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After waiting a lifetime for a vehicle of expression…

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Since I began following and orchestrating the structure of planetary frequencies as they directly relate with the human body, we have found that sound waves which mirror the pure vibration of blocked or burdened centers within the meridian system,create the same sloughing effect that earths fauna have mastered to accelerate healing. 
So, what makes one facilitator more highly sought after than another?
Are there not enough individuals seeking internal knowledge and practices that accelerate and elongate periods of joy and wellbeing?
Is the popularity of sound healing a passing phase or might there be more to explore with the agreement that we are vibrational, energy based beings?
Within the animal kingdom, certain levels of injury can be literally “shaken” off and increased findings around conscious movement and spiral dynamics continue to prove to support the release of wounding and trauma through frequency and oscillation.
At the close of countless gatherings, there remains requests for “the play list” or copies of the files created of the soundscapes utilized as a base foundation for our pranayama work.
Many believe that they too can download and replay what has been created to utilize in self-work or to share with others during their classes. There is an element of truth to this and there is also misconception.
First and most important to understand is that nothing created or borrowed from another artist can be sold or traded without their permission. It lacks great integrity and character to sell someone else’s art as our own and its illegal.
After many years of requests for the “Sound Experience”, we made our second compilation appropriately titled “Just Ask” which was a tongue in cheek reference to how long it took us to give people what they were asking for which was for the most part improvised.
I had not yet developed the confidence to get serious about recording. I always just sang whatever came through without knowing what, where or why it did. I didn’t think much of it until I really started to get out of my own way and began focusing on service to others. It was created for my soul, my son, all of my relations that haven’t had the opportunity or chance to and for those who suffer or are silenced in anyway.  To me, it became the frequency of love and reassurance, a gateway to limitless possibilities and emotional intelligence.
The time has come again to share, as we are always patiently waiting to respond to that which is being requested. Due to the amount of interest that has been generated, we are offering a one time online workshop which features the process and frequency scale followed to Orchestrate Soundscape in “The Breath Centers” Breath work offerings.
In this course you will learn…
  • The Laws of Frequencies
  • How Vibration Effects Healing in the Body, Mind, & Spirit
  • Inario & Icaro’s
  • GarageBand Introduction
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Insight and music available by Michael Brian Baker of The Breath Center
  • Utilizing Sound for Healing Practices, Self Discovery, & Personal Realization
  • How to create your Unique Healing Soundtrack
Get the playlist, learn the medicine songs, music editing introduction, vocal empowerment, and dive deeper into the laws & implementation of sound frequencies.
An experimental exploration into the weaving of personal soundscape – a Sound Healer’s Training.

Sunday March 4th 2018

12pm-5pm PST

No Experience Required

Online Class streamed Live from California

Sign Up Here: thebreathcenter.com/gatherings/soundtraining

 

Early Bird! Sign Up Before Feb 25th and receive 150$ off of Admission

or

150$ off for those who have completed a Training Introduction (Heart Based Awakenings, Pranic Initiation or Integration) or Level 1 Training with Michael Brian Baker. 

Payment Plans available. Please send questions to jacquesaudri@gmail.com

Much will be revealed. See you then.
Love, Michael
“Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” -Dr. Mitchell Gaynor
“Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing.” – Hazard Inayat Khan
“Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific energy formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming form an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing.” – Layne Redmond
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla
“Although all illnesses were imprinted during the gestation cycle, they can be healed through directly raising the frequency of your DNA.”
– Richard Rudd
“Sound therapy is one of the prototypical vibrational healing modalities. Sound produces measurable vibratory feelings throughout the body, depending upon the frequency and amplitude of the sound used. There have been a wide variety of sound healing developments over the last ten to twenty years. Certain sounds most likely have a healing influence upon the body because they influence the geometric patterns and organization of cells and living systems.”
– Dr. Richard Gerber, author of “Vibrational Medicine”

Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt

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Hello practitioners, coaches and family,

 

I’ve been asked to write a bit about “highest and best practices” which support the professional facilitation of breath work.

 

Time and time again, in listening to those who have had “challenging” experiences receiving the gifts of breath work, we have been shown large gaps creating a distortion of professional standards in the practice of pranayama facilitation.

 

Bless the hearts of those who wish to share the experience of breath work with others. Please note, much damage has been done to the reputation of the work by those unskilled who choose to teach others while refusing training. We believe everyone deserves exposure to transformational practices. We are also calling for a more professional approach to a seemingly simple, sometimes “non-interactive” healing art.

 

We believe strongly that this gap in knowledge has been created due to the lack of yogic history, theory and training that accompanies trainings available to those interested in the power of the practice.

 

This “gap” provides many opportunities to increase the integrity surrounding current models and to share with some focus and intensity in The Breath Centers Trainings not only the expansive yogic history and Ayurvedic medical applications of breath work but also the moral and ethical standards that accompany a solid, safe practice.

 

Here is a peek into subjects that are covered in levels l – lll. Please take into account first, that most who are attracted to Breath Work, are experiencing challenges in their lives related to health, loss, lack and or life transitions. This means that assuming “neutral posturing” and addressing only the “power of the breath” and the fact that the actual healing that might accompany the practice lies between your partner and their higher selves, dreams and highest potential is of the utmost importance.

 

To take on more is dangerous and suggests you are in part, responsible for the participants outcome which compromises karmic lessons and life experiences that may serve better to integrate over time in the building of their “wisdom escrow”. No one who assists others in self-realization needs to be left “holding the bag” for someone else’s process.

 

All sessions should be met with deep, gentle, compassion and open with slow Socratic communication followed by acceptance and understanding of ones condition and current goals.

 

If trauma is to be cleared the facilitator must be prepared to hold space for as long as is necessary while simultaneously considering the container set to support their own needs and availability of time.

 

Touch must be a permission-based action that does not jeopardize the participants balance as re traumatization is quite common during emotional release. We also combine the “Yoga Alliance Standards” with the general guidelines of HIPAA and suggest strongly exercising the practice of doctor client confidentiality without ever diagnosing or acting as a medical professional.

It is imperative that no one relies on their experience in yoga therapy as an alterative to medical advice from their doctor. Our coaches are taught to vet their potential partners for a clear medical history and current use of medications prior to their sessions.

 

One of my closest friends recently transitioned after refusing Western Medical treatment. He had made the decision to exclusively utilize Yoga, Cleansing and Ayurveda in his treatment plan. It is difficult for me to reflect on how I supported him in this decision even though it did not “feel right”. Life is far too precious, now he is gone.

 

The Breath Center has defined with some success a solid portion of “highest and best practices” to share as a section of the current training programs offered. We have seen a level of great success for those who choose to apply these guidelines when practicing with others.

 

These are but a few points covered during level l and ll trainings. We commit to excel in upgrading and bringing to the forefront current issues not being addressed in the professional practice of breath work and pride ourselves on offering “solution based”, gentle practices that elevate the modality to an ever increasingly respected position within the wellness community.

 

Looking forward to our collective this month,

 

Michael

 

 

 

 

 

The Things my Teacher Never Taught Me

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“Liberation can be accomplished by that pranayama which is attained by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration.”

– Patanjali

 

The question we often hear is, “If I am infinite & an expression of the Divine, if I am what I affirm of myself in my daily practice – then why do I sometimes feel so small, incapable, and fallible?”
Getting a taste of our limitlessness divinity creates multifaceted results. On one hand – we know we are more than just human. And on the other hand, we are still human. 
The enlightenment process is a one of discovery, surprise, and even discomfort. Unwinding the layers of resistance, releasing stories we’ve wrapped around ourselves to comfort us from the winds of vulnerability – can sometimes come as a shock to us!
Breathwork Training with Michael Brian Baker has been called an enlightenment experience, and it is the full ride – moments of deep resonance and personal healing, bliss, awareness of self, and relief knowing that the secrets hidden from ourselves can be seen and profoundly loved on. It is deep, and even challenging as we face aspects of ourselves we have hidden away for fear of failure, success, or rejection.
This is why we laugh A LOT in our Teacher Trainings. In joy, we chuckle at our patterns, at the sweet, childlike nature we are striving in to “get it all right”, at the perfect, chaotic, mind-blowing, heartbreaking, beautiful insanity of it all.
We learn to see ourselves as love sees us. 
We have created a container where you explore the hidden aspects of YOU, of the mystery schools, of mysticism, neuroscience, sacred earth practices, and the evolution of humanity.
We share the tools that are sometimes infamously sidestepped or even missed in the excitement of awakening.
What happens when someone goes into a cathartic release on your table? What is happening when YOU are going through a cathartic release? How do emotional, mental, spiritual, physical imbalances play out when exposed to breathwork? What stops you from sharing your gifts when the world is requesting you at its table?
What does it mean to practice breathwork & other healing modalities where the facilitator and the recipient feel safe to heal and hold space?
We want you to have a solid foundation in knowing yourself & your empathic depth, and how this can be either a powerful area of mastery or a leak in your container as a facilitator. We unveil the tools needed to have your feet, heart, and body firmly planted on earth, so that you can stretch high into the etheric worlds, and have your internal safe container to come back to when you have completed your work. We want you to have the scientific information behind this work, the lineage which formed the experience we have today with the practice, the teachers who have passed it down, and why they have passed it down at this time.
Breathwork has the capability, when practiced with integrity, grounded education, morals, & safety, to transform heal and bring lasting and sustainable peace for the recipient.
If you have stayed with us on this ride, you know from your own experience, that this is true. Or, if you haven’t yet had the experience, you may feel the stirring in your heart, the birthing of knowing within you that there there is something more to discover in this journey towards healing. We share the hunger to see awakening happen on planet earth, both for the future of the generations to come, and for the sake of all sentient life.
Deep within our genetics is a code that yearns for liberation, be it from the grind that life presents, from the disagreements in relationships, “current state of affairs”, technology overload, dramatic changes in Mother Earth’s environment, keeping the body alive and vital in often toxic living spaces, and even from ourselves.
Who are you? What are you curious about? What are you birthing in this moment? What area of your life is experiencing the trembling or shaking vibrations of change?
Reach out to us. Share with us. Come be with us at a Teacher Training, at a Community Breathwork, or Private Session.
And know that whether you are emulating Durga with many arms managing your world with vigor, or are “stuck” a little or a lot – you are loved and  appreciated.

