How to get more from the Quantum Light Breath
Jeru was an early Osho disciple and was very much a part of the early Osho sangha. He created the QLB meditation we share on Tuesdays at OMC. Here are soem words written by him in the early 90s about QLB meditation:
First, expect deep and powerful changes to happen to you. The QLB will clean out impurities and toxins from all the various aspects of your being, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Please bear in mind that the Quantum Light Breath is basically a meditation or inner experience. It was developed as a technique to cut through the mind without dealing directly with it.
After 20 years of working with thousands and thousands of peoples’ minds, I have seen conclusively that the best way to deal with the mind is to change our attitude toward it. We have made it all-powerful through our belief in it. If we can change our attitude toward the mind, the mind itself will change because the mind is our own creation.
The basic part of the mind is the subconscious which is like an enormous computer that stores everything – including every traumatic experience since birth. The strange thing is that the subconscious believes that all of these traumatic experiences are still happening. In other words, the subconscious doesn’t see these memories as simple documents of something that is now gone forever. Rather, it is like a child sitting in front of a television set, literally believing everything it sees. Because the mind believes these old events are constantly reoccurring (or could reoccur) it is constantly creating protective thoughts, attitudes, strategies, etc. These, in turn, lead to defensive behavior including the tensing of the physical body to create body protection or body armor. This tension also can be in the internal organs, preventing the body from functioning in an optimum way. All of this tension and the fear behind it have a tremendous influence on our lives.
In practicing the Quantum Light Breath it is essential to open to the rather radical idea that “Only NOW is.” NOW is all there is. The so-called past doesn’t exit. It is gone forever. The Future never comes. Only this moment is real. Memories are fantasies. And fantasies in themselves are harmless. However, if, like the child sitting in front of the television we choose to believe in them, they will have the same effect on us as if they were real. But, even in a case like this, it is not the memories/fantasies that are causing the trouble but rather the mind’s tendency to believe in them.
Most therapists (medical, psychological or spiritual) also take the attitude that what the mind fears is actually real. In dealing only with symptoms, they fail to see that the problem is that the mind is believing in fantasy and that we then believe what the mind tells us. But, reality gets lost. The NOW is ignored. To ignore the NOW is to ignore our real life. Memories are not our real lives. Memories are dead and therefore have no life of their own. They seem to have life only when we choose to believe in them (and when we choose to give them energy). Therefore, if you don’t’ have a problem right NOW, in this very moment, you simply don’t have a problem. You may imagine that you do. But it is exactly at that point that you have a choice – to believe in the fantasy or not. When you stop believing that you have a problem, you will also stop reacting to this imaginary problem. Your tension, your blocks, your armor, your defensive attitudes and strategies will simply disappear.
When you stop believing that you’re being chased by an imaginary tiger, you will automatically stop running. So it’s not the tiger that is the problem. The problem is a mind that believes that this fantasy tiger is real and therefore wont’ let us stop running. The Quantum Light Breath is based on the realization that the tiger is not real. And this is what must be practiced in daily life. Learn to separate genuine problems (extremely rare) from imaginary ones (a constant flow).
The purpose of the Quantum Light Breath is to help you learn and practice to do just that: see the artificiality of the mind and gradually become its master instead of being its slave.
The approach we are taking with the QLB is that the content of the mind is made up of memories which are basically harmless, but which need to be released. If not released, they will continue to affect us at the subconscious level.
Before a QLB Session
A warm-up is highly recommended. It helps you to relax and get rid of any kind of nervousness that you may have. This can be in the form of dancing or shaking. Shake the hands as vigorously as possible, keep the whole body loose so that it also stars to shake and breathe as deeply and fully as possible. This can be done for about 10 minutes or longer to any lively music.
