JUST WHY AND JUST HOW
The Solar Plexus, or sun center, is to the human body precisely what the visible sun is to the solar system. It is the source of all life and light; it is the manufacturer of life and light.
The sun manufactures light and heat by inhaling that which transcends light and heat. The sun breathes. It inhales “spirit” and exhales light and heat-- intelligent will.
The solar plexus inhales light and heat and exhales magnetism; another form of intelligent will; a finer form; a more intelligent will, and therefore more powerful as well as finer.
If the sun were to cease breathing, there would be nothing left for the solar plexus to breathe. Life would cease to manifest. If the sun were to breathe spasmodically, only half filling itself with “spirit,” then would there be a poverty of light and heat. The effect of such a poverty of light and heat you can see in plants or persons kept in dungeons.
We are taught to believe that man breathes with his lungs alone, when the truth is that he breathes with every cell of his body. And each pore of his body, inside and out, is an avenue for the transmission of sunlight and heat to the great laboratory of the body, the solar plexus. The solar plexus is the body’s breathing center, where sunlight and heat are transmuted to magnetism.
All disorders of the human body and brain are due to shutting off the sun's rays before they can reach the solar plexus. The deep and regular breather CANNOT be sick or mentally weak.
Just one thing prevents the breath from reaching the solar center; a closing of the pores, outward and inward. A stooping position will cramp and close many of time lung pores; tight clothing will shut up not only lung pores, but others as well. But first and last and always, and with more power than is contained in all other things combined, will THE MIND contract the pores and rob body and brain of life and light.
FEAR is the great robber. Watch the effect of a single fear upon yourself—see how you cringe, shrivel and contract; see how you clinch your hands and curl up your toes; see how you expel the air from your lungs and hold it expelled; and you can guess, at least, how fear keeps you out of your own. This cringing and curling and shrinking is habit with the human race. Human beings are trained to fear past, present and future; themselves and their “enemies not to mention their friends; trained to fear what is without and what is within; fear the devil and God too. Is it any wonder fear is a habit, and a good, full breath an unheard of thing to the majority of human beings? The one problem of the human race is to get rid of the fears so assiduously cultivated for so many ages. No need to tell the fearless one to “breathe freely.” He does it without thought or effort. As a consequence, his body is large and strong.
Every effort of the individual is for the one purpose of freeing him to breathe; to inhale intelligent will; retain it until it has rejuvenated every cell and become tinctured with the essence of his being; and to EXHALE it as still more intelligent will for the accomplishment of his purposes. Man breathes in intelligent will; focuses it within; and radiates it in new and more powerful form. He who breathes correctly appropriates intelligence and will from the sun. The freer his breathing the greater the degree of intelligent will, he who breathes freely acts freely. He who breathes deeply thinks deeply.
Only fear prevents free thought. Only restricted thought prevents free breathing.
Get rid of fear and you will need no teaching to breathe freely.
Thought and action are one. Every thought is action, but we are not yet trained to see the finer motions of thought; therefore we say “thought sometimes prompts action “; not realizing that ALL THOUGHT IS MOTION, AND ALL MOTION IS THOUGHT.
One class of thinkers says breathing exercises are a necessity to a well-balanced mind and body. Another class says only thinking is necessary—the breathing will follow. Both are right, because BREATHING IS THINKING AND THINKING IS BREATHING
A man can no more breathe without thinking than he can think without breathing. The instant circulation of breath ceases, that instant there is no motion. No motion is annihilation.
A thinking exercise is a breathing exercise; a breathing exercise, or any other kind of an exercise, is a thinking exercise.
An exercise well done is one in which is put ALL the thought that it can contain; an exercise half done is one unwillingly, unintelligently done. The former is correct thinking; the latter is slovenly half thinking.
Somewhere away down in the animal kingdom we used to know how to breathe. That was before we learned to be scared at God and the devil—not to mention ourselves and other people. But by scare-thinking we developed time habit of half breathing. Half breathing is a habit of the human race. That is, on the male side. The female side lives on quarter breathing; because it has been taught to fear more things than men, and because women are more apt anyway at learning. Women have learned to shrink and lean. Not content with this, they have bound their feet and hands and laced themselves into strait jackets - -the most infernal machine imaginable for squeezing, the solar plexus out of all semblance to a radiating center, and shutting off the breath of life.
All this habit must be overcome in the only way possible—by the establishment of new habits; new habits of breathing, of thinking. Remember, breathing and thinking are ONE.
Therefore I say unto you, men and women, but especially women, BREATHE. And keep on breathing until you establish the habit of full, free breathing. You people who have been trying to think yourselves into the free kingdom and who wonder why you seem to make so little progress, just set to work and breathe for dear life. That will help you as nothing else will. Just the very kind of thought we call “breathing” is the thought which frees from fear. The weak, sick, timid ones are the breathless ones. Asthmatics, consumptives and nervous folks need nothing but breath and plenty of it, to heal them completely. And they are the very ones who will not breathe if they can get out of it. They immure themselves in hot, airless rooms and gasp and gurgle and bewail fate; because they have been for years-- —for generations, perhaps—trying to get along without breath. This is their habit of thought.
Well, there is salvation—a new habit of thought. Practice breathing even half as diligently as you have practiced not breathing and you work out the salvation that is within you.
I will tell you just how to begin and just how to keep at it; and if you will practice faithfully for one short month you will be thoroughly convinced. And if you will keep at it until you have made full breathing a habit of thought you will be a new creature; sorrow and melancholy, fears and fighting will have ceased forever. Energy, ambition, power, joy will have grown up in their place; your shrunken and bent body will have straightened up; you will stand with a curve extra in the small of your back, instead of with one curve at the shoulders, such as you had when you were a monkey; you will walk with a spring, on the ball of the foot, instead of coming down on your heels or shuffling along any old way; your eyes will be bright and steady and ready to look kindly into every other pair of eyes; your mouth will be straight instead of drooping at the corners as in the old wailing days, and your lips will be soft and sweet to kiss; your skin will be fresh and clear and your voice will ring out, like bells over quiet waters, instead of being smothered in your throat and tinctured-with whines or snarls as of old; in short, you will be a new being, born again of the “spirit” and ready to live and love and do.
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