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Chapter 8 – Mind Mastery
When dealing with spiritual growth, we really need to define what a comfort zone is. A comfort zone is where we draw back to when a challenge arrives. It is where we are more comfortable and it is where we are less likely to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Our comfort zone is full of excuses; it is usually derived from our personality, education, social standards, friends and so on. For example, an individual that chooses not to keep any type of a fixed workout is choosing to be in his comfort zone. It is more comfortable to be there and it is not necessarily a good place to be in, especially for one’s future. To constantly choose the comfort of your television set over books, magazines or other imaginative stimulus is also staying in our comfort zone.
Being in our comfort zone is also noticeable with small things. For example, if students sit in a particular chair in the first class of the semester, they will usually go back to that particular chair because it is where they “already know” where they are and it is where they are most likely to feel comfortable because of this knowing. There are many small “comfort zones” that we build in our lives. The purpose is to know them and know that we are not dependent on them. Good growth comes from exiting our comfort zone. Do so consciously! Recognize where your comfort zones lie and fight them.
If you get completely cranky when you are tired, it means that tiredness has bitten you. Can a sensation or a feeling be stronger than we are? We choose to feel, not the other way around. We choose and assume responsibility for every emotion we feel. When someone insults us and we get offended, is it his or our fault? Of course it is our responsibility. It is just words that have been thrown in the air and out of that person’s mouth. It is easy to blame someone else for our own emotional state. Blaming others is being in our comfort zone.
The truth of the matter is that we need to accept full responsibility for every emotion that we feel. It is ok to feel negatively, but we must understand that it is of our own choice. We cannot blame others for what we feel. They have no control over it – we do! Understanding this might take some time, but when we assume responsibility for every emotion we have, we also learn that we can choose to feel positive emotions, and we learn how to get rid of the negative emotions quickly and efficiently as they are of our own creation and responsibility.
Learn how to recognize your comfort zones. When you deal with them, do not try to battle them all at the same time. Try to see them and work on them one by one. If one of your comfort zones has to do with food like emotional eating, try to observe it from a third person’s point of view. When we become conscious that we are eating out of emotions (loneliness, broken heart, boredom), we tend to do so less and less. Consciousness is the key. Be strict but forgiving with yourself. Allow yourself to have rules but also allow yourself to bend some of them. After all – we are not perfect. Self-love is the primary goal, only after that can we truly love others unconditionally.
Mind mastery is a great topic. It is achieved when one masters the observation of thoughts and learns to manipulate and add several “layers” of understanding to how their mind works. With mind mastery we can achieve character changes, a high degree of optimism, gratitude and happiness and many other necessary tools to reach our maximum potential as human beings. We embrace the fact that we are creators of our own reality and we take the reins for our life. Mind mastery assists us in solving the different mind games that can come up in life in general and in the process in particular; games that are created by the ego, or games that want to keep us in our comfort zone, and the games that make us less confident of our divine intuition.
To be a mind master, one should first understand that our emotions and our thoughts are our own responsibility and are of our own creation. Everything we feel and think is a choice that we can make with our consciousness. It is true that most of the time we allow our thoughts and emotions to run wild and free and have no control over them. But when we are mind masters, the wheels turn in our favor. Just as anything in life, there are different levels of mind mastery. I cannot say that I am perfect but I can say that I have reached a high enough level of understanding that I hardly allow negative emotions to reach me, and if they do they are usually resolved in a matter of a few seconds. This is not a level that I assume everyone will reach, and it is enough to remain conscious and observe yourself from the outside as you feel \ think.
There are some things we need to understand to become a mind master. Different people take different approaches. There are so many different methods of dealing with our mind, our feelings and our sensations. I will try to list a few thoughts on the subject and allow each reader to embrace whatever feels good to them. Each one of us is unique and therefore we tend to see things differently and experience the world differently.
Achieving mind mastery is a goal I think everyone should strive for, especially because it touches so many fields in our life. It allows us to perceive reality in a better way, to choose how we decide to envision life, and to take control and responsibility for our own thoughts, emotions and manifestations. Learning some mind mastery is not enough; one needs to truly practice and make it a way of life. It starts just like every hobby and practice makes perfect. Mind mastery is not just about reading it in a book. Our mind is built like a cloud of connections between axons. Each connection can be strong or it can be weak.
