The Hakomi method combines Western psychology, systems theory, and body-centered techniques with the mindfulness and non-violence principles of Eastern philosophy. Hakomi is grounded in seven principles:
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. It follows this general outline:
- Create healing relationship: Client and therapist work to build a relationship that maximizes safety and the cooperation of the unconscious.
- Establish mindfulness: Therapist helps clients study and focus on the ways they organize experience. Hakomi's viewpoint is that most behavior are habits automatically organized by core material; therefore studying the organization of experience is studying the influence of this core material.
- Evoke experience: Client and therapist make direct contact with core feelings, beliefs and memories.
- State specific processing: If the client is ready, the
therapist helps the client transition to state-specific processing.
Hakomi recognizes three such states:
- strong emotions
- childlike consciousness
- Transformation: Client realizes that new healing experiences are possible and begins to have these experiences.
- Integration: Client and therapist work to make connections between the new healing experiences and the rest of the client's experiences.
Ron Kurtz passed away in Ashland, OR in January, 2011.
"Ron was a quiet, under-recognized prophet who somehow brought forth this incredible, magical method of going into a state of such intense, loving presence, embodying a father's love that anyone touched by it was inspired and changed."(4)
Jerry performed here in
1961 Sandy Rothman
"...and on the front porch and early-psychedelic living room of a guy named Ron Kurtz (later to become a well-known bodywork author."(1)
1.)^Rothman, Sandy, 2012-03-18
3.)^Cole, J. David; Carol Ladas-Gaskin (2007). Mindfulness Centered Therapies. Silver Birch Press, pg 35, 37.
4.)^Darling, John, Hakomi author Ron Kurtz, 76, dies in Ashland, http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110106/NEWS/101060313/-1/rss01
5.)^Cole, J. David; Carol Ladas-Gaskin (2007). Mindfulness Centered Therapies. Silver Birch Press, pg. 36, 37.
6.)^Kurtz, Ron (1990). Body-Centered Psychotherapy. LifeRhythm, pg 2-4..
7.)^Kurtz, Ron (1990). Body-Centered Psychotherapy. LifeRhythm, pg. 72-74.