by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
13 September 2009
from Laura-Knight-Jadczyk Website
For those of you who are familiar with the Cassiopaean transmission you will need no introduction as to the reason and impetus for this audio video program as it is clearly discussed in recent sessions posted on our public forum.
In the photo below, you see us making the video out in the back garden.
The program is in three parts, the first being the introductory talk.
This post is that audio CD transcribed so that you can get an idea of our approach (which is science based) and why this program really works!
"Eíriú-Eolas" is an Irish-Gaelic term that means "Growth of Knowledge".
The Éiriú Eolas technique constitutes a revival of an antediluvian - and, until now, mostly forgotten - "techno-spirituality" - the spiritual techniques of human kind before The Fall as revealed by the Cassiopaeans.
This is a modern revival of an ancient breathing and meditation program revealed as THE TOOL that will help you relax and gently work through past emotional and psychological trauma, release repressed emotions and mental blockages that stand between you and True Peace, Happiness and ultimately, a successful, fulfilling life.
That's the blurb, so let's get to the science.
Gurdjieff made a few other comments about breathing especially some interesting remarks about how one person who is more highly developed than another could breathe the same air and if you took the exhalation from the two individuals and compared them, assuming you had the type of instrument that could determine exactly what they exhaled, there would be differences.
In other words, that an individual who
was more highly developed in some sort of esoteric sense, was able
to extract more from the same air than someone who had less esoteric
Gurdjieff also talked about some
movement exercises that could change a persons breathing and help
them to master their breath, but aside from these very brief
remarks, he didn't give us much in the way of indications or clues
about exactly how one was to go about mastering their breathing and
therefore being able to master their will.
Gurdjieff's way was called the fourth way and as he described it, was a way of working on all three aspects at once so that they all developed simultaneously so that ultimately, the individual can move into the fourth aspect which was the development of the permanent or crystallized soul or astral body or both. Yet we come back to what Gurdjieff said, that right exercises which lead to the aim of mastering the organism begin with breathing exercises.
Without mastering breath, nothing can be
mastered. And of course at the same time, mastering breathing is not
so easy. In this respect, I want to share my own experience with
breath exercises with you.
I was a mother of four young children at that time, three of them in diapers. I had suffered extensive injuries during delivery of the last child and I was unable to walk for a period of 6 months. I was confined to bed and this was, in addition to the conditions of my life, an extremely stressful situation to find myself in. Those of you who have read my story in the now out of print book “Amazing Grace”, will be familiar with the circumstances.
At some point I hope to get “Amazing Grace” back on the internet, so those of you who can't obtain a copy can read about some of my earlier experiences.
I have received many letters from
readers of this story that have encouraged me to think that it is
helpful for other people to read about the experiences of someone
who has made all the same mistakes that everybody else makes and has
gone through many of the same experiences that everybody else
experiences and how I dealt with them.
If you have significant depression over
time, you have four times the risk of a heart attack. He added that
stress can also increase the risk of cancer at an early age. Well,
we all know that we live in a stressful world. But here is a clue:
the stress response is vital for survival in times of danger. The
problem only comes in when it is turned on too much, too strong and
Stress increases dangerous inflammatory
factors called cytokines. It damages the hippo-campus, causes memory
loss; stress can cause mood disorders, it can reduce the brain’s
ability to repair itself. It can increase abdominal fat and it can
interfere with thyroid function. It even increases the stickiness of
the blood which can lead to blood clots, heart attacks or strokes.
These new pesticides were very effective, destroying many mosquitoes and also helpful insects and other species. DDT type pesticides were cheap and could be produced from plentiful crude oil supplies.
Farmers, corporations and consumers were
excited by this.
So we are immersed in a poisonous environment because petrochemical toxins are fat soluble. They permeate all biological membranes including human skin, the skin of fruits and vegetables. Toxic chemicals saturate our food. They saturate the newspapers that you read and handle with your hands. The cars that you drive load the air with toxic chemicals.
Computer chips that drive office
machinery: if you set up a computer or television, you know, take it
out of the box, set it up and turn it on, you can smell the toxic
solvents evaporating off the equipment for weeks.
That's one of the main contributors to
the stresses in our environment and, as I mentioned, human beings
did not evolve in a toxic environment either physically or
This is not the time and place to debate the issue of smoking versus anti-smoking.
I'll just point out that nicotine induces the neurological structures of the body to create more acetylcholine receptors which greatly benefits stress relief and one might seriously ask a question:
From your computer to your telephone, to your television, your carpets, the paint on your walls, the materials your house is built out of, the clothing you wear, the skin and surface of your vegetables, in your meat.
Just about every where you look, your entire environment is packed with horrible cancer causing toxins.
And yet people are made to believe that if they just stop smoking,
it will be all better while the industrial polluters laugh all the
way to the bank with all the money they are making because they
don't have to produce goods and services for human beings that are
not toxic and not poisonous.
