Learn to heal yourself with a conscious breathing practice. Imagine 10 people sitting a circle, your heads lean in towards each other, the scent of sage swirls in ethereal forms above your body. This is your first time. Eyes gently closed, you follow directions.
Guided by an omniscient vocal presence in the moment, you breathe all the things you dare not speak about into a visceral hurricane at the base of your being.
The echoes of your belly, hollows and molecules of your sacral space become flooded with feeling. You feel deeply all the unsaid words and lost experiences rising with the flow of inhale, inhale, exhale.
Sacral, heart, exhale.
Moving the mass in harmony with breath. You participate in a dance between fear and surrender, a simple act taking over all action and leaving you with a simple, tingling, letting go.
The Power of Breathing Consciously. Inhale, belly. Inhale, heart. Exhale, breath. Linking ancient emotion with physical intention like gentle surgery on the deep wounds you have left wide open. This space in the lower abdomen, energetically harbors your insecure thoughts and old traumas to forever swim in circles. In a familiar cacophony, what you resist persists, and it rises when you speak to it.
Pranayama is the magic of conjuring states of being, deep releasing, the necessary melting-into consciousness that you so crave when you feel alone.
By letting the life force essence flow in a deliberate, conscious way, the magic simply carries you. Much like effortless beating of a heart, the filling of the lungs transpires all on its own.
Daily, moment to moment, the body is breathing itself. There is nothing for you to do, but with conscious use, you are capable of many things. In an alchemical way, you can turn your dark matter into breath, to flow with breath, to release with breath.
On the conscious exhale, the willingness to sit with the rising up, you become capable of the letting go of weights. You hold them so strongly that you don’t know just how heavy you are until you’re floating.
When you exhale what weighs you down, you learn to self-heal. On that first occasion, you find a freedom you can taste. You vibrate, losing your assuredness about where your body ends and the Cosmos begins. Your limits disappear so that the edges of your body can be seen as an outline drawn in cosmic chalk.
What I carry is also carried by you. What you carry, I also carry.
Nine other beating hearts and breathing bellies lay with you in a geodesic dome, breathing away their old stories to be fed to the ether – that eternal lesson, to just let go. Amid proclamations of personal power, howling sadness, warrior cries and quiet wisdom, the collective expression was simply that this excavation must transpire.
The deep dive into your golden body vessels see that the tools most needed are within you. A monumental power exists in a function so often taken for granted. This focused discipline postulates that breath work must be a daily practice. Then, the inexplicable quality of mindful inhale and open exhale embodies all you need for this vital self-healing.
The answers are within, not beyond. Your collection of dark matter differs, but isn’t separate.
With a daily breath work practice, you embark on the self-healing journey.
Breath work to clear trauma energy from the body
- Create a safe sanctuary by clearing the space you wish to use with a sage smudge, light some candles, put on light music, gather blankets and pillows for comfort.
- Lie comfortably on the ground or in bed, supported and warm, relax into your body.
- Begin with natural breath, at which point you may feel into where your hands want to be, either next to your body, palms facing up or one hand on your belly, one on your heart.
- Start inhaling deeply into your belly, then a secondary deep inhale through your heart. This feels like you’re flooding these areas with oxygen.
- Bring awareness to any surfacing thoughts or feelings; note them and invite them to flow freely.
- Inhale into your heart and bring awareness to the feelings arising.
- Breathe. Relax. Feel.
- Moving from belly to heart to mouth, repeat for 30 minutes of active breathing, maximum, followed by 15 of regular, relaxed breathing.
- Stop if you feel uncomfortable, slow down when necessary, and tune into your body. Cry, scream and vocalize however you must. If messages (sentences, affirmations, mantras) arise, repeat them silently aloud as appropriate.
- When done, stay in a resting *Savasana position and return to natural breath. A tingling, tightness in your hands or sense of mild physical exhaustion may be experienced. Such temporary signs show that you really move things around.
- After, you may have heightened sensitivity so avoid substances, loud noises and bright lights. Treat yourself with reverence to keep the energy flowing, and pay special attention to what appears in your dreams after this practice.