Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Communicating hope with one breath

Stephen D. Edwards
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a901 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.901 | © 2011 Stephen D. Edwards | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 June 2010 | Published: 07 March 2011

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Stephen D. Edwards, Department of Psychology, University of Zululand, South Africa


The central thesis of this article was that the phenomenon of hope involves states and stages of consciousness development, which can be enhanced through breath control, meditation, prayer and related practices that have formed the essence of various spiritual healing traditions for millennia. In particular, it was argued that breath control can provide a vital foundation for consciousness transformation and the development of hope. Whilst breath control alone may lead to a state of pure, transcendent and/or cosmic consciousness, the practical theological implications are that its effect of enhancing states and stages of consciousness may be anchored and amplified. This process can take place through further contemplative and intercessory meditation, prayer and related behaviour and will differ between people, groups, contexts, religious and/or spiritual traditions. A particular method of breath control called One Breath, which is associated with pure consciousness and the experience of hope was described. Such an experience typically leads to further spiritual practice, healing and transformation. It was concluded that such ongoing spiritual practice is crucial for improving consciousness development, healing and hope for individuals, societies, planet Earth and the cosmos.


Breath; consciousness; hope; spiritual practice; healing


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