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Breathwork Holotropic

Childhood Trauma & the benefits of breathwork in releasing it

Among the paradoxes we wrestle is the tension between human resilience and fragility.

Humans have been described as all-terrain vehicles with supercomputers inside that can go anywhere. We’ve survived world wars, major pandemics and outlived dinosaurs.

On the other hand, we are extremely frail. We can only survive a small bandwidth of temperatures. If we lose over a fifth of our body fluid we shutdown and die. Think about how susceptible the human eye is.

Scars are often permanent on our skin while our soft tissue makes us vulnerable and deep wounds can result in fatality. After arching our spines to walk on two legs the pressure on our lower vertebrae results in as much as 80% of adults experiencing lower back pain.

One wag said that our bodies are constructed with the biological equivalent of duct tape and lumber scraps. Perhaps we were made this way to remind us that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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 Breathwork Healing

We’ve been programmed evolutionarily for fight or flight.

The problem with flight is that we tend to store intense emotions in our bodies.

Author Fiona Scott-Norman recounts what it was like to grow up in England, a culture famous for suppressing feelings:

“My earliest memories are of being told to stop showing off, to be quiet and to not get involved. Self-consciousness is an art form, and displaying enthusiasm, or emotional or physical affection, is simply ‘not done’. It’s entirely possible to go from cradle to grave in England without ever having had a hug.”

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One of the great things about entering midlife is that your life makes more sense and you gain a clearer understanding of who you are.

The author Parker J Palmer captured the challenge of integrating our wounds, blindspots and mistakes saying:

“What a long time it can take to become the person one has always been! How often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own. How much dissolving and shaking of ego we must endure before we discover our deep identity. We are disabused of original giftedness in the first half of our lives. Then - if we are awake, aware, and able to admit our loss - we spend the second half trying to recover and reclaim the gift we once possessed.”

Having transpersonal counselling and doing a great deal of self-development during early adulthood helped me enormously when it came to working through a series of hardships and losses.

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What is Transpersonal Counselling?

Transpersonal is defined as areas of consciousness beyond the limits of personal identity.

For millennia, indigenous cultures were connected to the larger rhythms of life and passed on their collective wisdom through storytelling.

But since the age of enlightenment, the rational mind has usurped higher wisdom.

Philosopher Alain de Botton spoke about our culture is becoming more mechanical and less connected, saying:

“We have collectively left some of what it is most important to know to chance; we have denied ourselves the opportunity systematically to transmit wisdom – reserving our belief in education to technical and managerial skills.”

He went on to talk about the consequence of overvaluing personal identity and losing touch with transpersonal identity: 

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