Breathing in Love
I love this time of year. It’s February and our focus naturally turns to love as we welcome Valentine’s Day.
So what is love? Love and joy are humankind’s most often hunted treasures. But most of us view love from a distorted and very human perspective based on our life experiences. Love is often self-sacrificing, jealous, needful, wanton, painful, exclusive, limited, fragile, conditional, and/or manipulative. Have you ever experienced love in one of these forms?
When you did, it probably didn’t feel very good. Isn’t love the most powerful force in the universe? In the bible 1 Corinthians states “Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
So what happened to dilute the power of love? Life happened and that caused us to look outside ourselves for love, thus love became conditional. Most of us have experienced this statement, “I love you as long as you do what I want or give me what I want.” Love cannot be enjoyed because we have cultural beliefs that “all good things must come to an end” and “love hurts.” Authentic love, however, never requires coercion, disempowerment or self abuse. Instead it nurtures growth and allows us to become our truest and fullest selves.
Unconditional love is the healing force of the Universe. Yet few of us have ever experienced it. We are told to love our neighbor as our self and yet no one tells us how to do that. Unconditional love wants nothing from us. It just is. It accepts us just the way we are. It sees us as inherently perfect. It is part of a natural spiritual expression as we begin to awaken to an expanded state of consciousness. So, how do we access this state of love so that we can open to both giving and receiving love?
Scientists are now telling us that the underlying force behind all matter is energy. Everything is energy; it just vibrates at different levels. In my view this underlying energy is the energy of love. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Genesis 2:6-7, NKJV). And God breathed life into man. The force that gave man life is love.
Love is the life giving base energy of the Universe.
Is it possible for us to breathe in love and breathe out love? What if this was true? What if you could consciously get more love in your life? How would your life be different?
I believe that it is possible to breathe in more love. My life is vastly improved because of it. I teach a form of breath work called Transformational Breathing and more than anything else I hear people say that Transformational Breathing is the most loving transformational work they have ever experienced. It extends the love of Source to everyone present in a session. It is the breath that ignites the divine love within each heart.
Through Transformational Breathing, it is possible to access higher states of vibration such as love and joy. We breathe them into our being. The Ancient Ones and Masters of Light have taught that all answers lie within. The breath is the doorway to this inner experience.
Babaji the great Indian mystic said that the “Breath is the gateway between the Visible and Invisible World.”
It is the way that we can access the unconscious. For the breath is the only bodily function that we can completely ignore or completely choose conscious control over. There is none other. It is unique. It is powerful, and it is right under our noses.
With every breath we can choose to breathe in love. We do this with our inhale. We accept and embrace life. But many of us do not breathe in and accept life fully. We hesitate, we pause, we say “No” to life. Of course, we can’t really help it because of restrictions in our breathing pattern. There are actually physical places on the body that prevent you from taking in a full breath and accepting your good.
In Transformational Breathing, we believe that the breath is directly related to amount of good that you can create in your life. If you want more good and love in your life, you simply need to breathe it in. Every breath can be a prayer. Every breath can be a blessing. Every breath can bring healing and transformation. When we breathe, we can affirm the energies of love.
Try this simple experiment if you would. Sit comfortably, back straight and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and let go of the stresses of the day. Begin to breathe in a connected manner through your mouth such that there is no pause between the inhale and exhale. Breathe at a pace that is faster than normal but not so fast that you are panting. Relax the exhale. After a few breaths when you feel you have a rhythm, begin to repeat the following affirmations. Stay with each affirmation for around 10 seconds.
- It is safe to breathe
- Breathing is easy
- It is safe to love
- I breathe in love
- I am open to receiving love fully and freely
- I am open to expressing love fully and freely
- I deserve only love
- I am lovable
- I am loving
- I am love
- I am joy
And when you are ready, take a few deep breaths and come back into this time and place savoring the love that you are. All that is needed is for us to bring consciousness to every breath. Say “YES!” to the Universe and watch the miracles unfold.
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