Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results.– Association of Humanistic Psychology
Integrating scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, Hakomi has evolved into an elegant form of psychotherapy that is highly effective with a wide range of populations. The method draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness evolved from Buddhism and Taoism.
Hakomi helps people change “core material.” Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Typically, it exerts its influence unconsciously, by organizing our responses to the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc. Some of this material supports our being who we wish to be, while some of it, learned in response to acute and chronic stress, continues to limit us. Hakomi allows the client to distinguish between the two, and to willingly change material that restricts his or her wholeness.
“Loving presence and the healing relationship are central to Hakomi. We learn to develop an exquisite sensitivity and attunement to others – both their conscious and unconscious material – and to convey this depth of recognition. This creates a deep sense of safety and connection, and engages the “cooperation of the unconscious.” Current neuroscience is also revealing the basis for the effectiveness of mindfulness, loving presence, empathy, and other aspects of Hakomi Therapy.”
“The dynamic of mindfulness is another aspect of this foundation. When unique Hakomi techniques are integrated with mindfulness, it allows us to rapidly and safely access the unconscious beliefs and early experiences which shape our lives, relationships and self-concepts. When unconscious, this hidden material creates projections, conflict and disharmony in our interactions and inner world. Once conscious and directly experienced, these patterns are available for transformation and reintegration. Powerful emotions, memories and trauma may surface at times turn the process, and these are handled safely and effectively.”
From the Hakomi Institute’s training materials and website. (© The Hakomi Institute)