Pranic Assimilation is a form of Spirit Eating and when practised can be energising and life enhancing. All matter is a modification of power and its spirit is reflected in the manner of its presentation. Some beings exhibit more spirit than others; some Rajistic (fiery and active), others Tamasic (dull and inertic) and some Sattvic (balanced and wholesome). Our preference for the types of food that we eat is often a reflection of our own nature. The practising Yogi will often choose foods that will help to transform his nature from the lowest to the highest, with a preference for food which is fuelled, as close as possible, to natural sunlight, such as the fruits of the trees.
The life-force, of which we are all a part, is a conscious living reality, and it is consciousness that crystallises into the manifesting forms that we see around us, and the more beautiful the form the more refined is the level of awareness.
Prana is the infinite manifesting energy of the universe to which the heart beat and breath respond, and can be the means of re-attunement to higher levels of spiritual consciousness by means of meditative pranayama. At its most subtle the breath becomes a vehicle for consciousness, unifying the empirical and subtle worlds. The intelligence that guides the breath is not confined to text books as it is integral with life itself and when not restricted by mental impositions, guides the inflowing, out flowing, and retention in the most efficient way possible.
Meditative breathing should be heartfelt and unfold naturally with no adverse affects to the nervous system. It is soothing and healing and when in the best traditions of sankyha, unites prakriti and purusha, the material and the spiritual, in the harmony and union that is yoga.