We consider the Star Exercise to be the ultimate yoga technique. But it is also much more than that. It can open a person to perceiving things beyond the limits of the 5 senses. And for centuries, it has also been used by our monks for rejuvenation, and as the most powerful way to generate energy for healing use (Reiki/universal life energy).
Much university research has shown that this healing energy does exist, and affects both human, plant, and microscopic life. At UCLA for instance, healers were able to inhibit the growth of bacteria in control groups. Plants exposed to a healer’s hands grew stronger, faster and bigger. The Star Exercise is the best way to generate this energy, and for most people, it does not need to be "practiced", but rather is instant and immediate.
When you do the Star Exercise, it not only permeates your own body with energy, but it flows in and out of you, allowing you to use it to give energy to others, for healing, and to flow/merge energy with a group of people. ULE/Reiki is very high frequency, etheric, having some attributes that could be described as electric, yet the energy can be affected & directed by the mind and emotions. ULE permeates everything (remember the force Luke). It can be photographed by means of "Kirlian" electro-photography, and much was done with this at UCLA.
In such photographs, it appears as streams of energy, or "auras" or both. In all your yoga exercises, it is beneficial to be conscious of, and working with, this energy. Its supply is limitless, because it is all around us. When you do the Star Exercise, it is best to remove shoes and socks if possible. Also remove any thing on your body, like glasses, jewelry, watches, objects in pockets, anything that could harm you if you fall. Also make sure the area around you is free of any objects that could harm you if you fall. The reason for this is that sometimes the energy is so powerful, that if your body’s "electrical systems" are not yet built up enough to take it, you can have a "white out" or it will knock you down.
Most of the time however, you will just get a "rush" and feeling of well being, a nice, warm, energizing, peaceful, tingly "buzz". Warning: Always check with a doctor before embarking on new exercises like this.
To do the Star Exercise, stand with your feet about a yard apart, arms straight out to your side like this: Turn your left palm up, right palm down. Begin breathing intensely, and deeply. Sometimes you may want to do this breathing rapidly, as hard as you can. Other times you may want to do it slowly, yet still deeply and intensely.
The purpose of this breathing is to draw ULE from the air into your Solar Plexus area (nerve center around the stomach). In a way, you could compare this to rubbing a balloon to make static electricity.
While you visualize & feel the energy entering your Solar Plexus area and building there, also see & feel the energy distribute from your Solar Plexus, throughout your whole being. At the same time, visualize the energy flowing into your left hand, through you, and out of your right hand. Continue doing this.
Depending on the circumstances, it may take anywhere from just a few breaths, to over a hundred, to get the desired energy effect. However, you won’t experience this intense energy rush until after you finish your breathing and go on to the next step.
Next, inhale, hold the breath, and continue the visualization. Some people like to do a mental, silent affirmation at the same time like : "Universal Life Energy is flowing through me now, I feel it." At this point, if you have done it correctly, you should start feeling the energy rush. Only hold your breath and enjoy the energy for as long as is comfortable to you.
Exhale, continue the visualization and affirmation. If you wish, the energy flowing from your right hand can be given to someone or something to help rejuvenate, soothe and heal. Some people say that the rush you get is from getting too much oxygen via hyperventilation. But ask yourself, if that is so, why doesn’t a person breathing pure oxygen get the same effect? And how does it sometimes work with as little as ONE breath?
As I said earlier, the Star Exercise is great to do with others. The first time I did it was with a hundred monks holding hands in a circle. The amount of energy that spun around like a whirlwind through us in that circle was phenomenal. If done with just one other person, it can be done in two ways: 1) Stand facing each other and grasp each other’s hands (making a mini-circle for the energy). 2) Stand side-by-side, and join just the hands that are between you, leaving one person’s hand open and up for receiving energy, and the other person’s hand open and downward for sending the energy to the ground.
It looks something like this: If doing it with a group of people, form a circle with all joining hands. Besides the same visualizations you do when you are doing it alone, also visualize the energy going around the entire circle, and gaining strength as it gets a boost from each person in the circle.