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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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The Medicine of Gratitude

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A somewhat intimate share for eyes that care-
For many many years we have gathered together to shift and transform through the breath in a co-creative container that has been in part, formed by the lovely soul known by so many as Prem Baba.
Every closing has been deeply mystical and powerful, rooted in source and translated from Portuguese into English. What many have not known is that the “hinario” or hymn that we have closed with was written while being sung to the Ganges River in Rishikesh by Prem Baba himself.

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In January of 2017, I was planning a journey with the intention of receiving some much needed healing for myself. I had just lost the 3 most influential and important people in my life to cancer. Little by little I was completely take apart at the seams.
I had never sat with my two of my favorite teachers who are still “in body” and I knew deep down that it was time to prostrate myself at the feet of someone who could “see through me”.
My first “go to” was Ram Dass who’s retreat in Hawaii had a waiting list 100 deep. I researched my other “top picks” and found that the Prem Baba Sanga was offering a silent retreat in the hills of the Himalayas so I quickly registered.
Simultaneously one of my dearest friends, who is no doubt the finest Western student of Peruvian, Shipibo teachings I know was planning a retreat to Terapoto for a 21 day dieta. Due to a lag in response from the “silent retreat” registration team and my desire for “intense cleansing” I booked the trip to travel with friends to Peru.
 I was heart broken not to have made the decision to travel to India to see Prem Baba but the journey inward that my time in the jungle provided was just the push I needed to clear and process the losses I had incurred and replace those voids with the “internal self love” required to open up enough to really “see” my life again.
Upon returning to the states, much more unfolded. The work was not yet close to complete and I had not yet even begun to establish contracts for the 2017 season. Maybe it was time to take a break from the work, put the chacapa and microphone down and get a job at Walmart? I don’t quite know where I was at that point but erasing any memory of what I had become which was inauthentic or illusionary while in Peru had invariably been completed and I was working with a blank slate.
The first call I made was to Sridhar Silberfein. For those of you who do not know Sri, let me first say anyone with as big of an appetite for sharing divinity with others, who serves in the way he does cannot possibly please and hold the patience required for the amount of egos and attitudes that this guy does without going completely mad. He is largely responsible for brining many Hindu Saints to the West including but not limited to Amma, “the hugging saint” who sees hundreds of thousands of people per year. Even though he was traveling abroad, he still had time for me and communicated in a timely manner through his staff.
I shared with him I had just been cracked open and that I had no contracts for his infamous Bhakti Festivals for the 2017 season. It was within the next few weeks following that I would come to learn that not only would we be included in both the May and September festivals, but none one other than Prem Baba himself would be traveling to the United States to facilitate satsang in the very same room that we have been singing his songs for the past 6 years. I was over the moon! I would still get to sit with him but he would be coming to me! LOL, when it all seems as if it i falling apart, more often than not, it is falling into place.
I did get to sit with Prem Baba and actually was gifted a private meeting with him before his final teaching at the festival. Thank you to the loving souls who facilitated this for me. It was literally a dream come true.
More important than anything else was his teaching. Oh the way baba works is incredible! I love that many who do not yet understand the internal methods for liberation have still to look forward to their awakenings. Like tasting a fabulous dessert before it is served to your family knowing it is going to blow everyone away!
He weaved a share that began “God Head” deep and yet held so much joy and playfulness, to not get cracked wide open by the sheer exposure surely suggests of deep, “pain body” or simply exposure to the wrong teacher. But what teacher who is so adept at love could be wrong?
 He spoke primarily of relationship and how the most challenging shift at this time in the true “seekers” evolution is the transition from suffering to joy. Simple? Maybe not so much. It may seem simple to some but the energy that is required to stay present moment to moment can be daunting. Why? Simply because we are programable beings and much of that has been up and to this moment, suffering.
Baba explained of the instrument of gratitude and how if we account for the present moment, that there is nothing but “peace”. Then he gave a simple yet profound tool. “Stop Complaining” he said gently in Portuguese. Then remarked, it is not easy because our default is to suffer.
Just to begin to notice the frequency and programed baseline of complaint that I generate is a profound reflection. It is one slippery slope but one I plan to traverse with great attention and intensity.
Life is great here in the now and I do not want to take that for granted. It can change at a moments notice. I send love and support to those who are working through injuries and the loss of loved ones, depression, hopelessness and just general dissatisfaction. I will the day to come where all of my thoughts are as present and conscious as when I focus to create healing and peace.
We are all just walking one another home and I want to be a great date!
I am so very grateful for this beautiful life and I praise our journey and awakening together as one.
Thank you to everyone who made this year possible and blessings beyond compare to our sacred guardian team!

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.

Reclaiming our Mental Focus and Balance

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If it seems like it is over whelming, when the brain is racing and there seems to be an internal battle between the yearning for calm and rest and what feels like an out of control mental gymnastics competition, there is an open opportunity for magic.

Taking a step back, expanding our awareness and looking at the evolution of communication and the way in which we live our lives, there is a path with clear markers that lead straight to why we are where we are.

Before television and radio, options for mental stimulation were of a more paced and balanced nature.

Reading and writing lead the charge keeping the minds work at an organic pace.

Radio and television brought about the jelly brain, leaving no cooperation or partnership for the brain.

Now we could just shut off and have information chosen by a, key word, “programmer” pumped into our experience without any filter.

The brain would lay dormant becoming weak and prone to images and sounds that would create belief systems full of illusion and plant fresh seeds for compulsive consumerism and the degradation of personal self esteem.

While millions watched images of what people “should” look and act like, judgment of the self took on a whole new meaning.

Today we have the information super highway. We click and click and choose and click. images flash before our eyes scrambling the thought process at break neck speed. the average someone spends on a page is barley enough to even begin to know what is being shared.

This constant flow of information is to many, our life blood. it has shaped our world, the way we share, grow and are seen. it also needs to be respected.

Take a couple days every week away from your computer screen.

The new kill your tv is kill your search engine.

So much to reflect on.

So much beauty in this world…

See?