Physical life is a series of breaths. Natural humans breathe correctly. Civilized humans have become programmed with improper methods and attitudes of sitting, standing, and walking, which have robbed them of their birthright of natural and correct breathing. This lack of complete breathing has always been a contributing factor in disease. Air contains more than oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen; it also carries what we can refer to as the Life Force. The Life Force is linked closely to and has electric, magnetic, and gravitic properties. Correct application of this is said to treat disease, fear, worry, and the baser emotions.
We are oxygen-based life forms. We thrive in oxygen. You, me, them, it, and all the bodies, animals, and plants have spent Eons evolving while surrounded by, and swimming in, a sea of oxygen which is itself swimming in a sea of magnetic/gravitic particles of sunlight energy. Oxygen stores the sun’s energy so that all life can feed off of it. Even anaerobes (life forms that do not use oxygen) require oxygen using life forms to live in or around, because oxygen carries the energy of life itself. Prana, Chi, Ki, and Bions are all names for the Life Force stored in Oxygen. ‘Pneuma’ as in air, is ancient text for ‘Soul.’ Ozone, from the Greek, is a form of oxygen so important that the translation means, ‘The Breath of God.’
Oxygen from the air comes in contact with the impure blood in our lungs. Here a form of combustion takes place where the blood takes up oxygen and releases carbonic acid gas generated from the waste products and poisonous matter gathered up by the blood flowing through all parts of the system. The blood is then purified and oxygenated, carried back to the heart, and again becomes rich, bright red, and loaded with life giving qualities and properties.
Anoxia literally means: ‘A lack of oxygen.’ Society has created a world full of anoxia, and that is the problem we are facing on an international scale. Through industrialization and pollution based on ego and greed, we have destroyed the natural balance of Nature. We’ve lowered the amount of fresh oxygen normally found in our environment. We need this oxygen back to help us flourish and maintain good health.
The simplest solution can be found in conscious complete breathing. Nostril breathing is far superior to mouth breathing. Our nostrils are an important filtering and staining system, purifying the air that reaches our delicate organs. Breathing can be classified four ways.
1. High in the lungs (collarbone), requiring the most expenditure of energy and the least benefit; it is practiced unconsciously by most of us.
2. Mid-lung (ribs).
3. Low in the lungs (deep).
4. Complete breath, effortlessly pulling down the diaphragm and filling the body with oxygen from bottom to top.
The complete breath contains all the best of the other three, with their shortcomings eliminated. It must be performed with total relaxation. You can learn this easiest while lying down, and after practicing it can be done when sitting, standing, and then all the time. Usually when we take a deep breath we fill the upper part of our lungs, then the middle, then try and force more air in deeper. The complete breath is performed in the opposite order-from the bottom up-and without force, and breathing only through the nose.
The consciousness explorers expand upon this exercise to induce a state where they imagine themselves as part of giving and receiving love to and from everything. But for beginners it is enough to use this to increase our cellular oxygenation. The average person has a lung capacity of 250cc, but with a few weeks of daily practice it is possible to double this. The yogis sate that when the capacity reaches 750cc the intuitional powers develop more fully.
We are truly wondrous creations.