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
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
Rebirthing on the other hand has historically been more often
practiced by well-meaning but improperly trained recipients of the Rebirthing process
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
A place to come home to. Some might call it an integrated
center or groundedness..
Some Cathartic Breathwork books. Not necessarily rebirthing but
The Breathwork Experience
The Ethics of Caring
The Common Sense of Physical Immortality
Breaking The Death Habit
Rebirthing in the New Age
Sondra Ray, Leonard Orr
Loving Relationships Vol 1 & 2
Celebrations of Breath
I Deserve Love
The only Diet There Is
Drinking The Divine
Birth And Relationships
Sondra Ray & Bob Mandel
Open Heart Therapy
Two Hearts are Better than One
Heart Over Heels
Rebirthing the science of enjoying your life
Jim Leonard and Phill Laut
Money Is My Friend
Rebirthing Made Easy
Breath Of Life
Your Right To Riches
Rebirthing: Freedom from your past
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
The Adventure Of Self Discovery
A Course In Miracles
Autobiography Of A Yogi
Conscious Breathing -one by Hendricks and another by a woman
in England. I forgot her name.
See also www.breathing.com/themes.htm
Do you know how to breathe right? Click here.
Rebirthing Interview with Leonard Orr
Death From Rebirthing (An unusually careless
facilitator and probably a very rare occurance)