Birth Into Being - Levels 1 and 2
With Lily Rothrock and Constantia Tielbeke
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA
Full details and registration here: http://www.birthintobeing.com/bib_la_april_2016
What is Birth Into Being?
Birth Into Being is a unique self-development method that enables us to undo the unwanted and limiting side-effects of stressful or even traumatic events we‘ve all experienced during the course of our lives. Since these effects have been stored in our nervous system, they affect how we think, feel and act today, in many ways. They also influence our health and how our body responds to our environment, especially under pressure.
Birth Into Being is a system of principles and techniques that helps us to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our reality. It opens up to new possibilities and dimensions that we were not able to see before.
The full program consists of 20 processes and 18 exercises designed to transform negative experiences from our childhood, youth and adulthood. These techniques are able to alter what is called the limbic imprint, our earliest impressions which were formed during gestation in our mother’s womb, during birth and childhood. The Birth Into Being Method enables us to resolve both conscious and unconscious inner conflicts, granting access to untapped resources and abilities.
What is Birth Into Being based on?
Long-term scientific studies have shown that stressful or traumatic events leave lasting imprints in our nervous system for the rest of our lives. These imprints constantly influence the way we feel, think and act, affecting the quality of our relationships, creativity, vitality, focus and general sense of wellbeing.
This means that our lenses of perception rarely allow us to see reality as it is but instead our response to life is based on or past experiences. Stressful or traumatic events still have an impact on us even if we have no cognitive memory of them.
"Over 15 years I tried all sorts of methods which were valuable, but usually at a certain point I would hit a wall. Birth into Being is the one method I have found that touches the places inside me in a way that has had a profound effect on how I understand myself and how I live my life as a result. I never would have guessed that the issues I was having in my relationships actually started around the time I was born and had more to do with my parent’s issues than my own. That was a hugely empowering realization. I’m so relieved to establish a strong connection with my own inner voice. It’s been six months now since the training and the world still feels different."
Zoey Stark, Killeen, USA
Research has proven that during 9 months of gestation, babies are directly affected by the chemistry of the amniotic fluids in the mother's womb and this has a lifelong impact on the baby. All our experiences during the entire time our bodies are forming, from conception throughout childhood, are registered by the new nervous system as the way of life, as 'basic settings' and are usually considered permanent. Whatever is happening with the mother is affecting the baby.
Our experiences in the mothers womb directly depend on the mothers experience: Her feelings her thoughts, her diet, her daily activities and mainly her relationship with the father of the baby have a direct chemical equivalent that the baby receives in the womb. This is especially true for the baby's experience of being born. If the delivery is accompanied by medical intervention, such as drug administration and induction of birth, high levels of stress hormones in the mother's body, premature cutting of the cord, separation right after birth, lack of breast feeding etc., the baby's nervous system acts like a sponge and memorizes on a cellular level the anxiety and pain from those experiences.
The latest research shows that one of the main factors in the baby's well-being are the relationship between the mother and the father during the formative period. Feelings that the future parents trigger in each other are being recognized by the baby on a chemical level and create the baseline of perception of the world as a safe or unsafe place.
Our parent's general attitude towards life, each other, their self-image, and interaction with the world set the baby's nervous system for a very specific perception of life and will be a baseline for their emotional and behavioral patterns.
Impactful events later on in life are rooted in our first sensory experiences. If we were bullied at school, failed at the workplace or in our love life, felt abandoned or lonely, helpless, unstable, or misunderstood the answers for these issues can be found in our formative period.
When we feel ineffective, counterproductive, out of balance, we can easily recognize that we carry a specific undesirable pattern which most likely has its earliest origins from a time when our cortex was not fully developed yet, so we can't really 'think ourselves out' of the conflict zone.
What is the “limbic imprint“?
Our perception of the world during our early phase of development influences how we perceive and interact with the world today. This phenomenon is a basic function of our nervous system to archive our interpretations of reality and is called 'limbic imprint'. Experiences we have later in life are determined by the limbic imprint and further reinforce the views of reality that were encoded into the archive.
The limbic imprint is formed in the limbic part of the brain which governs our emotions and is not controlled by our cortex which governs our intellect.
The limbic imprint is our emotional navigator, dictating our expectations and reactions, our likes and dislikes, our tendencies, preferences and addictions, our resistance and anxiety. This explains why it is so difficult to stop certain behavioral patterns and addictions with a mental effort, because they are anchored in a different part of the brain that is not controlled by cognitive process.
The limbic imprint influences when we feel secure and when we feel insecure regardless of the objective level of risk. It influences our learning ability, our creativity, our ability to express ourselves or be intimately involved. It determines our ability for friendship and happiness, basic resistance to life, apathy or frustration.
"I never understood why I had such a hard time making changes in my life and getting over my habit to procrastinate, or completely avoid doing stuff that I knew would be good for me. Birth Into Being not only helped me understand why, but also helped me reach a degree of freedom and sense of choice I never had before."
Jenny Wolfort, New York, USA
The limbic imprint also influences our interpersonal dynamics and emotional availability with our friends and family. It affects our capacity for full awareness of our own feelings and our ability to balance healthy boundaries with effective compassion for others.
The limbic imprint defines if we‘re self-confident or inhibited, open or withdrawn, focused or distracted, creative or blocked in our creative expression. It influences our financial and personal success, and affects the level of resistance we have in our everyday life. Some of the aspects of the limbic imprint also influence our physiology. Women are likely to give birth the way they were born due to their limbic imprint. Our tendency to develop psychosomatic conditions and handle life's challenges are also tied into our early imprints.
What is the outcome?
The techniques of the Birth Into Being Method neutralize the effects of negative imprints by enabling us to integrate new, empowering emotional, mental and physical reference points.
