Global Inspiration Conference – Belgium

The Global Inspiration Conference was one of the grand highlights on the Do As One tour!

by Jenna Grayson, International One Day Coordinator

Attending the Global Inspiration Conference, or what’s known as “the GIC” by its international family of attendees, turned out to be a life altering experience for both me and Rabia. The people we met, the workshops we participated in and shared, the bonds we made, and the One Day commitments received were all so significant for us. It is an annual week long event of amazing inspirers of conscious breathing. With people from all over the world, the entire conference was translated into four different languages.

Even the way the conference was designed was amazing and so inspiring. Instead of having a set “line-up” of speakers who would stand on a stage in suits all day with nametags and letters following their names, the GIC had no daily set schedule. There was no sense of hierarchy, no teachers and students. Instead, each morning the daily schedule was designed, those who wanted to present stood on the stage, explained the details of their workshop for one minute then those who wanted to attend would raise their hand. In this way, we were all teachers as well as students. What was created was a heart-centered, inclusive, service-oriented community. There were also evening scheduled keynote speakers who were brilliant and incredibly influential.

Rabia offered multiple workshops on the power of conscious, synchronous breath. I also offered a workshop on creating intimacy with energy field awareness, which was a real joy for me to share. People had significant experiences in Rabia’s workshops and were naturally enrolled to participate in One Day in their hometowns, creating events to bring people together to breathe as One on 11/11. It was refreshing to share Do As One and One Day with this group of powerful individuals who already understood the significance and importance of conscious breathing.

The depth of my understanding and appreciation for conscious breathing deepened significantly as a result of the workshops and talks we attended. We both had our first Rebirthing experience, which we had heard about for years. We attended this workshop separately and both truly felt a sense of having been reborn after releasing years of holding on to trauma within the context of a few hours of conscious breathing. We were also moved and awakened to the practice of Holographic Breathing, a simple yet profound practice that has shown to have incredible healing powers. One of the most significant experiences we had, which may be difficult to communicate here, was the workshop we attended on making intergalactic contact. I hope it will be sufficient to say neither of us will ever be quite the same. The GIC was completed with a closing ceremony where Rabia got to lead the entire group in Simultaneum, which is the practice of conscious, synchronous breathing.

We left the experience feeling deeply connected to people we felt we’d known for lifetimes, with personal and professional accomplishments and a renewed sense of connection and fulfillment, deeply grateful for the gift of the GIC.

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Uniting at Boom Festival – Portugal

Boom is a bi-annual transformational music festival that takes place 1 ½ hours outside of Lisbon, Portugal. There is on-going night and day, electronic music playing at four different stages. There are also workshops, lectures, films, an art gallery, and food vendors, throughout the day. It is seven days of camping, dancing, exploring, learning, growing, swimming and enjoying. All of this takes place near a beautiful lake in a wide-open space. Boom was followed by a 3-day gathering after the festival called Utopia.

While we were there, we created some beautiful breathing circles as well as an epic areal art piece. Here are some the highlights of our experience.

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Cairo, Egypt – Time of Transformation

Egypt – Land of the Ancient Pyramids

by Jenna Grayson

Going from Spain to Egypt was a stark contrast.  The traditions and customs in Egypt are much different from what we had been used to.  It made it much easier that Rabia speaks Arabic and is accustomed to the Arabic culture, although neither of us are Muslim.  We had been concerned that we would not be accepted by the people or that our mission of having one billion people breathe together would not be well received or understood by a culture with strong religious beliefs and practices that are much different from ours.

Thankfully, we were extremely pleasantly surprised.  The people were largely friendly and kind to us and took to the idea of One Day very openly and were willing to create breathing together events both on 11/11 as well as more immediately. Rabia explained to people we talked to, how unifying people worldwide was in alignment with their beliefs of Islam in One God.

We also had an amazing time visiting the pyramids in Egypt.  Both of us felt extremely uplifted, honored and blessed by the experience of being there.  Just being near the pyramids we could feel and sense an enormous power radiating from them.  As we entered the first one, I could feel my body acclimating to this enormous power and felt myself literally being energetically raised up, grounded deep into the Earth, and stretched out all at the same time.  Tears shed from my eyes heavily for about 20 minutes straight.  This power was washing through me and felt divine, familiar and liberating.   Both Rabia and I, went through our own ignition of energies as we basked in the power of conscious breathing, toning and meditation.  I want to be able to describe this experience accurately here.  There are so many words I could use to describe it and yet none of them completely express what was experienced. Here are some anyway.   It was extraordinary, a great blessing, an honor, a dream, an awakening, an initiation, a coming home, a cleansing, expansive, empowering, cosmic, mystical, multidimensional, an up-leveling. Feelings of being honored, blessed, and uplifted in an extremely power-filled, mystical place. Hopefully that brings some sense of the experience to you.



About a day later, I became very sick with what seemed to be a stomach virus.  I felt really bad and was in bed for about a day and a half.  We found out that it’s common for foreigners to get what’s called “Pharaoh’s Revenge”, which is treatable with some over-the-counter pills.  When I felt better, I was grateful to be alive and we both wondered if the pyramid had a sort of cleansing effect on me.

