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If You Stop Breathing, You’ll Die

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by Leonard Orr
If you hold your breath for a few minutes, just one breath becomes the most valuable thing in the world. Therefore learning how to breathe better might be the most important thing that we can do with our money. And yet people spend $1000, which is a couple of car payments or rent payments, and never think of investing $1000 in improving their breathing ability, which they can use for the rest of their lives. Breathworkers deserve $100 per session because they sometimes take 2 hours or more. Most health professionals charge $50 to $150 per hour and give less value. Conscious Breathing tunes us into the Breath of Life. It enables us to contact the headwaters of our Life-stream, which is the Breath of Life Itself. Learning the ability to breathe Energy as well as air has all kinds of practical values: it improves our physical health, it enables us to feel happy more, it increases our ability to receive love and give love which makes our relationships work better. Conscious Breathing improves our Energy level, which enables us to produce more and increase our income. Therefore investing $1000 in 10 Conscious Breathing lessons comes back to us many times over in tangible as well as intangible value. Since God is the source of the Breath, Conscious Breathing enables us to contact God more efficiently and bring the power of Spirit into our body more efficiently. The Mind and the Breath are the king and queen of human consciousness. Learning to breathe from the Breath Itself makes Breathing more pleasurable and Life more pleasurable. The sooner we learn it, the sooner we get the benefit. Make an appointment with your local Breathworker today and start your 10 sessions. Sessions are usually done one per week; in some cases, one or two per month. But one per week is a good frequency for most people. Most Breathworkers are willing to work out a payment plan or negotiate so that money is not a barrier to learning this important skill. Breathworkers are people who have been properly trained to give sessions and who give sessions as a full time career. It is recommended that we interview 3 or 4 Breathworkers before choosing one to go through the ten sessions with. It’s valuable to have a Breathing teacher that we enjoy working with. Sometimes Breathworkers have introductory lectures but they are not necessary. The important thing is to make an appointment and experience your first session and find out what Conscious Breathing and a complete Energy cycle is all about. Most people experience the richest peace and relaxation that they have ever experienced as a result of their first session. It is normal for people to have a completed Energy cycle during their first session. Recommended Reading & Listening:

Breath Awareness – by Leonard Orr
Intuitive Breathing (tape) – by Leonard Orr
The Rebirth Seminar (2 tapes) – by Leonard Orr
Rebirthing in the New Age – by Leonard Orr & Sondra Ray
Leonard Orr’s books & tapes as well as a selection of other very valuable materials are available for sale on his web site (rebirthingbreathwork.com) or at Inspiration University, ph (540) 885-0551- fax (540) 885-1230

Information about the Leonard Orr Training Center is available on his web site. Or call (540) 885-0551

Enjoy This Inspiring Article!

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Finding Innovation Inspiration – By Darcy Eikenberg

Let’s pause for a moment to celebrate three unique innovators who died this year: Curtis Allina, Art Clokey, and Walter Morrison.

What–you haven’t heard of them? I bet you know their creations well: Pez, Gumby, and Frisbee.

I dare you not to grin when saying those three words! Pez, Gumby, and Frisbee collectively represent fun, silliness, play, and many more happy emotions we want in our lives today.

When each of these gentlemen’s obituaries appeared within a month of each other, it made me pause. What lessons did their innovations teach? As I strive to be more creative and innovative, what inspiration can I take from their journeys? After exploring their lives and legacies further, here are the top three things I discovered:

1. Great Innovation Can Happen Even if Life’s Hard

You’d think that if you were a master of something as creative, as inventive, as FUN as any of these three playthings, that you probably lived a charmed life. But that was far from the truth:

• Clokey was sent to live in a children’s home when his mom’s new husband rejected him after his natural father died in a car accident.

• Allina’s family perished in concentration camps in the 40s, leaving him as the sole survivor.

• Morrison, a WWII pilot, was shot down and spent 48 days as a prisoner of war in Stalag 13.

Those setbacks didn’t get in their way–in fact, they may have led to even greater creativity and innovation. For example, Morrison’s aeronautic skills helped him refine his original flying disc. The abandoned Clokey was eventually adopted by a well-known composer who introduced him to an artistic life that certainly led him to pick up a handful of clay.

2. Accept Whatever Comes
Gumby’s 1956 debut on “The Howdy Doody Show” led the stop-motion character to his own short-lived series and ongoing syndication. But his popularity faded in the 70’s, and creator Clokey struggled financially, according to published accounts.

Then a young comedian named Eddie Murphy played a foul-talking Gumby on Saturday Night Live in the 80’s. Many expected Clokey–the man who created TV’s religious-toned “Davey and Goliath” and who once planned to become an Episcopal priest–to be shocked and ashamed at how his creation was mangled.

