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Stirring The Subatomic Soup
An Interview with Kambiz Naficy

Question: Kambiz, your name is certainly not a typical one; can you tell us a little about yourself

Kambiz: My name is Persian. I was born in Teheran, Iran, and left my country during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Since then, I have worked as a Wall-Street banker, operated my own computer firm, and later, left business life to surrender to two forces that keep tugging at me—writing and uncovering my truest Self.

Question: How did you get into healing work?

Kambiz: Like many others, my soul-search began at a painful junction where I realized that the two dimensional, material world was too hollow to explain my own existence, let alone all of creation. My soul was thirsty and as the saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. My best friend’s wife introduced me to Yoga, and one day while practicing I had my first taste of going home—to inner-silence. A couple of months later, another friend introduced me to Transcendental Meditation ™. I spent three years studying at Maharishi International University, in Fairfield, Iowa, practicing Yoga and meditation and writing poetry in deep silence. There is a lot of Shakti swirling around Fairfield and other spiritual communities.

Question: What is Shakti?

Kambiz: In India, Shakti literally means power. My spiritual teachers in India describe Shakti as the subatomic God-Force that streams through all of us and through every element in the universe.

When I studied the Vedantas (ancient Indian scriptures that include the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads), I found repeated references to God as vibrational energy, a self-aware energy of consciousness throbbing in the background of all creation— beyond the smallest of particles. At this time, I was writing articles and teaching workshops in America and Iran. I realized that many of my American students better related to this knowledge when I combined mysticism with rational, scientific explanations of the God-Force. Also, they wanted to know how to apply ancient Vedic wisdom to everyday life in the U.S. I searched for parallels between science and mysticism, and my search, led me to particle physics.

In books like, The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami and The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, I learned about experiments in atomic physics where atoms are broken down further and further, until, all that remains is the luminous energy of consciousness (Shakti or the God-Force). Many of these experiments also show that our subtle thoughts and intentions influence the creative energy of consciousness. In other words, we manifest our physical reality from inside out, by stirring the subatomic soup with our subtle thoughts and intentions.

Question: So are you offering some “recipes” in your workshops?

Kambiz: I designed the three-part series by examining the dysfunctional parts of my own life, also the lives of others around me. I realized most of us are strapped to a merry-go-round; I call it the cycle of illusion. Here is how she spins:

  • An external or internal event acts as a trigger.
  • That trigger (event) causes you to have a thought.
  • Every thought then leads to one or more emotions.
  • Your emotions affect your breathing and physical body. In fact, our breathing patterns are a direct reflection of our emotional state. We also feel our emotions as physical sensations-racing heart, sweaty palms, shaky voice, etc…
  • Our physical sensations mobilize us to take outward action.
  • Nature then returns each of our actions with an equal reaction (charged with the same energy). i.e. anger begets anger, a chaotic person attracts chaos, violence erupts into more violence.

This cycle propagates itself until we learn to mindfully manage our mind, emotions, and breathing instead of reacting without awareness.

Question: So, what is the first step toward managing our inner-world?

Kambiz: The first and easiest place to begin is with breathing. Use slow, smooth, deep, and rhythmic breaths to energize and center yourself. Employing ancient Vedic techniques, we can relocate our breath from the chest to the abdomen, circulate breath through the chakras, and change the qualities of our breathing. Many of the Vedic breathing techniques are portable; you can even practice them in a traffic jam. These breathing techniques and meditations immediately calm the emotions and clear the mind.

Question: What’s next?

Kambiz: Then comes the art of witnessing emotions, facilitating their flow, and transforming negative emotional energy into positive energy. Everything is energy, including our emotions. In fact, emotions are nothing but fluid energy in motion. We can learn to transform negative emotions into positive energy, but we cannot repress or hold on to fluid emotional energy.

Question: How can we transform negative thoughts and quiet the mind?

Kambiz: When we witness our random thoughts without identifying with them, the mind chatter fades into the background. We can use breathing, visualization, and meditation to slip into the gap between two thoughts— there, in that momentary silence, we can disengage from the mind-chatter.

The mind is not a physical organ like the brain. The Mind-Field is an electromagnetic field hovering above our body. This is how psychics and enlightened masters decipher and read our minds. The Mind-Field transcends time and space—you think of a loved one miles away and out of nowhere, she calls. The Mind-Field doesn’t die when our body dies; the Mind-Field carries all our memories to the next body. That’s why we experience Déjà vu. There is only one Universal Mind-Field, and we can all access it as we calm our brain activity using meditation and breathing techniques.

Most of us concoct a personality out of our random thoughts, believing that we are our thoughts. In fact, ninety percent of our random thoughts are useless and have nothing to do with who we really are. Thoughts are merely fizzling bubbles of energy arising within the Mind-Field. For peace of mind, it is best to go to the Source of thought—the silence between thoughts. There, we can experience our unchanging Self and stir the creative field of consciousness with our intentions.

** Many of the above notions originally put forth by the ancient Yogis are now upheld by scientists like Valerie Hunt, author of The Infinite Mind , and Nobel prize-winner Stephen Hawking.

Kambiz Naficy is a counselor, meditation teacher, and author. He conducts the Mind Workshop series and lectures on emotional energy and Vedic breathing techniques at Nature’s and New Renaissance Bookstore. You can reach Kambiz at (503) 241-7247, or via e-mail: