Take a breathe, and another, and another-connect the inhale with the exhale-- feel your body, feel your feelings, let all the tension and negativity in your body go; then experience the flow of peace and relaxation within your body. If you have experienced all this and more, you have just completed a Rebirthing session.
Many volumes have been written on this subject since ancient times. What the Indian sages thousands of years ago called prana, the ancient Chinese named CHI or KI and the Druids refer to as OD. What is commonly agreed though, that it is the life force, the miniature building stone of the universe, too small or etheric to be perceived by any kind of instrument or measuring device to date.
Breathe and you know you are alive. Breathe and you know that all is helping you. Breathe and you know that you are the world. Breathe and you know that the flower is breathing too. Breathe for yourself and you breathe for the world. Breathe in compassion and breathe out joy.
Intelligence is a natural phenomenon -- just as breathing is, just as seeing is. Intelligence is the inner seeing; it is intuitive. It has nothing to do with intellect. Never confuse intellect with intelligence, they are polar opposites. Intellect is of the head;it is taught by others, it is imposed on you. You have to cultivate it. It is borrowed, it is something foreign, it is not inborn. But intelligence is inborn. It is your very being, your very nature. Drop the fear. Fear was taken up by you in your childhood, unconsciously. Now consciously drop it and be mature. Then the life can be a light which goes on deepening as you go on growing.
..Being aware of your breathing takes attention away from thinking and creates space. It is one way of generating consciousness. Although the fullness of consciousness is already there as the unmanifested, we are here to bring consciousness into this dimension.
As long as we are still alive, the way we are breathing right now is the right way for us right now, and we can learn from it! As the freedom of our breath is restrained by the experiences we have repressed, our breath is teaching us about our state of consciousness.
Breathwork involves breathing in a full, free manner (as guided by a trained breathworker); the result is an increase in the level of physical and spiritual energy in our body, thus cleansing the many tensions held there. The result of the physical cleansing is that the mental and emotional origins of tension come back into consciousness and can then be healed.
On the emotional level, notice how many times you hold or draw in your breath in reaction to something. If you are feeling fear you hold your breath. If you are faced with someone's anger or sometimes even someone's love you may hold your breath. What actually happens when you draw in your breath is you hold the energy of the emotion you are feeling in your body.