The music festival scene on planet Earth has brought humanity together to celebrate peace, life and love. Here is yet another testament to how the power of breathing together works the same in humans everywhere, no matter where they live.
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.
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.
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.
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!