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beyond mere words

don’t tell anybody
about this place
the woman said

but i can’t
resist the temptation
vision of paradise

heaven on earth
in her eyes
somewhere to rest

body mind spirit
safe haven beneath
clear blue skies

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Believe Me, Everything’s Going to Be All Right — Just Remember to Breathe.

Rosa Celeste: Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the...

Rosa Celeste: Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the highest Heaven, The Empyrean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have experienced the afterlife. You wouldn’t know it to look at me. But there you are. I’ve said it.

Incredible? Impossible? What is your immediate response? Simple disbelief? Or is it possible you too have had a similar experience?

Just look at how many questions that one simple statement I began with has already raised. And all this before whether or not I’m telling the truth has even been called into question yet, either.

Well, whatever, let me tell you this, then, that the statement is entirely true for me. In all honesty, I can say I have experienced the afterlife, firsthand. More than once. And the person who first took me to the other side and showed me what it’s like was my own father.

Bear in mind, however, that my father committed suicide when I was 16 months old. So maybe it’s only fitting it should have been he who acted as my guide in this respect.

It’s getting pretty surreal about now, isn’t it?

But it didn’t feel that way at the time. Believe me, I was experiencing my own personal nirvana. This was the peak experience of my life. All I had ever wanted in life was to meet and talk to the father I had never known. And here he was, guiding me to the edge of the great cosmic honey-mind of souls that awaits us in the afterlife.

Welcome to Breathwork. Because, if you can believe it, the above description pretty much encapsulates my own first introduction to the alternative therapy practice previously known as rebirthing.

“But what is it?” you ask.

Ok, it might help if I tell you another name for it is “conscious connected breathing“. Simply put, one joins the out-breath to the in-breath, with no pause in between.

And that’s it. Within roughly 10 to 15 minutes you too could be experiencing your own altered states of consciousness, although to be fair it is ultimately best to be in the presence of a Breathwork practitioner when you do it.

I myself was so amazed by the whole experience, I even started training to become a Breathworker/Breathwork practitioner myself. Really, I guess, my impulse in regard to this came out of an almost evangelical urge to share what I had experienced with others. Or more, precisely, to help put people in touch with their own personal experience of nirvana.

But I’ve put my training on hold for a while. Because essentially I still fall into the category of being a wounded healer. My own sense of self and well-being, I find, is something I need to work on. Yet if this weren’t the case, trust me, I’d be rebirthing anyone and everyone I could lay hands on.

Now, I’m not saying you’d have the exact same experience I did, if you went ahead and tried Breathwork for yourself. But I am saying the transformational healing power that was unlocked in me by my own experiences is unlike anything else I have ever felt.

Moreover, the results have been extremely long lasting. And, in fact, the all-encompassing atonement I felt when I first realized I was in the “literal” presence of my father has stayed with me ever since, absolutely indelibly. We made our peace with each other that day; I really and sincerely believe this to be the case.

And so, in conclusion, while absolutely nothing could have prepared me for this incredible experience and my first ever taste of Breathwork, all I can say is I sincerely hope the same holds to be true for you too…