But according to interviews, he loved it, although he was happy it was on late at night when children were sleeping (remember, this was the pre-TiVo era.) By accepting someone else’s interpretation and going with the affectionate outpouring, the edgy performance rejuvenated Gumby, and put the green guy in the hands of a whole new generation.

3. You Don’t Have to Create to be Creative

Pez was originally a Viennese mint, marketed to adults as an alternative to smoking. In fact, the stemmed dispenser was designed to look like a cigarette lighter. When the idea emerged to repackage the candy for children, company exec Allina had to persuade the conservative, European home office that the change would make sense.

Pez historian (now there’s a job!) David Welch told The New York Times that no one really knows exactly whose idea it was to put heads on Pez dispensers. However, Welch shared, “The idea came from the United States. And for the idea to have come out of the United States and made it to Austria where it could be approved, Allina was the only guy who could have made that happen.”

So whether Allina actually envisioned a Santa head on a stack of peppermints, we’ll never know. But he was the one to enable the creative move, to actually make it happen, and in the end, is credited with making the now multi-million dollar industry come to life. Not a bad legacy.

Speaking of legacy, it is worth noting one other thing these three men had in common. They all lived long lives: Pez’s Allina passed away at 87. Gumby animator Clokey died at 88; and Morrison, Frisbee’s father, died at 90. They left behind not only their respective innovations, but also buckets of inspiration for the creative spirit in all of us.

Where do you find your innovation inspiration–at work, outdoors, or at home in your garage? From music, TV, or a stroll through the mall? Who inspires you most–people you know well, or people you’ve only known from afar?

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About the Author:

Darcy Eikenberg, ACC, is an accomplished coach, consultant and business leader, with experience motivating individual and team behavior to achieve business results. Her focus is coaching and mentoring aspiring individuals and professionals/teams needing guidance and support. Before founding Coach Darcy LLC, Darcy was Principal, Internal Coach, and Senior Communication Consultant at Hewitt Associates. Darcy is VP, Marketing for the Georgia Coach Association and a graduate of Northwestern University.

Just Who Do You Think You Are?

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Well, this is a loaded question isn’t it?  What I’m really asking is, “Who do you think you are in your unconscious mind”?  Because that’s who is driving the bus of your life!  One of the most helpful gifts found in the first Breathwork session is the discovery of your personal lie.  Your personal lie is that most negative thought that you have about yourself that was probably thought during a pre-verbal moment of something very stressful, scary, painful or traumatic.

An event such as this usually happens within  the first few moments of our birth.  Reading Dr. Fredrick LeBoyer’s remarkable book, “Birth Without Violence“, can help you to understand how present and impressionable newborns really are.  All babies are conscious of every single thing happening around them from the moment of conception!  So imagine, or recall if you will, being pulled from a nice, warm and cozy environment in which the temperature was constant, you had 24-hr “womb” service, and all that you needed was provided without even thinking about it.  You’re pulled from this environment out into a cold, painfully bright, loud room by people  who are doing the best job they know how to do, but are innocently and unconsciously having their own painful birth trauma reenacted for them thereby bringing their fears into your birth experience.  Welcome to the world!

Once you’re out, it is now imperative that you are separated, cleaned and assessed.  The lifeline you have breathed from, eaten from and played with for nine months is suddenly cut  so quickly that you have a sense of panic, of fear that there isn’t enough air or life (later this can extend into love, food, money, sex or happiness).  This is where our breathing mechanism becomes faulted. Then you are taken abruptly from your mum and cleaned with harsh cloths and soaps by someone who is innocently doing their job very efficiently but with their own unconscious memories coming up.  Let’s face it, the act of delivering a baby has been mechanized and almost dehumanized.  It can be very cold and callous to a sensitive individual.  This is where the personal lies are most often created.

In scenes such as those above, a baby could have the thought, “Life is hard, “Life is a struggle”, “Men hurt me”, “Women hurt me”, “I have to experience pain to live”.   And that is just with a “normal” birth.  Add elements such as forceps, vacuum extraction, Cesarian or breech and the thoughts are much more intense.  Since the baby is conscious and thinking these thoughts, they will wonder, “What did I do”?  “What is wrong with me that this happened to me”?  The personal lie is then thought:  “I am not good enough”, “I am bad”, “I am unloveable”, or “I am unworthy”.

The personal lie could come even earlier, perhaps during the 1st trimester when the parents have just found out they are pregnant and innocently have some fear going on, not to mention their own unconscious birth trauma memories coming up for them.  The baby picking up on this energy of fear similarly wonders, “What did I do wrong”, “Why is this happening”. 

What is important to know is that everyone walking on this planet has a personal lie; a very negative and untrue thought that is serving to sabotage their results or challenge their efforts in all aspects of their lives.  Granted, even the most successful people don’t appear to have any demons haunting them, but all one has to do is  look at some of the headlines making the news today to see that everyone has something thwarting even the best of intentions.