The mind works like a muscle and the best way to describe it is “use it or lose it”. If a mind does not use a certain belief system then it will degenerate just like muscle tissue degenerates if it is not used for a certain amount of time. Our purpose is to have the mind use a certain belief system so much that it passes it on to the subconscious, and from there it becomes completely “automatic”. This is what we call a character change or a change in perception. You become what it is that you planned to become.
We are talking about “positive brain washing” such as autosuggestions, affirmations, imagination, guided meditations, etc. All these have one thing in common: they slowly and steadily convince the subconscious that something is true. This can be done way outside of yourself, which is the whole point of commercials, social rules and standards, what you perceive to be “normal” in our world. With mind mastery you become an observer. You become the intersection police officer that allows certain emotions \ thoughts to go in while avoiding others consciously. It is a matter of understanding and of choice, clarity and persistence.
To get our subconscious “in on it”, some book writers write the same exact message over and over again using multiple examples and different words. The best known book \ movie that uses this is “The Secret”. You can summarize the whole book in just a few short sentences, but the writers \ producers use a technique taken from different worlds of repetition so that the reader \ viewer will subliminally comprehend it. It is a slow and steady “positive brain wash” that teaches the reader \ viewer about the law of attraction via multiple examples and multiple speakers.
It is not my way to repeat myself and therefore I want you, the reader, to be conscious enough to understand that if you like something that you read here, any technique that “speaks to you”, you should assume responsibility for it. You can read it again, practice it, give yourself examples, tell it to others and use any technique that best works for you in order for you to “digest” it and pass it on to your subconscious.
This whole book is about assuming responsibly and understanding the power that we have as individual creators. I am not the type that will chew your food for you; I am the type that will show you your own inner strength and will believe in your ability as a king or queen of your domain! We are all magnificent, ominous, multi-dimensional beings that have reincarnated here for a short period of time. I trust you to do the right thing for yourself. Assume responsibility for your life, your thoughts, your emotions, everything! Trust that you have an inner guidance that is bigger and stronger than anything external to yourself. Know that you are guided in any situation and know that everything that happens happens for a reason, which at times is more than our ability to comprehend.
Our subconscious is called many things. It has different characteristics and is both complicated and simple. When we say “subconscious” we actually mean the layer that we are not aware of. The book “The Power of the Subconscious” is crucial to deeply understanding the best methods for working with your subconscious. Think of your mind as a flower and your subconscious as the ground that holds flower seed. One can only see the flower, but the roots are where all the flower’s nutrition comes from. What we decide to feed our roots is very important, and our subconscious plays an important role in that.
A first basic understanding of the difference between our conscious and subconscious is that the subconscious does not “understand” like we do. It has no logic; it is a place of symbolism, shapes and intuition, and not a place that knows how to “analyze”. A simple repetition of an affirmation before we go to sleep will cause that affirmation to “sink” in, even if we do not believe it consciously. Try this for example: Take two minutes of your time and simply say to yourself “I am feeling better and better” in repetition. Say it slowly and do not change your tone (be monotonic). Let the message subliminally sink in. Give it a try right now; don’t postpone it! Really give it a try right now if you want to internalize this lesson. Say it out loud and commit to the full two minutes, do not do it half way (you would not bake half a cake). Don’t let your ego think that you understand the lesson when you have not followed its rules. There is a reason for everything.
Let’s analyze what just happened here. Your conscious mind does not really believe that what you simply “say” comes true, “Those are just words tossed in the air”. But what is your sensation after saying “I am feeling better and better” for two full minutes? Don’t you feel better? This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many NLP (neuro linguistic programming) methods that directly touch the subconscious. This is not even one of them; it is just an example of how an affirmation, without even placing intention, can change your mood instantly.
This example shows us a very important lesson: what we put there is what will sink in. The words we choose and our intentions all go through! This is why mind mastery is so important. Imagine how many things we go through in our daily lives. Imagine how many commercials we see, and how much violence and negativity we get exposed to and eventually even get used to. It is so much that we cannot distinguish it any longer from our regular lives. Become a mind master and see what is attempting to go through your mind, and choose what you allow through. Choose positivity and optimism. Choose positive thinking instead of negative. Choose to see the good things in people before you judge them on their bad qualities.
