What Indian sages thousands of years ago called "prana", the ancient Chinese named "chi" or "ki" and the Druids refer to as "od" or "id". It is commonly agreed, that prana is the life force but too small or etheric to be perceived by any kind of instrument or measuring device to date.
Modern science has found that our seemingly so solid world vibrates in an eternal dance of swirling atoms. These in turn consist of even smaller and smaller particles, which finally turn out to be pure energy (prana) densified in various wavelets and aggregates to form matter.
In general, there are two things which we take in when we breathe. One is air and the other is prana, pure life-force energy itself, more vital than air for our existence. If you take away air, you have a couple of minutes before you die; if you take away water, you have even more time; and if you take away food you have much more time still, but if you break prana from spirit, death is instantaneous (1). So taking in prana with breath is absolutely crucial in sustaining our life.
Prana is not just in the air, it is everywhere. There is nowhere that it isnot; it even exists in a vacuum or a void. Nothing exists without prana, neither animate nor inanimate. Prana is the smallest, most refined, miniature building block of life, subtlest of subtle energies which creates and sustains simply everything (physical matter, thoughts, feelings...etc.). Prana in my opinion is higher dimensional creative energy and inseparably connected to spirit, god or the creative energy.
I have always been interested in Prana and its spiritual capacity. Being a Rebirther for many years, I have discovered, that the amazing effects whichn I continuously witness in a "breathe", simply can't be produced just by the oxygen content accumulated in the session or through my guidance alone. There always seems to be an inner intelligence at work which undeniably suggests to me a connection with the Divine.
So what actually happens during a breathing session? We humans are an inticrately layered four body energy system, consisting of a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body - made of prana in various states of densification (i.e. wavelengths or vibrational harmonies). Each of these bodies is an electromagnetic energy field in form of a grid system, which resonates, in a specific frequency, not unlike an electronic computer memory bank. Each of these bodies functions on a different level and performs vital life interactions, e.g. processes information, holds memory and performs a multitude of other functions. The four bodies are linked through the chakrasystem.
If unaligned (through shock, trauma, emotions) the mesh of these grids collects densified subtle energies (unreleased feelings, dysfunctional thought patterns... etc.) instead of letting them pass through. These unprocessed energies get trapped in the system. Moving through the layers, thoughts densify into emotions, emotions densify into physical sensations and finally solidify in physical symptoms - dis-ease and illness.
Breathing intentionally, in a conscious connected manner, increases the prana content in the four layers of the gridsystems. Accumulating prana in the bodies helps to re-align the grids by energising them, which raises their vibrational frequencies. This in turn entices all four grid systems simultaneously to resonate in a higher frequency and they automatically attempt to achieve a state of unity, a place of balance. Through the re-alignment the trapped densified energies loosen up, and get "washed out" by the free floating prana, to be transported to the electromagnetic surface (consciousness). There it is processed by re-experiencing and released as thought, emotion or sensation. This leaves your system more cleansed, realigned and connected.
As we have established a few paragraphs before, prana is in everything and everything consist of it. God (Source, the creative principle) per definition also is everything and everything consist of and through him/her/it . Therefore it seems clear to me that prana must be of divine nature and has to have a direct connection to Source.
As prana is pure spirit, the "breather" usually connects to Source in a breathing session via the spiritual body. Experiences include feeling warm and internally glowing, cared for and loved, mystical revelations and unity consciousness during the integration phase. Another fascinating by-product of this breathing technique is that it facilitates permanent Higher Self-connection. Initially you just get in touch with your Higher Self but over time you can establish a permanent conscious connection to your inner knowing, the Divine One Within (DOW) and your true nature as soul having a human experience.
