“Those trees are your lungs. The earth recycles as your body. The rivers recycle as your circulation. The air is your breath. So what do we call the environment?” — Deepak Chopra
Last month I showed you how intimately connected to Mother Earth we are; we are Nature, and we are Nature in the most profound way. We can’t really draw a line and stand apart from it and say “That’s Nature and this is us.” We can’t do that because we are Nature.
Now since we are inseparably connected to Nature, let’s look at some ways in which we can harmonize with the four elements. For this article, I will focus on air.
The breath is the vital link between spirit and matter, between pure energy and the physical universe. There is a life-energy that we are flowing in, that’s flowing into us and through us, and that sustains us. Breathing is like our umbilical cord to our true mother, which is universal life. It is the umbilical cord to life itself; it’s the bridge. You enter the physical world on an inhale, and you leave it on an exhale. Breath is that vital link between spirit and the body, it is a way of bringing Heaven onto Earth. It’s the link between the spiritual and the material.
With Circular Breathing, the inner and outer breath merge. The outer breath being the lungs and physical breathing. The inner breath is the flow of life-energy or prana. In a Breath Alchemy session you want those to join, you want your outer breathing to join with an internal rhythm, the inner rhythm of life. So you start out by noticing how you breathe naturally, and then expand it from there.
Everyone knows how to breathe, but to various degrees, their breathing has become inhibited. So people are constantly cutting off that supply of life and love, without even realizing it.
Most people then, are sub-ventilating, breathing less than they should be. Sub-ventilating anesthetics the body. Emotions are energy in motion. Every time there’s an energy that wants to be in motion, and you stop breathing, that energy has nowhere to go, so it stays in your body. Eventually that stuck energy will start popping out in undesirable ways like aches and pains, stress and tension, stiff joints and arthritis, cancer, heart murmurs, and all the rest of it.
Breathing is one of the most powerful healing tools we have, and one of the least used. The body is like a pressure cooker; if the energy isn’t allowed to move, it builds up and eventually pops out in undesirable ways.
Each one of the cells in our bodies holds our entire memory. The breath is like a flush, like what Drano does to a clogged drain. In a session, there is a certain amount of life-flow that is going through you, a life-stream.
Ordinarily when we breath, we barely touch that potential. Breath Alchemy is a way to increase the life-force in your body; there is a very distinguishable life-force energy, or love, that’s doing the healing.
When you’re breathing efficiently, you are breathing life-force energy (prana) as well as oxygen. This combination keeps the body clean---it flushes the nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems as well as the aura or energy body. It cleanses physic dirt, negative mental mass, physical tension, physical illness and emotional problems out of human consciousness.
The breath is a tool to transform your body. Instead of thinking that your body is a limitation that you have to transcend, you bring your body with you; you expand the energy in your body. It is called illumination, or transfiguration. The density of your body begins to dissipate because you’re not holding. So you lighten up, also called enlightenment.
Any physicist will tell you that all we are is light, but the light gets so jammed up that it seems massive. If your cells are all jammed together, your breath is a way of separating them.
Twenty Circular Breaths
The foundation of Breath Alchemy is a simple exercise called twenty circular breaths.
You can do this exercise throughout the day, whenever you feel the need.
1. Take four short breaths.
2. Then take one long breath.
3. Pull the breaths in and out either through your nose or through your mouth.
4. Do four sets of the five breaths, that is, four sets of four short breaths followed by one long breath without stopping, for a total of twenty breaths.
Circular breathing means any kind of breathing that fits the following three criteria:
1. It means that the inhale and the exhale are connected together without any pauses. As soon as you complete the inhale, you abruptly relax, and let the exhale just flow out. When the exhale has gone as far as it will go, you immediately begin the next inhale. So there are no pauses.
2. The second criterion is that the exhale is completely relaxed, and not controlled at all. You don’t use any muscles to make the exhale take longer, or any muscles to try to squeeze all the air out. As soon as the exhale has gone as far as it will go with relaxation alone, you immediately begin the next inhale.
3. The third criterion is that either you breathe in and out through the nose, or you breathe in and out through the mouth. Either one of those works, but if you switch back and forth—if you inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth or vice versa, it weakens the effect of the circular breathing quite a bit.
Now, what is the effect of the circular breathing? The simplest way to explain it is that it gives you complete circuits of energy in your body in a way that enhances your awareness of the life force energy (prana) in your body.
Use the short breaths to emphasize the connecting and merging of the inhale and the exhale into unbroken circles.
Use the long breath to fill your lungs as completely as you comfortably can on the inhale, and to let go completely on the exhale.
Breathe at a speed that feels natural for you. It is important that the breathing be free and natural and rhythmical, rather than forced or controlled. This is what enables you to breathe prana as well as air.
Since most of us have developed bad breathing habits you might experience some physical sensations, such as lightheadedness or tingling sensations in your hands or elsewhere. If you will tune these feelings in and make peace with them, you will notice that the sensations may change and become less overwhelming, and more generative of healing. This indicates that you are learning about breathing consciously and are getting direct benefits in your body.
I must emphasize that this is only a taste of the Breath Alchemy Technique. An actual guided session takes you light years beyond anything this beginning exercise can give you. If you wish to accelerate the process, contact me and schedule a series of one-to two-hour guided Breath Alchemy sessions. Sessions are conducted on Skype; I can be reached at email@example.com.
About Bob: Bob is the founder of The Breath Alchemy Technique and is a teacher of thirty-six years. His books are regarded as underground spiritual classics; they are published in twenty five languages and are available in more than thirty countries. Musicians have credited the ideas presented in Bob's books as a source of inspiration for their own creative work. This list includes Tool (band), Danny Carey, and Gojira (band).
His newest book, The 25th Anniversary Edition of Nothing In This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are, will be available in June 2019. Bob gives private Breath Alchemy sessions on Skype and in person, along with coaching consultations on Skype.
He is on a mission to helping as many thousands of men and women as he can, in opening them up to their unlimited potential by discovering that the resolution to any unwanted condition lies within them! On a personal note, Bob is a Nature enthusiast. He loves to hike, and all manner of cats, squirrels, ducks, wild turkeys, deer and redwood trees catch his eye. He lives in Sonoma, CA.
Bob’s website –https://bobfrissell.com