There is an effect called the “cocktail party effect”: When you are sitting in a cocktail party, and around you are many different people distributed in different groups, some couples, some small groups but they are all spread around sitting in different locations in the party. Each group is engaged in a discussion, just like you are probably engaged in one with someone. Suddenly you hear your name coming from a different group. How can that be? Your attention was fully focused on the conversation you are engaged in. What actually happens in reality is that your brain “listens” to everything all the time. Your subconscious is much stronger than the credit we usually give it. Your brain is like the NSA, screening phone conversations for the word “bomb”. If it hears something familiar a red flag immediately comes up. If you hear your name, a meaningful word (meaningful to you) or the name of someone important to you, the brain will listen closely. The cocktail party effect is used in marketing. For example, stores have music playing because when we shop they prefer that our brain does not “think” too hard about what we buy. For them, it is better that a small part of the brain be used to analyze the music subconsciously so we become an easier and dumber shopper.
I have given this example to try and show you how strong our subconscious is and how important it is for us to create filters for it. The main words here are “conscious choice”. Choose your music wisely, as your brain will flag all words it hears with their associations (which can be negative ones, like in rap music[i]). Choose the movies you decide to watch, as your subconscious mind will always try to identify with all the different characters. Choose your friends and the people you hang around with. Learn how to use the subconscious in the best way. Learn that it is a part of you, it is stronger than you are and it can be used to plant new “seeds” if you want to change something inside yourself. The subconscious is the ground in which we plant our seeds; it is the land that our flower eventually grows upon. Don’t feed it with bad nutrition!
When we are babies, we do not yet think in words and our world is completely abstract. Words add a frame to our world. When we grow up we slowly change the way we think from “pure thinking energy” into “inner dialogs” that use words. This means we lose some of our imagination and some of our uniqueness but gain the ability to communicate with others. When you say a word, you release its “energy” to the outside world. The outside world is built from the physical world that we know and other much more sophisticated energetic existences.
Our intentions, emotions, expectations and our worlds are used to create our world, whether we are aware of them or not. Learn how to choose your words wisely, as they have a strong symbolism to your subconscious. Regular usage of negative words like “hate” and “fear” has an effect your brain and goes into your subconscious. Choose your words wisely and train your brain to reduce the usage of negative words. Learn how to be a “yes” person that sees things optimistically.
Our words build our world and our perspective. Use words like “yes”, “abundance”, “pleasure” or any other positive words. Using negative words will bring you exactly that. When we are using the language of intentions, imagination and manifestation (which are all one thing) we are currently mostly limited to only use words. Giving compliments is also a great exercise in choosing the right words. There are so many compliments that we can give when we learn to appreciate the small things. And who does not like a compliment from time to time to provide our small or large ego some food?
There are two very important factors when choosing the correct phrasing and affirmations. The first is that we want to request it in the present form. Imagine the difference between saying “I’m going to have a beautiful day” and “I’m having a beautiful day”. It is basically like the difference between saying “I want to have a beautiful day” and “I know I’m having a beautiful day”. When we affirm in the present form we signal our subconscious that this is the one and only reality, and it makes it so. Our life is perceived through our own two eyes; if one “convinces” the subconscious of what they wish to happen in the now, it will be received as a command as simple as that.
The second rule is to not request things in the negative. The subconscious receives words “as is”. If, for example, you have a weight problem and you wish to give yourself positive affirmations to deal with it through intention and the usage of the correct words, you will not say “I do not want to be overweight”, as the subject of your affirmation will be “overweight”. You will say “I am healthy”, “I am in shape” or “I am losing weight”. The focus and the subject of the sentence is no longer the weight issue.
There is a good method I learned from a great master of happiness, and it is simple and it works. Every morning, just when you wake up and before you get up from your bed and put your legs on the floor, say to yourself “I am having a wonderful day” and give yourself a big morning smile. Do not say “I’m going to have a great day” or “This day is going to be wonderful”.The emphasis here is on the present moment and the knowing. When you know, you simply know. When you attach this affirmation to your smile (even though you have just woken up…), the brain makes the connection and starts perceiving your day with a positive attitude. As we all know, a great start to the day usually brings a great continuity to your day. Try it for a few days and see how you feel with it. Understand that the power of words and positive affirmations (both inside and outside of the body) is a great instrument for mind mastery and self-improvement.
