The scientific and medical professions still would have us believe that memory is a function of brain structure and that it is not possible for us to remember being a
baby, as the infant's brain has not developed enough neural networks to process such information.
The pioneering work of Stanislav and Christina Grof into holotropic breathwork and Leonard Orr with rebirthing breathwork in the 1960's opened the way for people to
access these prenatal memories directly. Through the use of specific, deep breathing techniques, intense music and processes such as movement, focused bodywork and
making sounds, people are able to remember experiences which defy medical science's explanations of what a baby can recall. Often people's remembered experiences have
been later validated by family members.
This work is similar to the ancient tradition of shamanic journeying, where the individual's consciousness acquires wisdom through spiritual dimensions of awareness,
emotions and sensations in the body rather than knowing through the accumulated, cognitive, brain centered memory. In these realms, time is no longer experienced as a
linear phenomenon. Rather one is within the time frame of the event as if it is happening in the present. This is not like witnessing the event; it is re-living the
full feelings, beliefs, body sensations, sounds and smells that were present when the experience originally happened.
This cellular memory can also spontaneously arise during deep tissue massage, bioenergetic exercises, other somatic therapies and in states of deep sexual arousal.
Anecdotal evidence has been reported by the recipients of transplants who appeared to have inherited the tastes and habits of the organ donor. Then there is genetic
memory encoded in our DNA - the instinctual or racial memory.
Many ancient cultures understand the continuum of awareness beyond the physical body, as do many religions and spiritual doctrines. People who have experienced
non ordinary states of consciousness report that there are vast realms of possible existence beyond the ego encapsulated, physical form
so identified with in technological cultures.
Whatever the mechanism of memory, studies have shown that emotional experiences are likely to be recalled more often and with more clarity and detail than any other
events. It is through the emotional memory that the greatest healing and awakening also happens. It has also been discovered that thoughts are outcomes of feelings
(our emotions create our beliefs and ideas) and they are the primary modality of interacting with the world.
Who Am I? Why Am I Here?
As we search for meaning in our lives and for the means to allay suffering, these core questions usually come up. The heart of all rebirth work is to awaken
consciousness so that you can experience the answers to these questions by remembering how you were created.
From the moment of conception on, the consciousness of the fetus absorbs, not only the mother's nourishment, but all her emotional, mental, spiritual and
relationship experiences and beliefs, including those of her present and past family and her culture. The growing baby has no filters to prevent this process. We
When the mother is stressed or ill during pregnancy, the baby's development and brain structure is directly affected. The child creates a brain which is either
predisposed to learn and be creative or to come out prepared to fight and defend itself. If the infant suffers a traumatic pregnancy and birth, it's brain and body are
is significantly slower to develop than a child having a healthy gestation and a natural, gentle birth.
Just as a person will go unconscious when there is extreme shock and physical or emotional trauma, there are biological mechanisms to shut down the baby's capacity
to feel when the pain becomes too great. When the infant has a difficult time being born, is separated from their mother following the birth (for any length of time),
is roughly handled and left to cry, the trauma of birth becomes deeply impacted and the child makes all kinds of infantile misconceptions about themselves, their mother
and the world.
In the tender years following birth, babies have an intrinsic need to be consciously touched and held, to be seen and to hear the sweet sounds of their parents
voices. This gives them a secure grounding in this reality and reassures them that they have a place and a purpose here.
They need to both give and receive unconditional love. Few families have any history or understanding of this quality of love and are therefore unable to pass this
on to the infant. The little one has no way to process this lack. With the absence of a clear mirror, the connection with the essential, expanded, loving Self becomes
corroded and a personality is formed in the reflection of the parents and family, a little self.
These unknown imprints form the template of our current identity and behaviors and are re-enacted whenever there is a resonate similarity between current events and
past unconscious emotional distress, shock, traumas and injuries (see Emotional Patterns and Repeating Behaviors).
Processes of Change.
Memories are only the doorway to conscious growth. The key is learning how to learn from past experiences and create new feelings.
Our personal identity tends to be based on what we remember - an accumulation of this life's roles and imprinted patterns within our cultural mosaic.
Unless we are willing to thaw out the frozen places in our unconscious and learn to develop emotional and spiritual spontaneity, our personal maturation and evolution
as a species is thwarted. This means diving into the unknown, going beyond our comfortable parameters of experience and knowledge. You can start the exploration
anywhere - with current life challenges, past life images, future worries, where ever energy is constricted. See What Happens in Sessions?
When the initial exploration of the past uncovers amazing events and phenomenally intense episodes, there is a tendency to identify with the experience. This is
particularly alluring when the memory holds a position of power, for example a past life as a warrior, or one of extreme victimization, such as a witch burnt at the
stake. The key to dynamic consciousness is not to replace one identity with another.
