How many times in a day do I catch myself not breathing…how many times do you? What about now…this very moment? No expert is needed to tell us that we’re holding our breath — individually and collectively.
We know it isn’t good — but do we really…really know why?
A couple of years ago, I came upon an interesting brain training website. This isn’t the entrainment/binaural beats/headphones thing. This is/was the work of a man who left academia to conduct his own experiments without the control matrix. (As an aside, little surprise he was ridiculed until conventional science caught up with his findings).
What was he researching? Behavior. Turns out, he arrived at the amygdala.
Heard of it, but knew virtually nothing about it. You?
The reason for that became crystal clear once all the puzzle pieces fell into place. A very good question to begin with is: Why are we not thoroughly taught, as students anywhere from childhood to university, how the brain functions?
Most of us know 1) the brain has two hemispheres, and each hemisphere controls the opposite side of the body. The generally speaking, left brain controls logic and linear thinking, and the right brain controls creativity and language, amongst other like things. Curiously, for some this is reversed.
I rather doubt most of us know of the Triune Brain Model developed in the 50s by a Dr. Paul D. MacLean at Yale Medical School. It’s an easily understood look at human development. We’re told we evolved from the brain stem — the “reptilian brain” that controls autonomic functions and is the seat of fundamental survival needs for food, shelter, warmth, and reproduction.
From there, we developed the mammalian brain, also known as the limbic system, where emotions reside and separate us, and all mammals, from emotionless reptiles.
Next, so it goes, we developed the neo-cortex. Here resides the higher executive functions of reason and rationale, future thinking and extrapolating outcomes, imagining, creativity…and, intent.
While this overview is a bit lengthy, and I didn’t find anything new in the exercises offered, up to that point, and the remainder of the article are well worth a good read and consideration. I also liked the videos with live links. Quite thought provoking. And, I will say here, for the record, that I am talking about brain function. I’ll link up with the heart later…no worries ;-).
Nestled within the limbic brain are two almond shaped structures, one in each hemisphere, called the amygdala (amygdalae, plural). According to mainstream science, this is the epicenter of emotions and memory. And, while pleasure (as in expanded states) is mentioned ever so briefly, pain and fear are really all that’s emphasized. Here is one brief overview. And, where does pain and fear trip us into?
Back into the reptilian brain!
Why do they call it the reptilian brain?
reptiles are cold blooded and unemotional? Or, are we preassumed to have evolved from them?
Might this have a connection to the genetic engineering done by the archons? Pondering…pondering….
Circling back to the original researcher I mentioned, T.D.A. Lingo, he discovered that the amygdalae could be coaxed into triggering pleasure experienced in the frontal lobes as higher states of consciousness, awakening and awareness, deep peace, expanded problem solving, delight, and more.
But, why don’t we know this? Let’s ask the key question: Who does this serve?
Pressing on, researcher Lingo further discovered that activating the amygdalae to “switch forward” (a visual device pointing toward the frontal lobes vs. “switching back” to the reptilian brain) is quite simple. He taught to imagine the almond shape as a light switch…a standard toggle that turns on and off. A student of his, Neil Slade, teaches Tickle Your Amygdala, and other activities for activation. With practise (and even sometimes on the first attempt), a wonderful sensation floods. Done consistently, as with any practise that builds over time, an actual shift in the frontal lobes occurs making the experience more dominant in everyday life.
Hear that?! What it means is winning the game (or war) that’s being waged to keep us in fear…in the REPTILIAN brain!!! As we gain living predominantly in the frontal lobes, living discernment and through conscious intention, we overcome the reactionary reptilian and mammalian brains!
Now. What does this have to do with breathing?
Shallow breathing keeps one in 1) a heightened state of alert, wearing on our adrenals (cascading into burn out, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance, just to skim the surface); 2) we mouth breathe instead of nose breathing — hello…our noses are our intended, specifically designed breathing apparatus. We switch to mouth breathing in fear, which kicks in the adrenals to produce cortisol that ages us! And, 3) all this combines to deprive our body’s cells of oxygen — including our brain — allowing room for toxins…and nanotech intruders.
So, where do we go from here?
I deeply respect this man’s work, John Douillard, an elite sports trainer and ayurvedic practitioner who expanded into sharing his secrets of getting in the “zone” through nose breathing. Not sure about that? Here is an awesome article that explains more: Unsung Health Benefits of Nose Breathing. And, here is a very short video on a great one minute breathing exercise that is meant to oxygenate the body (please ignore the unfortunate phone # banner). Note: best on a less than half full stomach, as with any breathwork. Notice the direction your abdomen is taking…are you squeezing in as you inhale and pushing out with exhales? Yep…well, that’s backwards. Focus on expanding on the in-breath…breathing all the way to your core, then push in on the out-breath to squeeze out all the CO2.
Did you get a bit light headed? Stay seated, and enjoy the calm for another minute and the fuzziness will dissipate. In time, that won’t even happen. It’s just your brain’s indication that it is oxygen deprived!
One other technique I learned and love is the alternate nostril breathing technique. Very simple, what it does is shift us into the parasympathetic nervous system that calms and soothes, slowing the heartrate. Easy to do, anytime. And, especially helpful in crisis or jolts like horrific world events.
In breathing fully, we calm our frayed nervous system, we allow our adrenals to rest and recuperate, we oxygenate and fill our cells back to health thereby crowding out all the bad stuff, and inviting in natural healing. What we gain is restored vitality and we make it easier to switch on the amygdala for more time spent in the control center of our heart’s intentions. Sound good?
One last puzzle piece.
Have you ever heard of the amygdala and the Magdalene referenced together?
Just as I was finishing re-reading George Kavassilas’ book, Our Universal Journey, quite near the end, he makes quick reference. Needing to understand the connection, and having been on a recent jaunt through the Magdalene journey, what I learned is this: Mary Magdalene is said to have arrived in southern France after the crucifiction. There, and in the British Isles, she continued Christ’s ministry and her own healing work. Remember the biblical story of her anointing his feet before the Last Supper? It is proposed that she knew what we call aromatherapy. You see, the nasal passages are directly linked to the amygdala.
For a scientific diagram, check this out, and scroll to page 3. More on the amygdala on page 7.
And now we know. The fear machine is hardwired into our heads, but connecting the dots changes the game. Oh, yeah.
Mind you, this has to be the longest post I’ve published. I aim to keep them on the shorter side. And, I’ve just covered the highlights, but I do hope you’ve come away with more tools with which to discern on your sovereign journey and disengage the imposition. And, look at that…it was right under our nose. ;-)
Oh…and, there’s always laughing…remember that one?
I’m beginning a 21-day breathing journey with these two techniques above. Join me?
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