Understand how strong your mind really is. In the book “Reality Transurfing”, the Russian author explains how our mind sends out signals that are accepted by our reality on different levels. Those signals are not different from peptides or hormones signaling the cells of our body to function in a certain way. The stronger and more frequent the signal is, the stronger the inner cells’ reactions will be to the request. When we want to manifest we can use many different methods. Some of these methods are known and were already understood a long time ago. They were used by various religions and some of them are used today, however not necessarily for the betterment of the human race.
For example, a prayer is a way of signaling to the universal spirit (call it whatever fits your belief system) what we want. Using our imagination to further describe to ourselves what we want in extra detail is another. The strongest aspect, however, is our intention. Placing our intention into the thought, into the prayer and into the imagination will emphasize it and will send out the signal that will be caught by our reality and manifest it or raise the chances of it happening. This is why group meditation, group prayer and anything else done in a group create a strong ripple in the space of variations and attracts and creates a stronger potential future in the direction the intended thought was aiming for.
Know that words already have strong associations in your mind. When you think of a certain word or hear it, immediately neurotransmitters start running all over the place in an attempt to “close a circle” and thus bring up a memory by association. Think about the word “terrorist” and see what associations you sense from that. Think about the word “nature” and see how you feel about that. By knowing that everything in our mind works via word associations that connect to emotions, sensations and feelings, we can choose to unlearn and relearn these associations as we see fit and in the perspective we would like to have and have consciously chosen to have.
If you live in a prejudicial society where minorities receive many racist comments, try to see what the media or society has placed in your mind as association with connection with that minority using social standards. You will probably find many generalizations and prejudice. See what the “social standards” are, and try to see how many of your current associations are there as a conscious decision you have made and how many are there due to your education, religion or social expectations and standards. You will find that most have associations that you have not chosen to place there.
This is where the process of unlearning should take place. Unlearn as much as you can, go back to the point in time where those associations were created and make your own decision. If the word “school” comes back to you as a traumatic memory, imagine a new association for it, and this works for everything. In order for the new associations to take place, you will need to repeat them and to try to “catch” the previous association as it happens. Here is where mind mastery comes into play as well as initial determination. Remember that you are a mind master. You need to catch yourself thinking negative thoughts and have good and positive thoughts instead to create the right set of associations in your mind.
The good news is that it only requires a little bit of consciousness and attention to get started. Once you get started, you are on a roll to change your perception of everything. My former boss once told me: “Life is like a bee hive; you need to know exactly where to look in order to see only the honey and never the bees”. Make this sentence active in your life. Choose your perspective and change all brain connections around in order to be perceived as what you have chosen for them to be perceived as. There is so much we can look at and appreciate. There is more complicity in a single leaf then in our most complex super computers. We are all surrounded by amazing human beings that share life and love with us. We have health, nature, loved ones and so many other things. Everything we have we can perceive with wonder, amusement and joy (or at least we can try). It is simply a matter of choice.
Practice makes perfect. We are who we think we are. Deleting old connections can be done just as easily as making new ones. When you get good enough with these methods you will find that a simple intention and decision to change a thought is enough to make it happen. It is enough to tell yourself “I am happy” to create that sensation immediately all over your body and understand that you truly are happy. When you are a Breatharian, you will want to change certain connections. You will want the ability to change the way you perceive food and remove old mind dependencies. You will want to remove some old connections and create some new ones.