Each time we re-experience the past and release stuck feelings and energies, we need to bring new understanding and healthy new perspectives to these patterns so
that we reconfigure our relationship to the events, ourselves and to the present. The primal longing to be seen dissolves as we see and embrace the disowned and
forgotten parts of ourselves. The soul feeling abandoned is reconnected with the source of love. The eternal rage against life is met and answered, with compassion and
As the angry, demanding, rebellious child is embraced and held, there grows a sense of safety and grounded power. By waking the anesthetized, apathetic places in
our body and psyche, we begin to feel again and rediscover passion. When the lost, hurt child within us is found, a sense of belonging begins to blossom. These
processes constellate the loving, good parent role within us and allow the adolescent to mature emotionally. We discover what it really means to be an adult.
Mature Self Becomes the Guide.
As we reclaim our authentic, essential selves, we grow true to our soul's callings, intrinsically reconnected to our natural, mature place within the tapestry of life
on this planet.
Over time, there is a purity of purpose which emerges as we learn to follow the inner guidance of our spiritual essence.
Some call this the soul, others the higher Self. The critical, demanding, compulsive voices of parents and teachers imbedded in the psyche of the child are replaced
with a gentle higher authority which transcends right and wrong. It guides us with possibilities, appropriate responses and an ever expanding appreciation of
relationships and loving behavior.
The most important and profound relationship to change is the one with our mother, because it holds our core bonding template. As you release the pains of the past,
you are held by your guide and the pathways to Divine Mother are reopened. This reconnects us to the true source of healing - the consciousness of that which made us.
It often feels that grace floods us and we are finally able to understand and forgive our mother and others who have seemingly hurt us. People often report that their
external relationships with those concerned simultaneously shift to reflect this new awareness.
If we are willing to go even deeper at this point, there follows the natural and profound reconnection with the Earth as out true mother. The ramifications of such
experiences often go far beyond the understanding of the average mind. Anxiety, fear, the turmoil of a lifetime of separation dissolves in the embrace of the loving
consciousness of the Earth and the Creator. Herein lies the peace our souls crave and the answers to all our worldly and spiritual concerns.
At maturity, the Earth replaces the biological mother as the primary source of nourishment, comfort and guidance. Our bodies are experienced as one with her body,
cultivating respect, balance and acceptance of our ecological responsibilities as a natural extension of ourselves. Awareness of our human/spiritual nature within the
wondrously complex cycle of life is engendered as is our rightful place within the organic web of life.
As mature, soul connected human beings, we can respond with enthusiasm to the environmental challenges facing us by accessing the wisdom of Life directly and
networking to share solutions. Community becomes a natural state of collaboration rather than something we have to make happen. We become capable of responding to the
need to care for our elderly, our children, the sick and our returned soldiers. Being in nature is no longer a recreational pursuit, it is as vital a breathing clean
air. Each decision we make takes on a personal quality of integral consequence, of appreciating the magnitude of the ripples that flow out from us with all our
By learning how to release accumulated identities and unconscious unexpressed feelings, openings are created for the re-emergence of our expanded consciousness, one
that is based in infinite,experiences and multi-dimensional imagination and reflects the wholeness of our essence. This is a part of metacognition, the active control
over the processes of thinking and learning, developing the awareness of how we change.
There was a period in my life when I was living in the forests of Maui when I awoke each day with the image of a blank canvas. I discovered that I had been
habitually saying "no" to way too many invitations in life through an unconscious fear of the unknown. So I began my days with a ritual recognition of the
potential to create my life anew and to live life with a "Yes", until it turned into a "No". My life became really interesting after that!
There is a wondrous creative power in imagination, the ability to feel, see and create new futures. This is not just a form of positive affirmation but the
manifestation of Life's evolutionary experiment. In the heart of our expanded Self, there lies infinite possibilities of experience and potential ways of being. Each
of us holds a kernel of the future which sprouts, as we do the work of reclaiming our forgotten past and owning the power of our projections on others and the world
There is a relaxation that happens as we shift to an expanded perspective about life and our own suffering. One view maintains that our soul chose exactly the
quality of parents and family situation to incarnate into that which would provide the necessary nourishment, limitations and resistance for our evolution in this
life. Perhaps the concentration of anguish of our births at this time in history will propel us forward through the evolutionary process to an entirely new species of
conscious human beings, a rebirth on a racial and species scale.
Like the diurnal patterns of Earth's rotation, there are natural times to fall asleep and times when the energy of Life calls us to awaken. We can fall asleep and
let the power for our lives be centralized in external authorities or we can wake up and live from our own center. The current crisis of the disintegration of the
western techno culture suggests that now is a really good time to Wake Up!
There are no limits of just how awake we can become - perhaps it is possible to be fully awake even as we sleep or as the great yogis practice, to become enlightened
in the midst of great suffering.
Each time we dive into the unknown, into the anguish of the human condition, into our childish hurt places and are reborn, we unlock ever greater spiritual and
human passion, power and love. It is a journey into being reborn each moment, fully present, open to the majesty and wonder of existence, our love and our precious