Breathalyzer and Enlightenment

Breathalyzer is a term that I used for analyzing the breath to understand consumption of substance intake. The substance that is being checked during this process is often alcohol or drug that is altering the breath’s ability to move through the body and do its function as divine intended. My suggested usage, as a coach and a yogini is to analyze the influence that is created on the breath by the subconscious thoughts and fear, and understand the impact on the body.

I have spoken about this before that the cultural and social conditioning, through thought patterns we subscribed to, and fear has major influence in our body’s ability to breathe. As a yogini I observe this in my body daily. The minute I come across an awareness of fear directed flow in my body, I can see that the heart closes, and certain areas in the body responds in the same way of shutting down and not allowing the breath to go through. The concept of enlightenment is often understood as the light comes outside in, and the new age behavior for capturing this light from outside is doing some physical yoga activities, using candles, reading bunch of spiritual content, etc. I am all for that, except the fact that the light that is sought is nowhere else other than one’s very own body. It is waiting for us to enable through our breath by releasing ourselves from the constricting thoughts, constipating emotions and disabling fears. So the way I use the word of enlightenment is in-lightenment…

Today, I am writing to create awareness on these two major concepts. One of them is to have you to understand your journey and your seeking of light. Where do you look for light? What do you think is going to in-power you so that you can in-lighten? And the second one is; which areas in your body still breath-disabled? Those areas are your guide, as the Tibetan wisdom names it, your demons to help you uncover the light.

Most of my students like me to provide example so that they understand and learn the concept better. So here is an example. I am working through fears around abundance and scarcity. As soon as I get a trigger- if you are not as present in the moment, you may get lost in the anger, fear and get near sided about the story is taking place. Our real-life experiences are scenarios that set for us to grow from, not to crate drama for usJ -I then stay present and focused to understand where I am blocking the flow of breath. Then I start to encourage the breath to flow through there. –This requires gentleness and compassion.- During this process, you will get some memories of the past activated and you will hear the experience replaying in the back of your mind, or see the images, etc. That is where the major injury in the psyche occurred. That is your opportunity to visit that moment, forgive, heal, release and come back. I call this process, travelling across time and space. If the trauma is strong, you might need a coach to guide you through it. And you need to be very patient with yourself and your body as it might take months before breath to go through the place of physical or emotional injury. (Sometimes, what we experience in our body as a blockage can be a cultural wound or a family legacy that might not even belong to your experiences but you might have been the signed up for the team to resolve that for collective consciousness…)

Here comes the prayer: May you are able to create a breath-map of your body to get intimate with how breath breathes you….May you fall in love with the uncovering process of love within you. May your process of being in-powered and in-lightened be filled with joy, compassion, curiosity, delight and fun. May you in-courage and lead others in their journey to in-lightenment.

Namaste,

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Mantra, Dhanvantari and healing

My introduction to the mantras has been long…Pretty much any yoga teacher will use one or the other in their classes in the US. I remember conversation years ago with a colleague who was married to an Indian lady. He said to me that he always explains the meaning of the mantras in his classes so that the people who do not resonate with the chant can choose not to use them. He was a very wise man and an old soul, his wisdom stuck with me all these years…I don’t believe that the many of the yoga instructors in the US understand what the mantras are or what they create…Neither the most people in the East…As many things, once a thing become a ritual, not an embodiment of a wisdom truly, it loses its meaning, rather becomes act that is driven by a subconscious autopilot.

My trip to India enabled me to embody the knowledge related to mantras that I learned through my mind…-I often speak about the difference between learning through the mind, learning trough the heart, and the embodiment of the knowledge. I will briefly explain them here. Learning through the mind will help you understand the concept along with the judgments you may have around it trough your perspective lenses and upbringing. Learning through the heart, we are all getting into in the new Aquarian era, allows you to understand the concept in its entirety through the feelings, hence no judgment in it. And the embodiment of the knowledge comes, once you carry the wisdom in your whole being, in your cells, it becomes a part of you, not something sits in your knowledge bank….- Shortly after my return from India trip a dear friend of mine gave me a booklet of Mantras compiled by a Hindu Priest. That was a very helpful and complete reference…

Mantras are the Sanskrit sounds that speak to the energy centers-chakras- in our body and tune them like musical instruments…So chanting them allow you to unblock, and enhance the energetic sounds you create through your musical and energetic instrument, that is your body…I also find them very helpful for mind training due to their repetitive nature. When you get into downward spiral with the thoughts that create anxiety, nervousness, insecurity, anger, whatever it is, repetitive chanting of mantras interrupt that downward flow and get your subconscious mind’s attention to the sound….

One of the mantras that I newly discovered in the booklet that my friend gave me was the Dhanvantari mantra. In the Hindu tradition, Dhanvantari is explained as Celestial Physician and it is chanted to invoke healing in the body…The mantra is “Ohm Shree Dhanvantre Namaha”. The translation is “I salute the Celestial Physician”…Of course the translation becomes meaningless as you think of it as just a musical instrument to tune the chakras in the body, like I explained above…

I have been also calling upon Archangel Raphael for many years to invoke healing for myself and the others in need when prayers asked of me…I am not sure of these both are the same concept or different but I enjoy using it both. There are also many out there calls Jesus for the healing. Use whatever you will feel comfortable…

Today, I decided to share this with you. As I am in the midst of many changes, very fast-moving cycle with lots of unknown. It is creating somewhat of an anxiety, ungroundedness, discomfort in me. Every time my mind presents me with a thought can create the downward spiral I mentioned above, I am starting to chant, silently even among many people, to present the thought or the situation for healing. I do not need to take action plans in my head, nor does respond to a comment make me feel uncomfortable. I just chant it for its healing. Give it to a higher power than you to handle it… Try it for a while to see how it works for you…I am not asking you to give up all your rights to act, sit and wait, rather use this for the things are clearly out of your control, present it for its healing and watch what happens…

May the healing of the cosmos find its way to you and to your loved ones today…May it embrace and hug you in the way that create a loving comfort for you that you have never experienced before….

References: Sacred Words of Power by Thomas Ashlay-Farrand

Namaste,

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