Newest information suggest that once upon a time we actually were consciously and continuously connected to the infinite supply of prana and existed purely of it. Not too long ago - about 13000 years - before the last poleshift erased our conscious memory of it (as Drunvalo and Bob Frissell state), we used to breathe in such a way, that while air came in through our mouth and nose, we would take prana in through the top of our heads-what once was the soft spot on the top of our heads. Simultaneously, we took the prana in from below, through the perineum. If you carefully observe how new-born babies breathe you can actually observe this - a gentle pulsation at the fontnelle and the perineum. The prana channel goes through the body like a vertical axle and is about two inches in diameter. It extends one hand length above the head and one hand length below the feet and connects with the crystalline energyfield (Mer-Ka-Ba) around the body. The prana then flows in from above and below the body and meets in one of the chakras. The chakra in which the prana meets depends on where you are mentally, emotionally, and dimensionally "tuned."(2)
After the poles shifted, we stopped breathing in this manner and started taking in the prana through our mouth and nose directly with the air. The prana then bypassed the pineal gland in the centre of the head. The pineal gland is an eye - the third eye- not the pituitary gland as often thought of. It is shaped like an eyeball, round, hollow, with a lens for focusing light and colour receptors. It is designed to receive light from above to go to every cell in the body instantaneously. Normally this gland should be about the size of a quarter but in us it has become the size of a pea because we haven't used it for about 13,000 years.(3)
The direct result of turning off the pineal gland is polarity consciousness-good and bad, right and wrong. Because of the way we breathe we see things in terms of good and evil, but in fact Unity is all there is; there is just one God and one Spirit that moves through everything.(4)
When I met Jasmuheen, 2 and a half years ago, at an international conference for Breathworkers (GIC) things got really interesting for me. She gave a lecture there, about the possibility of being able to live without eating, living on light, purely being sustained by prana (which was the way we existed in the times when we utilised the prana tube). All you had to do is to connect to the Divine One Within (DOW) and to allow yourself to be fed by it through an alternative source of nourishment, the most refined, most pure form of energy, by God him/herself, by prana.
This genuinely blew my mind, especially as my immediate, internal reaction was a huge YES!!!. Actually being quite fond of eating and cooking, with a rather strong tendency to overeating, I was surprised at having had such a reaction. But over time and through my growing involvement with her example(and that of thousands of other people having done this 21-day re-programming process successfully in the meanwhile) it became very clear to me that living on prana is a true and mind-expanding possibility. Being able to be sustained on energy alone would mean to me the definite proof that I am a light being, that I am not the body, but something much more refined and expanded. I had always intuitively known and felt this, but there hadn't been any definite proof sofar. Her theory, however outrageous it was, made total sense to me. Based on the information of the prana tube, my firm belief that prana was everything and of divine nature and my strong connection to my DOW simply urged me to give this possibility a ty.
The good news was that, if properly prepared and trusting, anyone could do the 21-day process. You didn't have to be a saint, which would have definitely counted me out. The biggest challenge for me now was to actually find a month of free time in my absolutely busy schedule. I had to wait for nearly 2 years before my chance had come. In hindsight of course this waiting period was very valuable, as it gave me the opportunity to research in more depth and to speak with lot's of people who had done the process already. Through their reports and experiences I reached a place of knowing in me, beyond any trace of doubt, that it is truly possible to live on light, to live on prana.
My partner Yamini, who had also met Jasmuheen at this conference and had the same reaction as me, found time to do her process 2 months before me. Seeing her going through the process with all its challenges, but coming out of it renewed and changed in a more empowered, grounded way, inspired me even further. Then finally my time had come too. I won't go into details of the process here as there is not enough time and space for it right now, but it was an amazing, yet ordinary time. I feel totally changed, yet curiously the same. A definite transition has happened to me, including a complete re-alignment of my body and physical structure, and yet I feel "it's still me", just with a difference. The most obvious difference of course is, that I don't have to eat anymore.
For me it is now over 160 days (5 months+) since I stopped having to eat and Yamini is over the 200 days mark by now. Our weight has stabilised, our energy levels are high and we fully participate in life. Yamini is working out regularly at the gym, whereas I, of course, still have no time for that as usual (working some days up to 16 hours). By now our initial thoughts of "did it really work?" have been totally removed. We both know for certain, we are fully sustained by pranic energy alone - which is amazing. Somehow a miracle and yet it seems quite nomal and ordinary to us.
I am comparing the process (and the fact that we don't need to eat anymore) to an enormous fire walk. You can only do it safely when you absolutely know that you can. If you have any doubt about it, you will burn your feet and its the same with the process. As long as you have doubt and disbelief it will be impossible for you to do it. This seems total proof to me that thought is creative, that we are consciously creating our reality at any given time, and that there are amazing possibilities out there which we haven't explored yet.
As we have established beforehand, prana is of electromagnetic nature. This suggests that it is possible to charge and program prana with your intentional thought energy and that you can use it for conscious creation and healing, for yourself and for the highest good of this planet and its people.So if you are interested in global issues and want to make a definite contribution start breathing in love and light and breathe out love, peace, compassion and positive intentions for the highest in humanity. Create your own reality, your own vision version of paradise on earth, and radiate out your personal (and hopefully) positive charge of that. Have fun!
With love and light,
Gerd LangeCo-Director InBreath Institute for Breath Therapy & Transformational Healing 1017a Finchley Road, London NW11 7ES, 44 208-455 2420 home 44 208-731 7592 fax 44 7773-849 138 mob e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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