The Healing Potential of Selenite

The Healing Potential of Selenite

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Exploring the Healing Potential of Selenite in Energy Healing

In the realm of energy healing, using crystals and gemstones has been a common practice for thousands of years. Selenite, a radiant and ethereal crystal, is one of the most widely used healing stones because of its range of healing properties. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of this powerful energy healing tool and learn about its potential to support healing on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

What is Selenite?

Selenite, a form of gypsum crystal, derives its name from the Greek word “selēnitēs,” meaning “moonstone” or “moon rock.” This mineral is renowned for its striking appearance, characterized by its translucent white color and delicate, fibrous structure. With origins deeply rooted in ancient civilizations, selenite has been revered for its association with the moon and its metaphysical properties.

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My personal experience

I have been aware of the clearing, purifying properties of selenite for years thanks to my husband who attaches chipped selenite on the walls in our house to clear negative energies from the rooms.

But I started to appreciate its power properly only after I was enquiring on behalf of a client how to help her with her migraines. Several of my colleagues, including advanced Eden Method practitioners, have recommended placing selenite on the painful areas.

My client bought two palm stones and whenever she could feel her migraine kicking in, she held them on the most painful areas for several minutes.

After about a week I got a happy email from her, describing how effective the selenite palm stones were for relieving her strong headaches.

Another client suffered from lower back pains, and she, too, reported a noticeable pain relief after tying selenite palmstones over her lower back.

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A selenite palm stone

Selenite in the hands of renowned energy healers

Donna Eden, a prominent figure in the field of energy medicine, incorporates selenite into her healing protocols to support emotional wellbeing and balance.

So is her daughter, Titanya Dahlin, whom I’ve been lucky to meet in person during my 3rd year of Eden Method training.

In the following video, Titanya shares how selenite helped emotionally as well as physically; she experienced relief from heartache as well as lower back pain.

You can find out more about Titanya from her website, https://energymedicinewoman.com

The Healing Properties of Selenite 

Selenite is often utilized in energy healing practices for its ability to cleanse and purify the energetic body, and can often contribute to pain relief by freeing stagnant energy.

By placing selenite on specific energy centers or meridian points, practitioners can enhance the effectiveness of their treatments and facilitate energetic alignment and balance.

This crystal is also believed to promote emotional stability, soothe feelings of anxiety or stress, and foster a sense of inner peace and tranquillity. I like having my selenite near me during my meditation practice.

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Selenite cleansing sticks

How to Incorporate Selenite into Your Energy Healing Practice

Pain relief

Place a selenite palm stone or a wand on the area of pain.

Massaging Neurolymphatic points

Use either the rounded end of the selenite wand to stimulate your Neurolymphatic points, to help your lymph flow and carry away toxins from your body.

Stimulating acupressure points

Use either the rounded or the pointed end of the selenite wand to stimulate an acupressure point. This will activate the flow of ‘chi’ – the healing energy in your body, and target specific organs or symptoms (according to your choice of an acupressure point. I highly recommend a mobile app called Points for that.)

Aura Cleansing and Balancing:

Use a selenite wand or crystal to gently sweep through the auric field, clearing away energetic debris and restoring balance and harmony to the subtle energy body.

Meditation and Contemplation

Incorporate selenite into your meditation practice by holding a piece of the crystal in your hand or placing it nearby. Hold the intention that the crystal’s serene energy will accompany you on your spiritual journey and keep you anchored in the wonder of the present moment.

Where to Get Your Selenite

Selenite, with its gentle yet powerful energy, deserves to be a part of every energy healing practitioner’s kit.

There are many physical and online stores where you can get your selenite. I get my selenite from an online crystal store called Psychic Tree.

The following products – and many more – are available from the Psychic Tree store

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Along with these beautiful selenite gifts, I particularly recommend visiting their amazing crystal collection.

Share Your Own Experience

Let me know in the comments below about your own experience with selenite. Do you primarily use it for space clearing? Or have you experimented with placing it on your heart during times of heartache, or has is diminished your physical pain? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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WELCOME TO ORSON’S PAGE !

