“The Seven Ancient Heart Imagery Exercises” with Daniel Mitel
The Seven Ancient Heart Imagery Exercises
(excerpt from the book “Heart Imagery: A Path To Enlightenment” by Daniel Mitel)
“Are there any physical exercises or specific breathing techniques involved in the Heart Imagery system?” I asked the Masters.
“Yes,” replied Karma Dorje. “There are a set of seven exercises that were brought here some years ago from a Tibetan monastery by an Englishman. He had spent time with a group of Masters, similarly to how you are doing today here with us.”
“We have noticed,” continued Tenzin Dhargey, “that only five of the exercises are used in the spiritual communities outside of Tibet, and they are not used correctly. The breathing technique had never been explained properly: how each breath is supposed to be coordinated with physical movement”.
“The most important part of the exercises, which is the breathing, must be understood correctly if we wish to have any energetically effect out of it,” continued Karma Dorje.
“All seven exercises are to be performed using Reversed Breathing; reversed breathing is the same way as normal breathing, just as you do in your morning Tai Chi, dear Tenzin.”
Indeed when I do Tai Chi, I breathe opposite to Natural Breathing. In Natural Breathing, as we inhale, we expand our stomach and abdomen, in contraction, and we bring it back as we exhale. Natural breathing is also called “Post-Birth Breathing” as it is the normal breathing system we use after our birth.
However, Reversed Breathing is completely opposite to Natural Breathing. This means that, when we inhale, we contract the stomach and abdomen and, when we exhale, we relax it and expand. At the same time, when we inhale, we gently contract our perineum muscle at the base of our body. When we contract our perineum muscle at the base of our body, there is also a slight contraction of our genitals and anus muscle.
Reversed breathing is widely used in some traditional spiritual schools: Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and some other spiritual systems.
“People believe that these exercises are Tibetan, but it is not true. These exercises come from the same source as Heart Imagery: the Adamic Race. In fact, these exercises are considered to be the ‘physical’ component of Heart Imagery,” Karma Dorje said.
“The effect of doing these seven exercises is beyond that which the human mind can understand, dear Tenzin,” continued Karma Dorje with a smile.
“Many practitioners experience a sense of gaining strength, becoming more powerful, even younger. However, when we talk about Heart Imagery, the most important result for us is the cleaning of the mind and connecting our energy to Source, to the Pranic Ocean of the Universe that is around and within us,” Tenzin Dhargey described the effect of the exercises.
“Some people,” continued Tenzin Dhargey, “believe that one needs a strong body to do these exercises, especially exercises number two, four and five, but it is not about body. It is about a strong desire and will to do them. Of course, if your physical body has a problem you can choose to do just some exercises that are suitable for your condition.”
“It is imperative that these exercises are done on an empty stomach and before beginning the Heart Imagery exercises,” Karma Dorje pointed out. “They are usually done in sets of three. So, if you do three of each, you perform a total of twenty-one exercises. You can go up to six, nine, twelve, fifteen or twenty-one of each. If you do twenty-one of each exercise, you reach one hundred forty-seven exercises, which require much time and a great desire to do it! Between each exercise, it is good to pause for five to ten-seconds.”
“When you perform the exercises,” continued Tenzin Dhargey, “you must use a specific mantra that charges your cells: ‘I am pure love and bliss, I am in light and peace’. This mantra must be done on each inhale and exhale. When you breathe in, you usually mentally chant the first half of the mantra: ‘I am pure love and bliss’ and when you breathe out you chant the second part: ‘I am in light and peace’.”
“Other than cleaning the mind and preparing for Heart Imagery, do these exercises have any other effect? I asked the Masters.
“Yes, they do have another powerful effect, dear Tenzin. These exercises help you release and dissolve chronic tensions and emotional traumas that have stacked been up in your body for years; maybe for lives,” explained Karma Dorje.
“There are three places in our bodies where the emotional traumas are stored,” continued Tenzin Dhargey. “They are the psoas muscles, the heart muscle and the central and lower part of our brain. If we have a traumatic experience, three things are happen. First, the psoas muscles, which are located on the side lumbar region of the spine protecting the edge of the pelvis, start to contract and remain contracted until the danger or the shock is over. Secondly, the heart muscle goes into a similar deep chronic tension, until the emotional trauma is gone. Thirdly, inside our brain, both the pituitary and pineal gland, store the traumatic experience until it is over.”
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE ONE (“THE WHEEL”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE TWO (“TIBETAN ABS”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE THREE (“THE WALL”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE FOUR (“THE TABLE”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE FIVE (“THE DOG AND THE SNAKE”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE SIX (“THE EMPTINESS”)
- THE SEVEN ANCIENT HEART IMAGERY EXERCISES – EXERCISE SEVEN (“THE SPHERE”)