1. The Optimal Calming, Positive Energy, Healing Breathing Exercise™
The ideas of energy and calming combined, seem counterintuitive, but depending on the breathing pattern, they need not be. Calming down, energizing and breathing through fatigue, stress, pain, trauma, depression and indigestion while directing that energy to heal and transform our state of being from negative to positive can occur all in the same moment: We breathe in a very special way then direct that energy to areas of the body that need healing. This will as well often increase our creative powers and self esteem; the opposites of ideas like I'm too sick, too old, too fat, too slow etc.
The breathing needs to be properly engaged/balanced to make sure it is in a healthy rest, digest and heal pattern even when negative distractions, of memories/emotions, depressions or intolerable energies present themselves.
The breathing needs to be RETRAINED long enough to be able to stay in the maximum reasonably calm state even when the proverbial stuff hits the fan. OR when things just go wrong regardless, to be able to restore inner balance as quickly as possible.
We slowly increase our toleration for (ability to feel and stay present with) positive energy.
Taken from The Optimal Breathing®Pace Animated OBP2-40 series. These have been split into 4 sections for 4 different goals. 1. Beginner to Intermediate. 2,3,4 are available for Kit owners.
Many pay too much attention to their breathing and make things worse. If you can't disconnect from your breathing, that is an assessment and over time using our breathing kit you will be able to disconnect and that will be a good sign of progress.
Many have no clear sense of what good breathing should look, feel or function like and their "practice" taught be well meaning but still amateurs holds them back or makes things worse, often in an undetected manner (search "Boiling a Frog").
You do not have to have someone watching you breathe. I facilitated and experienced hundreds of those kind of "breathwork" sessions and eventually discovered it is best to allow the proper feel-back that only ONE can experience internally inside one's self. That is what this exercise and the kit is a lot about.
Calm including energy is the best place to start, then breathing volume and grounded strength are next as balanced grounded volume ties in directly with longevity and optimum health and eventually allows for the EFFORTLESS DEEPEST BREATHING AND THE MOST CALM one can experience without the need for years of yoga, tai chi, qigong or meditation.
Let's practice combining three Optimal Breathing calming exercises to help you relax, begin to increase the necessary variety of ways of better breathing and better absorb the breathing development material that will bless and carry you forward for the rest of your life.
1. First learn about the OBWINDOW.
Stay with this until you understand it. Most will need to watch it at least twice. Can you explain it to another?
3. Then practice in the Side Lying position as shown below (I learned after I made this card that LEFT side is best). This position is good to effortlessly direct the breathing into the lower part of the body.
A. Before you get out of bed after sleep. Lie in this position on your side. Bring your knees up a bit or 90 degrees to your spine. Whatever is most comfortable.
Breathe deeply into OBW 6 or 7 allowing the passive exhale to just let go to OBW3. Do not force out the exhale, just let it go and without allowing much or any pause and repeat. Try thinking IN 2,3,4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 3,3,4, OUT 2,3, 4; IN 4,3,4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 5,3,4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 6 3,4,OUT 2,3,4; IN 7 ,3, 4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 8,3,4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 9,3,4 OUT 2,3,4; IN 10,3,4 OUT 2,3,4 and so on. Continue with this pattern on up to 50. the first IN number is so you can keep track of how far you are toward 50. The OUT 2,3.4 is letting the exhale go to OBW3.
Notice if you feel any buzzing, currents, tingling or breeze-like sensations; any sounds in your ears is actually your circulation increasing. Those energetic sensations are your healing life force often called chi, prana or kundalini. Rest with this a bit and just let your thoughts come and go to wherever they want to go.
If no sensations then deepen the in-breath a bit. Do 50 more then stop and feel what you feel. With your thoughts, direct that energy to parts of your body that need to heal. Think "my cancer is lessening"; "my tumor is getting smaller"; "my brain is becoming more clear"; "my blood sugar balance is improving"; "my vision is improving"; "my high blood pressure ls lowering"; I eat only healthy foods"; "I'm detoxifying"; "Meditation is easier" and so on.
Repeat 50 and send the energy where you need it the most. Then just let your thoughts come and go to wherever they want to go. As long as you wish to do this you can, then arise or remain in bed while the energy sinks deeper/integrates into your cells and goes bone deep and converts to spiritual essence.
OR repeat the 50 again and again and again (think breathing through depression) for minutes, hours to all day. You should repeat until you feel lighter, calm and more energetic: a bit like the "incredible lightness of being so often mentioned in many spiritual disciplines. Then just let your thoughts come and go to wherever they want to go. After a while as long as you wish to do this you can then arise or remain in bed while the energy sinks deeper/integrates into your cells and goes bone deep and converts to spiritual essence.
This can as well work during your day. And right before bedtime to make your sleep more productive. If it keeps you awake then do it a few hours before bed or not at all so close to bedtime.
How do you feel?
Do you feel more relaxed, energetic or calm at the end of your session?
Less anxiety? If you do not feel less anxious you are doing it incorrectly or not long enough.
Do you have less tendency to overreact or be angry?
A sense of gratitude or kindness or both.
B. A variation is to replace the "out" with a brief mmmm sound on the first number of the exhale, then let the rest of the exhale go to the OBW3. Maybe give your bed partner some ear plugs. If you might disturb your partner then just think the "MMMM" and a phenomena called subvocalization can help, even if only a little. Thinking IN 2,3,4, mmm 2,3,4; IN 3,3,4, mmm 2,3, 4; IN 4,3,4 mmm 2,3,4; IN 5,3,4 mmm 2,3,4; and so on to 50. Let it integrate for a few minutes then repeat another 50. If you nod off no problem as you may be in a mild, sleep, trance or meditative estate. Just recommence when you "awaken".
This will help integrate the voice and breathing. Does your voice get a little or a lot more resonant?
Do not expect this to solve all your health problems but it can greatly help. Success might take a few sessions to days to weeks or more but it will work if you stay with it. Persistence is omnipotent.
ALERT!!! If any given session seems to not be as productive in any term such as energy feeling, clarity, feeling rested etc, reflect on what you ate the previous day. You will most likely find a connection with less energy and food quality or quantity.
Now that you have learned to better manage your health, fear, stress, depression and trauma, realize that you have lost a lot of breathe-ability because of those poor health experiences.You have "stopped or slowed the bleeding" so to speak, but you must now heal the "wound" and prevent its repeat.