Monday, October 21, 2013

Breathing and Bioenergy (Chi)

Breathing has an evident connection to vital energy, for our body is unable to survive without breathing for more than a brief duration of time.  Additionally, it has been known for centuries that breathing in particular patterns can facilitate awareness of subtle energy and the attainment of certain altered states of consciousness, including the out-of-body experience.  However, often times there is a preconception that bioenergy techniques must involve breathing exercises.  In the same fashion that chi can be mobilized without the use of physical movements or visualizations, it can similarly be directed solely through our will, intention, or attention, without altering our normal breathing patterns.

One common condition faced during basic mobilizations of energy is the unintentional synchronization of the direction of bioenergy flow with that of our breath.  For instance, when exteriorizing energy in waves or pulses, as trained in some of IAC's courses, one may have the tendency to time these outward emanations with exhaling or breathing out.  Similarly, there is a natural tendency to time intentional absorptions with breathing in.  This may not be the most effective moments in the breathing cycle to absorb or exteriorize energy. This synchronization also imposes limits on speed (or frequency) and duration (or duty cycle) of these waves or pulses of bioenergy. The breathing sensations and movements may also mask some subtle sensations correlated to the bioenergy flows.

To overcome this tendency, practioners can try to absorb energy from their healthy surroundings through intention alone, as they breathe out, without the use of forced physical movements or visualizations.  Then, they can try a sequence of bioenergy exteriorizations or emissions when they breathe in.  This inversion can help break the strick adherence to the direction of breathing.  Another strategy is to time the pulses of absorption or exteriorization with the peaks and valleys in between exhalation and inhalation.  

Alternatively, one can hold the breath for a brief duration of time and perform a couple of mobilizations of bioenergy during the pause and then as one resumes normal breathing, and when rested again during another pause, and so on.  During discussions in this weekend's CDP Advanced 2 course in Los Angeles (with participants born in 23 countries), IAC's Wagner Alegretti suggested yet another exercise: practicing the basic mobilization of bioenergies underwater.  Exteriorizing, absorbing, or performing the VELO underwater without a breathing apparatus for as long as one can hold his or her breath could provide an interesting variation.

You are invited to learn and pratice basic to increasingly more advanced bioenergy techniques at IAC, starting with the Consciousness Development Program and progressing through courses at our Campus, which aims to promote the condition known as total, permanent intrusionlessness.

January 18 - 16, 2014 at IAC Campus, Portugal

Nelson Abreu
IAC California

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