Was “A Breather”
"I was warmed by the sun, rocked by
the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living
peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I can eat well, sleep
well and be glad. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.
The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged,
but reported the misdeeds of the Indians. We took an oath not to do any
wrong to each other or to scheme against each other.
I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There
is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The
sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say. When
a child, my mother taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health,
wisdom and protection. Sometimes we prayed in silence, sometimes each one
prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us... and to Usen.
I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to
break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures."
Geronimo. Apache Indian Warrior.
A very brave young 19 year old man with a name very similar to the American
Indian hero Geronimo came to me in North Carolina with a severe breathing
dysfunction that I call UDB. He had over 30 factors on our UDB sheet
had gone to many New York physicians who told him there was “nothing
wrong with you”, "grow up", “it is in your head.” “You are just stressed out”, “it is emotional”,
“All you need is Paxil”, or an anti depressant or mood stabilizer. He just “knew” they were wrong and that it had something to do with the way
he was breathing. But he took the drugs anyway. At age 19 we often, and
appropriately so, know more about following than leading.
This young man was blessed (and accompanied to our office in North Carolina) with a loving, devoted and
aware brother; plus a mother who, was to me like a
combination of a rock, a blooming flower and a shade tree who would most
likely and willingly place herself between her son’s body and the fires of
hell. Frustrated with his travail, they were determined to help in any way
they could. They believed in God, Mother Mary and their “Geronimo”.
Geronimo intuited that the drugs were of no assistance. He had spent a lot
of time researching on the internet. He sensed it was something to do with
He did not feel his body very well (kind of out of touch) and was slow to
realize physical change. As I worked on his breathing I deduced from
previous sessions with others, that the drugs seemed to keep his
breathing rate fast, instead of allowing me to lower it, which I almost
always do. (Our Free Breathing Tests
statistics show clear correlation with excessively fast - over
5 - breathing rates with up to several hundred percent increase of
In spite of all that we worked for a few days and he finally broke through a
barrier to what I observed as inkling/suspicion that he was
breathing easier and with it that he could at last be his own man. Along
with that his singing voice blossomed with a presence and phrasing that
would have made Frank Sinatra smile.
Optimal Breathing School faculty member Earnestine Nix reminds me that
the first book of the bible, written 3,500 years ago, uses the Hebrew word
ne´phesh to describe the spirit in both man and animals. This
word literally means “a breather.”
From now on when I think of the cry “Geronimo”, I will think of yet another
“breather”. God bless you my young friend.
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