We can see what’s happening on the outside of a breathwork session.
But what’s happening on the inside?
Well, sometimes it’s physical. The breather may feel tingling in their hands or feet, changes in their body temperature or localized pain. They may experience waves of energy moving upwards, gathering in intensity until they come cascading back downwards after reaching the head. The breather may see fabulous swirling colors, hear sounds, experience deep relaxation or feel their whole body vibrate with aliveness and vitality.
Sometimes there are memories from the distant and not-so-distant past, memories that have been forgotten and ones that have never been forgotten. These memories are more real than anything we normally recall because in breathwork they are multi-dimensional. In other words, it’s more like reliving than remembering. Although the memories can be very real, the breather always knows where they are – lying down in their breathwork therapist’s consulting room.
And here is where breathwork takes us to one of the basic spiritual experiences – the reality of paradox. Linear time disappears. We can be deep in the past and fully in the present all at once.
There’s a place for emotions –sadness, fear, anger, pain of loss, disgust. But also joy, exuberance, contentment, peace or satisfaction so intense it’s physical as well as emotional. The end result is a growing sense of lightness, freedom and well-being.
And there’s a place too for mind. In the same way as our sense of time dissolves into something more fluid, the usual limitations to thinking also fall away. We cease to think in the forms and structures of everyday life and the results can be valuable and profound insights into ourselves, others and life itself. These insights are like little epiphanies, moments of real and lasting change.
In other words, breathwork is a spiritual experience that integrates all the parts of who we are – mind, body, spirit – and connects us with the Life Force in a very real, tactile, experiential way.
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