Breathing, Life and Spirit

Are Almost Synonymous!

Take in the breath of life…Spirit.

 The most challenging aspect of staying in the present, in the NOW, can be achieved in large measure by focusing on our breathing. Words in ancient texts in a variety of languages that are translated into English as “spirit” also may be translated accurately as “breath” and to be fair, “wind.”

All healing modalities, even so-called western medicine, recognize the need to be able to breathe in a healthy manner. Likewise, western medicine has also in a significant way adopted a proactive stance on the health benefits of meditation and all forms of meditation start with a focus on our breath — not past breath, not a breath in the future, but this breath here and now in this present moment.

Ever increasing and across the spectrum of every facet of society, including business, religion and science, meditation is being recognized as a benefit to health and this takes us into arguing about which method of meditation is superior. Almost every meditation technique incorporates deep breathing as an integral part.

LET’S FORGET, for just a moment, ANY method or system of meditation and focus ONLY on breathing.

It has been amply proven that you can live for months without food, several days without water, but only minutes without breathing, with practice the minutes can be increased to a longer time element than minutes, but only just.

Holding on to past moments breath does not feed the body…you need new Spirit.

In other words, breath is vital for vibrant LIFE and whether it is synonymous with SPIRIT depends upon point of view, it could, however, be interesting to contemplate for a moment that the same ancient texts in a variety of ancient languages from which the English term Eternal Life is translated are accurately translated as NOW, one thing many experts agree upon, is focusing on our breath is one of the simplest ways to bring us into NOW.

This is not the nature of the average mind. The average mind dwells in what has been and is anxious over what will or might be in the future. Even those who think of themselves as spiritual consider what foods are best to eat and plan their days around meals and meal times.

The average mind thinks about the to-do lists for several tomorrows and the unpleasant experiences we’ve had in the past. The times we focus on what’s NOW are rare.

Enter this moment by breathing in…what now?

When our minds are in the past or in the future we miss out on NOW and if it is possible that NOW equates to an alternative existence we might refer to as eternal, including the beauty and blessings in our present surroundings then we miss out on the spiritual side of LIFE.

Even those of us who consider ourselves spiritual think about what we’ll have for breakfast, the day’s to-do list, or the unpleasant conversations and experiences we had yesterday. The times the mind actually stays in the present are rare and fleeting.

We cause ourselves undue pain and sorrow over flash-backs to incidents long past and worry about future unknowns that are beyond our control.

Learning to breathe healthfully builds upon itself; learning to focus on the breaths we take has an eternal benefit, don’t miss out on it.



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Brad’s Confession

It’s about time…!

They, whoever “they” might be, say that confession is good for the soul. So here is mine and I hope it is good for your soul as well.

For many years I’ve been leading some people astray. Not intentionally, mind you, but the result is the same.

Just this morning I’ve become aware that I’ve been telling people that believing a purported quote in the Bible is the key to everything while, I, Brad Cullen, was stumbling over a vital truth.

I’ve repeatedly told a true story about how a 15 year old daughter of a U.K. diplomat, living and working in Uganda in the east central part of Africa and with whom a doctor had asked me to do a “consult” in her office with the patient and her mother.

That story proves clearly again, that, unintentionally and unknowingly, I had been speaking and perpetuating the LIE that implied the passage would “work” for everyone, when the truth is, it only works for those who apply it; I apologize.

Not all physicians have to believe in God to help you…

In that particular instance the physician, a highly qualified woman who had received her M.D. and also other degrees in alternative medicine from highly regarded institutions in the United States, as well as advanced studies and practical experience elsewhere, had been introduced to me by another M.D. who had come to Africa as a missionary doctor.

Though his medical practice was no longer associated with the organization, he was still a member of the denomination and an avid believer in its various ministries and that most likely prompted the other physician to explain to me that she believed in God, “but only barely.”

We met with the girl and her mother at the doctor’s office. After some preliminary questions, both the girl and her mother emphatically stated that they had no faith in God whatsoever.

This was my lead-in to say something I still believe to all three of them, mother, daughter and physician:

“It is probably an advantage that you don’t believe because we won’t have to deal with all the obstacles that keep many religious people from receiving.”

Amazing things happen in a small group.

In less than thirty minutes the girl, who was pale and looked as though she could barely sit up and who, the doctor had told me, had been severely nauseated, weak and listless for over a year, stood up, looking vibrant, eyes bright and face full of color saying, “I feel wonderful, better than I ever remember feeling in my whole life!”

Another true story that proves a strong intellectual belief can actually get in our way starts out with my meeting with a group of six emotionally dysfunctional patients and their spouses (12 in all) referred to me by a psychiatrist.

Because I believed in my interpretation of a different passage firmly enough to convince the psychiatrist and myself that, as I had put it to him, that I could produce a miracle with a few of his most troubled patients, with the plan I had developed; well, at first, he had been skeptical so the referral was a surprise.

The end of the rest of that story was dramatic and seemingly miraculous, but first the wheels had to fall off the plan in which I believed so intensely!

I’d love to tell you the rest of that story which has developed into what we call “The YWL Process” and you don’t have to believe it, the process works with some people even when they don’t believe it …that’s what makes it a miracle.


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Get A New Cup!

What’s in your cup?

Just now into my inbox: A prominent Internet “Personal Development” expert gives the reason, he thinks, most people are stuck in self-destructive beliefs, he says:

“Here’s an analogy, people living in scarcity and struggle see the cup as half empty; people who are positive thinkers see the cup as half full; people who understand their true connection to Source Energy see the cup as overflowing,
but people who are living in the Flow and in Alignment know they ARE the cup.”

Then he asks: “What’s keeping you from seeing yourself as ‘The Cup?’”

He then provides this simple sounding solution: “Today will bring you a new awareness, a lesson or a manifestation that you are making progress – IF YOU LOOK FOR IT! No matter how large or small, please record it in your Evidence Journal. It will only take a few moments and will AUTOMATICALLY put you in the Flow.”

That’s a huge promise with a rather simple plan of action and one that works for me, somewhat, because of my own frame of reference regarding “The Cup.”

To make it relevant for you, is it possible that all you need to do is find (or invent) a new CUP, that is, one that works perfectly for you and is, in fact, YOU?

We have discovered one way of helping anyone accomplish that, it’s VERY simple let me know if you want more information.

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