“All anxiety goes back originally to the anxiety at birth” Sigmund Freud
To this day Sandra claims she felt transformed by her first rebirthing session. It seemed such a simple process; but it shook her to the core. After an hour of conscious, connected breathing she experienced birth memories and cleared her mind, body and soul of a trauma that had affected her all her life.
The origins of rebirthing hark back to the fifties and sixties. Research carried out by Dr Stanislav Grof in Czechoslovakia and Leonard Orr in the US were based on the effects of altered states of consciousness whether in isolation tanks or with the use of experimental drugs, namely LSD. These experiments reignited memories of the birth process.
Researcher Professor Frank Lake conducted laboratory experimentation and it was discovered that the faster and deeper a person breathed, the more they experienced birth memories. The result of these experiments proved that even prior to birth we feel our mother’s emotions in the womb, and when a difficult birth occurs so much trauma is involved it affects our lives, sometimes dramatically and forever.
Leonard Orr wrote that rebirthing enabled one “to remember and re-experience one’s birth, to re-live physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually the moment of one’s first breath and release the trauma of it.”
One of the most positive effects of rebirthing is release from phobias and negative thoughts holding back joyful living. In the rebirthing process you access birth memories. If you were born with the umbilical cord around your neck, for example, you could feel blocked, even suffocated by commitment. You might create stuck life situations, such as dead end jobs or “in a rut” emotional situations. If you are born breech, you will face life “skew whiff” unwilling to follow the status quo, more liable to do things your way. If you were a forceps baby, you will need support and feel bereft if your parents are absent due to work, or other commitments. Your past “birth decisions” tend to emerge during a session.
The rebirthing session as stated in the booklet “The Origins of Rebirthing Style Breath work” by Peter Mark Adams” is a ‘breathing release’ describes a process whereby accession is suddenly made to a greatly expanded capacity for breathing and consequently higher levels of vital energy……….This greatly facilitates gaining access to the transpersonal dimensions of experience. ….” In fact, some people experience deep spiritual sensations during a rebirthing session. They feel connected to the God force and their soul purpose. Sandra confirmed that during her rebirthing session she did not feel she was breathing, but that “something” divine was breathing her!
The rebirthing session is two hours long. Initially, it might feel challenging to maintain the circular breath that passes deep into your lungs and stomach; one might lose consciousness or fall asleep in the process. The therapist, will bring us back into the moment.
It is important to find the right rebirthing therapist. Interview them, sense if their energy feels right. They will explain how they support your session, so you feel safe if difficult emotions were to arise. They will not intervene in your process unless strictly necessary, and they will ensure you do not fall asleep during the two hours deep breathing.
When the session is over, they will explain any shifts in your process and you will discuss your feelings or releases that occurred. Rather than dwelling on past birth trauma, the rebirther will focus on the present supporting your positive thoughts.
Some people resolve their “issues” with one session alone, as in Sandra’s case. The length of therapy depends on the individual and how they master their personal clearing process. Initially, the rebirther will recommend ten sessions which will enable you to go deep into the process and derive the most benefit from it.
“Lake, Grof and Orr observed that a turning point occurred whenever physical, mental and emotional experiences that re-enacted the client’s birth process occurred. This came to be seen as the integration of the primal ‘birth trauma’ and was associated with phenomena known as the ‘breathing’ or ‘breath’ release….
“The breath release is the most important aspect of rebirthing. It is a critical release of all of your resistance to life…and happens when you feel safe enough to re-live the moment of your first breath..This experience breaks the power of the birth trauma over the mind and body…… ”
If you are lucky enough to have experienced an easy birth you will not seek out rebirthing but unfortunately childbirth is rarely natural and can be a traumatic and painful experience for mother and child.
Leonard Orr said “The mind and the breath are the king and queen of human consciousness” so watch your breath, and breathe deep knowing rebirthing does work, even though it is not an easy path and rarely for the faint hearted.
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