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Inner Healing Breath Directed Tools

  • Benefits
  • General TIps
  • Other Considerations
  • Resources

  • List of Modalities/Techniques


    Holotropic and Integrative Breathwork are a merging of Shamanic journeying and other time-honored techniques of obtaining nonordinary states with a form of deep inner feeling psychology. There is anthropological evidence that the overwhelming majority of cultures have had some form of ritual to induce nonordinary states of consciousness. Radiance breathwork has similar aspects, but there appears to have slightly more emphasis placed on the deep inner feeling work. Vivation also has some aspects of nonordinary states, but a great emphasis is placed on deep inner feeling work and integrating those feelings.


    Breathwork is about reconnecting, embracing and integrating all aspects of ourselves. This includes unresolved and feelings (pleasant and unpleasant) surrounding events (recent, biographical/childhood events, birth process events, past lives, etc.) which we have kept buried in our subconscious minds and which can have significant impact on our psychological and physical health. Such a process, while difficult at times, can be tremendously healing.

    Use of the breath and a sincere willingness to feel whatever comes up are the keys to accessing these unresolved issues. The process involves using the breath and sometimes other techniques as a way to get beyond our ego and defenses and locate issues in the subconscious mind (and often reflected in the body as tightness or energy blockages) that need to be felt, embraced and integrated. There is no need to direct the mind to specific events as the breath will take the person where is needed.

    Once an unresolved issue is brought to the surface, it is felt and experienced deeply and then embraced and integrated into our beings. This causes a permanent change in the energy surrounding this issues. Depending upon the type of breathwork used and the issues which are accessed, there may be anywhere from alot of emotional expression to none.

    Using the breathwork process over time, one goes deeper and deeper into the inner journey, reconnecting with and integrating aspects that have been unresolved. This results in a significant healing of the body, mind and spirit which is very deep and permanent.

    The breath is also a key element which can be used to get in touch with our spirit and creativity so that we can reconnect with aspects of ourselves that give meaning and enjoyment to our lives. This too is one of the goals of the breathwork process.

    Pursuing the process of healing and transformation using the breathwork techniques can be an enormously rewarding process. However, it must be said that it can be difficult at times, joyous at times, frustrating, invigorating -- just what one might expect from a deep inner adventure!

    The breathwork process is not a panacea for all ills. It is not a substitute for other fundamental holistic healing techniques. Nor is it a substitute for treatment from a qualified holistic healthcare professional. But it can be a very powerful and useful technique for healing the body, mind and spirit.

    General Tips

    I have found that there are three additional things which have helped me considerably in between the breathwork sessions:
    1. Activities which help me keep in touch with my body and stay grounded so that I am not stuck in my mind all of the time. For me this included hiking, racketball (and other sports), Bioenergetics (body-centered therapy), and yoga. There are many activities that would be helpful for staying grounded and in touch with one's body. Some of these include: dance, tai chi, walking, swimming, martial arts, etc.

    2. Regular social activities.

    3. Meditation or other inner peace or spiritual practices.
    I didn't use all of these things when I started the breathwork and do not think that they are prerequisites to doing the breathwork, but I have since found the activities helpful to me in between the breathwork sessions.

    Other Considerations

    • Health Conditions can have a significant effect on whether or when it would be beneficial to use breathwork. For example, a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and possibly others) may need some preliminary activities before they are ready to get significant benefit from breathwork. Please read the first Chronic Fatigue Syndrome case history & analysis for an excellent example as to preliminary holistic healing techniques which may be needed.

    • Addictions such an eating disorders (food addiction, anorexia, bulemia), alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, etc. are sometimes considered psychological or spiritual emergencies. I believe that the eventual use of breathwork techniques can be very helpful in addressing some of the core issues that contributed to the development of these conditions. However, I have found that it can be much better to first stabalize and begin to heal the situation using one or more of the following techniques:

      • Regular supportive counselling/psychotherapy.
      • Twelve-Step program (e.g., actually working of the steps in a concentrated way).
      • Seeking out supportive atmospheres and living situations to the extent possible.
      • Healthy Nutrition
      • Body-oriented practices (e.g., Bioenergetics, yoga, tai chi)
      • Meditation (part of the 11th step in the Twelve-Step program)

    • Psychological Conditions such as depression, anxiety attacks, etc. may be helped significantly (over time) using these breathwork techniques. I believe that it is very important to have a supportive environment and/or regular visits to a psychotherapist during the breathwork process to help work with issues that can come up as one gets more in touch with both the pleasant and unpleased feelings that may have been suppressed. In some cases, breathwork may be contraindicated. In other cases, it may be prudent to use other holistic healing techniques and other inner healing techniques (e.g., meditation) initially before exploring breathwork. Please talk openly with the breathwork facilitator and your healthcare practitioner about the situation.

    • Physical Illnesses Including Chronic Pain can effect the breathwork session. Some facilitators are trained and/or experienced in working with people who have quite a variety of physical illnesses or chronic pain. Please discuss these issues with the breathwork facilitator.


      • Organizations

        Spiritual Emergence Network
        930 Mission St # 7
        Santa Cruz, CA 95060
        Phone: 408-426-0902
        Membership includes newsletter.

      • Books & Magazines

        Common Boundary Magazine
        5272 River Road, Suite 650
        Bethesda, MD 20816
        Subscription Inquires: Common Boundary, P.O. Box 445, Mt. Morris, IL 61054, 800-548-8737, 815-734-1117.
        "Exploring Psychology, Spirituality, and Creativity"

        Personal Transformation Magazine
        Lotus Publishing, Inc.
        4032 South Lamar Blvd., #500-137
        Austin, Texas 78704
        "Deeply felt transformation often requires an inward journey of heroic proportions. The journey requires that we free body, mind, and heart from the past, connect with our deepest essence, and fill our consciousness with truth, love, and wisdom. Personal Transformation is dedicated to supporting your inner journey."

        The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis
        by Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, M.D.
        Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Books, c1990
        ISBN: 0-87477-649-X

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