Would you like to take a trip inside yourself? The Hakomi Method allows for a gentle incursion into the unconscious. With the help of a therapist who creates an atmosphere of security and “benevolent presence”, you can discover images, emotions or feelings that will help you get rid of the bad preconceptions of your unconscious, and to evolve, grow, and heal your conscious. In the Hakomi Method, you are the expert, not the therapist!
The Hakomi Method, whose etymology is in the Native American for “Who are you?” was developed by American Ron Kurtz, who was inspired by his personal experience, itself driven by curiosity. He was the first to use this method in his psychotherapeutic interventions with patients.
The Hakomi method is based on the idea that many of our daily sufferings are unnecessary, and are produced by unconscious beliefs that have no rationale, beliefs that are false or outdated. The method considers these misconceptions that limit consciousness. Once these beliefs (memories, habits, emotions) are made aware of, they can be reviewed and changed to move towards a more satisfying way of being.
Therapy can be described as follows: In a state of full consciousness, the patient is internalized and quiets the noise inside of him. This is done in a spirit of curiosity that is moreover non-judgmental, to be able to capture what may come up as a signal from the unconscious body. It is this attitude of inner listening that gives much power to the Hakomi method.
No Analytical Psychoanalysis
According to therapists, the Hakomi Method is much more than a study of the mind using psychoanalysis or therapy. It more an “assisted self-study.” The person makes discoveries in relation to everything that is unconscious in himself, be they patterns or core beliefs that limit and cause him pain in his life. The Hakomi method is a quest of discovery. It goes fishing to try to see what the unconscious has for oneself. Injuries can be seen for what they are. One then works with it and give oneself a nourishing experience, allowing the mind to evolve.
The Hakomi Method may appeal to a therapist to heal the inner wounds of his patients, or can be used by individuals for their own personal journeys. The Hakomi Method can be used not only in a therapeutic context, but also in all relationships with other people.
Indeed, the Hakomi method can serve individuals in many spheres of everyday life. Training oneself in the Hakomi method can be for one’s personal needs, for example, to improve the quality of one’s relationships with others, such as members of one’s family, friends or colleagues.
The Hakomi Method can be applied to all human relationships, say specialists: in education, customer service, palliative care, and so forth. It can also be easily integrated into any other method.