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...
Love is not the answer. It is the assignment.
Martin Luther King Junior
My first encounter with the IBF was at the GIC Poland in 1995. We were 38 participants representing 11 countries. That GIC remains one of my most memorable experiences. Not only was it a huge leap into the unknown for me - I knew nothing at all about the IBF or anybody else attending - it was also an intense roller coaster ride of discovery, pleasure, healing and renewal. I left with a feeling of homecoming, of having discovered a quirky, questing, heart-centred family of very like-minded souls.
As a result of my Poland experience, I fully embraced the IBF and participated with great enthusiasm at every GIC until 2004 in Estonia. And then, I took a break. After 11 years of non-stop involvement, it was time to step back, take a breath and digest my experience.
It took me some time to leap back in again. After a break of nine years, in July 2014 I attended my next GIC. And what a joy it was to be back! GIC 2014 in Ireland was pure nectar for me. Such a pleasure to mix and mingle with the IBF old-timers, make new GIC friends and enjoy the rich professional and cultural diversity present at the gathering.
It all started at the GIC in India 2013 when one of the keynote speakers, Julie Gerland, informed the GIC that the United Nations were in the process of identifying initiatives that would have a positive impact on the well-being and happiness of all people. Julie saw how Conscious Breathing could contribute to this endeavour and she offered her support to have the IBF apply for special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She herself is the Chief United Nations representative of the World Organisation of Prenatal Education Associations (OMAEP).
A IBF members got the ball rolling after GIC 2013, but it was at GIC 2014 that a team of 3 (Brigitte martin-Powel, Veronique Batter and Judee Gee - all either past or present President of the IBF) joined forces to affirm and realise this vision.
One of the first objectives is for the IBF to attain a membership of 300 before the end of February 2015 (end of the IBF financial year), the increased membership will add significant weight to the application for recognition.
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.