Hakomi – Who are you?


Hakomi is a Hopi Indian Word which is translated as “How do you stand in relation to these many realms?” or “Who are you?”.

Hakomi is grounded in five principles: mindfulness, nonviolence, organicity, unity and body-mind holism.

Practitioners of Hakomi look at people as self-organizing systems, organized psychologically around core memories, beliefs, and images; this core material expresses itself through habits and attitudes that make people individuals. Hakomi is a method for helping people transform their way of being in the world through working with core material and changing core beliefs.

Hakomi relies on mindfulness of body sensations, emotions, and memories, and follows this general outline:

  • Create healing relationship: Work to build a relationship that maximizes safety and the cooperation of the unconscious.
  • Establish mindfulness: Focus on and study how experience is organised and how our core material is the basis of habit or things that we do automatically.
  • Evoke experience: make direct contact with core feelings, beliefs, and memories.
  • State specific processing: transition to state-specific processing. Hakomi recognizes three such states:
    • mindfulness
    • strong emotions
    • child-like consciousness
  • Transformation: Realisation that new healing experiences are possible and begin to have these experiences.
  • Integration: Work to make connections between the new healing experiences and the rest of our experiences.

Hakomi is a depth psychology which assists you to explore who you are. It was developed by Ron Kurtz in the mid 1970’s and was taught by Ron into the 1980”s and has its basis in both Western and Eastern philosophies.

Unlike many other branches of psychology which focus on the mind, Hakomi works with the body, emotions, movement, postures, and gestures as well as thoughts, images, memories, and dreams. The method does not involve bodywork or any attempt to manipulate or change the body; it uses the body as a way of accessing aspects of us which are outside our awareness or conscious mind.

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