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Working with open eyes while practicing conscious breathwork is a very powerful way of integrating the inner and outer worlds. This technique can be practiced with a partner or alone (looking into the mirror).
Follow the recording for a fully guided breathwork session, which should be practiced in a seated position. If working with a partner, sit in such a way as to comfortably hold hands. If doing the process alone, sit in front of a mirror. This practice could be done by candlelight in order to create a mood of intimacy and beauty.
Allow enough time after the session to return to waking consciousness and integrate the experience.

Breathing style  

Your breathing style should be deeper and fuller than normal. It is also suggested that you “connect” the breaths, meaning that there is no pause between the inhale and exhale.

Apart from breathing in a faster and fuller way, visualise the four levels of Multidimensional Breathwork, as prompted by the recording. They are:

  • Life-force Energy – “Air-breathing” through the NOSE. The physical breath establishes the rhythm for the other symbolic levels of breathwork. Life-force Energy is also known as “Prana” (in the Indian tradition) or “Chi” (Chinese). It is a subtle energy, breathed along with oxygen, etc.
  • Divine Light – The CROWN is the organ that “breathes” light. Allow it to follow the “air-breathing” rhythm. Visualise the light entering your crown and filling your being, if you can. If not, work with the intention that it (and the other levels) are simultaneous to your “air-breathing” rhythm.
  • Unconditional Love – The HEART is the organ that “breathes” love. Feel this energy expand within your heart and fill your entire being. If working with another, sense the love overflowing to support your partner. This level opens, develops and expands the energies of forgiveness, acceptance (of self and of others), gratitude, and unconditional love.
  • Personal Truth – The STOMACH is the organ that “breathes” Truth. Feel this energy expand in your stomach in order to develop personal power, integrity, and excellence. To see in truth – and to be seen for your truth – opens you to your greatest power. When we lie to ourselves and others, we become uncentered and destabilised.
Physical contact  
  • Holding hands with your partner creates a direct connection between bodies, so that they may “speak” to each other on a non-verbal level, conveying and sharing experiences.
  • Physical contact conveys a sense of peace and support, especially in our touch-starved society.

Eye Contact

  • The altered state of consciousness that the breathing elicits with the eyes open creates new perspectives of waking reality.
  • If working solo with a mirror, really see yourself. You may find that your appearance changes during the course of the session. Above all, work with loving and accepting yourself just as you are.
  • Looking into a partner’s eyes is a way of learning to see another on a soul level, and also of allowing oneself to be seen. This creates a space of vulnerability, trust and unconditional love.
  • The eyes being the window of the soul, this technique also allows an experience of the Higher Self, which heightens and elevates the feeling of unconditional love.

Types of Resistance when Breathing with Partners

  • Tetany, or tightness in the hands. This is quite common in breathwork and nothing to be alarmed about. Tightness may occur in the fingers, arms or legs. Often it will dissipate in its own time, so just go with it. If very uncomfortable, slow the breathing tempo, which may help to lessen the effects of tetany.
  • Laughing – this may either be a distraction based in embarrassment or shame, or, otherwise,  a strong release of energy. Laughing relates to issues of self-worth and identity.
  • Crying – a powerful act of letting go of pent up emotions.
  • Fatigue – resistance to change, not having the energy – or, unconsciously, the desire – to go deeper. Tiredness represents challenging the limits of the Ego, and resistance to expanding beyond its consciousness. Continue mindful breathwork, to break through the fatigue barrier, making new growth and perceptions of self possible.
  • Inability to look the partner in the eye (looking down) – represents entering a deep unconscious state, and possibly unwillingness to allow greater intimacy. Encourage your partner to break through, return to conscious breathing and remain present. This may be done by the gentle squeeze or shaking of the hand, which should be discussed before starting the session.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jacques.

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