(NaturalHealth365) What exactly is behind the “mind body connection”? Today, we’ll explore how to develop a stronger mind (and body) by appreciating the power of breathing. In fact, you’ll discover that breath holds the key to a long, healthy life.
Have you ever had an experience that “took your breath away”?
Whether it was a frightful event or a pleasant surprise, it involved a sudden, massive release of the smallest units of energy. These units of energy are contained in the breath and are what connect the body and mind. In the East, this energy is called prana or chi. Here in the West, it’s been referred to as Orgone energy, vital force, or, as researchers at Yale University called it, an L-field or electrodynamic field.
It matters little what we call this life force energy. One thing is certain: without it we die. Interestingly, many sages, saints, and mystics who have become extremely sensitive to the ebb and flow of the energy (which has been described as “spirit”) noticed that the human body is like a vessel that can be filled with it.
How important is this mysterious substance – we call “breath”?
The breath is how the mind and body make a connection, and it is in the breath that this mysterious something is found. Think of it as the effervescent bubbles in a carbonated beverage. When the drink goes stale, no bubbles are left. In the human body, when the effervescent life force can no longer be detected, the body is dying.
Spiritually advanced beings have learned to become very sensitive to this ebb and flow of life force. Many thousands of years ago, secret teachings were passed down on how to preserve the life and vitality of the body. These included certain breathing exercises. After becoming adept at such practices, sages, saints, and mystics realized that when the subtle change in this life force reversed direction and began escaping from the body instead of accumulating within the body, the physical form had only about six months to live.
Thus, they were able to predict the days and times of their own deaths.
Additionally, they knew how to keep the physical body alive for extended lengths of time. As an example, in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we are given a special technique for preserving the flesh body. This requires a very advanced teacher to impart the exact way of practice. The ancient sutra states, “By contracting the anus upward and forcing prana [the life force found in the breath] down the throat, the yogi becomes a youth of sixteen years and is forever free from old age.”
How well does energy flow throughout your body?
In harmony with the secrets of qigong and yoga, the nadis or the meridians must be free from electromagnetic blockages. Acupuncture is one effective way to clean out such blockages, especially when the longevity points are stimulated. Of course, there are several other ways as well.
Yogic pranayama or breathing exercises and qigong breathing exercises have the same goal in mind: preserving the physical body long enough to accomplish real spiritual cultivation, at which point it is said that keeping the body becomes optional.
The energizing of the flesh can be detected like the flow of an electrical current. When electrons move in a circuit unimpeded, the result is increased power and current. Within the body, as we work with the breath, we soon discover that it takes certain pathways that have been scientifically evidenced as energy highways.
As we become acquainted with this internal map, we make exciting discoveries about the human form. A new sense of confidence arises; we have more control of our lives than we at first suspected or were led to believe.
Activate self-healing with improved breathing techniques
With our inhalations, we’re able to lead chi deep inside the body so that it reaches the internal organs and the bone marrow. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the twelve major energy pathways switch the energy flow every two hours to make certain all are nourished and none become stagnant. When we lose that energy effervescence, the skin begins to wrinkle, the bone marrow produces fewer new cells, the hair turns grey or falls out, vitality wanes, and aging accelerates.
However, change the flow of the energy matrix and the physical body will change.
One of the challenges that we have is that the breath and emotions are so closely linked. All negative emotions alter the breath patterns, affecting the channels that influence the glands and organs of the entire body. We tend to breathe more from one side than the other for half the time and then switch over to the opposite side. As long as this rhythm isn’t disrupted, we remain healthy, but as soon as it is interfered with, the energy disruption brings on serious illness. Of course, most people are unaware of this process.
Conscious breathing may eliminate the need for anxiety drugs
Being conscious of the breath is the primary way of calming both mind and body. Consider, whenever you’re concentrating on a task, like threading a needle, you’ll unconsciously hold your breath and thought will be absent. When you hold your breath, no thought is at play, only intention.
In other words, your conscious awareness is at its high. This is why the ancients gave us the meditation of paying attention to the gap between the incoming and outgoing breath. As you pay close attention, you’ll begin to notice a subtle current within the breath. This is the life force, prana, or chi that we’ve been speaking about.
