by Joe Jennings
from NaturalNews Website
This article will look at how people can
use the breath to actively change their day-to-day experience of
reality with simple tools and how, with more in-depth exploration of
the breath, they can recognize and release the subconscious 'junk'
that keeps us trapped in old patterns and paradigms of existence and
A common theme with them all is that they relax the breath, leading to deeper, rhythmic breathing. Anyone who has done any kind of meditation or breathing exercises will know how peaceful and blissful deep rhythmic breathing can be.
A simple example of this effect would be listening
to classical music. Its soothing tones quickly changes our
breathing. If you pay attention, you will notice that you will be
breathing in a more relaxed, deeper way. Therefore, rather than
bothering with various different paraphernalia or rituals for
relaxation you could simple go straight to the breath and
consciously cultivate the peace and bliss you desire.
Just as listening to music with fast, heavy beats can cause us to get stimulated, again because the breathing changes. Some breathing exercises are faster and more powerful, which leaves us feeling more energized and active, for instance, dragon breathing or the warrior breath.
Others, like alternative nostril breathing, help to balance our systems (right and left cerebral activity, endocrine and nervous system, etc.) putting us in a state of parasympathetic arousal.
However, few actively reach and resolve the
embedded, repressed issues that cause breathing inhibition and lead
to patterns that negatively impact our interpretation of reality.
One of the first breathwork systems, which inspired the majority of the other systems, is Rebirthing Breathwork.
Rebirthing Breathwork uses conscious connected breathing (as do many of the other techniques) to delve deep into our beings, powerfully removing physical and energetic blockages as well as dissolving the emotional, energetic traumas (that are also often somatized).
It is therefore able to release our entrained and
inhibited breathing mechanisms allowing us to breath fully into, and
thus experience fully, life once more.
These deviations closely relate to subconscious emotional patterns that are replayed and recreated due to, in part, our subconscious belief in them and also because of the way we breath, which continually feeds these patterns. One example would be people who force the exhale, this is common in those who try to deny/force out their emotions, their feelings of guilt or undeserving.
Whereas those who force the inhale are often forcing things in life, trying too hard, or constantly struggling, which is usually an overcompensation for patterns of feeling not good enough.
Full details on all of the deviations can be found in
The Manual for Rebirthers
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