By Ginny St. John
A self-described "curious, shape-shifting, little explorer moving through the vastness of our Universe," Elena Tonetti is an extraordinary gift to the rest of us on this planet! Her mission: to transform the world through new birthing practices and, for those of us many years PAST being birthed, personal transformation through a special "recoding" process she presents in her teachings entitled, "Birth into Being".
"Peoplemaking is nothing short of a miracle. We cannot afford to disregard that notion any longer if we are to survive as a species. A pregnant woman is participating in an event of miraculous significance. She is bringing into existence something that did not exist before. Such an event should not be habitually taken for granted and treated mechanically. We see the mechanical approach to gestation and birth as one of the major factors that has already brought our civilization to the brink of extinction. Isn't it time to wake up and try something different?"
From 1982 through 1989 Ms. Tonetti helped usher in the "conscious birth" movement in Russia. Working closely with Igor Charkovsky during that time, Elena initiated birth camps at the Black Sea where wild dolphins regularly accompanied deliveries. Natural water births such as these are the culmination of a very effective program of preparation achieved during pregnancy that minimizes the risk of birth trauma for everybody involved. Through Elena's work a much deeper understanding now exists about the correlation between a child's formative experiences (i.e. conception, gestation, birthing, first year of life) and subsequent behavioral patterns of the adult.
"According to William Emerson’s 1995 study published in the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, in the United States a staggering 95% of births are traumatic, 45% are rated as “severe damage” and 50% considered “moderate” trauma. It weakens the nation rapidly. This has to change. We see the existing habitual, widely accepted practices in the delivery room as a crime against humanity." (Both quotes originate from her article entitled, "Waterbirth".)
Inviting "anyone who feels they can handle more bliss and joy in their lives", Ms. Tonetti's fascinating two-day workshop offers a very effective, fast, and pleasant way of liberating oneself from old, self-limiting codes. Her Birth into Being process involves "harmonization" of the three parts of the brain: 1) the reptilian, which governs the fundamental physical operation of our bodies; 2) the cerebral cortex, that area to which most people are referring when they mention "the brain", it is the grey matter of rational, logical thinking, and 3) the limbic, "home" of emotions, intuition, sensory perception memories. The goal of harmonization, therefore, is for the individual to create new neurological paths, overriding old, limiting ones, thus allowing for different capacities and potentially helping each of us to realize his or her Higher Self.
To learn more about this consciousness-expanding work, visit Elena's Birth into Being website, where you can read extensively about her experiences and her vision for the future, as well as her schedule of appearances.
With ten or more interested people in your area, you could host a seminar as well. These gatherings are generally held over a weekend (10am-6pm both days, with approx.1- 1/2 hr. lunch breaks) and in a person's home. A large, cozy room with plenty of floor space is needed for participants to do the various exercises, some of which involve dancing, others, lying down. Most of the time, however, folks are seated comfortably on pillows that they bring, along with a small blanket, perhaps, for personal comfort. Plenty of water, preferably filtered, should also be available for all to stay refreshed.
If there are no easily-accessible restaurants in the vicinity, it is advised that attendees bring their own snacks and bag lunches, as well as notebook and pen. Elena has video footage to enhance her presentation, so use of a VCR as well as a stereo are helpful. Anyone can come, although the exercises are intended for adults, therefore mothers of very young children should be advised that their attention is best kept focused on the healing work underway, so it is most desirable for them, as well as for the other participants, if childcare can be arranged during those time periods.:)
Speaking from experience, I can assure you that it is well worth your time and effort to follow Elena Tonetti's gentle guidance and "recode" your limbic imprints, thereby realigning yourself more profoundly with your intentions and creating a more blissful and joy-filled life - for us all!