“Offering inhaling breath into the outgoing breath, and offering the outgoing breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both these breaths; he thus releases the life force from the heart and brings it under his control.” 26-2 The interpretation is: “The yogi arrests decay in the body by an addition of life force, and arrests the mutations of growth in the body by apan (eliminating current). Thus neutralizing decay and growth, by quieting the heart, the yogi learns life control.” – Krishna quoted in the Bhagavad Gita, interpretation by Pramahansa Yogananda

Exhale Holy Laughter

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By Suzy Adra, Level 1 & 2 Graduate

I could begin this post by mentioning the beauty of Ojai and the amazing setting we were in. I could write about each person at the Teacher Training and how they contributed to my learning in ways that were seen and unseen. I could also write about what an amazing teacher Michael is and how grateful I am for his style of teaching and how he ties it all into one coherent whole. I shall choose to write about my own experience, as that is all I really know for sure.

In the training, Michael Brian Baker asked me if I would be okay getting on the massage table to demonstrate a “one on one” session as the rest of the participants watched. I have done breathwork sessions where I become one with the breath, with the music, or blended into nothingness where the breath just takes over, and breathes me. I have also had sessions where I would literally have to get up and go vomit my guts out.

This time with Michaelwas different then anything I had experienced before.

Emergence, Art by Suzy Adra

 

Michael guided me to begin the breath as usual. As I lay there, inhale inhale exhale, inhale inhale exhale…the familiar dry mouth began, my mind calmed down, and my body started the familiar tingle. I felt Michael working energetically. I could not see him because my eyes were closed but I could feel the energies moving in and around me.

Suddenly, this strange rumbling began from deep within my core… “Can this be for real?” I thought to myself…and then… I began to laugh uncontrollably!

“It’s all a cosmic joke”, kept flashing in my mind’s eye, accompanied by the urge to share it, so I said it outloud.

“It’s all a Cosmic joke!”

Seeds Never Ask Why They Grow, Art by Suzy Adra

 

More laughter followed, and the more I laughed, the funnier it got, and I just could not get myself to stop laughing.

I had the best laugh of my life!

As I laughed, I realized the extreme sadness that the laughter carried and I recognized that it was not foreign to me. I have always used laughter to distract myself from every misery. Sarcasm has always been one of my favorite things.

There she was, the wounded warrior laying with all the years of waging war with herself, and had she finally made it to this table. After a lifetime had passed, she finally said the battle had to end,  laughing her guts out at the insanity of it all in front of twelve complete strangers.

I concluded, I will not accept this “self” abuse anymore.

I will not accept it on behalf of all the women who came before me and who will come after me.

I am not sure how long I was laughing, but it seemed that the entire creation was laughing with me.

The World is my Home, Art by Suzy Adra

I began to feel so much gratitude for the intensity of this release, gratitude for Michael for guiding so gently and holding space, for these strangers who were silently sitting and witnessing this healing with all the patience of a caring, nurturing of the attentive mother.

It is true that we all have the power to heal ourselves. Whenever we are ready, whenever it is ok to let go. When we have forgiven ourselves and integrated the reasons for our suffering. Having someone guide us and bear witness is necessary for this healing to occur and it is a privilege both ways.

I have travelled high and low, learned so many modalities, seeking, searching for resolution. I used the breath for so long and even used it in a recent retreat I facilitated, and yet it is beyond me why it took so long to recognize this breath as the gold.

Have you ever wondered why yoga is so powerful? Have you ever wondered why working out and sports are so powerful? Have you ever wondered why when you dance it feels so amazing?

The secret is the breath.

The breath is our direct connection to source.

The breath never lies, it is the healer, it is truth. It is holy.

Inhale… & Exhale Holy Laughter

To attend a Teacher Training with Michael Brian Baker’s The Breath Center, please go to: thebreathcenter.com/gatherings/trainings

This blog has been shortened and edited for content. To see Suzy’s full blog post, please visit her website here. 

Suzy Adra is a student and practitioner of many disciplines and tools: archaeology, archives, fine art, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, breath work, metaphysics, creativity, consciousness, philosophy, energy healing, and trauma release techniques.  Her current focus is on helping individuals access their creative self through several modalities.  She believes, that for this to happen, there is a required need to release previously held beliefs about oneself, and the world.  Suzy has studied with Michael Brian Baker’s The Breath Center starting in June 2016, and is a Level 1 & Level 2 Graduate. She is available for sessions at suzy.adra@outlook.com .