What do you do with the personal lie?  How do you get rid of it?  This is where a trained Breathworker is invaluable!  S/He will help you to discover your personal lie and then recommend some home activities for you to do to reprogram it.  You will learn from your Breathworker  that we do one of three things with these thoughts:

1.  We act it out.

2.  We overcompensate for it.  (the overachiever or the obsessive/compulsive tendencies)

3.  We project it onto to other people, places or things.  (“Nothing is ever good enough”)

Discovering and reprogramming your personal lie is an incredibly powerful and empowering thing.  So are the other tools you can learn from and work you can do with a Breathworker.  And since your personal lie impacts ALL aspects of your life:  work, money, health, relationships, and happiness, ALL aspects of your life stand to improve from the work you do with your Breathworker.

My passion and life’s purpose is working with pregnant women and their significant others to help them to clear their birth trauma BEFORE the delivery, better yet with women/couples who desire to have a child so that the entire process of conception, pregnancy and delivery can be a clear and divine one.  The other aspect is working with the “authority figures” (more about this in future posts) so that they are clear in the delivery and bringing little to none of their own birth trauma fears into the room with them.

It’s a wonderful process and a worthy one…one I hope you’ll assist me with along the way as a supporter, a client, a referral source or a happy rebirthee!

~Namaste~

The First Step to Understanding Breathwork

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Over a period of twelve years, between 1962 and 1974, Leonard Orr discovered and developed the “spiritual power of the human breathing ability”.  In ’74, he perfected the training of Breathworkers, also called Rebirthers or Breathing Guides.  Today, over 10 million people have experienced the power of breathwork, without a huge amount of advertising or marketing, but through the simple art of sharing testimonials.

Leonard said about breathwork that it’s, “perhaps the most valuable gift you can give yourself for emotional and physical health.”  Rebirthing breathing is the ability to breathe energy as well as air.  It supplies us with spiritual energy and power that enables us to move and be healthy. 

Most adults think they know how to breathe although they rarely think about it.  However, almost none of them truly know until they’ve had 10 sessions with a trained Breathworker.

Breathing sessions are for anyone who ever has tension, stress or pain.  Rebirthing enables us to relax, experience peace, tranquility and freedom from pain.  We can breathe ourselves out of anger, depression, and troublesome feelings into peace, clear and pure Life energy.

The philosophy of breathwork includes the concept that thought is creative and that we are conscious from the moment of conception.  As we begin to experience life in the pre-verbal form, we collect ideas about ourselves, our parents, authority figures, our siblings and even God.  These collected thoughts are stored in our subconscious mind and form the basis for our present and future external reality.

Because we are unable to comprehend what is happening around us or ask for clarity about it, we make decisions such as, “I am unwanted”, “Men hurt me”, “Life is hard”.  We then, through the Law of Projection, do one to three things with these thoughts:

*We act them out.

*We project them onto people, places, or things.

*We overcompensate for them.

These behaviors in turn can make one’s life less than satisfactory and can manifest in difficulty with success, wealth, relationships and family harmony. 

The result of working with a Breathworker is that you uncover the unconscious thoughts that may have been sabotaging your life and are able to change your thinking to produce more desirable results.  You begin to experience more peace and balance in your life, in your health, your family and in your career.

The process begins with an initial discovery session to determine the circumstances present at your birth, the elements of your life which are not working for you now and your goals for your own change.

Subsequent sessions begin with discussion of how your life is progressing and how the suggested homework is going.  Homework is typically the request that you write one or more affirmations about 15 times daily to turn around a particular thought.  These are powerful accelerators!  After the discussion, you breathe for one hour in a connected breath pattern, through your mouth while in a comfortable position. 

The characteristics of the rebirthing breathing technique are different than any other breathing technique.  You are guided to breath into your upper chest, into your heart, like you did when you were a baby.  This naturally will liberate thoughts and feelings from your childhood and beyond.  Your trained Breathworker will gently assist you in easily moving through these as they arise.  Your pace will be guided so that your cells become completely oxygenated, releasing any stored toxins.  Breathwork will bring a greater sense of vitality to your entire body!

Following the breathing session, your Breathworker helps you to integrate your thoughts and feelings and gives any suggestions for the next session.  Weekly sessions are recommended in the beginning.  It is also suggested that 10 sessions be attended with a male Breathworker and 10 with a female Breathworker, in order to address your paternal and, respectively, your maternal patterns which may be present.

Benefits from consistent breathwork include: 

improved mental clarity and focus,

a greater sense of well-being and balance,

the reduction of stress,

a more youthful feeling and appearance,

reversal of some health conditions,

improved relationships,

and greater prosperity