Transformational type or spiritual breathwork that can be ecstatic and/or catastrophic. Choose your practitioner wisely.

Rebirthing is one of the most powerful transformation techniques or modalities ever conceived. Millions of people have benefitted from it.

Created by Leonard Orr in the mid-'70s and approaching critical mass in late '80s, rebirthing become a leader in the New Age, spiritual, pop-psyche quick ,fix techniques with many incredible benefits and many dangers.

The upside is being able to breathe through emotional/physical blocks to monumental aliveness, attaining awesome inner direction and strength of purpose, as well as experiencing alternate states of consciousness that often defy adequate description.

The downside is the danger of becoming unbalanced energetically, mentally confused, emotionally disoriented, out of touch, out of place and out of luck

I classify Rebirthing in the cathartic breathwork category along with Reichian therapy, Radix, and Radiance Breathwork. Reichian therapy, Radix, and Radiance Breathwork differ in they are taught primarily by healing professionals possessing academic degrees and or decades of personal/therapy experience.

Rebirthing on the other hand has historically been more often practiced by well-meaning but improperly trained recipients of the Rebirthing process itself.

A psychotherapist described training a non body oriented psychotherapist therapist person in this form of breathwork as "like giving a 357 Magnum to a five year old. It can be like setting a bomb often in the basement. You will certainly 'knock something loose' but what then do you do with it?".  This may or may not be so.

With all this seeming negativity, being encouraged to breathe through resistance, developing willingness to let go (and let God?) and the rapid increase of potentially extremely positive and healing energy is to some, well worth the risks.

As for a credible facilitator, look for someone who has worked with that person and have them share with you their experience. Or better yet work with an OBDS that is also trained as a breathworker such as Denis Ouellette. If you are a breathworker read what Denis has to say about our school training. Dan Brule is another great source for qualified breathworkers. He has facilitated over 50,000 people.   I am trained in rebirthing as well but use the techniques very sparingly. I prefer to facilitate in my clients a firm "landing base" before heading for the "outer limits". 

A place to come home to. Some might call it an integrated center or groundedness..

Some Cathartic Breathwork books.  Not necessarily rebirthing but relevant anyway.

The Breathwork Experience
Kylea Taylor

The Ethics of Caring
Kylea Taylor

Leonard Orr

The Common Sense of Physical Immortality
Leonard Orr

Physical Immortality
Leonard Orr

Breaking The Death Habit
Leonard Orr

Rebirthing in the New Age
Sondra Ray, Leonard Orr

Loving Relationships Vol 1 & 2
Sondra Ray

Celebrations of Breath
Sondra Ray

I Deserve Love
Sondra Ray

The only Diet There Is
Sondra Ray

Pure Joy
Sondra Ray

Ideal Birth
Sondra Ray

Drinking The Divine
Sondra Ray

Birth And Relationships
Sondra Ray & Bob Mandel

Open Heart Therapy
Bob Mandel

Two Hearts are Better than One
Bob Mandel

Heart Over Heels
Bob Mandel

Rebirthing the science of enjoying your life
Jim Leonard and Phill Laut

Money Is My Friend
Phill Laut

Rebirthing Made Easy
Collin Sisson

Breath Of Life
Collin Sisson

Your Right To Riches
Collin Sisson

Rebirthing: Freedom from your past
Deike Begg

Healing Disease with Rebirthing
Pauline Avis & David McNab

The Secret Life Of The Unborn Child
Dr T Verny & John Kelly

Birth Without Violence
Frederick Le Boyer

Beyond The Brain
Stanislav Grof
The Adventure Of Self Discovery
Stanislav Grof
Arthur Janov
A Course In Miracles
Arkana Publishers
Autobiography Of A Yogi
Paramhansa Yogananda

Conscious Breathing  -one by Hendricks and another by a woman  in England. I forgot her name.

See also Optimal Breathing Kit.

Do you know how to breathe right? Click here.

See also:
Rebirthing Interview with Leonard Orr
Death From Rebirthing (An unusually careless facilitator and probably a very rare occurance)

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