"I’m new to this kind of work and I don’t normally open up easily, especially in a group setting. I was amazed at how easy it was for me to let go, and feel supported by such wonderful people, without feeling uncomfortable. I was able to heal some of my most private issues with I was not able to resolve during 11 years of therapy. I felt completely safe and accepted."
Jeffrey Brent, San Diego, USA
The processes and exercises of the method enable us to draw unconscious memories to the surface that go back to the time before, during and after our birth, and alter the effect these memories have on us. They empower us to let go of invisible restraints, insecurities, as well as our coping and defense strategies, helping let go of the protective armor we developed while being frightened or stressed. These techniques work, no matter if we know anything about our birth or not and no matter whether we actually remember the events that triggered these insecurities, or if we only assume that something must have happened that holds us back in life today.
"I didn't actually have an idea what ‘anchoring a new reference point in the nervous system’ meant. Now I know. It means having such an intense feeling of getting what I need that I will never forget it for the rest of my life."
Mina Bedi, New Delhi, India
The Birth Into Being method allows us to alter the emotional and behavioral patterns which cannot be controlled with our intellect alone. The method does not dictate what and how to think, feel, or behave, instead it offers empowering life-affirming alternatives to our original limbic imprint in the form of new experiences that neutralize the diminishing effects of our previous conditioning. In an increadibly short time, it grants us access to a much broader perspective, a greater understanding of our role and place in life, increase our quality of connection with others and our ability to relax and trust in life.
For hours of audio and video presentations on the subject, visit www.BirthIntoBeing.com
We are neither nature nor nurture.
We're both, and more.
We are also our own response to all significant experiences we ever had from the very first moment of our existence.
When we dare to alter the effect of the imprints that shaped us,everything becomes possible.
About the Facilitators:
Lily Rothrock believes in a world based on trust and connection. She received the Birth Into Being Method and Conscious Water Birth Movement teachings from Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova during her early 20s, where she began to hold space for people to heal their birth and emotional life experiences. Her gatherings provide space for people to dive deep into themselves and recover what they most need to understand and express in their lives. Read her blog for wholehearted living at www.porpendorf.com.
"My core cry was one of the most therapeutic experiences I have ever had. Lily gave me exactly what I needed to tap into deep, painful emotion and release it. Having witnesses and group support made the experience even more powerful. The amount of energy released and coursing through my body during and after my core cry was staggering. I felt immensely powerful and at peace afterwards. I cannot thank Lily enough for facilitating such an intense and healing experience."
Katie Moore, Arcata, 2014
Constantia Tielbeke has been a Licensed Holistic Bodyworker since 1999 and in 2004 she founded an Aquatic Healing Oasis in Southern California. Her many healing modalities include: Esalen massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Emotional Release and Polarity Therapy. Since 2001, the healing quality of water became her main passion and she has continued on to become an aquatic therapist in Healing Dance, Waterdance and Presence of Being. Since 2007, her own form of aquatic bodywork has evolved into a form she calls Aquatic Harmonics, where she combines all her studies and passions for healing in water, which include energy and sound healing. She has created and facilitated Babyaquatics, Familyaquatics and Pre-Natal Aquatics for the past 10 years. She became involved with Birth Into Being in 2013 and found it to be such an incredible, powerful and healing experience that she went on to become a facilitator so she could bring the work to her community. She is passionate about being fully alive and facilitating a flow for people where they can reach their fullest potential.
About the Birth Into Being Movement:
The Conscious Birth Movement began when people began to understand the impact of the very beginning of life on our lifelong patterns. The Birth Into Being Method evolved from an understanding that addressing those issues from the formative period makes a huge difference in the quality of life of clients, as they became more aware, grounded, compassionate, confident and engaged. The techniques offer invaluable experience for future parents and birth attendants as the same techniques can be used as highly effective prevention of birth complications. The Method has it's roots in the 80s in the Black Sea, where parents who prepared with the methods went to give birth in the warm waters, far away from medical personnel or facilities. The absence of complications at the birth camps was a high testimony to the efficiency of the preparation program.
Now the Method is taught all over the world in most major languages. While being a complete holistic method in its own right, it's complimentary to most other healing modalities, enriching and expediting the possible outcome.
We will be hosting the workshops at two venues.
Level 1 - Aldersgate Retreat Center - www.aldersgateretreat.org/
Located in the coastal town of Pacific Palisades, Aldersgate is just a mile from Will Rogers State Beach, a short walk into the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains, and one block from the shops of Pacific Palisades.
Level 2 - Rie Studio - http://www.harisriestudio.com/
Rie Studio is a safe and welcoming studio space in Santa Monica.
The workshop can be booked Level by Level. Each Level is 2 days.
To qualify for Early Bird, you need to complete full payment by midnight on April 3, 2016.
Per Level (2 days):
- Individuals: $300 / $250 Early Bird
- Couples: $550 / $450 Early Bird
Level 1 & 2 (all 4 days):
- Individuals: $600 / $500 Early Bird
- Couples: $1100 / $900 Early Bird
Repeat Participants: If you have taken Level 1 and/or 2 with Lily or Constantia and want to repeat a Level, it costs $200 per Level. (You can select this option with the Deposit button below, if paying online)
Deposits: You can also pay a $200 deposit upfront to secure your space, and complete your payment upon arrival at the workshop. Note: a deposit does not secure Early Bird. Payment in full needs to be received by midnight on April 3 for Early Bird Discount.
- Via event website at BirthIntoBeing.com with Credit Card (2.9% fee)
- Venmo (0% fee)
- Cash or Check (0% fee)
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Lily Rothrock - + 1 (916) 320 9658, lilyrothrock (at) gmail.com
If you have a YES tingling inside your body, what is holding you back from following the impulse?
We look forward to receiving you for this workshop!
Lily & Constantia