THE PSYCHICAL PROCESS OF REBIRTH
In the beginning, the “paroxysm” breathing of Rebirth brings an important share of oxygen to the blood and a decrease of carbon dioxide gas.
So, there is a lack of balance between the blood acidity and alkaline content (ph or potential hydrogen), a state described by tingles and “paralysis”.
The oxygen transported by the blood goes through the blood system and nervous circuit to the cerebral liquid. It will change the ph of this liquid and the intra cranial pressure.
The vessels that feed the brain contract and so, the brain lacks oxygen while the carbonic acid grows. Facing this fright produced by breathing is similar to facing the fear of death.
Being conscious of the movement of breathing helps the individual overcome the fear that lies at the basis of all shakes and tensions that he is trying to get rid of. This so called “disappearance” experience of death, makes the experience of Rebirth similar to the so called “little death” of an orgasm and to the tantric experience.
In Rebirth the emotional level is passed by without delay. Because the goal of this technique is not like that of the bio-energetic or “primary therapy” which encourage the individual to regress to childhood. The goal is to ascend to the moment of birth where, where for the first time, the problem of existence or non-existence arises.
Each time he inhales, he chooses life; each time he exhales, he experiences death and restarts this game all over again, indefinitely. The return to the zero point, before to the first pulmonary inhalation is the main goal of Rebirth.
The rhythm of pulmonary breathing depends on the muscles involved and determines each person’s relation to the exterior world. At the moment of birth a new relation with the world begins.
The social relation to the exterior which is represented by pulmonary breathing gives in to inner breathing. At this level, pulmonary breathing is not ruled from the outside but from the inside. It is not induced, it just flows – which sometimes leads to the intrauterine experience.
So adopt an original rhythm: a subtle way of breathing by the nervous system which is similar to the cosmic rhythms. These fluctuating movements of the cerebral liquid can be compared to the tide phenomena; the high and low tides of the air to the “inner sea” waves of blood that feed the marrow and brain cells.
There, the connection with a slower rhythm is established, the movement of the cerebral liquid being of about 15 breaths per minute.
At this level the state is not like breathing but like “being breathed”. This inner, deep rhythm connects us to the oceanic rhythms of the cosmos, beyond the limits of the body.
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