Meditation, the Breath, and Chi Breathing
Meditation is the delicate art in which the body is consciously relaxed and the mind is allowed to become calm and focused. There seem to be a lot of misconceptions about meditation that stem from television and ignorance. Meditation is a practiced art, and practice is exactly what is needed to become proficient at it. There are a variety of different types of meditations that can be practiced, and a variety of different uses for them. The main goal of meditation is to achieve a calm and collective state of mind, in which both the mind and body are relaxed, enabling you to achieve a higher state of concentration and focus. Many if not all meditations focus on the breath and breathing. Breathing has such a significant effect on our lives that when focused upon, and when performed properly, it can literally change your outlook on life.
If you’ve noticed, in my more recent articles (Introduction to Pranayama, Introduction to Yoga) I mention the breath. I do this because of its importance in meditation and life. Really, there is enough important information that can be learned about the breath to have its own article. This, however, would almost be pointless for me to do, having now three separate articles with a section on the breath in each. However, this is not to say that such an article is not on my agenda. As I’ve said before, it is an important matter to me, as well as it should be for you if you are serious about meditation and your progression in psionics.
Breathing not only aids you energetically, but it helps tremendously in maintaining a healthy life style.
The Lymph System
Activated by deep breathing, the lymph system or lymphatic vessels, in all mammals are a network of thin tubes that branch, like blood vessels, into tissues throughout the body. Lymphatic vessels carry lymph, a colorless, watery fluid originating from interstitial fluid. The lymphatic system transports infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes, is involved in the removal of foreign matter and cell debris by phagocytes and is part of the body’s immune system.
Blood, carrying nutrients and oxygen is pumped to the thin, porous capillaries from your heart through your arteries. When it arrives, the nutrients are diffused into a fluid around the cells called “lymph.”
The cells take what they need, almost with intelligence, and then expel toxins. Dead cells, blood proteins and other toxic materials are removed by the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the way used to drain off large amounts of toxic materials and excess fluid that restricts the amount of oxygen that the cells are able to absorb, because of this; the body’s cells depend on the lymphatic system.
The fluid then travels through the lymph nodes, at which point dead cells and other poisons are destroyed, with the exception of blood proteins. If the lymphatic system were shut down for twenty-four hours, you would die as a result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid around the cells.
The lymph that is collected through the body is drained into the blood through two ducts which are located at the base of the neck. Breathing drives this action. If a deep breath is taken and you exhale deeply, you massage the thoracic duct upward into the neck so that the fluid flows abundantly.
This duct is empties the lymph into the veins, at which point it becomes a part of the blood plasma. Then, the lymph returns to the liver for metabilization and then the kidneys for filtering
The lymphatic system is twice the size of our other circulatory system. Part of staying healthy is keeping the lymphatic system open and flowing. Common knowledge suggests that the body is made up of mostly water. Part of this water resides in the bloodstream, whereas the majority of it is located in the lymphatic system, our cells are located in “a sea of lymph.”
I could very easily carry on discussing the ever so exciting human anatomy as well as the lymphatic system, fore; I’ve merely breached the surface. But this, however, is not the reason you opened this article. I merely wanted to impart to you more information about the breath, and its many wonders, as well as how it helps us physically, as well as energetically.
Meditation not only aids us in daily living by calming us and supplying more vital oxygen to our bodies, but it aids us in psionics tremendously. Regular meditation will substantially alter your progression time in psionics for the better. This happens due to the higher states of consciousness reached, and relaxation that occurs during meditation.
As I’ve mentioned before, or have neglected to do so, meditation is extremely important in my practice, and I feel it to be one of, scratch that, the MOST important aspect of any well balanced energetic practice.
Chi is the twenty-second letter in the Greek alphabet. Chi breathing is probably one of the oldest forms of meditation and should not be done until you understand the location of your Tan Jun and you have proper breathing down to instinct. Chi is said to be brought into your body by the sun, the food that you eat, and breathing. Chi breathing is used as a primary method in the development of chi. in the next few paragraphs, different methods of chi breathing and meditation that you can use to aid in the development of your eternal energy will be explained.
The Tan Jun
The Tan Jun is said to be the body’s natural center of gravity and is the location at which chi is stored. The Tan Jun is used in many different chi meditations and breathing techniques. Its location is approximately four inches below the navel, and extends one inch in every direction.
The Four Phase Breath
The Four Phase breath is a chi-focalizing exercise that allows the breath to enter through your nose and travel to your Tan Jun. It is a very effective exercise for calming the mind and generating large amounts of energy. It is sometimes taught differently by other people, but the same thing is basically being taught. It’s a continuous process and should not be rushed fore it will disrupt the flow of chi in your body.
This exercise is traditionally done in a kneeling position, but if you feel uncomfortable like this you can always do it sitting down or laying on your bed, so long as you don’t fall asleep. No matter how you sit, your spine must always remain erect.
Inhale in a continuous flow through your nose, allowing the intake of your breath to be silent. As you breathe, visualize the breath to be a golden light, expanding through every part of your body.
Allow this breath to fill your lungs and then lighting the area around and inside of the Tan Jun.
Once the breath has been completed, feel the golden light inside of yourself. See it pulsate and seep out of your pores. When you are ready, exhale fully and slowly, do not rush, or let the breath come out in cycles.
As you exhale see the impurities in your body exit with it, until all that is left is the golden light.
When you have completely exhaled, do not rush to refill your lungs. Instead relax for a few seconds empty of oxygen, and feel the lightness of your body. When the time comes to naturally breathe again, do it slowly and steadily. While doing the four phase breath allow each phase to last about four to five seconds. With more practice you can extend this time, but the object is to stay relaxed and not to rush through this.
Abdominal Breathing Meditation
This exercise is traditionally done kneeling, but you may do this sitting in a chair or laying down like the previous exercises, but make sure your spine is erect. Allow yourself to relax for an awhile and become aware of your body. When you feel ready to begin;
Inhale through your nose and allow the air to stimulate your Tan Jun. Hold this breath for as long as you can, stimulating the Tan Jun, then release it while remaining consciously aware of the exhalation.
Place your right thumb on your right nostril, shutting off the air flow. Breathe deeply though the left nostril, become aware of the breath as it slowly enters into your Tan Jun in a golden stream.
Hold the breath for four to five seconds. Then open your right nostril by taking off the thumb and closing off the left nostril by placing your ring and pinky fingers on it. Allow the breath to flow naturally from your Tan Jun out through your right nostril.
Once you have completely exhaled, feel the emptiness of your body. When it is time to inhale again, breath through your right nostril, closing off the left nostril, and exhale through your left nostril. This process should be repeated about twenty times. (Both the inhalation and exhalation count as one)
This was merely to push you into the right direction, and give you some insights on various topics. Other articles are needed to further explain various subjects, such as Chi Breathing. For me to overwhelm you with knowledge in one article would not only make it harder for you to consume everything, but would take longer for me to write. I hope you have learned and take some valuable information with you from this article. Continue to learn and practice, my best wishes towards your journey.