God proceeded to blow into his nostrils the ‘Breath of Life’ and the man came to be a living soul.
Man proceeded to blow into his mouth the ‘Breath of Life’ and artificial respiration kept him alive.
Breathing is life. Ki breathing is health and extended life. The oldest form of study known to man was based on animals, such as the elephant, which lived the longest also breathed the slowest. Those breathing more quickly, like the cat, had a shorter life. Man breathes somewhere in between. The conclusion was that by slowing down the breathing rate it was possible to extend the life.
Importance is also stressed on completely filling the lungs with oxygen, thus utilising every air cell. The human body, being a miniature universe, regulates like a clock and has internal rythms in harmony with cosmic rythms. If they are disturbed, illnes may follow.
Modern physics has discovered that everything in the universe is in continual motion and that there is a force behind that motion. It is known as ‘Ki’ Chi, Prana or Mana and the vital force, which is within evrything to a greater or lesser degree.
Breath In and out
One of the best sources of Ki is air. The oxygen we breathe is utilised to the maximum through the practice of the Complete Lung Breath, the Alternate Nostril Breath and other Pranayama exercises.
Prana means energy Yama means to hold. The important factor in Pranayama is to hold the air within, thus allowing the energy to reach every part of the body. This primes up the body full of energy before Practicing ReiKi.
An added bonus of slow breathing is the calmness it brings. The person who breathes calmly and slowly lives longer. The person who breathes quickly dies quickly. Be calm and live long!
N.B. Practise this before the Dr Usui Joshin Technique.