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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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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