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Breathing in light

The breath, or our ability to breathe, is basically the difference between a live and dead body.

‘The breath is life. How we breathe is directly related to how we live. We breathe as much as we want to live.’

It helps, doing all these exercises, to remind yourself that you’re breathing in the light of life, and to remind yourself at each breath how important it is. Our lungs are pear-shaped, with the bulk of our lung volume housed inside the lower ribs.

‘Due to our everyday rushed and stressful lives, we tend to be in the habit of only using the top third – the upper chest. This means that there’s a whole lot of stale air down there not getting oxygenated. Do you ever feel stale?’

All the exercises in this book should be accompanied by this natural, relaxed breath. I do the following exercise with many anxious and stressed patients, with immediate success.

Mark, a brilliant 37-year-old architect, was successful and professionally fulfilled, however he had no time for his family and worried constantly about meeting deadlines and client pressures. Typically, he couldn’t even describe why he felt bad, and just kept saying that he was tired all the time and ‘felt dreadful’. A quick glance told me that most of his discomfort was directly due to bad breathing technique, as what he was doing was exactly the opposite to the way his lungs were meant to work. What he didn’t realize was that the natural pattern of expansion and contraction of the ribcage was vital for wellbeing.

‘The exercise below was very gratifying to teach as within 10 minute Mark, who’d felt simply horrible because of stress, felt 90% better!’

As I explained, there are many physiological reasons why he felt so bad because of the unnatural breathing pattern. When any of us feel anxious or worried about something, the ancient physiological response of ‘run from saber-toothed tiger’ mechanism kicks in. Stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol cause a shallowness and increase in breathing rate, raising pulse and blood pressure. Muscle fibres are shortened and bunched, all ready for a quick sprint of escape, but this wasn’t helping Mark in his meetings with demanding clients.

‘ In Mark’s situation all it led to was back and neck muscle tension, as well as chest muscle contraction causing chest pains which convinced him he was going to have a heart attack.’

In the fight-or-flight stress response, the breathing becomes more rapid and superficial in order to get more oxygen in the short term to those ‘ready to sprint’ muscles. This then alters the electrolyte balance of the body (sodium, potassium and so on) leading to tingling and numbness of hands as well as more muscular tension. Also, the hyperventilation causes a decrease in the lung gas carbon dioxide, a gas which is known to have a calming effect on the brain stem and brain. Talk about a vicious cycle.

‘Like most men, he was happy to comply with my advice on daily exercise, However he wouldn’t have fitted in some lengthy breathing programme.’

Of course aerobic exercise (anything getting one out of breath) is the natural antidote to the fight-or-flight response, as muscle will be stretched and relaxed, blood circulated briskly, flushing out waste products of excess stress hormones.

The solution: I taught Mark how to practice this technique on a regular basis. It’s simple, and we managed to fit just three minutes three times daily into his hectic schedule.

Use this breathing technique throughout all the exercises in this book.  This is the breath of light, and life, so make the intent that each breath is health giving, rejuvenating, and filling you with joy.

Breathing Light

Exercise 1:

Breathing In The Light


Sit upright, in a quiet place, at a time when you feel you have five minutes to yourself. It will help to close the eyes.

Firstly focus on the feeling of air going in and out of the nostrils. Imaging you’re breathing in light itself. Placing one hand on your abdomen, feel it rise and fall as you breathe.

On the out-breath, as air is expelled, your hand should be drawn in, nearer the spine. Sometimes this all seems a bit hard, so in the beginning just focus on the out-breath, and pulling your stomach in, then simply relax on the in-breath, and your stomach area will naturally inflate.

Like a balloon filling with air, your lower lungs (and therefore your abdomen) should expand on the in-breath, so your hand should move away from your spine.

Exercise  2:

Rebalancing Energy With Colour

This is a simple, amazingly powerful exercise to rebalance the body’s energies at the level of its colour frequencies. By bringing all the colours of the EM spectrum into the body, you’ll receive the energy required for balance or healing, on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

To avoid intellectualizing the process and using your mind to work out which colours you might need, I advise using the whole colour spectrum. Each colour must be imagined to be true and clear, like a jewel.


Sit comfortably in a peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed. It’s always best to have an upright spine, so try not to slump.

Practice the breathing technique of Exercise 1, with eyes closed.

Starting at the beginning of the spectrum, imagine the colour Red being beamed down through the crown of your head, absorbed throughout your body. Every cell and strand of DNA is vibrating as it is bathed in red, absorbing its EM frequency.

Breathing Light 3After 20 to 30 seconds, do the same with orange. Take three to five breaths with each colour. Move through orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet.

Because of the nature of our physiology, the breath will carry the EM frequency vibration of specific colours through our lungs, filtering through to the blood and then into every cell and DNA strand. In this way we can truly integrate these frequencies.

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