During a QLB Session
The energy created by the breathing will bring up this old material in the form of thoughts, emotions, thought-forms or physical sensations. When this happens these emissions are to be released by allowing them to be there. Take no notice. Don’t resist or fight with whatever comes up. Just allow. By allowing we give the message to the subconscious that the material is unimportant and the subconscious will therefore let go of it.
DO keep your awareness focused on the NOW of your breath. Always stay with the breath. DO allow the emotions to arise but DON’T go into them as you’ve often been advised. Some people experience unusual physical sensations in the first few sessions. This can feel like a numbness or a stiffness. Or a tingling. Or a tightening. This is usually because the energy in that particular are is not moving feely. After a few sessions these sensations seldom appear. This usually means that whatever was blocking the energy has been released
AFTER A QLB SESSION
Most people will continue processing after the session is over, sometimes for several days. So be aware of this, especially the following day. You may find your dreams strongly influenced, in turn influencing how you feel during the day. Be especially watchful for “negative” emotions since these are the kind that are repressed. As this old material is activated, you may feel that the emotions you are experiencing are coming from present situations.
It is essential to recognize that these emotions are actually stored memories of old, dead emotions ready to be released. If you believe that these memories are real and consequently act on them, you will give them importance and they will not be released or resolved. However, if you allow them to be there but focus your awareness on the reality of NOW, they will quickly disappear. Be especially watchful of feelings that are difficult to define. They may be from experiences from the pre-verbal level. These are to be handled in the same way.
After One or More QLB Sessions
If you breathe deeply enough, you will initially experience releases that are dramatic and cathartic. These cathartic releases can elicit either “negative” or “positive” emotions (both are extremely healing). For example, they can range from intense anger to oceanic ecstasy and bliss. These more dramatic experiences will gradually become less frequent as you clear up the subconscious. As the negative feelings become less frequent, the positive ones will increase. You will become more accustomed to the “high” spaces. You will be more grounded, more confident, more satisfied with yourself and your life. Your relationships will become more open, more honest and more rewarding. Your goals will be clearer and you will achieve them in a way that sometimes seems magically effortless.
As you begin to expand, you may find that at some point your subconscious becomes afraid of further expansion. This is Fear of the Positive. As strange as it may sound, the subconscious is actually afraid of getting what it wants and, at this stage, needs reassurance. If it doesn’t get this reassurance it often resists further expansion, feeling it will be punished if things get too good. This resistance to continuing the Quantum Light Breath will usually be indirect: getting sick, having an accident, being “too tired” or “too busy”, or “too bored” or any number of ways to avoid actually breathing. Sometimes the resistance will be felt while the breathing is taking place. It is very important not to surrender to this resistance. These are times when you are on the verge of reaching another level of expansion and transformation. Growth comes in moving beyond the old limitations. Best would be to set yourself a schedule for doing the breathing – and then stick to it regardless of the excuses your mind will find to avoid it. It is OK to do the QLB as often as you like, even every day if you want to. Once you actually begin, you are past the biggest hurdle. The primary reason for resistance will not be fear of something negative but rather fear of the positive, fear of blossoming, fear of ecstasy. Just keep breathing and focusing on the NOW.
A Special Note about Physical Transformation
Because the breathing will evoke a deep cleansing process, one should be alert to the symptoms of a physical cleansing. The body has various ways of expelling toxins that have been stored. Many of these are mildly unpleasant while they are being released. Toxins that are being purged from the body through the breathing are first dumped into the blood stream. It’s the blood stream’s job to then expel the toxins. But while these toxins are still in the blood stream (at most a few hours) and before they are expelled you may experience some sleepiness, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, arthritic-like pains in the joints, headaches or nervousness. If and when this happens, do not be disturbed or try to stop the process. Allow it to happen. You are cleansing yourself. Taking aspirin, etc. only hinders the natural cleansing process. On the other hand, do get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and above all, breathe. Light exercise, like walking, is excellent for speeding up the process. Just remember while it’s happening that you are becoming cleaner, lighter, healthier and more intelligent.