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Build It & They Will Come – The Soul’s Thirst for Communion

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What Can Happen When We Gather for Change?

Blessed be the sacred eyes that rest upon this page,

Surrendering into the best life experience in each moment. The true moment to moment actionable deed for the self and ultimate liberation.

Along with that, sending the will that your family, friends and acquaintances are healthy, happy and safe during the “great times of transition”.

For over a decade, I have been in vision of a gathering of our community of conscious seekers that would further support and fertilize the internal work and mission that has been birthed by our concurring intertwined paths.

I saw being invited to a round table of Arts Practitioners from around the globe. A collective of those who have devoted their lives to the selfless service of supporting others through the trials and tribulations that individuals face in their awakenings to the truth that resides deep within the ever blossoming heart space.

It was a yearning to commune with a collective who dreams of change and global transformation so deeply that it fuels their drive to transcend in every waking and dreaming moment, and who feel their life’s calling from a soul level continuously drawing them off the “beaten path” to trail blaze fresh perspective for themselves and their community.

Association with like minded seekers and change makers is the spiritual nourishment required for recharge, inspiration, expanding heart based emotional intelligence, and higher purpose development.

We would meet in a sacred, nurturing environment to share our journeys, discoveries, & radical self acceptance, envision our plans, sit in silent reflection, and receive the acknowledgment & support to move into the next phases our life with ease and abundance.

I waited and waited – but the opportunity never came. This past season while coming through one of the most challenging growth period I had ever faced, I realized clearly that if this event was to take place, I would be the one who would create it.

Although many have an opposition to being called “healers”, this is a calling for everyone who resonates with this opportunity. From Surgeons, Nurses and Life Transition Midwives to Doulas, Reiki Masters and Psychics. From Life Coaches to Yoga Teachers to Psychiatrists, to Addiction Specialists, Sound Healers and Social Workers this Reunion is for you.

The Breath Center has invested a sizable amount of monetary resources to create a safe container for next level sharing, caring, nurturing and healing in an environment once held only for the wealthy elite.

The times of change are now upon us and each and every one of us has much to share. Lets collect and progress together in an active, conscious way. Many of you began this journey with me over 10 years ago and I am inviting you to come nurture yourself this New Years.

Each attendee is encouraged to secure a time slot during the weekend to share their gifts, teachings, visions and dreams that others in attendance can apply in their own lives to optimize their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Take what you need and leave what you don’t. Self-Care in the center focus of this New Years Reunion. Let us feed ourselves with the will to move forward in equal measure to that, which is calling for upgrade and fine-tuning in 2018.

With much humility and hope we present to you The Breath Centers first annual Healers Reunion in Palm Springs California.

We will be gathering in Palm Springs at La Quinta Waldorf Astoria Resort with private rooms, pools, and yummy nutritious meals included. We will have guest inspirational speakers, workshops, and breathwork sessions as well led by Michael Brian Baker & The Breath Center.

Healers Reunion New Years 2018

Who are we?

At any given heart-centered gathering, we could be sitting next to an herbalist who spent the last 3 years isolated in the forest learning from the language of the plants, or an engineer running a multi-million dollar company – or an individual who is both! We are the nurses and the surgeons, and the Kundalini Yoga Teachers bringing Mantra to at risk youth. We are the parents, the Veterans, the trainers, and the actresses. We are the artists, the CEO’s, dancers, real-estate agents, caretakers, & mechanics, unified by our desires for sustainability, prosperity, and global heart-based awakening.

We know that our “careers” & “physical form” & “family of origin” are beautiful and sometimes challenging expressions of our karmic world, and do not separate us but are the unique pieces that connect us like the grooves inside a key & lock. Our diversity strengthens us and creates the dazzling contrast to our deep sameness.

When we lock eyes in a bustling place, we smile with a bit of relief at the connection we see in one another. We are a flock of many feathers, embracing our differences, and celebrating our similarities, and striving, striving, striving for the sacred sweetness of harmony.

We are the Rainbow Tribe. We know that when we say “We are One” we are also saying, “and, We are Many”.

Spread this invite far and wide, to the Red Road Men and Women, The Maori Family Lineage, The Siberian, Quechua, Shipibo, Columbian and African Shamanic Students and Elders. You are being called!

Join us and share your lineage, your alchemic inner wisdom medicine. Bring your laughter, successes, failures, perspectives, ideas, needs, and most importantly, your big beautiful heart!

There are 18 rooms available for this Reunion. The time has come for action. Let this sacred gathering become the fuel for our collective benevolent fire. With a fine dose of humor and laughter we will celebrate this life and the next and plot a plan to leave a sustainable, worthwhile place for our children to inhabit.

Aho

New Year’s Reunion

December 30 2017 – January 1st 2018

Waldorf Astoria La Quinta Resort

Palm Springs CA

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The Healing Power of Breathwork by Joseph Kauffman

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I first discovered Breathwork a few years ago, and after one session I was immediately aware of the power that Breathwork has for emotional healing and spiritual growth. I was interested in learning more, but didn’t really know where to start. Then I was reintroduced to it this summer when I went to the 2017 Oregon Eclipse Festival, where I attended a workshop with The Breath Center.