On this page, you will find a selection of photos and videos featuring our special friend Orson. He is a working-line German Shepherd who came to live with us in November 2020. Update – Orson now has his own Instagram page – @orson_2020

Here you’ll see Orson as a tiny puppy, including photos of him in the actual advert when he was just a few days old, and when I came to view him at 6 weeks of age.

The following video captures Orson’s first moments at his new home, after a 7 hours’ drive. He was cheerful and curious about everything, probably relieved the endless drive was over! 

Here’s Orson enjoying his 3rd day home. One of his ears has just gone up! 

This is a collage of photos from that irresistible and often hilarious phase between two and three months of age. They grow so incredibly fast, so I am glad I captured some of the moments. 

Orson’s frolickings in a dog agility tunnel. 

This video is a result of me giving in to an over-enthusiastic puppy who insisted on joining in every time I rolled out the yoga mat..! 😉

Orson’s foraging in the wild – from his perspective. Watch out for the ominous end..!

Orson’s first attempt at swimming! Just a few days before his first birthday.

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Look what’s happened in the meadow…

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Note: I train Orson with Adolescent Dogs Online Training Academy, both online and live, and I can highly recommend this training platform to any dog owner, regardless of the dog’s age. If you have any questions, just scroll down the page to the comment form and I’ll get back to you soon. 

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The Best of Eckhart Tolle

The Best of Eckhart Tolle

This page is dedicated to the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. I have selected my favourite sections from his talks and writings. I hope you will find them as helpful, and often deeply transformational, as I have.

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Quotes by Eckhart Tolle

Here is a selection of my favourite quotes by Eckhart. This also included several longer passages from The Power of Now. 

~ Offer no resistance to the present moment.

 

~ When you accept what is, every moment is the best. That is enlightenment.

 

~ Allow what is and see what happens.

 

~ To complain is always a non-acceptance of what is.

 

~ Wherever you are, be there totally.

 

~ Everything is honoured, but nothing matters.

 

~ All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

 

~ Don’t demand that situations, conditions, places, or people should make you happy, and then you won’t suffer when they don’t live up to your expectations. 

 

On a deeper level you are already complete, and when you realize that, there will be  playful, joyous energy behind what you do. You will no longer pursue your goals with grim determination, driven by fear, anger, discontent, or the need to become someone. Nor will you remain inactive through fear of failure.

 

~ Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action – just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come on its own accord (Eckhart’s paraphrase of Karma Yoga from Bhagavad Gita).

 

“One day I’ll make it”. Is your goal taking up so much of your attention that you reduce the present moment to a means to an end? Is it taking the joy out of your doing? Are you waiting to start living? If you develop such a mind pattern, no matter what you achieve or get, the present will never be good enough; the future will always seem better. A perfect recipe for permanent dissatisfaction and nonfulfillment, don’t you agree?

 

 

The Best of Eckhart’s Talks

My favourite passages from Eckhart’s talks in audio/video format. I love his wisdom and sense of humour!

The Power of Being Present

Eckhart Tolle – with his adorable sense of humour – describes how our attention is consumed by compulsive thinking and what this does to our state of consciousness. (Love the part about social media..!) He then explains how to get back from being identified with the voice in our head and our personal story to the present moment – the state of alert awareness, which is profoundly liberating.

Dealing with Difficult People

Eckhart’s perspective on challenging individuals in our lives.

Share Your Thoughts

I’d love to hear your opinion about Eckhart’s Teachings. Just scroll down to the comment section further down, I look forward to reading your views. Also, do check out some of the best works of Eckhart Tolle in the section below.

Enlightened Relationships - Eckhart Tolle
Great Western classics - Eckhart Tolle
The joy of being - Eckhart Tolle
Becoming a teacher of presence - Eckhart Tolle
Transmuting suffering into peace - Eckhart Tolle
Bringing stillness into everyday life - Eckhart Tolle

For even more titles by Eckhart Tolle, including audiobooks and DVDs with his talks and meditations, visit his page on Sounds True, his publisher’s site.

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The following lines are selected entries from my Energy Medicine Journal, where I describe my experience with energy work. It’s nice to remember all those rewarding moments when I was able to help someone by applying various healing techniques. I hope you will find it useful as well.

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Relieving a Cramp – Quickly!

