Moving Towards Wholeness
The term Holotropic is a compaction of two Greek words; ‘holos’ = whole, and ‘trepain’ = to move towards. Holotropic Breathwork is predicated upon the theory that the human organism, Body, Mind and Spirit, is attuned to move towards wholeness if offered the right conditions. This echoes heliotropism, in which the leaves of a plant orient themselves toward to Sun as it moves across the sky to maximize the photosynthetic exposure necessary for its growth and well being.
Meeting With Ourselves
The principle of “moving towards wholeness” requires the opportunity for the organism to behave in ways consistent with its own inner directives. Holotropic Breathwork creates and maintains an environment free from interference by external factors, including unsolicited intervention by facilitators, for the three or more hour duration of the session. At the same time, full permission is given to the breather to request facilitator intervention, to not self-censor, and to honor any and all visions and memories by giving free and complete expression to emotions that may arise from them.
Guiding Principles of HB
This imperative has venerable roots, expressed over two thousand years ago by St Thomas in The Gnostic Gospels:
“If you bring forth that which is within you, that which you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
The guiding principles of this modality can facilitate the mobilization of innate healing mechanisms that are not usually accessible within traditional treatment methods. By activating this healing potential, a transformative process is initiated guided by deep inner spiritual intelligence. Inherent in us all is the desire to thrive, and a service we may offer clients is the time, conditions and support necessary for them to explore their deepest unconscious in such a way that they may, as St Thomas suggests, save themselves.