The Breathwork practice offered by Michael Brian Baker (the founder of The Breath Center) was different than any of the other practices I had done before, and in my experience it was also much more profound. Only a few minutes in and I could hear the space filled with people having huge emotional releases–crying, yelling, screaming, laughing. The breath was healing people and allowing them to let go of so much unnecessary pain and suffering.

My experience was more meditative than emotional. I began to feel my body fill with Prana (life energy), all my thoughts had subsided, and I was in a state of pure awareness, clarity, and bliss. After one workshop I was hooked–I had to learn more. About a month later The Breath Center was offering a level 1 teacher training in Ojai California, and I made sure that I was there for it.

“My experience was more meditative than emotional. I began to feel my body fill with Prana (life energy), all my thoughts had subsided, and I was in a state of pure awareness, clarity, and bliss.”

In the level 1 training, we first learned about the basics of what Breathwork is, as well as the role and ethics of being a Breathwork facilitator. This was both essential and valuable information that one could apply to their practice as a facilitator, and as a human being who desires to live in a loving and truthful way. We were reminded of the importance of integrity, of authenticity, transparency, respect, and compassion. We then learned about the Origins of Breathwork, and also studied what the Breathwork practice really works with–Prana, or life force energy.

All around the world cultures have been aware of Life Force Energy–the force that moves and animates our bodies. In the Vedic tradition it is called Prana, in China it is called Chi, Hawaiians call it Mana, Christians call it the Holy Spirit, and there are numerous other names for this living energy from traditions around the planet.

It has long been known that the breath is one of the primary sources of Prana, and this particular breath practice brings more Prana into the body and then moves it throughout the body, and as it does, it also begins clearing out places where the Prana has become stagnant or stuck. Prana is usually prevented from flowing freely because of psychological or emotional traumas that we have yet to heal, and are subconsciously allowing to govern our experience. The breath allows for a great release of these blockages, and consequently, allows for profound healing, bringing great freedom, peace, and happiness.

Acupuncture is another healing therapy that works with moving stagnant chi, so the understanding of this phenomenon is not limited to Breathwork, but I have yet to find a practice that allows for energetic healing and emotional release as powerful and effective as this one.

“I have yet to find a practice that allows for energetic healing and emotional release as powerful and effective as this one.”

After the level 1 training I flew back home to Washington State, and instantly began putting it into practice. Everyone that I practiced it with recognized the healing power in it, and were able to gain something great from it. The most profound healing I was able to facilitate happened with a man that I met at work. He mentioned how he had been holding onto the death of two family members for almost 12 years, and that it was affecting his health and every area of his life.

He agreed to do a Breathwork session, and after only 15-20 minutes, he was sobbing, speaking to his deceased brother and telling him that he loved him, but that he had to let him go. He shared with me his vision of his brother and mother floating up to the light, and expressed to me that he felt the weight had been lifted and that he had finally been able to let go of what he was attached to for 12 years!

“He agreed to do a Breathwork session, and after only 15-20 minutes, he was sobbing, speaking to his deceased brother and telling him that he loved him, but that he had to let him go.”

I was amazed at how effective this work really is, and was honored to be able to help this man heal. A week later he messaged me thanking me again for the session, and said he is now “back to his old self” working out, playing basketball, and focusing on cleansing with his diet and lifestyle. This man allowed the breath to heal him, and I was simply there to guide him through it. But with such powerful healing taking place, I knew that I had to continue learning more, I have to spread this healing to as many people as possible.

This weekend I flew back down to Ojai, California, and I participated in the Level 2 training. It went so much more in depth into the practice of Breathwork, how to facilitate sessions, as well as other healing modalities that you can apply during the sessions. We learned about different energies that people can take on, and how we can heal them. We learned about the role that we have in this world as healers, and how important it is in this time of great change. We also got to practice the breath a lot more, both on ourselves, and on others in the group.

I truly feel honored and blessed to have crossed paths with The Breath Center, to have learned this work, and to have studied it with such a loving and powerful group of people. I am excited to continue the practice, to learn more, and to continue offering it to those who are need of healing. I am beyond grateful for what I have learned, for now I carry with me a medicine that I can offer to anyone at any place and time. Words cannot express the power of this practice and its ability to heal and transform. It is truly remarkable.

“I am beyond grateful for what I have learned, for now I carry with me a medicine that I can offer to anyone at any place and time. Words cannot express the power of this practice and its ability to heal and transform.”

I would like to thank The Breath Center for sharing this work with so many people, and for training and empowering others to share the work as well. I highly recommend looking into their work if you are interested. I would also like to thank you for reading this and receiving the message that has been communicated! If you or anyone you know is in need of healing, please feel free to reach out to me! I would be more than happy to work with you. Much love, and may you experience great freedom, peace and happiness in your daily life!

