The Fourteen Methods of Synchronizing with Primary Respiration – Metaphors of Interrelatedness – Post #11

Homage to Shantideva who wrote the greatest book ever on compassion:
“As long as space remains, as long as sentient beings remain, until then, may I too remain and dispel the miseries of the world.” – Shantideva

Homage to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the King of Compassion. Please guide us in this time of need:
“May I become at all times, both now and forever: a protector for those without protection; a guide for those who have lost their way; a ship for those with oceans to cross; a bridge for those with rivers to cross; a sanctuary for those in danger; a lamp for those without light; a place of refuge for those who lack shelter; and a servant to all in need.” – Shantideva

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a compassion-based practice.
“Compassion – our ability to feel the pain that we share with others.”
– Pema Chodron

There is no embodiment of order without dynamic stillness,
There is no movement in the universe without Primary Respiration.


18.  The Three Levels of PR Function in Tibetan Medicine

  1. The fourteenth synchronizing is with the three levels of PR function. These functions may occur after a neutral or in the midst of an Ignition process:
  2. The first is Gross: Guiding the constant structuring and functioning of the human body.
  3. The second is Subtle: The movement of cognition, emotions and self-awareness through the five chakras (crown, throat, heart, belly and sexual) and three channels (central and two lateral). The yoga of breath, the yoga of body and the yoga of meditation are helpful in purifying these channels. The color of PR in the central channel is aquamarine.
  4. The third is Wisdom: The movement of loving kindness and compassion emanating from the heart as purified life sustaining wind. PR at this level transforms emotional energy into wisdom energy. Wisdom PR is the self-existing energy behind the ultimate lack of duality and the felt sense of an interconnection to all life. One could say that it is the energy of enlightenment.
  5. When appropriate make a nonverbal aspiration for the client to be happy and know the sources of happiness.
  6. Principle: Biodynamic sessions begin with the totality and the neutral. The middle is Ignition. Endings are an open exploration.
  7. Principle: Everything in the universe is moved by the wisdom aspect of PR.
  8. Principle: All the above is happening simultaneously. As the elements form a body and a universe they are also dissolving a body and a universe at the same time. Biodynamics is a training in perception of the whole of life. As my wife Cathy always says: ”Slowly is Holy.”
  9. Final Principle: Psalm 46, often quoted by Sutherland and Becker, says: “Be Still and Know.”

18.  Dedication

    1. May these random thoughts of mine reverse confusion rather than cause confusion in the community of cranial practitioners and teachers that I love and respect and also love to argue with. May these ramblings of mine be a cause for compassion to flourish everywhere and bring peace to those who are not at peace. May these useless thoughts be a cause for kindness to be felt everywhere and in every body. May our hands be blessed continually with the grace of Primary Respiration. “Trust the Tide.”
    2. One More Principle:
      1. The Buddha did his enlightenment, you must do yours.
      2. “There is only one koan – You.” – Zen Master Ikkyu (1394-1481)
      3. You are your own master of your mind and emotions.



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One thought on “The Fourteen Methods of Synchronizing with Primary Respiration – Metaphors of Interrelatedness – Post #11”

  1. david garbacz says:

    well said o son of good family, well said.

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