Focus on your breath for a life-changing experience
Simply noticing your breath can dramatically change your entire life. Just a mere glimpse into your pure nature will change you to such a degree that the world will become completely changed.
So why not give this simple, time-honored technique a try? You’ll be rewarded beyond all measure by doing so. You’ll do far more than add a few years to your life and improve your health. You may just discover the real you!
About the author: Pre-baby boomer Peter Ragnar has written over twenty-eights books and published courses on every aspect of personal development. He feeds the thirst for those special individuals who are on the quest for human excellence around the world. His fascinating and unique line of products, including “Magnetic Qi Gong,” can be found at: RoaringLionPublishing.com.
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(NaturalHealth365) The placebo effect is nothing to sneeze at, it may be the working capital, which creates healing. Most primary care doctors along with patients assume that the purple pill sets the stage for healing possibilities. There is the visible and the not so visible, which directs the outcome. The force that determines the outcome only you can direct. For that you need motivation, belief and action.
Researchers used the placebo effect to successfully treat psoriasis patients with one quarter to one half of their usual doses of a prescribed steroid medication. This is according to a study published online in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. This suggested to the researchers that this new technique could help treat other chronic disease such as: asthma, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.
Steroids are a nasty bunch of drugs, since the side effects make it a poor choice for long term treatment. New treatments in the future can now mix active drug and placebo. Researchers at the university of Rochester Medical Center hope to maximize drug benefits and reduce side effects.
The publication is a product of decades of research in the emerging field of “psychoneuro-immunology,” which holds that the ability of the human immune system to fight disease is closely linked with a person’s mind. Thoughts and moods are captured in neurochemicals that cause the release of hormones which interact with disease-fighting cells.
Placebo studies are the gold standard of medical research and are also called double-bind studies. Placebo-controlled clinical trials, are where you give one group of patients a medicine you want to test and other a dummy pill, which hasn’t any active ingredients without the patients knowledge.
The roots of the placebo effect can be traced backed eons and is a part of many cultures healing practices. The roots of the way modern medicine uses this seems to go back to World War Two. A nurse assisting an anesthetist named Henry Beecher, used salt water in an injection to relieve a soldier’s pain when the morphine supply ran out. Low and behold: it both relieved the pain and prevented the onset of shock.
After the war Beecher returned to his post at Harvard and inspired by the nurses act, he launched a crusade to promote a method of testing new medicines.
In a 1955 paper “ The Powerful Placebo,” published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Beecher wrote how the placebo effect undermined the results of more than a dozen trials by causing improvements that were attributed to the drugs being tested. He demonstrated that trial volunteers who got real medication were also subjected to the the placebo effects. It seemed the act of taking the pill was seen as therapeutic and this boosted the power of the medicine.
In a Harvard Medical School study, researcher Ted Kaptchuk tested volunteers’ response to varying levels of psychological intervention. The study focus was irritable bowel syndrome, a chronic condition that is hard to treat medically. The volunteers were randomly placed in one of three groups. One group was put on a waiting list; it is known that some people get better from just signing up for a trial. The next group received a placebo treatment from a clinician who didn’t do much interacting with the person. Volunteers in the third group also received placebo treatment, but from a clinician who asked them questions about their symptoms, told them the causes of IBS, and were optimistic about the condition. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to choose the group that improved the most.
Placebos are considered a psychological response related to gullibility rather than a physiological occurrence. There are real biochemical reactions, which occur when using a placebo. There are self-healing responses that come into play. Placebo activated opioids will relieve pain, modulate heart rate and respiration. Dopamine is released by placebos. There are mechanism getting activated, which will elevate mood, raise cognitive ability, alleviate digestive disorders, help sleep, and cut down on the stress-related hormones like insulin and cortisol.
You are what you eat, and this proves you are what you think and believe. That is why pills come in an assortment of colors, it isn’t just so you don’t mix them up. With all the hype prescription drugs get the colors, design, words and displays may deserve credit for the symptom relief, and the ingredients for the side effects.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.