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LSD, SPIRITUALITY, SEX “PODCAST” and “TRANSFORMATION MADE EASY” RETREAT

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I’ve recently been included in a podcast series hosted by a dear friend and longtime fellow traveler Zach Leary.

Zack hosts a show called, “It’s all happening” and its content and guests have been nothing short of highly stimulating.

Some of my favorites included his interview with Andy Summers former guitar legend from “The Police”, Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Daniel Pinchbeck,  just a short list of the shows I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

Zach has the unwaivering gift of supporting and fertilizing “loving awareness”. He is thoughtful, extremely well read, thought provoking and has evolved from a lineage of great thinkers. Yes without going into it he shares the same last name as that Harvard guy who…

When he reached out to me about being on his show, I was a bit intimidated. I saw no way that I could be added to his great list of interviews and while I teach that “comparison is the poison of diversity”, I put it off for quite some time before reconnecting and being invited back to share.

For the past 6 years I have been immersed deeply in some of the most esoteric teachings known to mankind. I have traveled to South America and received a 100 year old, antique, Shipibo pipe and been accepted into a lineage that is as earth connected and simple as it is aware and in communication with the intelligences of the “inter-dimensional matrices”.

I was concerned I had traveled too “far out” and that I would not be grounded enough to share from an authentic place of service. Bottom line was, I was not yet ready to expose what I had experienced because I had not yet integrated enough to deliver from a well rounded, neutral perspective. Those who know me well will affirm that I am compulsively considerate of others organic processes. It is not my job or right to step on someones belief systems nor is it fair for me to reveal truths that are not yet ready to be received.

I’m proud of this piece of my character and my birthday is coming. I wanted to do something special. I sat in silence and in the stilness a vision of how my diverse group of friends act primarity from either their “left” anylitcal calculating brain or their “right” creative intuitive hemisphere came in very clearly. I felt into the imbalace and sought resolve. So many believe that to do really deep selfwork one must be disiplined and cut off from outside stimulation. Another belief is that the left brain cannot validate practices that are not “scientifically” sound. I was driven to bring the two together.

What if we could create a New Years ritual that combined left brain luxury with right brain spiritual transformation? This would really put the basic New Years Resolution to the test! I connected with another old friend to create a deeply transformational, spiritual retreat that would join the luxury and pampering of a five star resort with the impact that someone might expect to experience after a week with Anthony Robbins.  I am thankful those who may be interested in attending now have an introduction to what we are offering through this podcast interview.

It will be difficult to find the level of transformation and supportive, nurturing experience we are offering for this coming New Years. What many are seeking will occur swiftly and with great ease over one weekend. I know people who invest tens of thousands of dollars in life coaching and mentorship. I have never witnessed more powerful integration and results than when you tap into and are introduced to your own unlimited, renewable energy source.

This is the first interview I have done in 10 years within which I have not been self conscious in the least bit.

Please enjoy my talk with Zach. Time with him definitely reminds one that it is all happening.  We speak about hallucinogens, the inertia of sexual energy and how that translates to group breath experience, the technical mechanics of left brain spirituality and humility. He made me so comfortable, I even almost forgot about the microphones.

For those of you reading from me for the first time, I dare you to find anything more powerful with a similar sized commitment than the work I am offering today.

The days of the teacher, guru, life coach and mentor are fading quickly. You are your own master. Learn to look within, come play with us in September, then take what you have learned home with you and then share it with others.

Love spoken here.

We Come in Peace! Oregon “Total Solar” Eclipse Festival

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Do you know… really know?

We were really humbled and excited to be invited to come and share breathwork at the Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017. We love the wildness of Oregon, the huge trees, fresh air, and the general feel of untamed, buzzing nature in the Pacific Northwest.

After a couple days of celebration, the reality sunk in that we would be out in the middle of nowhere with well over 60,000 people in a somewhat celebratory environment – that may even include the use of recreational drugs. Not to say that the proper relationship with plants and other potions is not valuable. Its more that – with the work that we offer, increased respect and awareness around consciousness and sobriety are a must.

The reason that we are bringing our work to Oregon Eclipse is to represent the population of our community that believes and knows inherently that we are the medicine, and that truly there is no need for recreational drug use in order to find non-ordinary, higher states of conscious awareness. While we in no way condemn the use of any chemical or compound, what we represent in our work is, healing, grounding, safety, nurturing transformation, and a protected space within this festival environment to be held, rejuvenated, and replenished with the energy required to go back out into the festival, full of vitality and breath-centered.

We come to this gathering to be in selfless service as devotees of consciousness and well being, as the particular astrological transit during this time is extremely heavy.

During a solar eclipse, we are cut off from our most vital source of life, the sun. This puts a lot of pressure on the earth. The sun feeds everything on our planet. Physically it feeds the greens which the animals eat, and so feeds the animals that many humans then eat. It feeds the leaves that create the air we breathe, and our cells and our bones with vitamin D.

When the sun is radiating down on the earth, it is also pulling up. Its heat creates a magnetic pull, pulling the blades of grass and leaves up and out away from the earth’s gravity.

In some indigenous traditions, the sun represents the masculine energy – constant, steady, unwavering. Its relationship with the Earth is as old as the Earth itself, appearing in the east and sliding down in the west, daily & rhythmically. When this source of stability has another object inbetween it and the earth, large enough to block out its light in totality, it creates a huge impact energetically.

To be honest, it can kind of make people a little crazy – its not just something to gawk at. Ancient Pagan traditions used to have huge celebrations & protection ceremonies when the sun was blocked, and the chi and sun ray life force was cut off. The reactions that people have during this time tend to lie in all of our shadow stuff – addiction, distraction, resistance.

At this particular festival, there will be large numbers of people off the grid, “celebrating” and cut off from service, comforts, and hiding places all together.

The truth is, its not a party. A Total Solar Eclipse hasn’t happened in 90 years – and what is the human life span? It can stand for a big change.

The Breath Center is a hospice for the Breath Centered, for those who want to go within and seek relief from sensory overwhelm.

We are the spot for awakening, rebalance, and raising the frequency to that of love.

There is no hiding from change and transition. But you can be more present with it, and choose to ride downstream with self love and compassion rather than struggle against the upward current. Swimming in a sea of conscious & unconscious, awake & sleepy, beauty and contrast, can either bring you down or open yourself to who you truly are beneath the layers.

Oregon Eclipse starts Aug 17, and we have 3 discounted tickets left.

Come be with this powerful community, hear the wide range of music, witness the art, the creativity, the ceremony of frequency rising in numbers.

Bring your love, if you dare 🙂

Trying to Hold it Together – Submitted by Audrianna Mercedes Jacques

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Have you ever lost it?

Really lost it?
“Losing it” is a phrase often referring to an experience that differs from the collectives agreement of reality. It might look like being in the car laughing with one of your closest friends and everything slows, and suddenly you’re not able to breathe – not because of lack of oxygen or the seatbelt crossing your chest, but because everything becomes a simulation. The cars passing by, the skin around your bones, the teeth in your mouth, the whisper in your throat – has become a computer program, and everything you see is clouded by it. It could look like lying in your bed for hours completely entertained by the reality that everyone is God in a “meat suit”, fed by invisible cosmic stardust, followed by getting up to fill iced teas at your restaurant job to save money for a car…
It could feel like you are God, really, and that you could bring peace to planet earth just by being. It could feel as if everything around you is a cosmic joke, even the eating, drinking, & breathing parts.
This isn’t to say that you aren’t God, and that this isn’t a big cosmic joke… In fact the above examples rate high on the “awakening” meter, and are often times the byproduct of a powerful life experience, ingesting of an entheogen, or a disciplined spiritual practice. It can be difficult to go through such an experience, and attempt integration with day to day life, but one doesn’t have to think they are God to relate to what western medicine might refer to as a “loss of sanity”.
We live in a world where handbags cost millions of dollars while children are starving. Someone can stand on their feet all day behind a register caring for thousands of people, and barely be able to feed their families, while a new born opens their eyes for the first time to a life experience where money flows like Niagra Falls to meet their every need around them, and where intelligent sea life washes to shore filled with plastic bags while whole families are dying so that nations are supplied with gas to drive their cars to lavish parties.
What we are exposed to at times hits highs and lows that shakes logic at its very core, exposing us to a reality that seems truer than fiction. We can be left shaking our head and lose our grasp on what is real and what is not.
So how does science define what is real? Physical outcomes can be defined, yet when it comes to the “animation” that lends power to something, like what causes an organism to behave and respond to its environment, science can only go as far as genetics – which in itself is pure intelligence at work!
We are born, we live our lives, and, eventually, we die on this material plane. Humanity has little grasp on the roadmap of what happens to a person after death. There is an unknown that many of us choose to un/consciously bypass so that we can continue to eat our favorite foods, ignore pressing world issues and tuck ourselves in at night before the next day breaks.
Because – sleep and food matter to our bodies, right?
The truth is, this physical reality is sometimes very real. Have you ever looked into the loving eyes of a child? Or felt a loved ones embrace? There is an undeniable realness, in being present, in feeling the wind cool our skin, in the warmth of our morning coffee (or chamomile tea 🙂 ) If a child within our care went hungry, would we sit back like we were God and they were God, and this was all a cosmic joke – or would we take necessary action to nourish their hungry belly? Get it?
“Herein lies the paradox.”
(par·a·dox 1. a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.)
If we haven’t thought about it before, it can feel like nails on a chalkboard, rerouting the full steamed train of our very being. If we have thought about it – maybe too much – it can feel like entering a child’s room, one that constantly needs to be recleaned and reorganized, and makes us begin to frantically re-organize the space- to make it all make sense.
This isn’t real… and this is real.
The pain of life is convincingly real. The pangs of hunger, loneliness, confusion, illness and drama are unavoidable at times. We don’t have to think about it to feel the experience. Its a sunny day, and the birds are chirping – suddenly we remember the events of the day before, we lost a contract that could have “changed everything”, or an argument that brought something we valued to a screeching halt. It asks for us to respond to it – in a “real” “physical” way.
And yet, powerful realizations beg us to see that its not.
Once we’ve seen that we are not our bodies, that anything is possible, and life is a riddle, it can be puzzling to return our gaze to a world where we have responsibilities to a physical form and to other physical forms around us.
Have you ever seen a movie that really moved you, and then suddenly become overwhelmed and pulled yourself out to think about what to make for dinner – only to hear the people around you chuckling at a part that you just missed because your thoughts had taken you elsewhere?
Or been distracted when playing with a happy young child, and after their multiple attempts to engage with you they get frustrated and begin to “misbehave”, and suddenly you wish you could rewind and play with that happy child you’d missed just moments ago?
This is what resistance to “reality” can feel like. It’s where our potential for healing lies. This reality of work, education, food, politics, and relationship is not real (see “insanity” above), yet at the same time it is. It’s less about picking which side we stand on, and more about remembering who we are, and being present to ourselves and feelings the way we would be to a newborn baby. Do we cry when a baby cries? Not usually, but we can feel it.
By revisiting that racing train, by peeking into that cluttered child’s room, by getting more and more familiar with the sensation of nails grinding across a chalkboard, we can learn to steer our ship through the most tumultuous, yet necessary waters.
Swinging to one side of checking out of the movie, to falling head over heels into believing the power of our despair rocks our ship. It keeps us in a loop of an insane reality – which if anything, is stimulating!!
This is real… and its not.
Let’s play it like a game, where we are the observed, the observing, and the observer. Let’s feast, cry, paint, clean – and all the time remember that we are playing, playing a game where there is a thing called love, partnership, rollercoasters, fireworks, and pizza. Where there is heartbreak, war, hunger, and the unknown. Where anything truly is possible, and love & kindness are the most important things.
Loving more unconditionally. Increasing our ability to feel. Learning our limits. Being more in the world and less attached to it. Airborne, and yet grounded, moving, and yet still. God, and yet human.
The Paradoxal Real

