Morning Ritual Challenge
Do you wanna learn how to get high on your own supply? What if you didn't need drugs to feel your ego dissolve and reconnect with our higher self?
This practice can help us do exactly that!
Dr. Stanislav (Stan) Grof worked with LSD for many years as a therapeutic tool back in the 1960s and found that the “non-ordinary states of consciousness” that his patients were able to access during these experiences had a tremendous healing power. When LSD was banned, he believed that since these healing states could be accessed with a substance, that the receptors for that type of experience existed in our brains so there should be a way to access the same states without the LSD.
He developed a one day workshop modality that allowed participants to access these incredibly healing non-ordinary states through the use of breath and music. He called this modality “Holotropic Breatwork”
Holotropic Breathing Technique
Before we get into the technique, let it be known that Holotropic breathwork is not recommended for people who are prone to panic attacks, have a history of psychosis, or those who suffer from the following medical conditions:
High or low blood pressure
That said here’s how it works:
1) Full deep breaths – make each breath full and deep, breathing into the “bottom” of your lungs so that when you breathe in, your belly should move out a bit (i.e. “diaphragm breathing”).
2) Continuous, “circular” breathing – the breathing in such a way where there is no gaps in the breath..i.e. not holding your breath at any point. When your lungs are almost full, you turn the breath around and start exhaling. When your lungs are empty, you immediately turn the breath around and start inhaling. This creates a breath pattern whereby you are always breathing in or breathing out, creating a circle of breath.
3) Faster than normal – You also want to breathe a bit faster than you normally would. However, you do not want to breathe so fast that you create tension in your body…your body, and especially your lungs, should be relaxed, without straining, so that the breath can be maintained for a long period of time without tiring yourself out.
4) Mouth vs Nose Breathing – It is easier to move air quickly through the mouth and mouth breathing tends to be more supportive of emotional release so most people find that breathing in and out through the mouth supports their process better than nose breathing. However, some people find that mouth breathing is uncomfortable for them in which case nose breathing is fine also.