Nevertheless as I said, the vagus nerve controls the relaxation response through the transmitter acetylcholine.
Vagal nerve stimulation therapy using a pace maker-like device implanted in the chest, is a treatment that's been used since 1997 to control seizures in epilepsy patients. Now get this, they are using a pace maker-like device, surgically implanted in the chest to stimulate the vagus verve which controls seizures in epilepsy patients.
This little gadget has been approved for treating drug resistant cases of clinical depression, but for god’s sake, don't smoke!
Every two to five minutes, this little machine
stimulates the vagus nerve causing your diaphragm to contract. It's
recently been approved in the US for the treatment of depression.
Works about as well as anti-depressants. However this little gadget
is going to put you back by about $25,000 and it only stimulates the
left vagus nerve and it only affects a small portion of the vagus
One of these vagal maneuvers consists
in just holding your breath for a few seconds. Another is dipping
your face in cold water; coughing sharply; tensing your stomach
muscles as if to bear down to have a bowel movement. Patients with
supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and other
illnesses are being trained to perform these vagal maneuvers to
keep their heart beat regular.
Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, that is
anti-depressants, activate oxytocin release.
We need to think about the fact that all
of us are feeling some sort of reaction to something in our
environment that scares the hell out of us and it's species-specific
to the majority of human beings. But there is a small minority that
apparently do not feel this species-specific reaction to our world.
In fact they contribute to creating it. I think that you should give
that just a little bit of thought.
So here you have an individual who has a
defective amygdala, who alters the amygdala of their victims. I find
that to be fascinating.
It extends through the jugular foramen
down below the head, to the neck, chest and abdomen where it
contributes to the innervation of the viscera, that is, it's
connected to your gut. The left and right vagus nerves ascend into
the neck or descend from the brain between the trachea and the
esophagus and this is where breathing is going to become very
Animals or humans exhibiting this SMR,
show improve sleep, digestion, thinking, memory. Their brains also
become much more resistant to seizures. It's also been said that
this SMR prevents you from craving drugs and overeating. Well that
sounds like an ideal thing to aim for.
By slowing down your breathing you
create more vagal activity accentuating it's relaxing and
Everybody has a secret rock star hiding away inside! But we've noticed that when people get together and sing, they breathe differently and they get a lot of catharsis.
They get a lot of emotional relief from singing. You can sing one of those down home, good old boy, heart breaking songs about your lost love and re-experience all the emotions of some heart breaking experience you had at some point in your life and even maybe make yourself cry a little bit. And it is very cathartic. It's very releasing.
But in any event, not only is breath the
engine of the sounds that we make, deep inhalations and exhalations
are inextricably linked with emotionality.
The connection between
dysfunctional breathing and pain is straightforward in principle. If
the diaphragm isn't doing it's job, the muscles in the upper chest
try to take over. Unfortunately those muscles aren't built for
routine respiration and they get exhausted and eventually injure
themselves by taking over the job of the diaphragm.
So it not only creates pressure on the lower part of the abdominal cavity, it creates a suction, a vacuum in the upper thoracic cavity which then causes your lungs to expand and you take in air. That's basically how breathing is suppose to happen. It is suppose to be done with the diaphragm. When the diaphragm contracts, that dome flattens and as it flattens it pushes down on the viscera, like a hydraulic plunger.
Since the watery viscera, your intestines and so forth, cannot be compressed, they get out of the way and where do they go? They go out. The abdominal contents are forced down and out so that when you inhale with your diaphragm, your belly expands.
That is, good breathing is usually
described as abdominal breathing.
When people don't breathe well, they tend to breathe in reverse, that is the movement of their abdomen during respiration is the opposite of what is normal and healthy. Instead of letting the belly move outward during inhalation they try to suck it in and when they exhale and they are no longer in any danger of having their belly bulge out and make them look bad in profile, that's when the relax the belly.
So everybody is breathing in reverse. In
other words most people don't use their diaphragms to breathe.
People end up recruiting the pectoralis
minors, sternocleidomastoids and the scalene muscles. That in itself
is not necessarily a bad thing. The trouble is when you do it all
the time. Imagine a handful of muscles the size of pencils trying to
lift your rib cage several time per minutes all day long, everyday,
day after day, week after week, year after year. That is the
ultimate specific problem with not using your diaphragm.
And then you can feel another one that comes down from there and kind of goes back and connects to the muscles, go across the back of your shoulders; that’s the trapezius. So you get these two muscles and it creates kind of a triangle.
scalenes are located in this
triangular area, you can feel them in the deep hollow of this
Given their privileged position and
peculiar significance, the scalenes are powerful agents of change
and release of emotional states. And also you need to consider that
these muscles are controlling the neck and the neck is where the
vagus nerve passes between the trachea and the esophagus.
