Breathing is vital component of crystal healing, and knowing how to breathe correctly is the first step towards reaping the rewards that crystal healing and meditation can provide for you. Breathing is very important for tuning in and working with energy, but you must also understand how the body responds and maintain a constant awareness of self.
In the West, we tend not to use our full lung capacity very often, usually using only the upper part of our lungs when we breathe. It is different in the East, where deep breathing is often used in meditation, yoga and the martial arts. The only time we Westerners really use our full lung capacity is when playing wind instruments or singing, other than those of us who learn to breathe deeply for yoga and meditation.
Anatomy of Breathing
It’s good to understand exactly how the anatomy works with regards to breathing. We know that our lungs are underneath the rib cage, and that beneath the rib cage is a large dome-shaped muscle called the diaphragm. It’s the diaphragm that orchestrates our breathing by pulling down and creating a vacuum in the lungs so the lungs then fill with air.
When we use our entire lung capacity, our diaphragms pull down very deeply. You’ll notice with very deep breaths that the abdomen stick out a little, which is because it doesn’t have anywhere else to go due to the pelvic bone directly beneath it. The only place for it to go is outward so as we breathe in our abdomen expands outwards.
It’s a good idea to practice this deep breathing, utilising your full lung capacity so that it becomes easier over time and quite a natural way to breathe. If you are new to this kind of breathing technique, it isn’t difficult but it can be easy to slip back to shallower breaths once you start to focus on other aspects. Once you are breathing correctly and consistently however, you can begin centring yourself.
Begin by breathing those slow, deep and deliberate breaths. Then begin to focus on how your body is responding to the breathing. You’ll feel coolness in your nostrils as there’s natural warmth at the back of your nose so the cooler air comes in and touches it. You should also feel the expansion of your rib cage, your lungs, and the pulling down of your diaphragm.
We actually store a lot of tension in our diaphragms, so by stretching and contracting it with deep breaths we can help release a lot of that tension. Several studies also show that learning to breathe this way can lower blood pressure, amongst many other positive health benefits.
Once you can feel the expansion and contraction of the abdomen, bring your attention very gently to the crown of your head. Don’t think about the Chakras at this moment, as this is not about accessing your Crown Chakra, it’s just about gently touching the crown of your head to focus your attention and awareness upon it. Once focused on your crown, close your eyes and start bringing that awareness slowly down through the body, maintaining the slow, deep breathing all the while.
Allow your awareness to drop gently through behind your eyes, behind your nose and your mouth, down through your throat and down through your upper chest. Keep focused on that point of awareness as it continues to travel further down through your heart, the solar plexus, and down past your stomach, eventually coming to rest an inch or two below the naval. This point just below the naval is known as the Second or Naval Chakra, also known as the Sacral Centre and the Dantian (or Dan Tien) in Martial Arts.
Benefits of Centring
As you bring your attention slowly down through your body to this point, have awareness of the heat, the warmth and the dynamic energy that is in that area. Also notice the weight of your physical body pushing down against the cushion, chair or sofa where you are seated. This is centring, or bringing yourself into your centre, and once you’re there you can start from this place to go to many, many other places. It is the beginning of meditation, the beginning of scanning, and the beginning of using your intuition.
Centring yourself like this means you are starting from within yourself and blocking out the white noise. You are within, rather than spread out or diffused, which means the information you receive is much, much clearer and you’re in a much more grounded place to work with it.