It is known that a new habit can be gained by repeating it [ii]21 times. The same approximate number is used to learn a new word. One must use that word approximately 21 times in order for it to be embedded into the “automatic” brain dictionary and you will be able to use it accurately in context. By knowing this rule, we can set up a new healthy habit for ourselves by focusing only on the first 21 times. For example, suppose that I do not really like exercising, but I have decided that it is time to get back into shape. I will focus myself on exercising for the first 21 times alone. When I get close to that number (after about a month or a month and a half) I will notice that I am already exercising on “auto pilot”. I will notice that I already have regular days and that I am not suffering or “forcing” myself to do so anymore. From here on out, it just becomes my habit. This can be used in many forms in our lives. It can also be used to change our habits. Say I have an issue with money and that I am cheap (know thy self!). If I “fight” my cheapness by giving to charity or inviting my friends out, paying for others more often or any other “anti-cheap” actions 21 times, suddenly I will embrace this new me and will actually step into this new figure. It is all a point of releasing our objections that are derived from the fear of long range commitment to change.
We are usually afraid of long term commitment. When a person wants to make a new habit in their life like taking up meditation, the first resistance comes from a place of long term commitment for most people. This means that you want to do it for the long term, but getting yourself started is simply a hassle and then all the ego \ mind excuses \ comfort zones start taking place: “I do not have the time”, “There are more important things that I need to do”, “It will take me too long to reach the high level that I want to achieve”, etc. We humans are especially bad with commitment issues but generally a human being likes to keep their options open. When we focus just on the initial 21 times and do not try to make a long term commitment with anything new, we feel less stressed. Divide your world into two until you reach the 21 times point and beyond it. Get to the 21 times point and only then see how you feel with it. Feel the change from the inside and see if you would like to continue whatever it is that you are doing.
It is important that if you have decided to do something 21 times, persist until you have achieved the 21 times. This will help you build a better and stronger character and self-belief. In life we should be able to trust our own decision making processes. We should rely on ourselves to make a decision and stick with it most of the time. Committing to just 21 times is not a big request from ourselves and should be considered a gift from our present self to our near future self. Reaching the goal we have set for ourselves makes us feel good and provides us with a sensation of achievement. This raises our self-confidence and makes the next attempt to do anything else even easier, as we already have a live example of our success. It is a great key for personal development.
This is one of my favorites. We have an ego, some of us more than others, which is fine as everyone learns at their own pace and each lesson is learned in due time. I used to have a larger ego before my process and I am happy that it was reduced. This does not mean that I am without one, but I’m definitely working on it.
It allows me to see things more objectively and to care even less about others’ opinions of me. I am not saying we should all achieve the highest degree of Buddhist monks; we all have a lot of work to do if we even want to come close to that. The process definitely gave me quite a push towards humility and provided me with some insights which I try to share in this book.
Using the weakness of having an ego to our advantage means knowing and accepting that we have an ego, as well as observing it from an external point of view and counting on certain behavior patterns to persist. Allow me to explain through an example from my Breatharian game. At a certain point in my game, just prior to beginning the process, I wanted to be a Breatharian that only took in water and tea, which meant keeping the absolute bare minimum of taste. It sounded to me like the right thing to do, as at that point in time I did not really understand the dependency that a normally eating person has on taste, flavor and texture. Those aspects are completely taken for granted. Even today I still have an inner feeling that I have traded one dependency (food nourishment) for another dependency (taste). This is why I keep a steady workout of dry fasting days or water fasting days to make sure that I keep remembering that one of my main goals in becoming a Breatharian is to be independent of all things, just as the monks choose to separate themselves from any material possessions and any dependencies on the outside world. So, say I wanted to take a taste independency challenge (even though I have already put myself through many of those, I am bringing it up as an example) and I go one week only on water (again) to remind myself of my independency.
The thought of challenging myself will go through my mind often, just like every person planning a potential future. Many times when we think about taking on a challenge we eventually end up just “thinking” about it and not “doing” anything about it. In such a case, saying it out loud to someone else, someone that you appreciate, someone other than yourself, will force you to try and do it or give you an extra push. If I tell my good friend, whose opinion I appreciate and a person that my ego wants to continue thinking highly of me, that I am planning a water fast for a week beginning this Sunday that will motivate me to do so in some way.
Of course it does not really matter in the real world if I end up doing it or not. The point is that I have an ego, and when I say it out loud and then go back on what I said, my ego will get slightly unhappy. I will feel as if I expected something of myself and eventually let myself down, and perhaps even disappointed myself. Going back on my decision is no different than saying “I am simply not strong enough” or providing myself with a comfort zone excuse.
