Hello, Beloveds! Kimberly Cartwright here!
I am a yoga teacher and personal trainer and I am interested in how exercise affects our brain, our mood, and our creativity.
As I have practiced ACIM and done the workbook lessons, I have come to realize and appreciate how Jesus teaches us to use our bodies to locate ourselves in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus teaches us to use our body to create an internal atmosphere that is calm enough to hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit. We can use the body as if it is a vehicle. We can steer the vehicle to whatever location we want to go-either to fight, flight, fear and ego or toward relaxation, recovery and restoration with the Holy Spirit.
Those are our choices. We steer the body by using our breathing.
Breathing can take the body to the location where we can hear the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
In workbook lesson 49, “God’s Voice speaks to me All through the day”, Jesus gives a perfect description of the two nervous systems we are choosing between all day long. The two nervous systems are the fear/ego based sympathetic nervous system and and the relax, restore and recover Holy Spirit based parasympathetic nervous system.
Jesus describes the ego based nervous system in Lesson 49 this way:
“It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain”.
Jesus then says the part of the mind that is listening to the Voice of truth is “calm at rest and wholly certain”. That is the Holy Spirit based nervous system.
We can use our breathing to shift from the fight/flight ego nervous system into restore and relax Holy Spirit nervous system.
Using yogic 3 part breath, we can easily shift our experience. We can use the body as a steering wheel to go from being distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain into the state being calm, always at rest, and wholly certain.
Jesus says that the part of the mind that hears the Holy Spirit’s Voice is actually the only part there is-everything else is a wild illusion.
Breathing properly can bring us to the place in the mind where the Holy Spirit’s Voice is located.
In fact, Jesus built into ACIM many devices to allow our nervous system to access the peace of the Holy Spirit.
One of these is the use of a metered writing style called iambic pentameter, which is the same meter in which as Shakespeare wrote.
Iambic pentameter mimics the rhythm of the beating of the heart: da dum, da dum, da dum, da dum, da dum.
Jesus built into to the writing of ACIM an automatic way of calming the nervous system so that we align with calmness. From a place of calmness, we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
If I am in fight, flight or freeze, I do not hear the Holy Spirit’s voice. In order to know my right mind, I have to be available to that location.
Jesus uses everything to bring us into the direct experience of our oneness with Love.
Jesus builds devices into ACIM so that just by reading it (and I highly recommend reading the Course out loud), our bodies become the steering wheel to get us in to the location where we can easily, effortlessly and joyously hear the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
ACIM is written in the vibration of calm, rest and certainty, and when we read it aloud in the rhythmic pattern that matches the heart and we also deeply breathe we go very quickly and easily into alignment with Spirit.
The Yogic Three Part Breath
I am going to teach you yogic three part breath, which is a way of deeply breathing that calms the body and mind.
After I explain yogic three part breath, I would like for you to practice doing it! You have to breathe all day anyway, so why not breathe in a way that brings you to the Holy Spirit!!
Here are the steps:
- Putting both feet fully on the floor, sit comfortably and relax your belly muscles-don’t suck your belly in
- Make the belly big with inhale and then let the belly constrict with exhale.
- Let your belly look like a baby’s belly when breathing.
- Use your nostril to inhale and exhale, not your mouth. Nostril breath engages the lower lobes of lungs and engages the relaxation response.
- The second part of yogic three part breath is letting the ribs expand-our ribs are 365 degrees like a barrel, so as you inhale, let the back ribs fan out, let the ribs under your armpits inflate, and let the ribs that protect your heart get big.
- The third part is the upper chest, shoulders, clavicle and sternum area. After your inhale has inflated the belly and the ribs, let the breath open the clavicles, lift the heart and move the sternum forward.
- When you exhale, let the chest, ribs and belly constrict.
- Try breathing in to all three parts: inhale belly, ribs, chest, and now exhale chest, ribs and belly.
- Try closing the eyes and feel the three parts of the body as they receive and release the breath. Dive into your experience.
- Know that Jesus is right here breathing with us.
Like the most delicious lasagna, let’s enjoy all of the layers that Jesus has baked into the Course:
- the beautiful words of the Course
- the meter of the words that match the beating of our hearts
- the vibration of the Holy Spirit
- the deep breathing from the calming of our hearts
- Jesus’s Presence with us
All of these elements work together to steer our bodies into the location where we know that we and the Holy Spirit are together (actually the only thing there is).
Please read Lesson 267 aloud:
“My heart is beating in the peace of God.”
Breathe in and breath out. Let a little smile come to your face and enjoy the beauty of Jesus energy!
Here is your homework:
Please record your voice reading Lesson 267, and play it every day for seven days while practicing yogic three part breathing. You are training your nervous system to go to Holy Spirit energy easily and effortlessly.
You can use this breathing practice anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances to steer the body like a steering wheel. The breath is like the brake and the gas pedal-it can speed your vehicle up to get your energy going or slow your vehicle down to get you in alignment with the Holy Spirit’s thought system.
If you have any questions, I would love to support you in your A Course In Miracles yogic practice. I would love to hear your experiences using the breath practice.
Question: Have you tried the yogic breath practice? What was your experience with it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Thank you very much for your peace and love and the contribution you are making to saving the world!!!
Amen and Namaste!!!