- This is the first step in the Enlightenment series … see also “Enlightenment II”
- Fight-or-Flight versus Freeze-and-Dissociate Response to Solar Events
- Right now, the Light of Summer Solstice Is Further Amping Up Our Fight-or-Flight or Freeze-and-Dissociate Response
- The Central Channel of the Spine: Sushumna, Ida and Pingala
- About the Sushumna
- Qualities of the Ida
- Qualities of the Pingala
- The Unconscious Mind, the Autonomic Nervous System, the Ida, and the Pingala
- How to Inhibit the Fight-or-Flight or Freeze-and-Dissociate Response through Yogic Breathing
- Left-Nostril Breathing Inhibits the Fight or Flight Response
- Long Deep Breathing Also Inhibits the Fight or Flight Response
- Right-Nostril Breathing Inhibits the Freeze-and-Dissociate Response
- How to Achieve Unity or ‘One Mind’
- The Somatic Nervous System
- Alternate Nostril Breathing Links the Autonomic Nervous System to the Somatic Nervous System, and the Lower Mental Body to the Higher Mental Body
- Even Nostril Breathing Unites the Brain Hemispheres
I’ve blogged some on the fight or flight response we humans are experiencing as a result of the DNA changes occurring during Solar Events … essentially due to the ramping up of the Incoming Light because of our Solar System’s entry into the Photon Belt (greater Light) of the Pleiades in 2012.
At any rate, the long and the short of it is, the body cells are very, very conservative. Any little prospect of change throws them into a tizzy. Being flooded with ramped up photonic Light during a Solar Event is one such stimulus, and one humankind is beginning to be aware of due to the fact that everyone is, slowly but surely, becoming clair EMF-sensitive.
FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT VERSUS FREEZE-AND DISSOCIATE RESPONSE TO SOLAR EVENTS
In the past, I’ve put forth that Solar Events cause fight (‘acting out’) or flight (generalized anxiety or panic attack, since the threat is not physical). Just now I read, and immediately saw the truth of, the notion that there are three possible responses to a perceived threat … these are fight, flight, and freeze-and-dissociate. (1)
When I read about this, I was immediately taken back to my youth, out in the countryside, where I saw our family German Shepherd enthusiastically digging up a rabbit burrow, and uncovering a little rabbit inside the burrow. Clearly the rabbit was frozen with fear … It ‘shrank into itself’ … With great concern, I picked it up. It was as if paralyzed, unseeing, unfeeling, completely unresponsive.
As I recall, sometimes when I found a little animal ‘frozen in fear’ back then, in the countryside,
- Sometimes they would come to their senses, and run away (the ‘flight’ response)
- Sometimes they would come back to awareness and bite me (the ‘fight’ response).
- And sometimes they would simply die in my hand. I guess their hearts just stopped beating out of fear.
RIGHT NOW, THE LIGHT OF SUMMER SOLSTICE IS FURTHER AMPING UP OUR FIGHT-OR- FLIGHT OR FREEZE-AND-DISSOCIATE RESPONSE
As the Light of Summer Solstice floods into the planet, often without our conscious awareness, our bodies will go into fight-or-flight or freeze-and-dissociate mode.
One of our subtle bodies is the Body of Light. Saturation of this subtle body with the Incoming Light is all for the good, as the amped up light instructs our DNA on how to unfold from the 2-strand shut-down mode that keeps our physical bodies functional during the Great Ages of Darkness (10,500 very long years) (2) to the 12-strand potential we all enjoy during the 2,000-year (all too short) Ages of Light.
One such Great Age of Darkness ended in December 2012, and so now our DNA is unfurling once again. However, the kicking in of the fight-or-flight or freeze-and-dissociate responses, which are based on animal survival mechanisms, is causing some uncomfortable effects during the clearing and DNA amp-up process. For example:
- noospheric dissonance, clair chatter, welling up of astral stories in the Collective Unconscious, including collectively experienced violent daydreams and night dreams
- physical, mental and emotional ‘ascension symptoms’; and
- ‘acting out’ of astral plays and collectively unconsciously produced vivid waking dreams
So, it would be good to avoid the fight-or-flight or freeze-and-dissociate responses. If you become aware that you’re responding aggressively to everyday situations, or overly anxious, or just feel like withdrawing and hiding from it all, there are very simple remedies, which has to do with the breath and the ancient science of yoga (the yoking of our energy fields with the Universe and with God) …
THE CENTRAL CHANNEL OF THE SPINE: SUSHUMNA, IDA AND PINGALA
As mentioned in a prior blog, the central channel of the spine consists of three energies:
- the sushumna, or central channel;
- the ida, which is the channel originating at the left side of the base of the spine, and courses through the left nostril; and meeting the pingala at the ajna or 6th chakra old style. (3)
- the pingala, which is the channel originating at the right side of the base of the spine, and courses through the right nostril, meeting the ida at the ajna. (3)
About the Sushumna. The Sushumna is the central channel through which the kundalini energy is able to arise after the energies of the ida and the pingala are evenly balanced. The kundalini energy is awakened through mastery of the yogic ‘locks’ … such as ‘root lock’ (4).
