inspired being

“All you need to do is breathe. The teachings will come. Immerse yourself. There may not be a certificate at the end, but not everyone taking a plane needs to learn how to be the pilot.”

inspire: (1) fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative ; (2) inhale

Je dis en français : «laissez-vous être inspirés».

A direct translation may be “Let yourself be inspired.” This play on words doesn’t have the same affect in English. Even though ‘to inspire’ has the same meanings, English-speakers rarely use it that way, it would be better said “Let yourself be breathed.”

 

Teacher in Training

I get asked this a lot : Do you train other facilitators?
My answer is: no, not now.

My reason has many parts. The main part is that it is not, at this moment, my highest calling. Yes, I have, by now, 6+ years experience with a sample size of 2000+ participants in small group contexts. And I LOVE sharing my learnings with the breath, whether in a personalised therapeutic sessions, initiatory discoveries in group ceremonies, or ceremonies with teachings in the Immersion (retreat) context. But training others to be facilitators? Not now. I’m still learning myself.

I imagine that if I had poured as much energy, time, and resources into my breathwork practise in the last 3-4 years as I had other work, maybe I’d have developed a training programme, or been more involved with the International Breathwork Foundation, or maybe have written a book like Dan Brulé and Giten Tonkov (which are great, by the way). No, I haven’t yet contributed to the breathwork world in these ways. My focus has been on my other passion and sense of right livelihood, what I call the Breath of Five. Nevertheless, conscious connected breathwork has always been at the core of all my lessons and continues to be the core of all my teachings. Indeed, as I embody the breath-as-medicine, I am able to translate and transmit how the breath is the ultimate teacher.

And so I have let the breath inform, infuse, and influence everything I offer. The primordial nature of this modality is inspiration enough. Because it is practically synonymous with life itself, the breath doesn’t have a trademark: Essence, Transformational, Biodynamic, Holotropic, Clarity, Rebirthing….

I AM the breath.
You are the breath, too.
And it needn’t have a name.

Embodiment and continual offerings, both in individual therapeutic contexts as well as ceremonial, are my contribution to the world of breath work. I have been inspired by and I bow to the teachers and leaders who have taken charge of training other teachers. Teacher and trainer need not be the same thing, however. I pay tribute to those from whom I have learned by continuing to breathe others. That continuation is my contribution.

I’m a tributary. This is how I currently teach.

All you need to do is breathe. The teachings will come. Immerse yourself. There may not be a certificate at the end, but not everyone taking a plane needs to learn how to be the pilot.

Enjoy the ride.

Let it take you to your destination.

Let yourself be breathed.

 

 

 

 

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breath business

Even if you have no home, no clothing, and you have no support, what can you not be stripped of?

Your breath.

No matter how deeply you are stripped of all of your safety mechanisms, it is only so that you can begin again a brand new timeline where you say “All I need is your breath.” And when you say that, life goes, ‘Aaaaahhhh, a new being is awakening’.

– Matt Kahn

In 2014, I began leading Breathwork circles. It was new to me. A direction shift. A game changer. A new sense of right livelihood. I travelled all over North America to attend trainings and retreats. I learned a lot. I was on a mission. It was a big inhale.

Since then, I’ve held circles or had one-on-one sessions with over 2000 people in a dozen countries. I was able to do this thanks, in part, to the platform I used exclusively for ‘promotion’: Facebook.

In early 2019, my Facebook account was disabled indefinitely and with no explanation.

I appealed dozens of times with no response. In 2014, I set up a Facebook account in order to share the Breath with people via a page (I didn’t have an account until then and had no desire to). It was easy. I didn’t even think that I was doing myself a disservice. I didn’t think to have a separate e-mail list or get people’s phone numbers. Breathing I was good at; business, not so much.

Over 5 years, many people came to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ my Facebook page. I didn’t pay for likes and I advertised events but a handful of times (which didn’t really work well). I got good at understanding how Facebook works. It is such an intelligent and nearly irresistible tool. Now, I am unable to reach those who I breathed with, or those who would still breathe with me. It was a big exhale.

I’m sharing this with you now, via my website, so that I know that what I’m sharing is in my own hands. I miss being able to connect with all the breathers out there who may want to know when the next circle is, or when I’m available to receive them, or how to organise an Immersion.

I’ll still use Facebook to share the Breath. I’ll even use Instagram. But I’ve learned my lesson: putting my business exclusively in the hands of an organisation that can take it away is to divest my sovereignty and, more importantly, the means of connection I have with you.

So, it starts anew here. A big inhale.

There is a part of me that cringes at mixing business and medicine together.
There is a part of me that is happy and excited to be able to share with you what I have learned and have come to embody.
Ultimately, all parts of me are awash in gratitude for having anything to share with you at all—and the means with which to share it. I can only share the Breath in this way because you meet me.

And so I thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

I couldn’t do this without you.

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