Prana has been defined by Vivekanada as the Infinite manifesting energy of the Universe, which implies that we are all modifications of power, designed and shaped by Cosmic Intelligence. Life is complex and we all distort the natural life flow with the stress patterns associated with day to day living, and when competing for space and resources, on an increasingly crowded planet.
The ‘Cosmic Wisdom’ that has designed and shaped each one of us is not separate and does not stand back at a distance, it is interwoven into the very fabric of our being; it is just that we have chosen to ignore it and replace it with our own desires and ambitions. Most of the suffering that we experience in life is of our own making. The way to re-fresh and re-align ourselves with the intelligence that has structured the body from the ground up is to practise ‘Healing Prana’.
The breath can be likened to the rhythmic rise and fall of waves on a deep ocean; the waves occurring in time, and with the deep ocean representing eternity. To restore harmony and relationship between Time and Eternity become conscious of each breath and aware of the fathomless Peace and Stillness underlying each breath. This is best achieved through a meditational approach, and letting go all distractions to breath awareness, this includes the counting of breaths and breathe retention. From the stillness that underlies the breath arises the initiative that still’s the breath so that the body can receive the maximum absorption of Prana.
With the conscious breath there is refinement of the breath, with a growing sense that the body is filled with light. It is important with these practices that life is lived beyond reproach, with no inner inconsistencies, as these energies are much finer than the earth bound, and without the pure life can cause neurosis and upset the nervous system. For self-healing adopt the pose of complete relaxation and allow the surface waves of the breath subside until the underlying stillness, sensed as light, illuminates the whole body.
Healing others can prove to be a little more difficult; as each body radiates energy according to its inner disposition and it may take a little time to become perfectly still. Sitting opposite to your partner, cup both of their hands within yours and commence the healing prana breath, endeavouring to keep a sense of detachment, while letting the breath calm to the point where it seems to merge with the underlying stillness. It is within this cosmic stillness that the potential for healing arises as it embraces all, can adjust to all situations without distortion from the world of time.