THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
Part Four: BREATH
by Walter Wright Arthen ©1990
Breath is everywhere a synonym for “self,” a vehicle for the elan vital. T. H. Gaster
We live at the bottom of an ocean of air. Children’s Song
Breath … so natural, so easy. Yet breath is the most frequently over-looked of the steps on the Eightfold Path. Perhaps it is because breath is included in chanting and in many forms of meditation, or perhaps it is because breath is so ubiquitous. But while whole chapters in the major books about the Craft are devoted to each of the seven other steps on the path, breath rarely even gets mentioned, except as part of something else. Why is this? What, after all, is breath?