Life is the time between two breaths - the first and the last. In between embodied consciousness presents us with the experience of being alive. Each inbreath recapitulates our first breath. Hidden in the subtle tremors and hesitation of the breath are the organic cellular memories of the first time we took breath into us. This was our inspiration for life - the incoming of spirit into independent embodiment.
For many of us our first breath was in less than ideal surroundings. from the 1950's modern obstetrics remorseless fascination for technological intervention into the realm of birth (the great mystery of Spirit's descent into matter) means that few people have a natural birth. Obstetrical interventions, surgical incisions and bodily removal from the womb, the use of forceps applied to the babies head, drugs routinely administered, interference in the subtle interactions between mother and baby, all mean that our first breath is often taken in a realm of medical concern or in many cases, emergency.
Decades of research into these practices show the ongoing harmful impact on newly incarnated human beings, but much of it is ignored or ridiculed because it does not fit with the dominant medical belief system. The effect of these practices mentioned above, lives on in the organic mind - the mind of the body; the intelligence of the cells, organs, muscles, tissues and blood.
These memories reside in the subtle disturbances of the natural inflow and outflow of the breath and can, with skilled guidance, be safely released. In restoring the breath to its unrestricted natural rhythm we release the body closer to its intended ease and grace. This is accompanied by great release in the deep tensions obsessions, compulsions and disturbances of the psyche which can move towards deeper relaxation as greater ease inhabits the body.
Our bodies also carry other distressing memories - emotional traumas, childhood illnesses and accidents, the impact of our parent's attitudes; all of these are hidden somewhere in the organic mind and impact the free flow of breath and life through us.
But our bodies remember not only our birth but our gestation and even, strange as it may seem, the union of the first cell and the circumstances surrounding it.
And there's more.
Our genetic memory holds memories of events that impacted our ancestors, and in addition the body holds and presents memories of events from the past that appear as if we have lived previously on this planet.
All of these realms can be touched and progressively healed through releasing the tensions expressed in the breath.