When Southern California resident Gene Ang started his career in science, he never guessed it would lead to what he says is his life’s work in spiritual healing. He earned his bachelor of arts from Stanford University in human biology, with a double major in philosophy and religious studies. After working in medical labs for seven years, he went back to school for a doctorate in neurobiology, graduating from Yale University in 2004.
“There were signs, though. I went into medicine to learn to heal people, and I was always more interested in healing the spirit than the body. I chose neurobiology because I wanted to understand consciousness,” reflects Dr. Ang.
He is a soft-spoken, muscular man prone to smiling and laughing. He emanates a warm, gentle, open presence. Dr. Ang is – as one might expect from his resume – an intelligent, articulate speaker with thoughtful answers.
Dr. Ang is the inventor of what he terms the Arcturian Healing Method, “a healing style created by Gene accessing divine cosmic energies for healing and life path acceleration,” describes his website. That basically means he teaches people how to connect with spiritual beings not of this planet, so they can ask for treatments on physical, emotional, or mental challenges. He doesn’t see himself as the healer, just the conduit.
Dr. Ang travels the country about half the year, offering a range of workshops. Some of the courses teach the Arcturian Healing Method, inspired by what he says are higher beings from the star system Arcturus. He admits that within even the New Age community, talk about interdimensional beings is more “cutting edge.”
How did he go from secular to spiritual? After Yale, he immersed in a few years of intense study of spiritual healing modalities, which he believes opened up his higher consciousness. In 2007, while standing in the kitchen of his Connecticut home, he recalls, “I heard a voice in his head telling me, ‘You are Arcturian.’”
It prodded him to delve even more deeply in this world. A year later, he started teaching healing methods as well as offering sessions in Pranic Healing (prana is the Sanskrit word for breath) and other energy work. He never forgot that inner voice, though, and launched his own style, the Arcturian Healing Method, in 2012.
The work uses energy to restore balance and harmony in the channels, meridians, and chakras. Sometimes, he calls in the Arcturians from outer space for an assist.
Dr. Ang is passionate about what he does, though acknowledges it is challenging to make a living in a field that’s marginalized even in the broader metaphysical community. He persists out of a desire to help others.
“I do all this because I follow the bodhisattva vow to serve other sentient beings,” he says of his work. Bodhisattva is a Buddhist word for one who is on the path towards Buddhahood, or an awakening, but Dr. Ang notes that he doesn’t identify with any one religion. He does attribute his affinity for the religion, though, to “a possible past life as a Buddhist monk.”
I am here for a workshop on breathwork and meditation that does not involve Arcturians. The class is on what he calls Metatron’s Awakening Breath, in which the participants learn the whys and hows of a choreographed breathing series.
Dr. Ang culled through his vast knowledge of many spiritual traditions to find three exercises, developed by different people or groups, and combine them to create the best effect. He named it after the archangel Metatron, “known for spiritualizing matter,” he defines. That’s what he hopes the breathing will do for people: bring more spiritual essence into their bodies, both physical and etheric.
“Part one energizes your chi. Part two awakens your ‘I Am’ presence. Part three releases kundalini energy and, if practiced enough, leads you to higher states of spiritual consciousness,” he maintains.
The short version of Metatron’s Awakening Breath (the segments seamlessly flow from one to the next) :
*Dr. Ang’s safety note: do on dry land in case you pass out
Part 1: Power breathing
Take 30 breaths, making sure the exhale is slightly forceful, like blowing up a balloon. On the last exhale…
Part 2: Blue Pearl
…hold your breath as long as you can, while visualizing the Blue Pearl, a small blue dot within the pineal gland in the middle of your skull. When you can’t hold your breath any longer, exhale and…
Part 3: Inner Fire
…inhale deeply, then hold that breath as long as you can. Visualize a comma-sized red triangle just below your navel. Imagine it heating up during the breath hold. When you can’t hold your breath any longer, release it, while picturing heat and/or smoke shooting up through the center channel of your body, and exiting through the top your head.
That concludes one breathing cycle. Rest one or two minutes and repeat the cycle another few times. Consider doing this during the day, lest you become too energized to fall asleep at night.
Aside from the spiritual benefits of connecting with onesself or a higher consciousness, the exercise has practical results. “You’re oxygenating the body and strengthening the immune system,” Dr. Ang asserts. “I have rarely gotten sick since I started doing breath work.” He recalls a 2017 bout with the flu in which he only had the energy to do Power Breathing (his favorite, and the one he recommends if you’re only going to pick one part.) He says he did it for a couple hours and felt “the flu reverse.”
“This also helps combat what I consider the plague of modernity: too much tech time. We’re all more active today with emails, texts, and the Internet,” he declares, holding up his smartphone. “There is no time for restoration, and people have low energy.” It’s another reason why people Dr. Ang wants people to take ten minutes a day to focus on their breath.
He points out the cycle involves breath-holds on both the inhale and the exhale. “When the exhale is longer than the inhale, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is calming. When the inhale is longer, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which is energizing,” shares Dr. Ang.
True to an academic’s nature, Dr. Ang peppers three hour workshop with circuitous explanations, illustrations, and refinements to the techniques of his students’ breathing drills. It’s all fascinating. I like the extended commentary. I like learning why something is.
What he said motivated me to do this every morning. It’s been only a few days, but I’ve definitely felt more grounded and ready to start the day. Dr. Ang says one of the long-term goals is to see the clear light: a purity of consciousness. I haven’t yet, but would love to – so until then, I’ll keep on power breathing and chasing the bliss.
More on Gene Ang and Presence Healing at http://www.geneang.com/www.geneang.com/Presence_Healing.html.