song, sing it. That's your destiny. If you are here to dance and laugh, dance and laugh. That's your destiny.
And each person is unique; and each person has to go towards God in his own way. Never impose your style on anybody else. That is violence.

Osho: Ecstasy - The Forgotten Language


Here is a wonderful quote about  meditation:

" Meditation makes people creative. If it does not make you creative, it is not meditation; it must be something else. You are being conned and swindled. Meditation is bound to create such creative energy. What will you do when you go into meditation? -- because meditation is going into being, but being is not enough. If being were enough there would have been no world. How and why did God create the world? He was not happy with His being alone. Being was there, but He created.
This whole creation is God's being expressing itself. Creativity is expression. Meditation takes you to your being, but then what will you do? It is tremendously beautiful -- that space is beautiful -- but that very space needs to be shared. So somebody will start dancing, somebody will start composing music, somebody will do poetry, somebody will do painting. And if a man like me comes who cannot do anything, he will go on talking (laughter). But something has to be done. So allow it, mm? Good!
Osho: God Is Not For Sale
Join us for a meditation...and then let your Creativity run wild!!

For more information, call us at  206-772-8897 or write us at: info@worldofmeditation.com.
With love,
Shanti and Subhan

Meditation of the Month

The No - Yes Meditation!
An Osho Meditation
This is a 70 minute meditation, in three parts.
Part 1: The NO.
(Be as negative as you can be.) Close the door, put pillows all around the room. Make sure you are undisturbed for one hour. Make the lights dim...put on gloomy music. Sit down and feel negative. Repeat "NO!" as a mantra. Be religiously negative! Cry, weep shout, scream, swear! Don't allow any happiness. (Osho even suggests that if you catch yourself being happy, give yourself a slap!) Bring yourself back to negativity - beat pillows, jump on them, fight with them.
Part 2: The Yes.
After 40 minutes, suddenly jump out of the negativity, throw the pillow away, put on the lights and some beautiful music, and dance for 20 minutes saying, "Yes! Yes!" Let that be your mantra.
Part 3: Sit silently and still for 10 minutes and just watch.
Then take a shower.



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