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Holotropic Breathwork
Change of dimension
Holotropic Breathwork,
is a bodily psychotherapy developed by Stanislav and Christina Grof.

Its name is derived from the Greek ‘holos’, meaning whole, and ‘trepein’, meaning to move against.
The name therefore means to move forward as a whole. Holotropic experiences describe how subjects move towards a more holistic existence.

HB has developed since
the end of the 1970s and is now taught worldwide. Stanislav Grof still travels to teach the method, although not as much as he used to.

HA is a powerful method
for self-development and healing. It combines experiences from contemporary consciousness research, depth psychology and various spiritual practitioners working with
  • breathing
  • expressive music
  • focused body therapy
  • mandala painting

  • This creates an altered state of consciousness, a dimensional change, which leads to healing. The client remains orientated in everyday consciousness, while his or her perceptual ability expands to include all the psyche’s levels of experience,
  • to make contact with previous themes in his personal history
  • to reach psychological death and rebirth themes
  • the entire spectrum of transpersonal (spiritual) experiences.

  • Everyday consciousness is present throughout as a reassuring observer function, but one that does not control. The inner healing power of this method structures the experiential content of this approach.

    "Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
    Mary Oliver

    "Breath in I smile, breath out I
    calm my body.
    Dwelling in the present moment,
    it is a wonderful moment."
    Thich Nhat Hahn

    “One day we’ll all die...
    All the other days we don’t!”
    Jan Stenmark

    "The only journey is the one within."
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    "As you grow older, you will discover
    that you have two hands,
    one for helping yourself,
    the other for helping others."
    Audrey Hepburn

    Sat - Chit - Ananda
    Being - Consciousness - Bliss

    "Follow your Bliss
    and the universe will open doors for you
    where there were only walls."
    Joseph Campbell

    "Gate, gate paragate parasamgate
    bodhi svaha".
    "Gone, gone gone beyond
    gone altogether beyond,
    O what an awakening, all hail !"
    The Heart of Prajnaparamita Sutra

    "Consciousness does not just passively
    reflect the objective material world;
    it plays an active role
    in creating reality itself".
    Stanislav Grof

    Arntz, Chasse, Vicente: What the Bleep Do We Know? – Dicovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality.
    David B. Cheek: "Prenatal and Perinatal Imprints: Apparent Prenatal Consciousness as Revealed by Hypnosis." Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal 1 (Winter 1988): 97-110.
    Henry Corbin: Mundus Imaginalis or the Imaginary and the Imaginal
    Henry Corbin: Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth
    Coveney & Highfield: Time’s Arrow
    Jane English: Different Doorway - Adventures of a Caesarean Born
    Bob Frissell: You Are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience
    Göran Grip: Allting finns
    Stanislav Grof: Healing our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift
    Stanislav Grof: The Psychology of the Future
    Stanislav Grof: When the Impossible Happens
    Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof: HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK: A New Approach to Therapy and Self-Exploration
    Amit Goswami et al.: The Self-Aware Universe - How Consciousness Creates the Material World

    Gustav Hansen: Åndedraetsterapi
    Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain
    Arthur Janov: Imprints - The Lifelong Effects of the Birth Experience
    Arthur Janov: Life Before Birth
    Arthur Janov: Primal Healing - Access the Incredible Power of Feelings to Improve Your Health
    Ludwig Janus: The Enduring Effects of Prenatal Experience - Echoes from the Womb
    Erich Jantsch: The Self-Organizing Universe
    Menas Kafatos & Robert Nadeau: The Conscious Universe - Parts and Wholes in Physical Reality
    Frank Lake: Tight Corners in Pastoral Counseling
    Ervin Laszlo, Jude Currivan: CosMos - A Co-creator’s Guide to the Whole-World
    Frédérick Leboyer: The Art of Breathing
    Gunnel Minett: Exhale – An Overview of Breathwork

    Allessandra Piontelli: From Fetus to Child - An Observational and Psychoanalytical Study
    Stuart Sovatsky: Words From the Soul
    Kylea Taylor Ed.: Exploring Holotropic Breathwork
    Kylea Taylor: Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator’s Manual
    Kylea Taylor: The Breathwork Experience
    Alfred Tomatis: The Conscious Ear
    Colin Wilson: New Pathways in Psychology - Maslow and the Post-Freudian Revolution

    Interview with Stanislav Grof in Spain, August 2010

    Video streaming by Ustream For more information:
    about this method, please see the LINKS in the left-hand menu.
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    D E L P H I I N S T I T U T E T
    Gästrikegatan 18, 113 62 Stockholm - Telefon : 0708 - 18 00 19
    Therapists who work with this method:
    Bo Wikström
    In English
    På Svenska