I was woken up by a strong pain in my left foot – on the inside part. I could feel the muscles tightening and it was getting more and more painful. Then I suddenly remembered to use the Spindle Cells mechanism in the muscle.

I started lightly pinching the belly of the muscle, (in the direction of the muscle fibres) bringing the Spindle Cells closer together. This is supposed to send a signal to the brain, saying to the brain ‘This muscle is too tight! Please release it!’ And lo and behold; after just a few pinches, the pain has started to subside. The muscle was fully relaxed and pain-free in less than 10 seconds.

Easing Pain at the Side of the Neck

My husband complained about pain at the side of his neck. I checked the Eden Method diagram which shows the relationship of muscles and meridians, and found out that the muscle in the painful area is connected with the Kidney meridian. I sedated the Kidney meridian. I also used an additional technique called pain dispersing, for which I used a wooden brush and tapped the painful area.

To find how to sedate the Kidney meridian, visit my posts The Kidney Meridian, and  Acupressure Strengthening and Sedating Points. For pain dispersing and other useful pain-relief techniques, check my post 6 Non-Invasive Pain Rellief Techniques. 

A Surprisingly Fast Relief from Hay Fever

I was suffering from hayfever symptoms and decided to use some acupressure points to help me relieve the sneezing and all the other allergy symptoms. I was pressing and massaging an acupuncture point on my instep, (called Liver 3 – see the picture below) and after about a minute of doing so, the tingling in my nose, as well as the sneezing, suddenly stopped. My eyes stopped itching as well.

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Liver 3

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Relief from Stomach Pain

I love good food, and sometimes I don’t know when to stop! That was the case one evening, when I had my third (!) helping of my husband’s delicious vegan risotto. And after that, a big handful of brazil nuts and several cacao truffles (which I can’t stop making as they are so addictive! You can check the recipe here..;) 

Anyway, enough about gluttony, and back to energy medicine. So that evening I went to bed feeling really heavy and with a belly ache, which was not surprising.  I decided to use acupressure to help me relieve the pain, and held Stomach sedating points. After 3 or 4 minutes, the heaviness and discomfort have eased from 9/10 to about 3/10. It was a fast and noticeable shift in the way I felt. I do recommend having this technique at hand when you get yourself in a similar situation! 

You can find the Stomach sedating technique here: Acupressure Strengthening and Sedating Points.

Relief from Menstrual Pain

One of my friends was suffering from menstrual pain, which involved lower back pain and pain in the groin area. She said she would normally use a painkiller, but didn’t have any with her. I decided to use specific acupressure points to calm (sedate) two meridians: Kidney and Liver. For the lower back pain, I sedated the Kidney meridian, and for the groin pain, I sedated the Liver meridian.

You can find the techniques here: Acupressure Strengthening and Sedating Points.

After sedating both meridians, which altogether took about 12 minutes, my friend’s face lit. She looked at me with slight disbelief, smiling, and said that the pain had subsided from intense to barely noticeable.

The Daily Energy Routine

Some of the energy medicine techniques that I use daily have been compiled into a set of simple exercises called the Daily Energy Routine. You can easily incorporate it into your day, and it will reward you with more energy, improved focus, better mood, and an increasingly stronger immune system.

I am happy to say that thanks to opractising this routine daily, I have been free from colds for more than four years now!

To learn the complete Daily Energy Routine, you can follow this lovely video by Eva Gold, an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner and Faculty Member of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program in the U.S.

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Donna Eden, the founder of Eden Method (an alternative healing modality thate merges ancient and modern healing techniques)  for giving us the Daily Energy Routiine. The Daily Energy Routine is a crucial component of her method and it has helped thousands who practice it daily to keep their health in balance.

Also, my big thanks go to Miridia Acupuncture Technology for developing the highly useful Points app.

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I hope that you have enjoyed this post. Please feel free to share it with anyone you know that may find it helpful. And, if you’d like to share your experience or ask a question, just leave a comment further down this article. Be well!

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Your Health in Balance: Donna Eden and Energy Medicine

Your Health in Balance: Donna Eden and Energy Medicine

Donna Eden Method

The increasingly popular discipline in the field of healthcare, Energy Medicine, is based on the fact that our bodies are composed of a large grid of energies. Although it is a platform that exists beyond the world of tangibility, its manifestations are clearer than daylight. When we switch on a lamp, we trigger the flow of electricity in order to create light; when we feel physical pain, we usually view the unpleasant sensation as a combination of inner forces, either bio-chemical or electromagnetic reactions, but most of us are not aware that we own a similar ‘switch’ that can influence those inner forces.

