“In the case of a living being, this ‘breath’ (pneuma) was that particular combination of air and fire that was called psyche (life-soul), and by penetrating all the tissues it made them live tissues. Similarly, in the macrocosm, God was conceived as a breath penetrating and controlling and unifying the whole of the world. This unifying breath was the worlds’ psyche: the world was a living being, as indeed it had been for Plato in the Timaeus, and it was animated by a perfect intelligence. This conclusion is best seen as an act of faith, inspiring and comforting.”
- F. H. Sandback, The Stoics, p. 75
“The respiratory center of the brain, which receives chemical, reflex, somatic and cerebral inputs, is a good computer in automatically regulating the rate, depth and pattern of respiration under various situations. Artificial regulation during physical exercise is not the best for health.”
- Journal of the American Medical Association 246:1967, 1981.
“The form of energy composing the chakras and currents in the subtle body is unknown to science. The Hindus call it prana, which means literally “life” – that is “life-force.” The Chinese call it chi, the Polynesians mana, the Amerindians orenda, and the ancient Germans od. It is an all-pervasive “organic” energy. In modern times, the pyschiatrist Wilhelm Reich attempted to resuscitate this notion in his concept of the orgone, but he met with hostility from the scientific establishment. More recently, Russian parapsychologists have introduced the notion of bioplasma, which is explained as a radiant energy field interpenetrating physical organisms."
- Georg Feuerstein, “Yoga: The Technology of Ecstasy,” 1989, p.258.
“The air they breathe, being a living element with both physical and psychical properties, carries a subtle vital energy. This in India is named by the Sanskrit word prana; in Tibet it is called sugs, in Aikido, Japan, ki, and in China, chi. By controlling its circulation throughout the body, man is able to attain spiritual enlightenment or illumination.”
- Frank Waters, Mountain Dialogues, p. 70
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