Yesterday evening I had a rebirth session as part of my striving for healing after my recent ‘rash incident.’ I haven’t done a rebirth session for years so expected difficulty and struggle (a common experience is these profound sessions). But nothing happened! It was effortless and easy, and flowed like a divine river.
But I did get an insight into the power of the mind to influence the body systems, and the power of the breath to release us from unconscious patterns and grievances that may be hanging around in the energy body.
So I decided to write you a new blog to inspire you to ‘get with the breath.’
Breath is neglected, taken for granted, and certainly not considered relevant to healing illness.
Breath – It is the first thing you do when you arrive in this reality.
Breath – It is the last thing you do as you leave.
You are born on a breath and you die on a breath. If you stop breathing death approaches quickly:
After 1 minute of not breathing brain cells begin to die.
After 3 minutes serious brain damage can occur.
It is the first thing to stop in a moment of panic.
Most people are not breathing to their full capacity.
If you can master your breath you open the door to miracles.
If you deny access to breath you will starve yourself of the divine.
You see breathing reflects where we are at. It connects the body with the emotions, with the mind’s beliefs, and with spirit. It really is a bridge between the mundane and the divine. It may not appear like that right now, but I guarantee if you were to explore it in a rebirth session or similar, you would see.
Breath is one of the mysteries of life. It is paradoxical in its nature, on one hand its the most normal thing of all and we all do it without thinking about it, but on the other hand when we bring our conscious awareness to it, it is miraculous and incredibly powerful. And incredibly healing.
It should be included in everybody’s healing tool bag.
Many years ago I was a different person indeed. I was tight in my emotions and my body was a mess. Thats one of the reasons I got so ill, there was so much stored up in my body, both physical ‘stuff’ and emotional ‘stuff.’ The illness arrived in my life as a signal to deal with all this stuff. And I did. Bodywork was a key liberator of energy for me. I have cried and cried during many body work sessions. I don’t mind telling you it took a lot of work to release my emotions, they were very stuck and very hidden. When they came it was a tidal wave of trauma, grief, anger and pain.
But it was so necessary to release it, because agree flowing body is more likely to create health and wellbeing. You just cant be truly well if there is stuff trapped in your body. And by stuff I mean the past.
Yes, the past gets trapped in the body during traumatic episodes in our childhood and youth that we couldn’t deal with or accept.
And it stays there influencing our lives until an opportunity comes to release it. We are not meant to carry traumas, but they get lodged and stuck, and the only way to release is through consciously attending to them.
Bodywork is fantastic for this.
And rebirthing is excellent for this.
It wasn’t until I did a series of 10 rebirth sessions with my wife (who was a trained rebirther) that I experienced the full release of all stuff from my body.
When I began those sessions I was a classic newbie to the process, and I suffered all the afflictions that come when there is such stuckness. The hands and fingers curl up and spasm in something called tetany. There is incredible sweating and heat, as well as incredible cold and chills. But most of all there is, at times, a total absence and lapse into an unconscious state. In this state the breath stops in mid air, and ‘nothing happens.’ Its almost funny because its kind of like being in suspended animation. You fly off into a different world, like a dream. And this can happen quite quickly into a session, or whenever. The rebirther might coax you out of it gently, and sometimes just a hand on the chest will bring you back again, but they may leave you to just get on with it.
That ‘absence’ itself is part of the healing process. It really is quite fascinating.
Ultimately there is no right way of doing the rebirth session, and everyone carries their stuff uniquely, but there is an aim. The aim is to be so consciously soft with the breath coming and going that nothing really happens, just an awareness of the whole process, and a sense of something beautiful.
It took me all of my 10 sessions to get anywhere near that!
But I am persistent and I don’t give up.
And one session towards the end of the 10 it kind of happened. The breath just came in and went out, like the waves of the ocean. I fell into a divine state and became overwhelmed by the simple beauty of existence itself. It was so deeply profoundly simple that I cried and laughed at the same time, as awareness saw the whole universe as awake, and it was pouring through me. I truly felt the phrase ‘Breath is God,’ said by Hazrat Inayat Khan.
But this time, last night, it was just normal. It was easy and relaxed, but no flashing lights of illumination or cosmic insight. Just being here now.
This remarkable process absolutely contributes to well being and health, for all the reasons I have stated.
Here is a link to again to the Hazrat Khan piece about the power of breath. Enjoy, dive in, find a great rebirther and get breathing! https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_19.htm
Thanks for reading!