On Replenishing the Pranic Reserve for Long Life . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 31 January 2017


Dear Ones,


This video is about replenishing the pranic reserve, which is located just beneath the rib cage, using a breathing technique (‘pranayam’). For the video thumbnail, I turned a sky picture upside down because, upside down, it reminded me of the dome-topped ‘pranic reserve’.


  • The pranic column is roughly equivalent, on the pranic energy level, to the spine. The pranic column is the bearer to the body of vital energy that we need, so as to stay alive.
  • In addition to this, there is the pranic reserve … which is, on the pranic energy level, a place located just under the bottom of the diaphragm, a muscle that lies under the rib cage, and forms an inverted U … a dome shape … when the stomach is tucked in. When the diaphragm muscle contracts, the dome shape flattens out, the chest volume increases, and the lungs inflate. When it relaxes, the opposite happens.
  • This diaphragm muscle is the top of the ‘pranic reserve’. The reserve extends from the diaphragm, down toward the stomach.
  • One way to activate and charge up the pranic reserve, is to do rapid, forceful breathing, while pumping the navel point in and out, for a few minutes. Do the breath through the nose, with the mouth closed. Then inhale completely, exhale completely, hold the air out, and draw all the internal organs up, so that they exert pressure on the diaphragm. When the held breath and the pressure become a little uncomfortable, then breathe in again.
  • While the breath is held out, you’ll feel the pranic reserve filling with energy.
  • I think that this breath also helps to purify and clean out the spleen chakra (aka splenic chakra … see below), which is located, on an energetic level, beneath the lowest left rib, and which bears vitality globules from the surrounding ethers or atmosphere into the body for distribution for health.
  • I believe that this breathing, which admittedly is difficult at first, and hard to master, has two benefits:
    • It replenishes the pranic reserve,
    • And it clears and cleans out the spleen chakra, and restores it to perfect functioning.
  • In the old days, they say, the yogis, when they had perfected the technique of storing prana in the pranic reserve, could live for hundreds of years underground, with no air whatsoever … in a state of hibernation, or suspended animation … on the energy of the pranic reserve.
  • This is a good technique to master, even if the old tales about the hibernating yogis turn out to be a little far-fetched. It’s also good if your energy has become depleted and this lack of energy threatens your health and well-being. It’s important to get that back in balance the very first thing; a top priority.
  • How the Spleen Chakra was feeling to me, when I did the pranic reserve replenishment breathing exercise last night … It felt like a tube or organelle on the astral plane, that surfaces to the left side of the body, under the lowest left rib. An organelle that has a diaphragm on it that opens and closes, apparently through will power … but for most people, probably unconscious will power. So when we do the breathing exercise to fill the pranic cavity, it naturally opens up and lets the prana (the vitality globules in.

Image looks like a string of hearts! : “The Etheric Double: Diagram II: The Vitality Globule,” by Arthur E. Powell: http://hpb.narod.ru/Images/etheric19.gif ..


The spleen chakra, or spleen centre, is the seat of the kundalini energy. It energizes the sexual organs and heats the blood, which then heats the body. Most people mistakenly believe it’s located between the navel point and the basal chakra. In point of fact, it is above and to the left of the navel point, beneath the lowermost left rib, and deep inside the body.

In this lateral view, the spleen chakra is labeled the ‘spleen centre’, Notice how it opens up deeper inside the body than the other major chakras:

Reference: “The Astral Body,” by A. E. Powell, 1973, available at http://www.amazon.com … “The Etheric Double: Diagram XIII: Man and His Etheric Centers,” by Arthur E. Powell, page 56. You can search Google for this image as well; at last look, it was on pinterest, but posting the link causes Google to block this page, perhaps due to a complaint regarding copyright infringement.

The names of the chakras in the above image are different from those generally used today. Here is a list, with today’s name first, followed by the name in the image, in parentheses:

  • Crown Chakra (Top of the Head Centre),
  • Third Eye-Point (Between the Eyebrows Centre),
  • Throat Chakra (Throat Centre),
  • Heart Chakra (Heart Centre),
  • Sacral Chakra (Spleen Centre),
  • Navel Point (Navel Centre), and
  • Basal Chakra (Base of the Spine Centre).

I’m calling the Sacral Chakra the Spleen Chakra to distinguish its location and function from that thought of, by most yogis, as the Sacral Chakra.

In this similar lateral view, the diaphragm and the nerves are labeled, but the chakras are not:

Image: Lateral view of the chakras, including the Spleen Chakra: http://www.minhtrietmoi.org/Theosophy/CWLeadbeater/Chakras-CWL_files/image015.jpg ..

In this frontal view, the chakras shown as circles, from top to bottom, are:

  • Crown Chakra, Third Eye-Point, Throat Chakra, Heart Chakra (depicted as slightly on the left side of the person, corresponding to the location of the physical heart), Spleen Center (under the lowermost left rib, from the point of view of the person pictured, and not the person viewing the picture), Navel Point (with ‘spokes’) and Basal Chakra:

Image: Chakras, frontal view: “https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/f7/75/5b/f7755b4d109d2e24436ce436a138cfdd.jpg ..


I have found there are certain acupressure points associated with the Spleen Chakra. When these points are out of balance, they will cause a dull ache. You can locate them that way; and in fact, you can locate any acupressure points that need work that way.

In the case of the Spleen Chakra, there are two major points on the underside of the lowest left rib, near the center of the rib. There is a row of minor points around the side of that same rib, proceeding all the way round to the back part of the same rib, where you will find two more major acupressure points.

  • If any of these points are aching, then beginning with the point that aches most, apply gentle fingertip pressure until the ache stops.
  • Then you will feel another ache on the same line of points (under the lowermost left rib. Keeping the pressure on the first point, place another fingertip on the new acupressure point and apply gentle pressure there as well.
  • After a time the first point will cease to ache. It may be that another point on this same line of points will begin to ache. If so, then release pressure on the first acupressure point. Continue to hold gentle fingertip pressure on the second point, and at the same time apply gentle fingertip pressure to the third point. And so on.

You may need to repeat this technique for a few days, until the energy balance in this line of acupressure points re-establishes itself.

It may be necessary to go to a doctor of Western medicine, with adjunctive help from a certified acupressurist or acupuncturist, if self-help doesn’t return your body to balance.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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spleen chakra, vitality, pranic reserve, pranic column, pranayam, healing, breathing technique, suspended animation, health, hibernation, acupressure, sacral chakra, sexual chakra, long life, longevity, health, Arthur E. Powell, School of Theosophy,

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