A couple days later, the Egyptian Presidential election results were announced.  Our experience of that was extremely positive even though the news made it sound dangerous.  The streets were roaring with celebration for over 24 hours – cars honking, flags waving, parades marching through the middle of the streets, chanting in celebration.  It was thrilling to be there to experience the joy and openness of the people, even though the vote was almost 50/50 and we had no attachment to who won.  I was really touched by the way women – even in full burkas, with everything covered but their eyes – were connecting with me in celebration.  They experienced me in joy with their celebration and I felt them celebrating me.

Before that, I had tried to connect with them but had found them to quickly avert their eyes as if expecting me to judge them or cast “the evil eye” upon them.  I just wanted to connect but found our cultural differences between us in the way.

Our guide loves our DoAsOne shirt so much, he trades shirts with me.

That is until we were all celebrating together.  That taught me about the power of genuinely celebrating what is important and valuable to other people in order to bridge our differences.  In that awareness, I was really glad that One Day, a day of sharing in global synchronous breathing, now includes and begins with all people doing whatever it is that they already do to celebrate life, oneness, the Divine, connection.  In this high vibration of celebration we all are open to feeling into the joy of the One.

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Breathing the Air in Spain

Breathing the Air in Spain 

We began the international part of the Do As One tour in Madrid, Spain and were excited beyond our jet lag.  International One Day Ambassador, Jenna Grayson speaks Spanish rather well and so we had no issues getting around and mingling with the locals so as to find our way into the adventure we set out to create.  An interesting thing was happening to us.  Everything we would ask for would show up as we expected it, but at the same time we found ourselves learning a process.

The process of how to enter a country, authentically connect with the people, speak the language, find our way around intelligently and use their currency.  These were all elements that would have to be quickly taken on and owned for us to be successful in portraying the vision of One Day to people worldwide.

Madrid was our classroom and attending class on jet lag was borderline delirious but we were up for the challenge.  The conscious breath reveals things to us in our visual spectrum as we walk around our daily life.  The level of presence and awareness brings moments that are even fun to just notice.

[Take a sweet, conscious breath]

Our Spain stop was one of the places that we did not have workshops planned nor were we visiting a festival or anyone in particular.  So we relied on trust and as we did, we found ourselves connecting intimately with beautiful people.  The old city of Madrid was such a melting pot and as one of the locals shared, “We have no problems between people of all races in this part of town.  We live together, party together and find our way together because we are all in a similar struggle.”  He remarked that in the big cities you could see the modernization of industrialization but in the smaller towns and outskirts, the village and community life of old still worked and people thrived…together.

We decided to visit the local yoga community and to ask them to join us on 11/11 for the One Day celebration happening worldwide.  Many of our efforts led to just being able to contact the yoga studio owner by phone or email.  But some of our interactions were simple, loving connections beyond the vision we were bringing.  Being so welcomed by people felt so good in our hearts.  The manager of an old book shop was so delighted by our vision and was willing to share some of his thoughts on video:

We had never had Senegalese food and had run into a seemingly popular place in an African part of town so we decided to give it a try.  The African people in and around the spot were so colorful and full of life, that we found ourselves wanting to share our vision. The African accent in Spanish left us wanting to share with someone in English and hence we were led to a pub called, La Grandola, where an English speaking man from Burkina Faso and his friends were ready to receive us.


As we walked into La Grandola, we saw that the walls were lined with pictures of all the revolutionaries of history worldwide.  Pictures of Che Guevera, Fidel Castro, Bobby Sands, Bob Marley and more. We received a simple statement about the power of breathing together:

After making friends with Adama, the pub owner, I found that I wanted to ask him about his revolutionary flair.  He shared that he felt that our vision was an interesting version of revolution but in a peaceful way.  This is when I was to receive the meaning of La Grandola and why he named the place after a moment in history.  Adama told me that La Grandola was one of the only non-violent revolutions in all of written history.  The people of Portugal united in 1974 and created something so beautiful that it brought me to tears.  They chose to unite in the town squares with a cross-section of all the people in their society as opposed to just having adult rebels on the scene.  They gathered children, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers and they all came to the square with one flower each.  When the army arrived and took out their guns, the people took out their flowers and stuck them down the barrel of each gun.  This equalizer, this non-violent representation of humanity and this loving gesture extinguished the fire of these army men and a non-violent stand for unity was victorious.  It was beautiful to know this about the people of historic Portugal as I knew we would be stopping there later in the tour.

As we walked the streets of Spain, breathing consciously, little signs popped out at us that reminded us that we are in exactly the right place.  The word PAZ is the Spanish word for peace and historically this word existed first in Latin as PAX.  It first surfaced in humanity in the Christian church and was a keyword in the liturgy way back in the year 300 A.D. It was part of a ritual called, conspiratio (It is also where we got the word ‘conspire’ which originally meant to breathe together.) in which the people shared the kiss of peace.  This was a moment where they shared breaths and validated that they were ‘One in Spirit’.  Today this moment still exists in the church.  It is the moment in the Catholic Church and other sects in which people turn around and shake hands saying, “Peace be with you.”  That is the exact moment when the people used to breathe together it as just reduced to a handshake and a word over time.