This symbolical switch represents a number of aspects or physical tools: For instance, our own hands that can influence the flow of our energies through their own electromagnetic fields. Similarly, our thoughts and intentions can alter the chemistry in our brain, and often trigger the healing process. The placebo effect is a good example of this.

Donna Eden

While already aware and fascinated by the science of Energy Medicine, when I got to know the internationally acclaimed Energy Medicine practitioner Donna Eden, it felt as if a treasure-box of knowledge had opened for me. I have learned about countless techniques that one can use to mobilise health-enhancing inner energies, strengthen one’s immunity, and empower your mind by being able to control it better.

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Donna and David with the founder of Mindvalley Vishen Lakhiani

Donna Eden has been teaching people to understand the amazing energy system of the body for many years. She does this with incredible passion, because through using these techniques, she managed to heal herself from Multiple Sclerosis. She was told by several doctors that she would not live long (this was in her twenties) and she was advised to ‘put her affairs in order’.

Interestingly enough, when her doctor presented her with this death sentence, she didn’t give in to despair (especially because she had two young daughters!) but instead came to the following conclusion – ‘Well, if the doctors can’t heal me, I’ll have to do it..!’

And she did.

Using her own energies, which she can see (she was born with this ability), it took her about a year to recover from Multiple Sclerosis and a number of other health challenges, including asthma and some serious allergies.

Donna Eden demonstrating an energy testing technique

Empowering Others

After this incredible self-healing experience, Donna embarked on a life-mission to help others to take their health into their own hands.

Although she can see energies, (including systems mapped in ancient times such as meridians and chakras) she insist that everyone can learn energy healing, and empowers others with simple but powerful techniques that don’t require any clairvoyant ability at all.

Donna has been teaching Energy Medicine for over forty years, and many of Donna’s students are physicians, nurses, and other mainstream health professionals. She has been a consultant or guest speaker in numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations.

As a practitioner, she has worked in both traditional and alternative health-care settings. She has been travelling to countless countries to share her message and features in many online courses, including courses on the legendary platform Mindvalley. 

I feel immensely grateful to have met Donna personally. She is one of the most radiant beings I’ve ever met.

Donna and Lucie in spring 2019, Dorking, UK 

Donna has also written several books, one of which, co-written with the clinical psychologist David Feinstein, is the all-time classic in the vibrational medicine field, Energy Medicine – Balancing Your Body’s Energy for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality.

In her book, Donna Eden explores the theory that our organisms and their functions are based on the flow of invisible, yet measurable energies, which affect the way we feel and think. If we recognise this, we are on a good path towards maintaining and even improving our energy levels, our health, and overall wellbeing.

Your Body’s Self-healing Power in Your Hands

It is exciting and empowering to discover that the chief practitioner of Energy Medicine is the one who inhabits the body cared for – i.e. you. If you use principles of this blend of ancient Chinese medicine, kinesiology, and acupressure, you will be able to influence your own body’s inherent capabilities to heal itself, prevent illness, and gain a new zest for life.

While Energy Medicine doesn’t diagnose or cure illness in the traditional Western medicine way, it works with subtle energies of the body, which can strengthen our immunity, prevent illness and on many occasions, cause a natural healing process.

Managing Seemingly Uncontrollable Forces

With applied Energy Medicine, you can master the art of acquiring new stamina, vitality and clarity of thinking. You’ll be able to minimise the harmful effects of stress and anxiety, and, on top of that, control your moods. Managing our states of mind is one of the most important tools in life that one can ever hold, and you be amazed how quickly it is possible to get on top of the seemingly uncontrollable force that often dictates our states and can bring us well down, sometimes to a point of self-destructive thoughts or acts.

What’s more, you can soon use what you have learned to improve the wellbeing of other people, which rewards you with a sense of purpose and meaning. To personally grow and contribute is one of the main human needs in the spiritual field, and what can be more meaningful that contributing by helping someone feel better or even regain health?

