Introduction & Background
The Hong-Sau pranayam (breathing technique) is a powerful ancient method for quieting the entire body and conscious mind, thereby allowing subconscious material to surface for review and ultimate release. It is an extraordinarily powerful technique and it is important to read through this entire document before beginning its practice.
This one mantra (sacred sound) has been used for thousands of years in many different ways, however, these all primarily revolve around achieving profound relaxation of all the body’s systems, at which point profound healing and release can occur.
Until recently, it was largely kept secret – deemed too powerful for the uninitiated masses and passed down over thousands of years between yogi’s and their disciples living in solitude in the Himalaya mountains. However, in the 1970’s the technique was finally transmitted to a Westerner who had been studying with the Tantric masters in the sacred mountains for many years. She was instructed to bring it to the West and told that those who it was appropriate for would be attracted to her work, writings and teachings. And so it is – if you are reading this, you have been called to this meditation to reach higher levels of conscious awareness.
Do not think that because you have found this technique through ordinary means that it is no less profound. Quite the contrary. This practice requires great respect and if you approach it in this way, you will be presented with a rapid and potent method of removing subconscious blocks, which is a truly priceless experience indeed.
In this holographic Uni-verse every part is inseparable from the whole. In other words all creation is interconnected and interdependent. When you clear your physical-mental-emotional-spirit body you clear the way for Creator’s Primordial Conscious Power to flow through you with solutions, blessings, and magic. All that is asked, when they appear, is that you say thank you.
Effects of the Meditation
The practice of the Hong-Sau technique stimulates the nervous system. It cleans out the subconscious debris that clogs the energetic channels of the body. Over a period of time, all of the attachments to the past and future will be removed from the mind. All your hidden fears and neuroses come up for observation. Being the un-involved witness allows you to release them, permanently. And so this process relieves the mind of all its tensions and subconscious debris, the source of all physical and mental suffering.
1) As you inhale, mentally recite the word “Hong” as you feel the sound
energy traveling down from the third eye (between the eyebrows) throughout
the length of the spinal cord and down into the base of the spine (the
perineum — between the genitals and anus).
2) As you exhale, mentally recite the word ‘Sau’ as you reverse the energy
flow, beginning at the perineum and imagining the energy flowing up your
spine, neck and out again through your third eye.
Note: The Hong-Sau has a tendency to change in meditation. Sometimes it
will sound like Hong-Sau, sometimes it will switch to So Hum. It might start
going in reverse so the inhale becomes ‘Sau’ and the exhale becomes ‘Hong’.
This is fine and natural – do not fight it. Just allow it to oscillate until you
reach the point of breathlessness.
3) Continue this practice for whatever length of time is comfortable for you.
This may be 10 minutes or an hour or more.
4) If you reach the point of breathlessness, you may feel compelled to stop
the visualization technique and simply experience this expanded,
transcendental state. This is totally natural and should not be resisted. You
may either continue the technique when the breath returns or stop the
meditation if you feel so inclined.
5) After the meditation is concluded, sit quietly for a few minutes and reflect
on what came up for you and how you feel. Set your intention to release all
negative emotions and subconscious traumas that have come up during the
meditation, if any. Sometimes we are consciously aware of what has come up
and other times we are not. It is irrelevant, as the meditation still works as
intended whether you consciously realize it
During the meditation, some individuals may spontaneously feel as if they no longer have the need to breathe. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as you still retain the ability to breathe whenever you desire. It is not a loss of
control, but rather a releasing of the subconscious need to breathe. When
your body requires oxygen again you will start breathing once more as if you
Note: You do not need to stop breathing to get the full effects of this
meditation. It is mentioned here as something to be aware of so that if you
feel this urge, you do not become afraid or resist, but instead welcome it as
part of the natural flow of the meditation.
This practice can produce psychic abilities. When you stop the breath, you
can pick up telepathically what another person is thinking. When the breath
is calm, the mind is calm and then impressions can be received. If you are
receptive, the symbols are intelligible and the lessons manifest in your life.
Hong-Sau is the internal sound that is going on within your body as you
inhale and exhale. The breath contains this mantra (sacred sound) and that is
the key that will take you to a very profound space.
Tips For Practice
The Hong-Sau meditation has the effect of cleansing your subconscious mind of negative patterning, limiting beliefs, traumas and anything that does not serve your highest good. As this ‘mental debris’ is cleared, it may resurface and need to be consciously released once and for all.
What this means is that you may find yourself feeling the emotions or
thoughts associated with these negative subconscious patterns as they come
up to be cleared. It is very important that you do not get stuck reexperiencing
these old memories. This is not difficult to achieve, but requires
sincere forgiveness of yourself and whoever else was involved in the
formation of this negative thought/memory. Then you can take a deep breath
and deep exhale, releasing this negativity from your mind and soul forever. It
is helpful to imagine the negativity leaving your body as black mass as you
deeply exhale and expel it from your system.
No matter how painful the experience, you must forgive yourself and those
involved and RELEASE IT. It is helpful to remind yourself that all experiences we have in this lifetime, no matter how tragic or painful, serve to help us learn and grow. While that may be difficult to accept, it is a truth you must acknowledge and embrace if you are to overcome your traumas. We can only transcend negative experiences and thoughts when we accept them as part of our personal journey of spiritual development and growth and release any negative emotions surrounding them through sincere forgiveness.
It may take a few tries to sincerely forgive yourself, but it will happen if you
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