Yesterday (Nov 4), I had the pleasure of attending another Holotropic Breathwork workshop with my teacher and friend, James Frazier. He studied and worked first hand with Stanislav Grof, famous Psychiatrist, Vision award winner and researcher in non-ordinary states of consciousness , who, along with his wife, discovered the method. There are many types of breathwork out there, but this is as close to Stan’s original Holotropic method that anyone can get, anywhere.
The purpose of Holotropic Breathwork is to (paraphrasing C.G. Jung) help open up a working dialog between the conscious and unconscious (both personal and collective) mind, and that’s exactly what it does. Sometimes we don’t get extreme insights or experiences during our sessions, but that’s OK, because it works anyway. After a while, one begins to experience changes in their life of a positive nature as we resolve unconscious content, and, after all, isn’t that what therapy is for?
Before I met James, he was doing a lot of workshops in the Chicago area, but now, they are rare and precious occasions. Fortunately, there are some students who have graduated from his 2 year training as facilitators not very far away.
Jung’s map of consciousness is something that I’ve been interested in for a very long time, as has James. I missed his lecture on the subject today, but will be corresponding with him for future articles on the subject. I’m sure that almost anyone I know will be excited to read about his very solid research on the stages of birth and the origin of trauma, constellations of unconscious content, psychic energy, and so on.
In the meantime, anyone interested in his work can look here – he’s a hard guy to catch up with, but worth tracking him down. If you do, consider yourself lucky.
It’s an exciting time for those of us interested in the world’s best insights and most important discoveries about space, time and consciousness.