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Integrative Breathing - A Way to Inner Freedom

Breath is life - and the breath of most people is flat, unconnected and tense. He is no longer a movement to bring full life into us and to open us, but the constant attempt to restrain unpleasant feelings that we have experienced and stored in our bodies. Integrative breathing is a way to bring these old experiences back to us.


In each of us is a miraculous, indefinitely vivid and powerful being, and each one has all spiritual gifts in it. They are covered in all the situations in which we do not feel as much loved as we are. It starts very early that we learn not to be good enough, not to be adorable, we feel helpless and disconnected. Thus, the light and joy of life that we see in small children, in babies mostly, are becoming weaker.

The way of the breath is the return to these qualities of the radiant vitality and innocence of the child. The unhindered breath is the direct connection to the life force and to our origin. It is accessible in every moment to give and receive from the pulsating whole. Each breath connects the energies of heaven and earth and leaves us in the here and now. Conscious breath is gentle and relaxed, we learn devotion from the breath itself, to let go into the arms of existence. He lets us rest in silence, carried by life. The breath has its own wisdom that helps us find the way to deeper layers of our being. The breath connects us with our deepest longing for life.

The breath teaches us to be entrusted to life and touched by life. He makes us recover and fills us, simply by being open. Life is exhaled in the breath and invites the soul to return home to the body. The breath connects us with the power of our heart to reconcile us. He makes us realize that everything in our life happens to our best. He encourages us to follow our heart and lead us into areas beyond the mind. The breath teaches us to use the potential of our feelings through the body, which becomes softer and more radiant. He lets us go on the journey of remembering, innocence and joy, the joy of being alive and part of the earth.

Integrate essential parts

Integrative breathing, also called conscious energy breathing, is based on the realization that we influence and co-operate our reality - with our thoughts and attitudes, which shape our personality and our body. Studies have shown that 80 percent of what we believe and think is unconscious and not consistent with our conscious intention. The Integrative Breathing is a brilliant tool to unconsciously hold minds so that we can develop a deeper understanding of our unconscious thoughts and patterns, or release them from the body cells and the energy system with the breath. Integrative breathing opens for the conscious perception of our true self.

Integrative breathing allows to emerge unhealed emotions and traumatic memories and to accept them in a gentle and safe way. When we solve blockages, the heart can open again and see and integrate one's own unloved essence in a new perspective. In Integrative Breathing, we support the practice of taking responsibility for one's life, beyond reproach and judgment. We heal the old paradigm of victims, perpetrators and saviors. And as we understand each other better, we grow in our personal strength as co-creators of our own experience. We meet with compassion what happens in our lives.

Breathing sessions are performed in an attentive and quiet environment so that the participant can develop his own style and his own pace. The breathing is guided and supported by the companion. However, his own authority is left to him to feel deeper, to understand and to move energy. Feelings, thoughts, memories, stored in the body, reveal themselves as they emerge and leave the energy system. The experience varies from session to session and from person to person. It is not uncommon to find yourself in a higher state of consciousness of clarity, oneness, forgiveness, and gratitude at the end of a breathing session.

Newborn - the way of the breath

The body stores all the experiences of birth, the painful as well as the ecstasy. In order to survive with the painful experiences, they are suppressed and stored in the subconscious. From there they work and determine how we see ourselves, the world and other people and experience relationships. Breathing can release these energies and initiate a "newbirth" in health, strength and joy of life.

By Ines Howe

The beginning of the birth is determined by the unborn child by the release of the hormone releasing the blow. After nine months, a time of growth, care, weightlessness and security, and the mostly oceanic feeling of being one, it becomes so tight for the embryo that it must find its way out to survive. He embarked on a journey into the unknown. The birth can take less than an hour, but also over 30 hours - for the baby an extreme experience. The birth process is a combination of the pains of the uterus and the power of the movements of the baby. It can be light and short, too fast, too difficult or too long and full of obstacles. The entry into the new world can be characterized by experiences of too bright light, loud noises, the technical action of the birth team and the temperature drop of 15 degrees - no wonder the child's nervous system is often overstretched and in a state of shock. The beginning of life on earth is the moment of the first breath. The immediate severing of the umbilical cord interrupts the care for the newborn and breathing out of the panic fear and suffocating. In any case, the beginning of life on this earth seemed to many of us. It is the great merit of Frederique Leboyer, a French gynecologist, who sympathetically trained the babies' tortures and made us aware of how early we were deprived of autonomy and self-determination. His book "Birth without Violence" appeared in the early 1970s and has led to a new openness and more conscious birth practices.

The influence of birth

After many years of exploring the people who have experienced the Rebirthing work, the results speak for the way we are born. For people whose birth forms are similar, similar life settings can also be observed. The patterns that shape our consciousness during birth are our survival strategies. Every time we go through a difficult phase of change or in stressful situations, the Blaupause of our birth is activated. But not only what actually happens during pregnancy and childbirth, but also our "response" to the way we have experienced birth and what decisions are made. The way through the birth canal is for the embryo only with the use of his whole body, all his strength and the effective support of the maternal pains to cope. In this way life patterns can arise like "life is hard", "I have to fight to survive", "I feel helpless", "I am withheld", "there is no way out," "not to create" or "I'm too much". People who have experienced a "normal" birth (without complication) are much easier in life and are ahead of others, but they feel as "normal", as nothing special. They often report a sense of being not important - not important compared to other people born at the same time and in the same place whose birth circumstances attracted more attention.

Birth patterns are living patterns

When the birth has been artificially initiated, a pattern of life can arise, not to be able to determine the nature and the time of the occurrence itself. In order not to experience this pain again, the person concerned will do everything possible to create it alone, despite the deeper knowledge that help was necessary to survive in order to succeed. Twins share the months of pregnancy. For her, the birth is not only the separation from the protective uterus and the connection with the mother, but above all the separation from the twin. It elicits a deep, lasting pain of abandonment and solitude and an often insatiable longing for the once-lived uninterrupted closeness and intimacy. Playing drugs (anesthesia) at birth a role, is a foundation for drug addiction in the adult age. Studies have shown that there was a correlation between birth anesthesia and the first drug wave among the teenagers in the 1970s, when 16 years before the anesthesia was a common practice in the hospitals. In doing so, the mothers who gave birth to the clinic almost without exception received anesthesia, in order to spare them the pain of passing through the head. These examples show how the nature of our birth can shape our personality and our lives. Further complications during the birth, such as an emperor's cut, umbilical cord wrap, forceps, breech, too long or too fast a birth, as well as the family and social situation at the time of birth leave corresponding birth balloons. These affect topics such as patterns of bonding and separation in relationships, violence and abuse, mistrust and fraud, how we react to stress, stress, how to deal with difficulties, our fear of finding no way out, on issues of self-worth and narcissism, eating and sleep disturbances, our relationship to ourselves and our bodies, the fear of being seized, our relationship to our sexuality and our ability to love unconditionally and to feel lasting joy.

The process of healing - Rebirth, the rebirth

It is never too late to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of the first formative experiences no matter how long the birth dates back. In the body memory of the cells all memories are stored. As we begin to open the door to our feelings of the past, we begin to remember and heal emotionally and spiritually. In the work of breathing, we use the breath to enter into the space, which allows an action of suppressed energy held in the body as tension, while the conscious perception increases. Suppression is the result of condemnation. When we think that something is too intense, too painful, too bad, we separate from the feeling and divide a part of our vital energy - we suppress and suppress it. This bound energy is not available to us in our lives. Integration is a surrender of the struggle against what is. The prerequisite for integration is that we perceive all our energies, be it emotions, thoughts or body sensations, free of judgments as forms and patterns - like the whirls and currents in a flowing river. Also, what feels unpleasant in the inner perception is not negative or bad, but also an energy pattern that emerges, so that it can be perceived and led back into the energy cycle. If the level of energy is high - what happens when you breathe deeply - we can accept everything. It's not about changing anything, it's an allowance, an assumption. At the moment when the oppressed feeling or oppressed thought is seen and acknowledged, what is fixed is free. There is a reorganization of the neuronal connections and switching points in the brain, to a new, more conscious perspective. An inner space becomes free, into which that can enter, which is closer to the truth, which makes us authentic and strengthens our confidence in the deeper knowledge, our visions. We begin to remember our true being.

The process of growing

As we enter into the depths of our birth experience, we can tap into great areas of human potential, redeem and forgive the past. The foundation of our soul contains the key to our authentic self, our further spiritual growth and our emotional maturity. The patterns lie in the unconscious, in unknown places of the soul and in the body, and have also shaped the way we breathe: usually shorter, flatter, more cramped than our nature is, because with the circumcision of the breath we make contact with our Vitality, and, of course, the repressed feelings which are part of this vitality. That is why our breath can lead us to these long forgotten places of our soul. It is important for this sensitive inner work, a "spiritual midwife," to find a loving companion to discover with patience and appreciation the hidden layers of our fragmentation. Breathing, we grow in confidence in life and in the security, to let control of our anxious thoughts go. Birth is an expression of a powerful sexual ecstatic life energy. In other cultures it is celebrated as a sacred act of creation of the Great Goddess, the donor of life. Ibu Robin Lim, a pioneer of Bali's underwater birthing, asks, "What would our world look like if everyone was born with unqualified ability to love?" Even if we are not yet so far, the integration of repressed birth energies also helps people who have not been born to revive this ability. When we go all the way of conscious integrative breathing, it is possible to remember that we were never separated from the source of life and love.