To learn to use your diaphragm, you have to make results visible. Ingraham suggest that you find a good heavy book, lie down on your back with your knees up. Place the book on your belly and that means the part of the belly just below your belly button. Take a deep breathe. Now remember the object is not to move this book by tensing up belly muscles. The object is to move this book by pushing down on the viscera and having the viscera force the book to move up, okay? It's absolutely impossible to contract your diaphragm without your belly moving out.
So if you are doing this correctly that
book should move up and down.
He also suggests breathing
diaphragmatically once you've isolated the feeling with the book, in
a swimming pool because this is a very good exercises for the
diaphragm because the pressure of the water is equal all the way
around your body and it's kind of like lifting weights with your
diaphragm. You can strengthen the diaphragm this way.
Most people repress most of what they really feel and really think and this begins in early infancy and if you think about it, in early childhood, whenever you felt like you were in trouble or whenever you felt stresses or whenever when something went wrong or you were been oppressed or punished or in some way in a situation that was unpleasant or uncomfortable, you were probably holding your breath.
And as you grew older and you become
aware of the socio-cultural norms of having a flat stomach, you were
also repressing your breathing. So all through your life, you've
learned to breathe the wrong way.
recommends what he calls 'round' breathing that was pioneered in the
psychotherapeutic context by Carl Jung and popularized by his
student Alexander Lowen who called it 'bio-energetic'
It's also similar to what the Chinese call round breathing.
This was a very interesting experience and we later did a little research on this kind of breathing because we thought that it was interesting that it was put together in exactly this way and let me say that that's because we were aware of other breathing techniques and other things.
But in any event, this guru says that he
was given this technique in a meditation or it was a revelation to
him and this is what he should do to teach the world how to breathe
this way because it produces emotional catharsis and has very fast
results helping people to reduce their stress and to achieve
They teach a certain two or three techniques in the first series and then they teach what they call more advanced techniques in the second advance workshop and maybe even more advanced ones further on. But apparently the techniques that our group member learned in regular yoga classes were identical to these techniques that we were taught that are claimed to be a revelation by this guru.
Now I don't want to say anything definitely negative about this, but there were a couple of problems that we had with some of the breathing techniques of this program, the first one being that, the claim being made that it was revealed. And then of course it was patented or copyrighted, or at least the name of it was. And the second one was there was a part of the breathing techniques that includes very, very fast hyperventilating breaths.
We don't necessarily think that
hyperventilation is the way to go and I'll explain a little further,
However when you breathe hard just for the heck of it, something completely different happens.
According to this guru and some other advocates of the hyperventilation system, you can begin to feel a vivid body awareness when you hyperventilate, and this fast breathing whips up an altered state in which emotions are heightened and it becomes very hard to hold on to the rigid limitations that define the edge of your comfort zone.
According to them, breathing hard and fast, very, very fast, helps to expand your comfort zone by booting you out of it. Well that's all fine and good, however remember what we learned earlier, that when you breathe fast, you are not stimulating your vagus nerve.
Remember, the beneficial effects of controlled breathing on the vagus occur primarily during exhalation. Shallow, rapid breathing patterns inhibit the vagus because the period of vagal activity is too short. By slowing down your breathing you create more vagal activity accentuating it's relaxing and regenerating effects.
So, lets consider what does happens when
you do this hyperventilation.
Advocates of this particular system that include the hyperventilation phase and the round breathing, say these these experiences are harmless and they go away with practice.
Paresthesia means altered sensation, usually in the form of tingling that starts around the mouth, the finger tips and then the toes. It advances and spreads throughout the body and as it advances it's usually accompanied by something that is very similar to tetanus, that is a sustained but mild contraction of muscles. The hands and feet can tend to turn into claws and supposedly your lips will feel like you've just had a shot of novocaine at the dentist.
They say that it wears off quickly once
you stop breathing and this is true - I've experienced it - and then
they say that tremors maybe experienced in one part of the body or
the other and this will also past rapidly.
It's a very distinctive sensation and it may tend to produce what seem to be emotional releases but the question is,
You know, it's hard to say.
The only thing I can say is that our
breathing program is not based on any sort of hyperventilation or
extremely fast, round breathing, though there are some sections of
it where quicker breathing is going to employed but it's going to be
employed in a very specific way and it's going to be very deep and
there is going to be adequate exhalations so that the vagus nerve
can be properly stimulated.
I just don't think that it is necessary.
I think that you can get much faster results and my experience and
the experience of others that I've worked with, show that you can
get much faster and much better results with deep breathing, with
regular breathing, with long periods of exhalation, with emptying
the lungs completely and carefully each time you breathe and also
using the proper meditation techniques.
And the fact is, that doing regular, deep breathing exercises as I am going to teach you, you very well will become emotional at some point. Maybe not the first time but there will be deep emotional releases at some point in your exercises. Most people feel like crying. Feeling sad or angry and frustrated are common reactions.
Some people may feel like they want to hit something. For most of us, oceans of sadness exist inside us. Oceans of pain because of the hurts that we have experienced and the hurts that we've done to others.
This kind of things can be deeply
released if you practice controlled breathing regularly.