Holy goodness. I have spent the last two weeks working out So many of my own issues. Learning how to integrate the space the breath therapy has made, and letting go of all my old thought patterns Not that I have even solved any yet, just more aware of them! Holy resistance. I have been the queen of distracting myself and procrastinating in doing some things I really desire to complete. I really want to talk about what Rebirthing Breath Therapy is. I love that some of my family members thought I ran away and joined a cult. Thanks so much for your concern. I am better than I have ever been so far in my life. Always improving my self, and owning my shit, even when its covered in denial, temper tantrums, and resistance.
The breath may be experienced consciously or unconsciously. We have to breathe. All of our cells require oxygen to function and we get oxygen as we inhale. As we exhale we release carbon dioxide and other wastes our body has no use for. We expel 70% of our waste materials through our exhalations.
So what exactly is Rebirthing Breath work?
Rebirthing got its name because it was theorized by Leonard Orr, the founder of Rebirthing, that the first trauma that a human experiences is during the birth process. Our first breath, and how it is acquired, is one of our most stressful experiences and we carry it within our memories and cells every where we go until we are able to heal it. The purpose of Rebirthing is to re-experience your birth trauma from a safe place and to integrate that memory on mental, emotional, and spiritual level within yourself.
Is there an easier way to put this? When you were born there were specific things that happened to you and those events most likely caused you to form an idea about the world as a whole, and they live in your subconscious memory and become the filter in which you view everything in your world. Birth is a very innate event, and in our day and age we treat it as a medical emergency. The mother, baby, and mother nature have been giving birth for centuries, they know what to do. This is a rite of Initiation for both mother and baby. The mother opens herself to her maximum fullness and delivers a human being into this world. She is guided by her primal instincts and surrenders to her intuition in order to give birth. The baby also follows her instincts and gains its first sense of accomplishment by descending down the canal and emerging into this world. The truth is, ultimately there is no wrong or right way to give birth or be birthed. Any health care worker on an Obstetrician ward could get all huffy here because they could feel invalidated in their profession. Don’t worry you are still very much needed. So are the doulas and midwives. My mother apparently gave birth to me while a large, masculine nun was standing next to her and was yelling “Push!” every minute or so.
A few examples of birth traumas could be: the doctor smacked you on the butt to breathe, you could have formed the core thought that “breathing is painful.” It’s possible that you have been breathing in a restricted pattern ever since then. You were born cesarean and you adopted the belief, that you were not born when you wanted to be. Someone else made that important decision for you. You could have been an “accident” or in an unwanted pregnancy. You may carry the belief and feelings that you are not loved and unworthy of love. There are so many more examples such as forceps, premature, wrong sex, induced birth. Yet those are each a post in their own as there is a lot of depth involved. Maybe you can ask your mother or family member how your birth went, what her thoughts were, and who was present. If you are unable to ask you could be open minded and look at your life past and discover what your dramas were centered around. You also do not need to know anything about your birth at all in order to clear the traumas you developed at the time.
In my experience I have come to know Rebirthing as a breath work modality that assists in relieving the stress and tension we hold within our bodies. It is a way to access our innate ability to heal ourselves. It is also called Conscious breathing or Energy breathing, because you are awake and in full awareness during a session, and you become acutely aware that there is some sort of Infinite Intelligence that comes with the breath. I believe that there are three parts to Rebirthing/Conscious/Energy breathing. The physical/mental aspect, the Spiritual aspect, and the Integration aspect, and the there is
The physical and mental aspect is when you begin your breathing session. As you breathe into your nose, (sometimes breathing through your mouth is acceptable) you connect your breath in a rhythmic fashion and your body becomes “activated”, you have started the energy cycle. Your inhale is full and relaxed and your exhale is an easy release. In this cycle, the connected breath activates areas within the body where tension is held and where any structural deviations or tender spots are present, such as poor posture and repressed emotions. This is a time when the energy levels within the body are pretty high, it’s almost like when you are working out or climbing a mountain. You have to put the work in and keep climbing, in this instance you must keep breathing. The goal is to willingly hike up to the top of the mountain. At this point, one can feel energy flowing in the body. Now it will be quite an experience if you have never felt your own energy before. The peak of the Energy cycle is when we have stirred up all the psychic “stuff” in our body. This may be the time of deep relaxation, experience of blissful feelings, and perhaps receive some precious insights from your self as you delve into deeper areas of your mind. You will be in what Stanislav Graf coined, a “non-ordinary state of consciousness.” What you are experiencing within is not actually happening on the outside, yet it is real and palpable. Some people report having birth memories right away and others have different memories or experiences. The energy cycle completes when the energy slows down and the tingling stops. This may take 30 minutes to 3 hours.