Frozen With Fear

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Sometimes Change is Downright Frightening

 

Until it is not anymore…

 

It was nine years ago that I sat with a “true yogi” friend of mine who had agreed to launch my “breathwork” practice.

 

I had no idea how to share the profound gifts granted me by my teachers. My day job in the financial markets had crashed and I had just returned from a journey to India, which was planned to show me a new clear path for my life.

 

Within a few weeks of deep meditation, James returned to share that we would be launching a new school called “The Breath Center”. He had even encoded mantra into the HTML of the website to ensure a foundation of service and protection to those who would come for the experience and teachings.

 

At that time, even though I held a somewhat normal job, I never quite fit in at the office, bypassing sequential offers from co-workers to “grab a drink” or “blow off steam”.

 

Immersed deeply in yogic sadhana, all I could think about was God, Yoga, Meditation, Fasting, Pranayama and being in service to anyone that would allow me to be.

 

It had been five years since I had been gifted profound awakening with Ram Dass and all of my traumatic, victim programs had been erased.

 

I didn’t have clarity on much but I was absolutely sure I had two things. The first was a very deep and intimate relationship with my guru Neem Karoli Baba and second was whatever I was to do next, it had to be in service to man and womankind.

 

Over the past nine years I have been equally tested and blessed. In reflection, the people that have come to “the work” and those who have stood by my side in building awareness and support of what we do, have been nothing short of super natural.

 

I always say that super natural is first and foremost, natural, with an “energetic charge” that is higher than average. Lets just call these folks naturally super!

This month, I feel called to pay homage to those who have stayed close to the work; to those who have believed in a higher vision of world peace and communal living. Those who gave all they have and stay connected with us energetically as we move into the next phase of our development and maturity. I’m also planting seeds of abundance and expansion for all of those who “are yet to come”.

 

You have and will become my family and my partners on path and now I pass you the torch. While it feels very difficult for me to let go and empower others to step into their genius, I know the time is ripe for the blossoming of others full participation in the support of me and this healing movement.

 

Eventually the “me” will be removed from the equation but for now the lesson is that we must allow ourselves to be lifted in order to create the same opportunities for others.

 

The Breath Center has been infused with powerful creative energies that are supporting a new phase in the services and experiences coming your way in 2017!

 

What has become increasingly clear as this movement expands is that “the juice” in the work is held in the collective. When we come together to form conscious groups holding aligning intentions for the healing of the self and the world that surrounds us, LOVE floods the experience with reckless abandon.

 

I’m sharing with you now, if you have not yet experienced these groups and the simple power of yogic pranayama paired with conscious sound scape and shamanism, if your “on the fence”, I gift you now this opportunity to unlock your heart and join us for this rare and intimate celebration of “all that is right” in this world.

 

Humility above all else