Learning the Language of our Energies

When we learn about Energy Medicine, we are in fact learning something that our unfathomably intelligent body already understands. It is comparable to learning a new language – in this case, the language of energy. Our lifestyle, due to our drastically changing industrialised environment, has become considerably alienated from the natural rhythm of nature, so in order to stay healthy and balanced, it is twice as much important to live in conscious harmony with one’s own energy systems.

Our bodies have been evolving over millions of years, so from this perspective it is only a fraction of time we have lived in the high technology-driven world we know today. It is quite a task for our bodies, designed to live in the wilderness, to adjust to such a rapid change.

Having said that, our energy system is extremely intelligent and adaptable. Every second, every heartbeat, it manages millions of biochemical processes in our body, most of which we don’t have a clue. We take for granted that we are breathing, digesting and metabolising, that our heart beats, that our eyes blink. Our mind is – fortunately! – not required to understand, let alone manage this incredible, mysteriously interwoven process of the functions of our body that keeps us alive.

On High Alert 24/7

However, it is obvious our bodies are trying hard to adapt to the environment we did not evolve for. While our immune system protects us from a large number of invisible invaders, it often struggles with tacking unnatural particles, such as artificial chemicals in processed foods, exhaust fumes pollution, or men-made electromagnetic radiation. Our immune system is thus on continuous high alert, with hardly getting a break. This, of course, drains our energy and makes us prone to illnesses such as cancer, mental disorders or depression much more than in our distant past.

Our modern lifestyle also means that due to stress we are often on a verge of ‘fight-or-flight’ response, an age-old instinct, which we don’t utilise enough (e.g. due to lack of predators we have to flee from), and therefore we’re almost constantly in a kind of heightened state which we don’t know how to release properly.

Fleeing the Beasts of the Modern Times

This natural, life-saving response of the body is, of course, brilliant, however, it was not designed for modern-day stress management, therefore our body’s energy intelligence is dealing with a tough task indeed; when our computer crashes or when we have a family row, our body still uses the same mighty techniques for fleeing a prehistorical beast.

That means that we symbolically flee those beasts daily, and this puts our body, which thinks we need to save our lives instead of just reboot a laptop, under a massive, unnecessary strain. This then inevitably results in a weakened immune system and being prone to illnesses.

‘Software Update’

It is clear that to a large extent we are out of resonance with our current environment. If we want to keep healthy and feeling great, we have to become more aware of our own body’s energy systems, and actively take part in the evolution of our energy patterns. This is a perfect opportunity to involve our intellect – yes, we can help our already breathtakingly intelligent bodies become healthier and more harmonious. In a way, it is like updating our body energy software, which will function better in the modern world. 

The Daily Energy Routine

Updating our body energy software may sound a bit far-fetched, yet there are very simple techniques that each of us can do and contribute to this process. Several of these techniques have been compiled by Donna Eden in her Daily Energy Routine, which is a set of exercises that she carefully selected after many years’ observation of their high effectiveness. 

It is one of the best gifts you could give to your body, and if you incorporate it into your daily routine, it will reward you with increased energy levels, more vitality, mental clarity, and stronger immune system. I have been practising this routine daily and I haven’t had a cold for more than two years.

More Immunity-boosting Tips

In the following video, Donna and David offer advice about keeping your immunity strong especially during major viral outbreaks. Donna demonstrates a number of immunity-boosting tips you can do ‘on the go’.

Share Your Thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will benefit from all the health tips by Donna Eden. Feel free to share them with others, and leave a comment below if you have any questions, or would like to share your experience with energy medicine or any other form of holistic healing. To your great health!

Learn More About Energy Medicine:

  • Energy Healing Summit  featuring Donna Eden, Caroline Myss, Dr. Judith Orloff, Cyndi Dale, Dr. Gary Schwartz, and many more.

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Breathing with Wim Hof

Breathing with Wim Hof

The fact that breathing practices can lead to self-healing and improved quality of life is no longer a secret. However, not many of us take advantage of our self-healing abilities, mostly because we simply don’t know what techniques to practice to experience tangible benefits.

If you would like to experience the power of breathing practices, I highly recommend practising breathing with Wim Hoff, the world-renowned legend known as ‘The Iceman’.

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The Incredible Wim Hof

Having become an icon for his astounding achievements and withstanding extreme temperatures, Wim has broken over 20 world records, including running a marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, and standing in a box filled with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.

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The Wim Hof Method

Yet his most remarkable achievement is the creation of the Wim Hof method – a science-backed method that focuses on three aspects: Cold, breathing and mindset. The method has helped thousands of people to transform their lives by accessing the deepest parts of their brains and master mind over matter.

People who have followed his method have reported multiple benefits, such as more energy, improved health due to stronger immune system, better emotional resilience and increased happiness, less stress and anxiety, better sleep, improved focus, and feeling more in control of their lives.

The Iceman’s Mission

Wim Hof’s mission is to show us that his achievements are not superhuman, but that all of us have the ability to achieve the seemingly impossible through strengthening our immune systems and diminishing our stress levels through his powerful method that anyone can use to improve health and performance – and often see real results within just a few days.

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The Benefits Of Breathwork

In this post, we will focus on the aspect of breathing, and breathe along with Wim Hof’s instructional video. Breath is a very powerful connection between the body and the mind. Apart from eye blinking, it is the only function in our body that we can do either completely voluntarily, consciously (e.g. slow it down, deep in, hold it etc.), and completely involuntarily, unconsciously.

We can use our body to produce rhythms of breathing that induce similar rhythms in the involuntary nervous system.

Breathing can be seen as the only bridge through which we can access our involuntary nervous system and influence its function.

Breathwork Can Prevent or Heal Symptoms of Chronic Stress

An enormous number of illnesses are rooted in over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system governs the fight or flight response, and if we stay stressed for long periods, our body stays in a long-term fight or flight response, which causes damage to the body.

Long-term, chronic stress can result in mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorders. It can also lead to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, or stroke. Another one of the bad effects of long-term stress is that the body becomes too acidic, which is the ideal environment for cancer cells.

The good news is that breathwork is a natural, cost-free way of preventing these symptoms, or sometimes even – if you are ill already – getting to the root of the disease processes and changing them.

Slowing and Deepening Our Breathing

One of the most important goals of breathtwork is to make your breathing deeper, slower, quieter and more regular.

We should become aware of our breathing, and try to move it in a direction of becoming deeper and slower.

Because by doing that, we’ll be inducing the rhythms of our involuntary nervous system, which will positively affect your heart, blood vessels, digestive system, skin, and much more.

There is also a close correlation between how you breathe and your emotional state. If you observe people who are angry, upset, afraid, or nervous, you’ll notice that their breathing is irregular, shallow, noisy, rapid et al. You cannot be in a calm emotional state while breathing in a rapid, interrupted noisy way.

Conversely, it’s hard to be angry, upset, or anxious while breathing in a deep, slow, quiet way. So, breathing is a powerful tool that you can use to regulate your emotions. This can work for severe kinds of anxiety.

When you discover that through regulation of breath you can regulate moods, prevent anxiety attacks, you will feel empowered and reassured that ultimately, you are in control of your emotional states, and you can regulate your health to a great extent.

Breathing Can Change your Chemistry

To back his breathing technique, Wim explains that oxidative stress comes through shallow breathing and through all the external pressure in our lives. This deregulates our chemistry.

But breathing techniques can regulate your chemistry in a positive way. Your breathing will make contact with your immune system and with your nervous system on a very deep level, and strengthen both.

It will also make your body more alkaline – the opposite of acidic, which is the best prevention against cancer.

Adrenaline in Small Amounts Can be Beneficial

Furthermore, this type of conscious breathing will release adrenaline (also known as epinephrine. People with anaphylactic shock – a strong allergic reaction are treated with a tool called EpiPen, which is named after epinephrine.)

Adrenaline is often associated with stress, and, as already mentioned, chronic stress is harmful to your body. However, when released in small doses, and only temporarily, adrenaline can actually benefit your health by boosting your immune system. Just as adrenaline prepares your body for a fight or flight response, it also boosts your ability to fight off infections, which is the fact that Wim Hof utilises in his breathing method.

What’s more, small doses of adrenaline increase the number of antioxidants in your system, which fight off free radicals that cause aging and tissue damage. Thus, breathwork can also contribute to healthier, younger-looking skin!