The Spiritual aspect is the reason I have typed, deleted, re-typed this post so many times in the last 12 days. It seems that the word “GOD” has such a powerful morphic field around it, and I have seen people go into an absolute tizzy when their beliefs are questioned, or if they are asked to open their mind beyond what they were taught in religion class. We can see this in our daily lives, and know intimately the events that are going on in our world today, in the name of God and religion. That field is full of opinions, beliefs, thoughts, judgments, religion, issues, centuries of interpreted stories passed down from generation to generation. I am not here to define your idea of God/Goddess/Source/Creator/Infinite Intelligence/Divinity, you are perfectly capable of doing that yourself in any way that you see fit. What I am here to do is to assist you in coming into a feeling contact of that divine, animated energy within yourself. Because you will feel it, that’s what this breath therapy does. It walks you right up to that God self within your being and reintroduces you to it. This energy that moves within you is your Spirit/Divinity/God-self, whatever in the world you want to call it. This is your sanctuary of healing your hurts and memories. This is the most sacred space within your whole being, and every single being has this exact same space within their own selves. This is the place where no other person can touch within you, and you cannot touch in another. Yet, you can share it together. This place holds the ultimate truth that your thoughts are things, and those things form and shape your reality. This space is where you have a knowing that you and every being on this planet is innocent and loved beyond measure.
This Spiritual space is also where you will eventually begin to feel that you are in fact not even breathing yourself. “Something” else is. This is phenomenal, indescribable space, and I want every willing human in the world to experience that feeling.
The Integration aspect begins the moment your breathing session is complete and you open your eyes. How you go about your normal life adding in the knowledge you gained with each session. You will feel lighter, rejuvenated, and will seriously wonder why we weren’t taught this as a child. Each session exposes layer by layer any of the unhealed aspects of yourself. You may feel lighter, have more energy/stamina. You may discover hidden talents. Freeing your reactions to emotionally charging situations and beginning your daily devotion to your self care, self love, and life mastery.
Every Creation Story has the Creator breathing life into Human Beings in some way or another. I remember my 8th grade teacher telling me that Jesus said “The Kingdom of God is within me/you.” Humanity has been using breathing exercises and awareness of breath for thousands of years in health and personal development.
I got my first glimpse of my God/Goddess Self when I chose to continue to use breath therapy to rejuvenate myself and change the way I looked at events, people, and circumstances. I honestly feel that this aspect is the reason we, as a whole human, are in some of the predicaments that we are in today. We believe ourselves to separate/cut off from God, yet really we just have no idea how we work, we don’t feel our beings. We over feed and over drug our vessel to the point of numbing distraction. Getting back in touch with our God selves is probably the most important thing we can do at this time. It will change our inner and outer world quickly and in the best way. Remember to show your gratitude in this space and bow in its reverence.
I AM GOD.
YOU ARE GOD.
WE ARE GOD.
I know that my human words are not able to convey the vastness of the potential here. Yet, the knowledge of my own releasing the ignorance I held because I was taught it or made it up myself is forever gone. I gave it to that Goddess/Breath space and it’s Infinite Intelligence knew exactly what to do with it.
The success of a Rebirthing/Breath work session relies on the facilitators ability to guide the client through any resistance that may surface, to trust in their own healing capabilities, and to surrender to the process. My goal in educating others about the Power of their breath and by facilitating these breath work sessions is to constantly rejuvenate my body by raising my vibrational frequency and holding sacred space for you to heal yourself.
My path is Life Mastery by educating myself and others through The Breath and spiritual psychology.
I Love You.