Radical Forgiveness Breathwork
What It Is…
The intention behind Radical Forgiveness Breathwork is simply to provide a vehicle for deep healing via the medium of the breath and communal support. In this safe and loving setting, participants are allowed to let go of all that is no longer serving them, and to be “reborn” into a truer, more authentic version of themselves.
The main practice of RFB is deep, connected breathing through the mouth for a period of an hour or more. This can be intense and does give new meaning to the word “work” in “breathwork.” Yet it pays off in deep releases that occur if sustained for a period of time. These releasings can include crying, laughing, ecstatic states, kundalini, release of stored memories, etc. None of these are to be denied, and all of them are welcome in the group. They are deep traumas and/or blockages that are being released, and as such are to be embraced.
In reality, the deeper practice of this form of breathwork is the mind’s firm decision for healing. As A Course in Miracles teaches, getting to the “radical root” of the “problem” means recognizing that it is not the body that needs healing, but the mind. Yet our belief in the body is yet so strong that these practices can indeed feel very helpful. Still, let us not lose sight of the fact that the only thing that really needs healing is our investment in the belief that we are separate from God. This is what is meant by “radical forgiveness.” In this forgiveness, we re-mind ourselves that there is no need for forgiveness, because the separation from God never happened.
The session is approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Participants gather in a circle.
The first 15 minutes are explanatory: What it is. Q & A.
The next 15 minutes is intention setting, aloud in the circle.
The next 20-30 minutes is warm-up with ecstatic dance.
Then the breathing begins, first standing, then kneeling, then sitting, and finally lying on one’s back. This takes approximately 1 hour, possibly a little more or a little less.
For the next 15 minutes, the group rests in Shavasana, in silence or with relaxing music. At least a few minutes of silence is recommended.
The final 15 minutes is a closing circle where participants share about their experience.
What It Does & What Might Happen…
Radical Forgiveness Breathwork is akin to shamanic practices and has the potential of bringing about an altered state. This state might include blissed out breathlessness (Samadhi), a Kundalini awakening, and even a full awakening to one’s essential nature, among other things.
On occasion, intense fear might come up, and this is nothing to be afraid of. The Facilitator/Space Holder will insure that you are safe and feel protected at all times. He/She might also assist you in the process through some comforting thought, word, or action. The music that is played throughout will also be uplifting, inspirational, and supportive of your journey.
Some people experience something called “tetany” when they do this form of breathing. Symptoms of this include a curling in of the hands, sometimes feet, and sometimes a change in facial expression. Again, this is nothing to be afraid of, but comes with the territory. In fact, it’s a sure sign that you have been successful in your breathing!
In physiological terms, you are introducing a very increased amount to the upper respiratory system. This often induces feelings of heat, increased heart rate, shaking and trembling. Again, all of these are signs that you are well on your way!
Forgiveness is my only function here.
I remember my function with each breath.
Inspiration: I breathe in the guidance of Spirit.
Expiration: I let go of all false images that hide the Light of Spirit.
I Breathe in Love
I Breathe out Fear
I Breathe in Forgiveness
I Let Go of All Judgment
Exhale Peace to All
Exhale All that Does Not Serve