The words PAZ stood out in graffiti to remind us that we were in the right place and that peace was in our steps and our breaths as we laid the groundwork for this
Do As One tour of many wonders:

A picture with our new Ambassador of Breath, Manuel Atienza in Spain.  He will be influencing events in his part of the world for One Day.

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Love Activation at Qi Revolution – Austin,TX

Before heading out into the International part of the Do As One Tour, we stopped in Austin, Texas and joined our friends from Qi Revolution in creating a beautiful ritual of conscious, synchronous breathing, deeply felt tones and rhythms with ecstatic dance resulting in what we call a Love Activation.  The day of the activation, we got to take part in one of the most powerful parts of the Qi Revolution week, the 9-Breath Circle.  This breathing technique was brought to humanity by Do As One Advisor and Qi Revolution founder, Jeff Primack.  The technique is performed using the power of synchronous breathing and intentions.  It was amazing to see the looks on peoples’ faces and the feeling tones in the room as Oneness showed itself amongst these lovers of life.

Getting to ignite people that had been learning the ancient art of Qi Gong for four days was such a joy because this group of souls was already aware of the power moving through them that was riding upon the breath.  We simply brought an invitation of a synchronous flow together, as one love, one heart, one human family.  I have included the audio of the introduction into the Love Activation in this blog, in case you would like to enjoy it for yourself and feel the energy that we flew upon. Here it is:

Amazing connections and joy emerged effortlessly from the Love Activation.  Citizens of the evolving human family were excited about what they felt from breathing together synchronously and then dancing it out ecstatically to the grooves of DJ Maestro Devaliminal and the graceful dance invitation of Sheila Janan.

Have a taste of the aura of this Love Activation and hear what two of the leaders in the Qi Revolution community had to say about one billion people uniting in the breath.  Feel the potency in their words and the distinct knowingness of the result of such a unifying moment.

Lastly, we’ll leave this blog off with a little of the car comedy that emerged amongst the
Do As One team getting ready to head off into the world.  …Enjoy!

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Why Breathe Consciously?

Why Breathe Consciously?

By the time you read this sentence, one breath of your life will have gone by.  We so often take it for granted but it is amazing to realize that every single person in the world breathes and that they are breathing in every moment of their lives.  It is also quite astounding that the breath can be taken automatically and without any thought or effort whatsoever.  Yet it can be breathed consciously, in which one can take control of the speed and depth of the breath at will. This is evidence that there is a hidden power in the breath, simply because this automatic process can be done consciously.  Thousands of years of human study in the ancient arts of qi gong, tai chi, yoga and pranayama have shown the massive healing and generative powers available in our breath.  The true gift in breathing consciously is that the breath is always in the present, in essence, when you breathe consciously you are gifted immediate contact with the present moment.

We will never take a future or a past breath.  With this in mind, when we breathe consciously we are accessing the present moment, guaranteed!  This is why the doorway to meditation is conscious breathing.  So many meditation techniques begin by focusing on the breath so as to bring the person into the now.  The eternal now, which is always happening and always unveiling itself, is therefore best accessed by turning to the breath.  If this great power has been there all along, why don’t people access it more often?  Today’s fast-paced societies have created such a sporadic rhythm to life that humanity, in many ways has become out of touch with nature and therefore out of touch with its own nature.  How often are our minds on memories of the past or on future hopes, goals or concerns?  How often are we thinking about what we think about life and not actually living it, not actually feeling the moment at hand.

Both the stressed out stock-broker, the speedy parent and the writer-blocked author would all be amazed at what breathing consciously can do with the ways in which they plug-in to life itself, every day, every minute, every single breath.  It is instantly available and we already have everything we need to do it.  The now, is outside of language, in other words as soon as we say the word now, it just went by.  When we become still and simply follow the movement of the breath in and out, we have just accessed the place from which all of creation has ever sprung forth into existence.  It is the place where every painting that was ever painted happened, the space into which every musical note that was ever played or sung was played.  The conscious breath is the home for absolute being.  It was so well spoken by one of our advisors and dear teachers, Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith when he shared this:

“When is the most important time?  The most important time is now.  Now that’s a breakthrough in consciousness because the average individual is not walking in now, the average individual is walking lock-step with the past or is hell-bent for some future that they have projected onto the unknown and call it a future and no one is really here now. You talk to people and they are somewhere else, they’re on the way to somewhere else or they’re coming from somewhere else. They’re everywhere but here, they’re everywhere but now.  This is a breakthrough in consciousness, when you can stop and take a breath and actually be now, and actually be in the moment – where all the power is and all the intelligence is and all of the love is and all of the guidance is.  The future does not exist.”

So are you ready?  With excellent posture, exhale the air from your lungs. Close your mouth and allow the air to move in and out through your nose, allowing the natural pauses between each breath.  Enjoy your breath flow, consciously for one minute.  Now, may never be the same again.

For more guidance and tools on deep breathing exercises, please use DoAsOne.org.

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