Then, when the kundalini energy rises to and pierces through the Crown Chakra (the 7th chakra, old style), we have our first taste of the mystical state known as Enlightenment. This, however, is a topic for another day, as we’re now dealing with mastery of the Ida and the Pingala. The energies of the ida and pingala are very different (5)(6):
Qualities of the Ida. The energy of the ida is associated with:
- the moon, the feminine side of our personalities
- the color white
- comfort, coolness, and nurturing
- control of mental processes
- right (opposite) side of brain … intuitive thought
- sympathetic nervous system
Qualities of the Pingala. The energy of the Pingala, which is stimulated by right-nostril breathing, is associated with:
- the sun, the masculine side of our personalities
- the color red
- tawniness, warmth, stimulation
- control of vital somatic processes
- left (opposite) side of brain … logical thought
- parasympathetic nervous system
THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND, THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, THE IDA, AND THE PINGALA
Here is an image of the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems, which are the two parts of the autonomic nervous system(ANS): https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Gray839.png
- The Unconscious Mind, also known as the Lower Mental Body, is associated with the Autonomic Nervous system (the ANS) (7).
- The ANS consists of the Sympathetic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous System.
- The action of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems is ‘opposite’ or ‘antagonistic’. That is, they have opposing effects.
- The Sympathetic Nervous System … ‘fight-or-flight’ functions of the Unconscious Mind … is associated with the Ida.
- The Parasympathetic Nervous System … ‘freeze-and-dissociate’, ‘rest and digest’ and ‘feed and breed’ functions of the Unconscious Mind … is associated with the Pingala
- Our human breath naturally alternates between the left and right nostril during the day. Some report the interval for each energy as 20 minutes, and others, as much as 2 1/2 hours. This switching of the breath from left-nostril breathing to right-nostril breathing has been posited to account for unconscious alternating of sleeping position from lying on the left side to lying on the right side at night.
- The Ida is associated with breathing through the left nostril; the Pingala is associated with breathing through the right nostril.
HOW TO INHIBIT THE FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT AND FREEZE-AND-DISSOCIATE RESPONSE THROUGH YOGIC BREATHING
Putting it all together, we can consciously change the operation of the Autonomic Nervous System … and the Unconscious Mind … by practicing left-nostril or right-nostril breathing.
Left-Nostril Breathing inhibits the Fight or Flight response. It has a calming, relaxing effect. It is easily practiced, even by a novice to the science of yoga:
While first learning left-nostril breathing, use the thumb of the right hand to close off the right nostril. Mouth is also closed. This forces the breath through the left nostril. The other fingers of the right hand are pointed up, like antennae.
Image by Alice B. Clagett, 2016
In time, it will be possible to switch to left-nostril breathing by simply placing the awareness on the left nostril, and feeling the breath there … the hand pose will no longer be needed.
Long Deep Breathing Also Inhibits the Fight-or-Flight Response. As an alternative, the fight-or-flight response can be suppressed through the yogic technique known as Long Deep Breathing. For details, see (5).
Right-Nostril Breathing inhibits the Freeze-and-Dissociate Response. It has an energizing effect. It is practiced like this:
While first learning right-nostril breathing, use the thumb of the left hand to close off the left nostril. Mouth is also closed. This forces the breath through the right nostril. The other fingers of the left hand are pointed up, like antennae.
In time, it will be possible to switch to right-nostril breathing by simply placing the awareness on the right nostril, and feeling the breath there … the hand pose will no longer be needed.
HOW TO ACHIEVE UNITY OF MIND OR ‘ONE MIND’
Somatic Nervous System. As human beings, we have another nervous system that is under voluntary control, and which allows us to consciously control our body movements. This is the Somatic Nervous System. (8)
Just as the Autonomic Nervous System is associated with what is known in Theosophy as the Lower Mental Body, the Somatic Nervous System is associated with the Higher Mental Body.
