Participants also frame their experiences within what Dr. Grof has termed Systems of Condensed Experience, or COEX Systems. We can see a COEX as a string of beads having two components, the thread being the emotionally charged theme of the COEX and the beads the life-events within which the theme is manifest. COEX themes can include, amongst others, feelings of Abandonment, Rejection, Humiliation, Aloneness, Failure, Danger and Fear, etc. Thus a recent event of being humiliated by a boss can be emotionally experienced as a similar event by peers at college, by a teacher at school and by a parent in early childhood; these may followed by a Perinatal memory relating to humiliation or even by a memory of a humiliating episode from a Transpersonal source. Such bundling of emotional residue can result in an explosive charge being released during breathwork. Phenomena like road-rage, as well as other instances of exaggerated and inappropriate emotional response, may be more comprehensible when the COEX principle is included in our point of view.
Given society’s lack of success in stemming the tide of individuals afflicted with depression, anxiety, addictions and psycho-spiritual challenges such as loss of meaning in life, it can be reasonably suggested that our existing knowledge of the mechanisms leading to these situations may be incomplete. Preliminary outcomes from exposure to Holotropic Breathwork by individuals with various conditions strongly indicate that this work may have a useful role to play as an adjunct to existing therapeutic endeavors and spiritual path work.