We all have an ego and we know it, so why not use it to our advantage? Why not give ourselves more reasons to grow, why not bind ourselves to a better future and not allow ourselves the easier, more comfortable ways out? The example I gave is just one of many methods of using our own ego and pride for the betterment of the self. Try to find some of your own. It can be in admitting your mistakes and assuming responsibility even when you do not really want to, or it can be in telling our friends and family our goals and milestones and setting a high bar for ourselves and expecting our ego to give us motivation for success. It can be many things.
When something bothers you, there is no need to dwell on it. What happens to most people is that they keep thinking about it over and over again and dig their emotional grave even deeper during that time. Take, for example, the process of solving a riddle or puzzle. The solutions for these things are tricky and not straightforward, and you need to think outside of the box. When dealing with a riddle, most people will start searching for a solution in the most straightforward of ways, since that is their comfort zones and that is what makes sense to them. They will continue running around in circles returning to the same thoughts and same possible solutions, which will get them nowhere. The idea here is to stop thinking completely or to start thinking outside of the box.
The idea of letting go, however, is beyond riddles. It is to understand that if a solution should offer itself, it will. Sometimes before we go to sleep we are bothered by something, and when we wake up in the morning we have a solution for it. Letting go is understanding that instead of letting ourselves think consciously about something, we should make room for the subconscious \ higher-self to work on it. Even a ten minute walk outside without too much thinking helps. When you do let go, remember to place your intention on finding a solution. Don’t forget to trust that a solution will come to you in one of many different ways. Be clear in your intention. If it helps, say it out loud. And if a solution comes up, be grateful and appreciative.
The emotional body is one of our four bodies. Even though we cannot see it, it is real and functions as a part of our whole. An individual that has a strong emotional body is one that has control over his emotions and not vice-versa. Controlling our emotions does not mean that we become senseless robots, it just means that we add an additional layer of consciousness between us and them. Emotions are great and they are a part of our soul’s experience here. It is our goal as humans to maximize positive emotions and minimize negative ones, but in the overall soul perspective, an experience is an experience and there is no duality \ polarity; all is accepted.
Most of us have “ups and downs” in our emotions and most people are not completely emotionally stable. We allow our emotions to control us, instead of having control over them. For example, if a person curses you in the street, even if you did something to offend him, if you get offended by him, who is to blame? Is it really his fault that he cursed you, or did you chooseto be offended? We can always blame someone else for the way we feel, but in truth, we arecompletely responsible for our emotional state.
Take the Dalai Lama for example: can you imagine him getting angry? At anyone? For any reason? You can only imagine him becoming more understanding, accepting and, if necessary, having compassion for lack of love. Another example is getting pissed off on the road. Is there anything we can really do about a traffic jam? Will it matter to our emotional state if we are late when there is nothing we can do to change it anyway? Is there anything we can do to control other drivers’ behaviors? Contemplate that for a minute.
Adding consciousness to our emotional state is a key factor in balancing our emotional body, being aware of how we feel and truly understanding it from an outer perspective. When we embrace the feeling that we are feeling from a place of understanding, suddenly the feeling does not feel so bad. When we admit to ourselves, placing the ego aside, of how we feel, we begin the process of healing the negative emotion. If I am completely aware that I am jealous of my friend, I can further investigate what is lacking within me and the reasons for it. It helps us learn and grow. The more we grow spiritually and the more we understand we are kings \ queens of our castles, we will have less of these “situations” to deal with. Our karma will cease to provide us with situations we no longer grow from and we will ascend to higher levels of challenges.
Here is a simple method to teach you how to oversee your emotional state or deal with it after an event. First, imagine yourself in the situation that you were in. Take a minute to try to feel, hear, see and use all your senses to really step into that emotional state. Now imagine looking at yourself going through your emotional state from the outside. Imagine it really carefully. Try to use all your senses just like before. Describe to yourself exactly what you feel, hear and see. Remember: you are describing theobserver looking at the supposed “victim”. Now, do it one more time, but this time as the observer looking at the observer. Imagine how they feel, what they hear and how they see things. The farther away you are from the source, the less emotionally connected and more rational you will become. The closer you are to the source, the more emotional you will get. Try to practice this in different scenarios in your life.