As mentioned above, the Autonomic Nervous System has two aspects, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, which are associated with the Ida and Pingala, respectively, which are associated with the right and left hemispheres of the brain, respectively,
Alternate Nostril Breathing Links the Autonomic Nervous System to the Somatic Nervous System, and the Lower Mental Body to the Higher Mental Body. Alternate Nostril Breathing, as described in reference (5), is a yogic technique that brings the Ida and the Pingala under conscious control. In other words, the Autonomic Nervous System is linked or hooked to the Somatic Nervous System. Thus it brings the Lower Mental Body, as described by the Theosophists, into the awareness arena of the Higher Mental Body; and these two subtle bodies achieve Unity.
Here are the steps in Alternate Nostril Breathing:
- First, use the right hand to block off the right nostril. Fingers of the right hand are held up, like antennae. (See the image ‘Alternate Nostril Breathing: Step 1″ below.) Inhale long and deep through the left nostril.
Image by Alice B. Clagett, 2016
2. Next, release the block on the left nostril, Use the ring finger or index finger of the right hand to block the left nostril. (See the image ‘Alternate Nostril Breathing: Step 2″ below.) Exhale long and deep through the right nostril.
3. Keeping the same finger and hand position, inhale long and deep through the right nostril.
4. Then switch back to the finger position shown in step 1, and exhale long and deep through the left nostril.
Begin again at Step 1, and continue with this alternate nostril breath for 3 to 11 minutes, but stop at any time if you begin to feel uncomfortable.
There is a good description of Alternate Nostril Breathing for Balance here: (9).
Note that the hand position used to block off the left nostril during alternate nostril breathing is different from that described above for right-nostril breathing (above in this blog). This is because the finger position in the alternate breathing technique is modified to be accomplished using just the right hand.
Even Nostril Breathing Unites the Brain Hemispheres. Even Nostril Breathing is a state where the breath flows evenly through both nostrils, uniting the Ida and Pingala, and the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The result is Cosmic or Universal Mind.
All the yogic breathing techniques or ‘pranayama’, (10) as they were called in Ancient India, help establish this evenness of breath, as does the practice of yoga poses, mudras and mantras. Here are three techniques that are very good aids in establishing evenness of breath. The first two are suggested by Swamij (11):
- Alternate Nostril Breathing (described above). This is a good practice just before arising in the morning, during meditations, and just before falling asleep, I feel.
- Soham Mantra: Imagine the sound Sooooooo when inhaling, and the sound Hummmmmm when exhaling. This mantra can be practiced all day long.
- Judy Satori has activations of light that aid this process of attaining Cosmic or Universal Mind: See www.judysatori.com and search Alpha Centauri / mind power expansion
By practicing these breathing techniques, one can unite the unconscious mind with the conscious mind, and also unite the hemispheres of the brain. The result is a state of mental Unity that lays the foundation for the mystical experience known as Enlightenment.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
(1) See “Trauma and the Freeze Response: Good, Bad, or Both? Have You Ever Been So Dissociated from Fear that You Simply Dissociated from It All?” by Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D., 15 July 2015, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201507/trauma-and-the-freeze-response-good-bad-or-both
(2) “The Photon Belt: The Coming of a New Age,” from BurlingtonNews … http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/universo/esp_cinturon_fotones_6.htm
(3) The ajna, or third eyepoint, is associated to the pineal gland in the center of the head at the level of the eyebrows. The pineal gland is connected with the pituitary gland, located slightly lower and a little more toward the front of the head, via a ‘golden cord’ of energy. For more on this, search cord at “Awakening the Soul,” by Yogi Bhajan (Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji), http://fateh.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/articles.nsf/9dee2aa6164e1d9b87256671004e06c7/e4ae53a709997198872576fd007d1747!OpenDocument
See this image of a man’s head, showing the Ajna Chakra, the pineal gland, and the pituitary gland: https://iamofthestars.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/94d0a-pinealgland.jpg
(4) See Mulabhanda in Kundalini Yoga: Bhandas or Locks, http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/bhandas.html
(5) “Arkansas Kundalini Yoga,” http://www.arkundalini.com/home/more-kundalini-yoga-information/breathe
(6) “Discover the Ida and Pingala Nadis,” by James Bailey, 28 August 2007, http://www.yogajournal.com/article/philosophy/balancing-act-2/
(7) For more on the Autonomic Nervous System, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomic_nervous_system#Sympathetic_division
(8) See “Somatic Nervous System,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_nervous_system
(9) Alternate Nostril Breathing, http://www.grdhealth.com/yogameditation/alternatenostril.php
(10) See “Breathing Practices and Pranayama in Yoga,” by Swamij, http://www.swamij.com/breath.htm#balancing
(11) See “Kundalini Awakening 2,” by Swamij, http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening-2.htm
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