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Guided Narration
This recording is intended as an accompaniment to the practice of the Elements Breath.
About the Elements Breath
The element, or purification breaths, may be done each morning, typically standing by an open window, if that is convenient and if the temperature permits. While directing the breath in the required pattern, one visualizes light in colours characteristic of each of the five elements at specific points of concentration, and attunes to the qualities of the element in question.
The physical body consists of five elements according to the mystical view: earth, water, fire, air and ether. Yet these terms must not be compared with the scientific terms; these are mystical conceptions and they should be understood in a mystical sense. These five elements form the sustenance of the body, at the same time these elements purify the body.

Gathas I, Taqwa Taharat 7

The counts are based on a metronome setting of 60 beats per minute. The length is 5' 37".

This practice consists of breathing in and out through the nose or the mouth, along with mental concentrations on the elements. (see chart at right)

The sound of a bell indicates the end of this breathing meditation.

After the instructions below have been memorized, the practice should be done with eyes closed. Eventually this guided narration is no longer required and the tempo of the counting is maintained with a metronome.

Ideally, the practice is done standing, in fresh air and with regularity as to time and location.
The rhythm for the fifth step, Ether, is open and uncounted, breathing very silently and subtly.
Nayaz
The prayer Nayaz is then recited.
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EARTH
Focus, Tip of the nose
Colour, Yellow
Direction, Spreading
Sound, Flat
Quality, Stability, strength and inner security
Visualization, The surrounding Prana in shades of yellow
Practice, Nose in 4, nose out 6
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EARTH
Focus
Colour
Direction
Sound
Quality

Visualization

Practice


Tip of the nose
Yellow
Spreading
Flat
Stability, strength and inner security
The surrounding Prana in shades of yellow
Nose in 4, nose out 6
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WATER
Focus
Colour
Direction
Sound
Quality

Visualization

Practice


Bridge of the nose
Green
Downward flowing
Deep
Movement, progress and continuity
Water flowing from left to right
Nose in 4, nose out 6
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FIRE
Focus
Colour
Direction
Sound
Quality

Visualization
Practice


Third eye
Red
Rising
High pitched
Energy, transformation and elevation
Shades of red
Mouth in 4, nose out 6
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AIR
Focus
Colour
Direction
Sound
Quality

Visualization
Practice


Crown of the head
Blue
Zig Zag
Wavering
Guidance, inspiration and initiative
Shades of Blue
mouth in 4, mouth out 6
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ETHER
Focus

Colour
Direction
Sound
Quality

Visualization

Practice


50 cm above the head and gradually rising
Iridescent, all colours
expanding
all pervading
The Divine Presence as all pervading light
A brilliant light of all colours
A silent and subtle breath
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EARTH
Focus, Tip of the nose
Colour, Yellow
Direction, Spreading
Sound, Flat
Quality, Stability, strength and inner security
Visualization, The surrounding Prana in shades of yellow
Practice, Nose in 4, nose out 6
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Water
Focus, Bridge of the nose
Colour, Green
Direction, Downward flowing
Sound, Deep
Quality, Movement, progress and continuity
Visualization, Water flowing from left to right
Practice, Nose in 4, nose out 6
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Focus, Third eye
Colour, Red
Direction, Rising
Sound, High pitched
Quality, Energy, transformation and elevation
Visualization, Shades of red
Practice, Mouth in 4, nose out 6
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Focus, Crown of the head
Colour, Blue
Direction, Zig Zag
Sound, Wavering
Quality, Guidance, inspiration and initiative
Visualization, Shades of Blue
Practice, mouth in 4, mouth out 6
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Focus, 50 cm above the head and gradually rising
Colour, Iridescent, all colours
Direction, expanding
Sound, all pervading
Quality, he Divine Presence as all pervading light
Visualization, A brilliant light of all colours
Practice, A silent and subtle breath

Instructions
Count in for four beats, out for six beats, for the first four steps
(Earth, Water, Fire and Air).
1. In Nose, Out Nose, while focusing on the tip of the nose and visualizing the colour yellow.

2. In Nose, Out Mouth, while focusing on the bridge of the nose and visualizing the colour green.

3. In Mouth, Out Nose, while focusing on the third eye at the centre of the forehead and visualizing the colour red.

4. In Mouth, Out Mouth, while focusing on the top of the head (crown) and visualizing the colour blue.

5. In Nose, Out Nose while focusing on a point about 50 cms. (20 inches) above the head, breathing silently and subtly, a breath barely perceptible or audible. and visualizing a colour that is perhaps an iridescent, smoky grey.

NAYEZ

Beloved Lord, Almighty God!
Through the rays of the Sun,
Through the waves of the air,
Through the All-pervading Life in space,
Purify and revivify me, and I pray,
Heal my body, heart and soul.
Amen