©2019 by Alchemy of the Soul.

Holotropic Breathwork: The Details

Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful method of self-enquiry and personal empowerment that is based on our innate Inner Wisdom. It is a powerful experiential process that allows deep self-exploration and healing.

 

The name Holotropic means literally "moving toward wholeness" (from the Greek "holos"=whole and "trepein"=moving in the direction of something)  The breathwork practice combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a supported setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the breather’s psyche which guides the experience which can encompass unique experiences that may reveal aspects of our personal history or birth, energy moving in our bodies, adventures in transpersonal realms, or intuitive insights. 

Some of the opportunities for healing by using the simple yet powerful method of Holotropic Breathwork™  developed by Stan and Christina Grof are:

  • access healing and insight

  • expand his or her consciousness

  • tap into more creativity

  • release stress or anxiety

  • move past stuckness and re-energize their life

  • release emotional or physical symptoms and unproductive behavior patterns

  • transform the negative side effects of long-forgotten events buried deep in their unconscious.

  • heal trauma

  • connect more deeply or get in touch with their spiritual essence

  • be supported through a period of mourning or grieving

  • explore feelings about the state of the world around them

  • work through physical illness by exploring emotional issues associated with the illness

  • discover their higher calling or vocation

  • experience mystical states

  • overcome feelings of discouragement, listlessness, or disorientation

  • become empowered

  • deepen their capacity to support themselves and their loved ones

  • access their inner wisdom and intuition

  • know themselves more deeply and create a more fulfilling life

  • potential for healing of cultural wounds


It is also a great addition to help those recovering from addiction.  Whether you’re struggling with some form of inner turmoil or merely interested in getting to know yourself better, holotropic breathwork can help you achieve both health and growth. I know it lifted the veil of illusion and suffering in my life.

This work is of great value to those interested in deeper inner exploration, self discovery, and spiritual awareness. It is a wonderful adjunct to psychotherapy as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals.

Please note this is not a technique that you learn from attending a workshop.  It is more so a spiritual practice, like meditation, that you choose to do for your own self-discovery.  If you wish to do the training to become a certified facilitator please visit http://www.holotropic.com/grof-transpersonal-training/certification-process/


Contraindications:  This work may be physically or emotionally challenging. It is not appropriate for pregnant women or for people with heart disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, acute infectious illness, recent surgery or fractures, or severe mental illness.

 
 

Ten Opportunities for Recovery in Holotropic Breathwork

  1. The opportunity to enter non-ordinary states of consciousness to seek healing and wisdom using a natural, non-addictive method;

  2. The opportunity for a direct experience of one’s Higher Power;

  3. The opportunity to experience self-empowerment by using one’s own breath for profound healing;

  4. The opportunity for physical and emotional catharsis of stress and trauma by resolving past issues;

  5. The opportunity for bonding with others through the group sharing and the sitter/breather partnership;

  6. The opportunity to deal with themes of death and surrender which are frequent and powerful issues for addicts because of drug overdoses, abortions, HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses, crime, and encounters with the criminal justice system;

  7. The opportunity to experience a retreat period of inner reflection which provides balance to the often highly structured, active lives of recovering addicts;

  8. The opportunity to get in touch with the body, to re-associate what has been dissociated, including feelings of pleasure and unfelt, unresolved traumas;

  9. The opportunity of permission for sound and movement, which facilitates self-expression and self-trust; and,

  10. The opportunity for insight, understanding, and acceptance of accountability for our life.

[Taken from Taylor, K. (1994.) The Breathwork Experience. (Hanford Mead) p. 104.]