When we become the observer, we become less uptight, we admit sooner when we are wrong and we become more rational and stay away from meaningless arguments. Knowing when we are emotional is also a good time to self-reflect and gain more control. For example, a good couple will stop fighting after a few minutes and will take a break. It is said that when our heart beats over 90 BPM in the middle of an argument, we are no longer thinking rationally and we should take a break. This break is great for calming down and trying to rationalize the situation.
There are a few ways to have a strong emotional body by supervising our emotions:
- Assume complete responsibility over our emotional state. This goes without saying. We are unique individuals and our life journey and manifestations are our own doing and our own responsibility. This doesn’t mean become a robot, it only means assuming responsibility while allowing our-selves to be in the feeling experience.
- Learn and grow from an emotional state. The second time around is only easier if we completely understand the source of our emotional state in the first time.
- Monitor when our ego is involved.
[i] I love rap music melodies, there is no judgment here, but the choice of lyrics in rap music are usually not of the highest degree for our spirit.
[ii] Notice that the 21 day process is built in that way for the exact same reason – to break the old habits that we have of eating food in a controlled environment.
Chapter 1 – What Is Prana?
Prana is the energy that animates and connects all living beings. You may be familiar with this energy by another name, such as Life Force, Liquid Light, Chi, The Force, Oregon, Cosmic Particles, etc. The essence we try to convey with all of these names is “Universal Life Energy”. It is important to understand that with each inhale, we are taking two things into our body: air and Prana. Prana is the energy the drives all life and is essential to our existence, even more so than air.
Prana is the Sanskrit word for “life force”; in yoga, Oriental medicine, and martial arts, the term refers to a cosmic energy believed to also come from the sun and connects the elements of the universe. The universal principle of energy or force, responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance, Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe. This life energy has been vividly invoked and described in Vedas, And in Ayurveda, Tantra and Tibetan medicine.
For the record, Prana is not only found in the air; it exists everywhere. It is within me, inside of you, in plants and animals, in the earth and all the elements that create our planet. In fact, there is no place where Prana does not exist. It exists even in the spaces we perceive to be empty void.
Pranic energy is closely connected to the energy one might describe as “the soul”, and life cannot exist without it. There is an old saying that a man can live forty days without food, three days without water, five minutes without oxygen, but without Prana, not even one second! Prana is invisible to the human eye and is not measurable by our current scientific instruments. Despite this, as spiritual individuals, we can feel the truth of its existence all around us.
Prana moves throughout the body via an energy tube that is about the size of the circle between your index finger and thumb. This tube begins about ten centimeters above the head (or above the crown chakra) and continues down through the seven chakras finishing under the perineum (between the anus and genitals). Prana is a subtle element which pervades each cell of every living tissue and fluid in an organism like electricity through atoms in a battery.
Every person naturally maintains a different level of Prana, which also varies from day to day. Generally, when we are in a place where we feel comfortable and “in the present moment” we do not eat out of emotion or habit. For example, when you are happy, content or in love, you may notice your appetite tends to decrease. This is because with these higher vibrational states of being, the percentage of Prana in our body rises. In contrast, lower vibrational states of being, such as melancholy, frustration, fear and dissatisfaction in life, can cause a person to eat much more than necessary. As their percentage of Prana decreases, they seek comfort in the pleasures of taste and texture.
Our Prana percentage also depends on our environment. With the increase of air pollution, as found in many big cities, the percentage of Prana in the air decreases. Nature, on the other hand, provides an abundant resource of Prana, which is why you may also find yourself naturally eating less in natural settings.
Prana (also known as Chi) is often discussed within martial arts philosophy and many claim it provides conscious individuals with “superhuman” abilities. In India, the yogis are also known to practice Pranayama – specific sets of breathing exercises designed to draw more Prana into the body with the breath. Raising your own level of Prana is not so difficult and can be achieved through a regular practice of meditation, deep breathing exercises, and conscious intention.
Prana is an important discovery as we try to piece together the missing links in our human evolution. Because our current scientific instruments cannot measure Prana, its existence is largely either ignored or misunderstood. This is one of the reasons I have decided to write this book after years of personal research on the subject.
For more information on Prana and the Breatharian way of life, I have included a list of external resources in the end of the book.