If you want to use breathing as your “waking up to success” process, then, first you need to build your energy/prana to such a high level that you are retaining more energy than you use up.
If you do that, first your basic energy demands are met, and then, your surplus energy will have to find new places to go to, which are the areas of yourself, that you have previously shut down, because of traumas and mis-learnings. When your excess energy reaches your restricted areas, it will unlock them and expand you beyond your normal restrictions.
During your expansion process you may have a knee-jerk reaction to resist your new experience. Such a resistance shows up as a holding back – a tightening of your muscles – called “Tetany”. Eventually, you’ll surrender to and enjoy this heightened experience, and thus you let go of Tetany.
You should celebrate when you get Tetany, because then you know you are breathing beyond your Breathing Threshold and therefore a true transformation is taking place.
Tetany is a temporary tightening of some of your muscles.
Tetany is always safe
Tetany is a temporary reaction, that will pass within minutes. You will always leave a Natural Breathing session with your body functioning perfectly.
The first time you have Tetany, it can be startling, if you don’t know what Tetany is and how it works, because the first experience of Tetany is that you feel you lose control of your hands, arms, mouth and face. Your muscles get stiff and you can’t move.
Actually, you can move. You can take total control of your body, if you get distracted out of your resistance. Like, if the fire-alarm goes off, you will instantly act normally and get out.
After you have had the experience of Tetany you know it is safe.
When you feel safe with Tetany, you’ll find it, not only interesting, but valuable to your success.
Most people get Tetany at some time during their sessions.
Tetany is considered an important learning experience of letting go of control.
If you never have Tetany, you are not building a surplus of energy, through breathing and you don’t get-out-of-the-way enough, to arise above your Breathing Threshold, but stay within your no-real-change safe zone.
Should you avoid Tetany?
Some people say you should avoid Tetany. They believe that Tetany is making you too vulnerable and should be avoided and thus they have come up with ways to avoid it, like short 15-minute sessions, breathing through the nose, some inhales and then hold your breath, shallow breathing, moving, dancing, focus outwards on intent, sound etc. These are ways to use up excess energy and miss the magic of a surplus energy, and thus inhibit real transformation.
With the support of an experienced Breath Coach, you can learn to remain above your Breathing Threshold, where Tetany becomes your ally and guide you to let go and live in the now.
Tetany is a “wake-up” call
To let go of something, you first must become aware of what it is that you are letting go of. Tetany is such a strong wake-up call, you can’t ignore it. Tetany is your ally, making sure you don’t harbor mis-taken judgments.
Paying attention to when Tetany shows up, you have a reminder, that you are resisting something.
Honestly investigating your mind, you’ll find “a NO” to something – anything. When you recognize your “no”, Tetany goes away.
Tetany shows up when you build energy, and uncover any buried resistance, and you resist letting it go. By investigating what mind-block you have, and surrendering to it, Tetany goes away, instantly.
Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by resistance
Tetany is a tensing of muscles and thus pull you below your Breathing Threshold.
Be clear on that it is not the Natural Breathing that is causing Tetany, but part of your journey to releasing resistance to accepting your present life.
Accepting all your experiences leaves you relaxed and free.
Tetany can be caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide
Sometimes, if you struggle and resist a lot, you’ll start to push your exhale out so much that you get a lack of carbon-dioxide. Your body reacts by tightening up, to stop your excessive exhaling, until your breathing is balanced again.
This kind of Tetany does not come from inhaling too much oxygen, even though some call this hyperventilation, but is the correction to exhaling too much carbon-dioxide.
Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide: “Stop pushing the exhale out”. “Slow down your exhale”. “Relax your exhale”. “Focus on your inhale.”
The ideal way to use Tetany
I call the ideal Natural Breathing session “Walking the Edge of Tetany”. If you don’t ever experience Tetany, you don’t have the right combination of adding energy and using up energy, leaving you without actually retaining more energy than you use up.
The most effective way to do a Natural Breathing session is to breathe so much that you start to notice a little Tetany. Once you notice Tetany, you inquire what it is you are saying “no” to. Once you recognize what you are saying “no” to, that unconscious resistance is gone.
In one session you can go through many breath releases, if you breathe up a storm, notice your resistance, and what you are resisting, and then let it go. Every such incident accomplishes your next level of love, peace and success.
Excerpt from Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL