So this is the first official entry on the blog with writings from my personal Grimoire, which I am working on. It will probably be obvious to some that T. Thorn Coyle’s writings have had a strong influence on me in this section…
Inspire means both to breathe in and to fill with Spirit. Air connects us with one another and with all of life around us, it fuels our bodies; awareness and control of breath can work wonders in ourselves and through us in the world around us. Breathing in, taking in oxygen and life energy, air fuels our fire. With breath we can raise power, call Spirit, connect with The Gods, and embrace the Numinous All That Is. Our lives, our actions, all of our works of Spirit, all of our acts of Will, and all Magick begins with a breath.
In Through the Nose,
Out Through the Mouth,
Let Go of your Doubt.
I prefer in through the nose and out through the mouth, but the key is a relaxed and even and steady and conscious rhythm.
On the inhale your throat should be relaxed and you should be as aware of the air flowing down your throat as you are of drinking down cold water. The air is drawn down your throat and into the deepest part of your lungs, towards the pit of your stomach. As you breathe in the air should first push out your belly, and then your rib cage and chest, raising your shoulders as your lungs fill to the brimming.
When you feel the breath pooling or tickling at the base of your throat, you can begin your exhale; breathing out slowly and steadily. Breathing out through your mouth, your throat relaxed and the tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth. Letting your shoulders slowly drop, your chest and rib cage and belly relaxing and contracting in turn.
So from here I am going to discuss Centering and then Meditation…. and I am still playing with the orders of the other items on my list.
I am coming to realize how central and important breath is in the work of Magick and Spirit and of health.
Which is why I am trying to mostly quit smoking. “Mostly”, because I will allow myself the very occasional cigar, but I want to be the one in control… not the nicotine! It is also “mostly” because in similar situations in the past if I have said to myself I am cutting back, it means that if I break down and have a smoke early in the quitting/cutting-way-the-heck-back process I won’t fall over myself with recrimination but will simply return to the abstaining.
I had already quit due to time and money issues once before, then the Break Up happened and I feel … no I dove off that Wagon in an emotional fee-fall. Even though I was able to pull myself out of a tailspin by twisting and curving and aiming my dive into the waters of spirituality and Witchcraft and Faith, rather than those of sensuality and self-destruction, I have been smoking way too much.
5 thoughts on “On Breathing”
I just recently began paying attention to my breathing and the what actually happens with it. I too started doing the in through the nose and out through the mouth and have found that it centers me so well. It’s how I get myself to sleep on sleepless nights and how I calm myself down when I need it. Your post was very enlightening and really great. Thank you.
Also, I wish you continued strength on your journey to stop smoking. It’s a hard hard thing to do! I’ll keep you in my thoughts!!
Thank you very much battylane!
I like the passage that you quoted very much. Which of her works is it from? I haven’t had the chance to read any, although Evoltutionary Witchcraft has been on my Amazon wishlist for sometime!
Gah, *Evolutionary! Darn typing with one hand whilst having a cat on one’s lap!
Thank you for the kind words… Actually the quoted work is my own writing, which I will be putting into my personal Grimoire it was -ironically enough- inspired by both Evolutionary Witchcraft and select passages from Kissing The Limitless. I’d say some influence also came from Pema Chodron’s collection of essays or talks When Things Fall Apart.