Infinity - When we do it for a longer periods of time, we can have the feeling of our face, feet, and hands going numb/tingly from all the energy. When we have conflict, it shows up in our etheric body as a darker spot or even a hole in our etheric body. One thing that happens when we feel scared/stuck is that we change our breathing - either making it shallow or even holding it in. With the holotropic breathwork, we reconnect to our breath and send the energy to our etheric body to "clear out" the conflict. And since our memories are stored in our etheric bodies - which are also "uploaded" into the Akashic Records - we also can reconnect with memories that are stored there when we are doing this type of breathwork.
Part of the fear seems to stem from "sea monster" stories in that lifetime, and then having an experience of being around a whale in the water. Do some more breathwork and let us know what you discover.
Yes, sometimes what we discover can seem quite different than what we expected!