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Dec 14 2001 Osho Insights for a New Way of Living
"Hit-and-run" relationships have become common in our society as it has grown more rootless, less tied to traditional family structures, and more accepting of casual sex. But at the same time, there arises an undercurrent of feeling that something is missing-a quality of intimacy.

This quality has very little to do with the physical, though sex is certainly one possible door. Far more important is a willingness to expose our deepest feelings and vulnerabilities, with the trust that the other person will treat them with care. Ultimately, the willingness to take the risk of intimacy has to be grounded in an inner strength that knows that even if the other remains closed, even if that trust is betrayed, we will not suffer any permanent damage.

In this gentle and compassionate guide, Osho takes his readers step-by-step through what makes people afraid of intimacy, how to encounter those fears and go beyond them, and what they can do to nourish themselves and their relationships to support more openness and trust.

OSHO challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people-along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha-who have changed the destiny of India. More than a decade after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

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Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intimacy From the Inside Out April 21 2004
Osho writes with such brilliance, and brings fantastic analogies and examples of people who long for intimacy, and simultaneously destroy it. People that are searching, be it for spiritual growth, career growth, or material success, they are searching everywhere but within.
Through this fantastic book, you will learn how to trust yourself to be vulnerable with yourself first so then you can share genuinely with another.
You will learn how to define what you love, and how to embrace this moment, create the relationship you have with yourself, so you can then RELATE to another. There need not be a ball and chain around your neck, and this book will help you to see that if anyone has been preventing genuine and authentic intimacy in your life, it is you, and your fears. Through this book you will learn how to uncover them, and get to know and truly love the REAL you, so you can then love another and feel safe, comfortable, and free at the same time.
Osho's writing style is tremendously enjoyable to read. His wisdom is profoundly enlightened, and this book will truly help you uncover much about yourself in the relationship department. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! Jan. 4 2004
By Nora D.
Within these pages, lie some of the most profound and crystal-clear insights I have ever read on the subject of love and what it really means to be intimate with yourself and with another. In a world frought with false images and personages, seeing behind the masks we wear is vital to the health of our relationships and ultimately to the quality of our lives. Only an enlightened being such as Osho is capable of expressing so articulately what lies beneath the surface in our encounters, what is real and what is unreal, and how best to nurture ourselves and each other. Everyone--in any sort of relationship--will benefit from the wisdom in this beautiful volume. This book is one of my all-time favorites!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Approach with caution Nov. 19 2013
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I bought this book thinking it would help me forge a deeper relationship with my girlfriend but I found that in many ways it made me more insecure about our relationship because the book states that security and love are mutually exclusive. This meaning that if you want love you cannot have security because, to paraphrase: "If you try and trap wind in a building it will lose that which makes it fresh and beautiful and it will become stale." This, of course, being an analogue to marriage.

A lot of insights in this book were very very keen and I think that you will learn a lot from reading it but I think that a lot of the learning will make you question a lot of things that you previously took as a given. Which may or may not be good. The fact is that while perhaps these philosophies may be true, you may be better off in blissful ignorance, not having anything questioning your happiness and undermining your security.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read March 25 2013
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OSHO deliveres much wisdom with every conditioning breaking phrase. This book does overlap a lot with some of his other work, but again it really does help get the point on how to be more intimate with this world. I find every time I read an OSHO book I get more in tune with my meditation.

Highly recommend to anyone seeking spiritual growth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 17 2014
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Beautiful Book
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