What is Prana?
Prana is the Sanskrit
word for energy. Stress management and deep relaxation is best
achieved through deep breathing or pranayama.
The entire Universe, at every level and in every form, is made
up of energy. This energy is known as prana.
Your body is a form of prana,
so are your thoughts and feelings, so is light. These forms of
prana differ from one another in terms
of the rate and amplitude of their vibrations. Solids are prana in a grosser form; thoughts,
in a finer form. The finest form of prana
is white light or the sound OM.
This light or sound, which could also be called Delta is then
moulded and manipulated by the mind to create the endless feelings
and forms that we experience on the Beta level.
We learned at school that you couldn't destroy energy; you can
only change its form. Every quantum of energy is interchangeable
with every other one, and there is continuous change; continuous
transformation of energy from one form to another. Thus, everything
in the Universe is interrelated, and there is no death; only the
changing of form.
We presently find ourselves stuck at the grossest level of consciousness,
the Beta plane. Our purpose is now to work our way back through
Alpha, Theta and then, finally, into Delta. Until the final Delta
state is reached, an individual keeps his separate identity. And
this separate being is a conduit through which energy passes.
This separate entity is able to receive prana
at a vibration similar to the level of consciousness, or colour,
at which there is still attachment. Thus, if you are attached
to Beta you are limited to the physical plane and you receive
prana in a physical form. This is through food, water, and air.
Some of this prana is
expended in gross muscle activity and reproduction, while another
part of the prana is transformed into a finer form,
which is used for feelings and thought.
When you have succeeded in fully breaking the identification
with your body, senses and thoughts, or Beta levels, prana becomes available to you at a higher vibrational rate. This
higher vibration energy will then allow you move still higher
until you finally reach Delta. This is achieved by deepening your
Alpha state, through breathing and meditation exercises, allowing
you to transcend thoughts and merge into pure consciousness. This
is the highest form of awareness. Short of this state, however,
there are many intermediate steps in which you need to become
free of attachments, so that there is no unfinished business at
the lower levels.