Breathing is a smart thing to do
This piece may not be helpful to read for non realized people
who should find in these lines nothing more than a road map of
possibilities for a future time. If and when the experience of
self-realization will have opened their sahasrara charka in the
limbic area of the brain, they will have a chance to test this
proposal. To practice the following technique with a sahasrara
still closed will not make sense at all. Reading about mango does
not give you the taste of mango.
Breathing is the most unnoticed thing we do and yet the most
essential. Stopping it would be a bad idea. Long ago, in a far
off planet and time when people where experimenting about spirituality,
a technique was developed to utilize breathing as a sustaining
force for achieving higher spiritual states. This technique was
called pranayama but whatever is left of it, through hatha yoga
practitioners, tends to be mechanistic breathing control exercises.
We are talking here about something else.
The principle behind pranayama is genial in its simplicity.
Yoga masters of the past had sought to insure that standard bodily
processes sustain or enhance the practices of spiritual awakening.
Of course the sexual practices of tantrism are a perversion of
this principle and landed their adepts into difficulties for the
secret energy of spiritual transformation, the Kundalini, has
no relationships whatsoever with sex. But there are methods that
proved to work. For instance nidra yoga was the feat of achieving
a yogic state through sleep, ie merging in the regenerating vacuity
of the universal unconscious during our slumber. Pradakshina yoga
amounted to meditation through walking, and walking paths for
pilgrims around sacred temples or hills in India testify that
it was a widespread practice. Again, both these techniques work
fully only after the awakening of the Kundalini and the opening
of the seventh charka. We will not discuss them here.
Pranayama should not be overdone but it can help focus the attention
on the process of loading and distributing energies. Breathing
includes four steps: two are movements and two are static. Inhaling
(let's call IM, the inhaling movement) and exhaling (EM, the exhaling
movement.) There are also the two points of equilibrium in between,
when the lungs are full of oxygen, after IM, and devoid of it,
after EM, but we shall not focus on these here. Many permutations
can be built on these four steps but we shall only describe one
exercise by way of illustration.
Let us now try to describe it. Seat comfortably in meditation,
if possible before a source/emitter of chaitanya, vibrations of
the highest energy flowing from the Holy Spirit.
During IM focus your attention on drawing in the energy from
above through the fontanel bone at the top of the limbic area
of the head and draw it within the spine until the basis of the
During EM push the energy sidewise to increase the width of
the central channel and vibrate the two lateral channels corresponding
to the Yin (pingala nadi) and the Yang (ida nadi).
Repeat the exercise 10 times and then maintain the attention
on the top of the head without concentrating on breathing and
stay in silence as far as possible.
If it does not work for you forget it. If it works, do not overdo
it: everything done in moderation is conform to the ways of the