In the Breath all IS
by Waltraud Riegger-Krause
“Each Breath is unique. It was never here before; it will never be here again.” – Mary
I would like to share a few thoughts about the breath. Nothing has so much to do with the NOW than the breath, as Mary expresses in the above quote.
There are many ways in which the body receives life energy. One way is through the Energy pathways with their Energy Locks, another way is through each breath. The Breath is the pulsation of life. The rhythm of inhaling and exhaling is a law of nature – like the turn of the tide and like the cycles of the seasons. It is an awakening of nature in springtime, in summer it develops its highest expansion, in fall the earth recedes the energy and in wintertime the earth has completely inhaled the energy. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Anthroposophy, called this the breathing cycle of the earth.
The circulation of exhaling and inhaling, this up and downward movement like waves, is without Beginning and without Ending. It engulfs everything in life, everything we hear, everything we see and everything we feel. Man is connected to the rhythm of nature through the breathing rhythm.
The Breath comes from the 9th Depth, the formless ground before creation. Number nine is the number of the Second Depth which has to do with the physical ability to breathe. It is the birthplace of the Lung Function Energy and Large Intestine Function Energy. The numbers for the Depths express the quality of the unmanifested aspect of each Depth. They stand for the positive quality of the Depth. Number nine is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new, which is like exhaling and inhaling. It is like evolution and involution, like the diastolic and systolic movement of the heart. Modern embryology came to the conclusion that a universal rhythm like the heartbeat was there first, before the heart was formed.
In the Breath there is no beginning and no ending; it is infinite which is divine.
As we inhale we receive the invisible cosmic life energy along with the more visible particles of the air, so the universal breath becomes my personal breathing.
Jiro Murai said to Mary: “One day you will understand that everything you need for harmony is in the breath and the fingers.”
Through breathing we receive life energy, which is renewing us in every moment.
Harmonious breathing is an important factor in being healthy. It releases disharmonies of all functions, which leads to Joy and Happiness. The most important thing is to exhale, through which we can let go of everything that isn’t part of our being right now. In giving of all we are, life is renewed, and then we can receive the abundance to energize the form, the body. Each conscious breath fills the body with new life.
“Every breath, well lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow ecstasy.” – Mary
The Breath goes down the front and up the back.
Every time we exhale we support the descending Energy Flow in the front of the body, and every time we inhale we support the ascending Energy Flow in the back of the body.
Energy on the front of the body, big toe side of the leg and thumb side of the arm goes down. Energy on the back of the body, little toe side of the leg and little finger side of the arm goes up.
Energy lock number 4 is the bridge from the formless into the manifested body. It is the measuring intelligence, measuring out which of the 144,000 functions the body needs right now. From there, the Breath comes down the front from the divine invisible into the materialized visible, the Energy of Generation. It goes down to the toes through number 15, which brings joy and laughter into our life. Number 7 – the perfect life power – receives the purified cosmic Energy to send it up the back again. The materialized, the petrified, goes back to the divine, the Energy of Regeneration.
When we regularly practice our 36 conscious breaths a day, the breathing will become slower and longer, rather than be shallow and short. It will come and go by itself. Simply watch the breathing and BE.
There is no need for pushing and trying to. I have noticed that some people go into hyperventilation when they try to breathe deeply during a session. Whenever we notice this with one of our clients, we can advise them to stop. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a powerful harmonizing method. We don’t want to mix it with any other powerful modality.
It can be too much for the system when we force breathing while receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu.