Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific purposes in min...
This December Solstice will occur less than three hours before the New Moon, bringing renewal and new beginnings at planetary (Solstice) and personal (New Moon) levels. A few hours earlier, the Moon will have been conjunct asteroid Ceres in Sagittarius, putting us deeply in touch with our highest ideals and our yearning to live in harmony with the spirit of Mother Earth. This is the energy that the Moon will birth into our consciousness, at the New Sun of Solstice. Over the following two days (21st -23rd Dec) the Moon will carry this energy through a conjunction of Mercury, Vesta, Pluto and Venus, weaving it deeply into our minds, innermost hearts, spiritual will and emotional bodies. This large conjunction or ‘stellium’ of planets is at the apex of a T-square pattern, making square (90º) aspects with both a conjunction of Uranus and the Moon’s South Node in Aries, and the Moon’s North Node in Libra.
This video and poem our about the winter solstice and how it mirrors the levels of consciousness and energy available in the out breath. -
Obviously, studying actual immortals and having an open mind to what they teach is a good place to start.
I teach six principles that I learned from them:
1) Mastering the mind with mantra, Om Namaha Shivaiya, and healing the emotional mind. Healing the emotional mind might take 50 to 100 years. If taking 50 to 100 years is too much of a burden to heal ourselves, why would we like to be immortal?
2) Earth - a conscious vegetarian diet, regular fasting, and a personal exercise system that works. Having an elimination system that works is also basic. The body can actually heal the soul.
3) Air - mastering conscious energy breathing.
4) Water - bathing twice daily to clean the energy body is basic, as well as drinking good water.
5) Fire - using fire daily to clean and balance out energy body.
6) Spiritual community - this is equally as valuable as solitude in healing the emotional mind.
These are the spiritual purification practices with the elements. These are the elementary practices of all the immortals I have met.
However, you can't trust me because I haven't even reached the minimum of 300 years in the same body. I still have a way to go to reach 100. So we will have to wait to see if I become an impressive example. In the meantime, experiment with the practices and see if you get results. You can trust what produces results.
Yesterday, Saturday, was my birthday. It was also the first day of a 9 Day Training in the outback of Australia – the desert part – land of the kangaroos, parrots, and iguanas, etc. We had our training meeting in the shade under a big tree in the sandy dry creek bed of a river. It was a perfect place. The sand is over a foot deep.
In the middle of the meeting, I fell down in the sand. Some people think I passed out. I may have. But only for a few seconds. I was disoriented when I stood back up and my wife Elvi and a friend assisted me back to my room, after I finished the meeting. My friends were worried about me. They called it heat stroke. It may have been, because I was sweating profusely, but it feels more like spontaneous regression to my birth. I never had a heat stroke before, but I have had hypothermia as a result of swimming in icy water in the winter time, it feels similar. I feel overwhelmed with anxiety all over my body, radiating out from my center, the navel area. It feels like they just cut the umbilical cord and I am terrified and long for the loving touch of a woman - my mother, but she was not available at my birth. It feels like my mother was not available and the nurses didn't know what to do.
There is pain in my center, a nonspecific pain that seems to spread throughout my whole body, from head to toe. Moving or not moving doesn't help. Even breathing connectedly doesn't seem to help. The feelings are inconsolable. I am so disoriented and absorbed by these inconsolable feelings that I am totally nonfunctional. It goes on for two to three days. I am lucky that Sunday is our silence, fasting, and fire day in the training schedule, so I don't have to perform. I can let myself heal. My 9 Day Training often works for me also. Actually, it always works for me. I can't think of anything that will help this overwhelming inconsolable feeling, except the loving touch of a woman - my wife Elvi. Drinking water doesn't appeal to me, food doesn't appeal to me, not even perfect raw chocolate. I think the best kind was invented here in Australia. Luckily, Elvi was available and gave me some very appropriate stroking and loving. Elvi has a very motherly touch. I am non-functional all day Saturday and Sunday.
April 18 will be Global Holotropic Breathwork Day for 2015.
Each year on Global Holotropic Breathwork Day people celebrate the transformative power of the breath in large and small breathwork events.
If you are a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, please consider offering a workshop on this day or for that weekend. In many locations facilitators cooperate to enable a larger shared event.
If you would like to participate in such an event, contact your local facilitators to see what they are offering.
To find a certified facilitator near you, use the search facility on the community site.
As the day comes closer, we will offer a list of the workshops available, organized geographically, on the Global Holotropic Breathwork Day page.
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