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JUST BREATHE

By Colleen Akkerman

One thing we can say for sure, and that is…if we are alive, we are breathing. By sharing the air we breathe, we are connected. Planet earth is also alive, and breathing. Earth has a vibration and rhythm, and this is felt as its inbreathing and out breathing. The Ageless Wisdom Traditions tell us that “we are part of a mighty universe which is intimately living and breathing through us”. Now that gives us quite a connection!

It is said that our breath energizes and vitalizes us. So I decided to become aware of, and to work with my breathing (as much as possible). As much as I try to be aware of my breath, I find that many times during the day I lapse into not breathing fully or deeply. I’m doing what is called shallow breathing.

If we want to be more energized, and more vital, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we would want to breathe more fully? That shallow breathing is inefficient and actually limits our energy? I think that most of us are not even conscious of the way we breathe. In fact, have you ever found yourself actually holding your breath?

There’s a lot of information on the internet about breathing.  Generally, there are two types of breathing patterns. One is chest or thoracic breathing (shallow), and the other is abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing (deep).

If you’re in an anxious situation and feeling emotional stress, you’re probably taking rapid, shallow breaths that come from the chest. There is an explanation of what happens physiologically when this happens. Simply put, your blood isn’t properly oxygenated, which can result in dizziness, muscle tension, as well as other physical sensations. Less oxygen being transferred to the blood equates with poor delivery of nutrients to your body’s tissues as well.

The way to counteract stress and bring calm into your body is to inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, expanding your abdomen, and consciously relaxing your shoulders. Hold that breath for a moment, then exhale slowly through your mouth, with your lips pursed and your jaw relaxed. This technique moves more oxygen into your lungs and carbon dioxide out of your lungs while purifying your blood. You can do this as often as needed.

With the world in such a state of chaos, this is a good technique to steady ourselves, to center ourselves…by consciously breathing and connecting to who we really are…Divine Beings. When we focus on our breath, we’re not worrying about the future…and we’re not thinking about the past, and what we wish we had or had not done. We’re living in the now.

An article by Medical News Today lists these potential health benefits of breathing from the diaphragm (deep breathing):

•    Decreased fatigue

•    Reduced anxiety

•    Reduced symptoms of asthma in children and adolescents

•    Better stress management

•    Reduced aggressive behavior in adolescent males

•    Improved migraine symptoms

•    A positive effect on a person’s heart rate

•    Improved cognition

•    Sleep is improved

Patricia Cota-Robles (eraofpeace.org) puts out a weekly VLOG.  VLOG #152 is titled God’s Pure Source Oxygen.

She talks about the “divine alchemy of transforming our earthly bodies from carbon based planetary bodies into crystalline based solar light bodies”, and that we can move this process forward by working with our breath.

Carbon based molecules are predominately carbon, while crystalline based molecules are mostly silica and oxygen. Crystalline based molecules result in cells that upgrade our bodies, helping them to evolve so that we can access higher dimensions.

The oxygen we breathe is polluted with myriad toxic substances, which makes it harder for the crystalline based cells to form. To speed up this transformation that our bodies are going through, we can use a process called “rhythmic holy breath” and “command our I AM presence to inbreathe God’s pure source oxygen from the very core of creation, and then project it through our earthly bodies into the physical world of form, thus transcending the pollution in the air we breathe”. This is a process of purification for ourselves as well as the mother earth.

Visualize and affirm within your heart these 4 parts of the “rhythmic holy breath”, repeating the sequence 7 times. (Several times a day if possible)

•    As you inhale: I AM in-breathing God’s pure source oxygen

•    As you hold the breath in: I AM assimilating God’s pure source oxygen

•    As you exhale: I AM expanding God’s pure source oxygen

•    As you hold the breath out: I AM projecting God’s pure source oxygen

There are many techniques/styles of breathing exercises. The Ageless Wisdom Traditions say that breathing is a matter of “periodic in-breathing and exhalation timed and spaced”, and that “the technique isn’t as important as the ideas the energy of breathing gives rise to in the person’s life”. And, the only factor which makes the breath effective is the thought, the intent and purpose which lies behind it. We breathe automatically, but the process can be shaped by attention and will.

The Ageless Wisdom Traditions talk about this process as:

•    Inhalation: the man breathes deeply, drawing breath from the very depths of his being

•    Retention of the breath (interlude): he concentrates his forces, holding them steadily in the place of silence, and when done with ease through practice and experience, one is aware of a higher sense of contemplation and freedom

•    Exhalation: breathing forth, an act of one’s will, and when carried forward with thought and conscious purpose behind it, the centers are vitalized and filled with dynamic life

•    Retention of the breath (interlude): man connects inward, lets go, and Spirit refills his very being

Several years ago, Masaru Emoto (Japan) did experiments with water, and showed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. It reacted positively to kind and loving words and thoughts. His experiments showed that polluted water could be purified through prayers and visualization.

If we can transform the molecular structure of water, it stands to reason that we can transform the oxygen we breathe. There is an alliance between breathing and thinking…energy follows thought.

It is important to realize that we can train our body to improve its breathing technique with regular practice. This is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our physical and emotional health.

I think this is a worthwhile endeavor. It can be a challenge, but you can do it by continuing to bring your attention back to your breath. Don’t get upset if you find you are doing “shallow” breathing. Just notice it…and take a deep breath. Practice, Practice, Practice!

I breathe in Light, Love and Life, and breathing out, I share it with the world!

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