Wim Hof

Wim Hof’s Breathing Technique – an Overview

Wim says that if you do three rounds of the following exercise every morning, you will become the master of your chemistry.

However, it is extremely important to note that the following breathing exercises can have a very strong effect and should be only done when in a completely relaxed state, e.g. lying down on a sofa, a bed, or a matt. They should never be done when you’re in the car or a swimming pool, because the heavy breathing may make you feel faint or even lose consciousness for a few seconds.

There are three breathing cycles. Each cycle is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Strongly inhale and lightly exhale 30 times.

Part 2: Hold your breath (after an exhalation) for 1 minute or longer

Part 3: Inhale and hold your breath for 15 seconds

This exercise should be ideally done in the morning, and always on an empty stomach.

Wim Hof’s Breathing Practice Step by Step

Here is Wim Hof’s breathing technique in more detail:

ROUND 1

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

When you inhale, you should first inhale into your belly and then into your chest. After that imagine the breath reaching your head.

Breathe fully in, then breathe out with ease. The in-breath should be quite intense – fully in – but the out-breath shouldn’t be forced; don’t try to push all the air out of your lungs. You should just let go with ease.

Wim Hof Method
Wim Hof method

Do this 30 times. (Sitting or lying down, because the breathing may make you feel quite light-headed.) You may also feel tingling.

While you are breathing, you can visualize your breath like a wave reaching the shore. On the in-breath, it reaches the shore with intensity, while on the out-breath it peacefully recedes.

Part 2 – Stop Breathing (After the Exhalation) for 1 Minute

This may seem impossible. It certainly seemed impossible to me at first. However, after about 3 or 4 days I managed to hold my breath for a full minute.

The Wim Hof method

Through the ‘conscious stress’ of being without air for one minute or longer, we are activating the immune system. This is due to the sudden release of adrenalin, which, in this case, is beneficial for our body.

Part 3 – Inhale and Hold Your Breath for 15 Seconds

After staying without breath for one minute, take your well-deserved in-breath, and then hold it for 15 seconds.

You have just completed one cycle (or one round) of Wim Hof’s breathing technique. Now, do two more cycles.

ROUND 2

The second round is the same as the first one, apart from part 2 – the duration of the breath pause after the exhale: Instead of one minute, you’ll stop breathing for 1,5 minutes.

You may think it’s impossible to be without your breath for that long, but you may hold your breath for longer, thanks to your body being relaxed and more oxygen entering your body. And, with more oxygen in your body, your body chemistry will become more alkaline and less acidic.

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

Part 2: Stop breathing (after the exhalation) for 1, 5 minute

Part 3: Inhale and hold the breath for 15 seconds

ROUND 3

The third round is the same as Round 2.

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

Part 2:  Stop breathing (after the exhalation) for 1,5 minute.

Part 3: Inhale and hold the breath for 15 seconds.

Wim Hof says that after round three you will ‘get high on your own supply’ and might want to do an extra round!

A Simple Recap of Wim Hof’s Breathing Technique:

  • Breathe in fully / Breathe out lightly (30 times)
  • One minute without breathing after the exhalation
  • Take a deep recovery breath, and hold for 15 seconds
  • Repeat this cycle twice more. After 30 breaths, try to increase the time with no breath in your lungs to 1,5 minutes.

Wim Hof’s Video of the Technique

Here is Wim Hof’s video to guide you through each stage, so you can practice the powerful breathing technique with him. If you are practicing this in the morning (which is recommended), it should power you up for the rest of your day! Enjoy!

Reminder: Do the breathwork only when you can fully relax, and on an empty stomach.

Wim Hof Live

Wim Hof has taught his breathing technique to many, including Russel Brandt, as you can see in the following video:

Learn More from Wim Hof

You can learn much more about Wim Hof’s method from his book The Wim Hof Method. available in several formats – as a book or an eBook, an audio download, or a CD. Visit the section Inspirational Books and Audio for more information.

The Wim Hof method audio download

Share Your Thoughts

I’d love to hear about your take on Wim Hoff’s method. Have you tried it, and if so, with what results? Let me know in the comment below and I’ll look forward to getting back to you.

BY LUCIE DUN

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