People talk about emotions as though they don’t enjoy them, and they act as though they do. If you asked a number of people if they like fear, I suspect you would get far more answers in the negative than you would in the positive.

And yet, amusement parks and horror movies do billions of dollars worth of business every year. The only reason to ride on a roller coaster or to watch a scary movie is to get a pleasurable experience of fear. This shows that there is nothing inherently unenjoyable about fear.

Similarly, if people didn’t enjoy sadness, they wouldn’t watch soap operas and sad movies. If they didn’t enjoy their feelings of anger, they wouldn’t watch the news. And they wouldn’t create those emotions so abundantly in their own personal lives.

Therefore, people like their emotions and they just talk about them as though they don’t. Making emotions wrong causes them to stay stuck.

How Breath Alchemy Affects Emotions

Although Breath Alchemy deals with more than just emotions, it works at the same level of your being as where you experience your emotions; at the interface between mind and body. Breath Alchemy works on integrating emotions in the most direct way possible. You simply focus on the emotion you’re feeling and find a positive way of relating to it.

Each emotion is made of energy, and the energy it contains is held away, as a separate entity, until you integrate it. Once you integrate the emotion, its energy merges back into your overall aliveness. In the same moment, you gain the lesson the emotion has for you.

How Emotions Integrate

Irrational fear integrates into excitement (there is nothing really to be afraid of, yet the persons’ body acts as though there is); rational fear integrates into alertness.

Fear, excitement, and alertness are the same pattern of energy in the body, just different contexts. The energy is still there with the same level of intensity, the contextual shift allows you to integrate the feeling into your sense of well being.

The purpose of fear is to: 1) heighten your senses and 2) to prepare your body to fight or flight.

If you are walking in a dangerous neighborhood and you experience fear, it is actually to your benefit because it lowers the threshold of sounds you hear and it makes you more alert. However if you are into suppressing fear and pretending it isn’t there, you won’t get those benefits.


Sadness integrates into gratitude. If someone near to you has died, what you have left, are your memories of that person. If you make it wrong that you have memories instead of the person then you will feel very sad. If you let yourself be grateful for the memories, then you have gratitude.

That is true universally for sadness, it always integrates into gratitude.

Sadness is the emotion that comes up for people when they believe that their ability to experience something that is dear to them is limited. But on the other hand even if it’s limited you can be grateful that you have some of it; then you have gratitude. So it just shifts back and forth.

Anything you are grateful for, if you make it wrong that it is limited, you will get sadness. Anything you are sad about, if you celebrate that you have as much of it as you do, you will get gratitude.


Anger integrates into intention.

Any time anger comes up, it is because there is something there to be done. Anger always involves doing. If you integrate the anger: if you focus on what it feels like and let it be okay that it’s there, it will integrate into a pleasant feeling in your body. You are then left with the simple intention to get the job done.

You may think that it is your anger that gets things done for you, but I would assert that it is really intention that gets things done.

What matters here is that you integrate the feeling. Your relationship to the situation and your through awareness of the feelings determines whether or not you will.