“People need to feel worthy and welcome, not bent out of shape, angry, or apologetic about their existence”

(Jean Leidloff, author of The Continuum Concept).

Through participating in the Presence and Connection workshop on the weekend (www.hakomi.com.au), I learned that Hakomi is a method for helping people change their way of being in the world through working with core material, the influence of this core material, and changing deep-seated unhelpful beliefs.

I was inspired to learn the 5 main principles that Hakomi upholds:

  • Mindfulness, which allows for non-judgmental awareness of one’s own present experience
  • Self-organisation, which honours the client’s inner knowledge, inherent wisdom and intelligence of the body
  • Non-violence and not pushing through the client’s resistance, but rather accepting the experience of the client
  • Unity, such that everything that we are and everything we do affects each other
  • Body – Mind – Spirit Wholism, such that the mind, the body and the spirit are constantly affecting each other and that the body is the way to get to the core material

The body-oriented nature of this therapy is particularly inspiring, considering that approximately 85% of our exchange is non-verbal – through innate responsiveness to the other. Amazing!

We all participated in experiential exercises to bring the Hakomi principles to light. It was refreshing to be in a state of mindfulness for much of the weekend. Being in that self-observing state evoked experiences and memories that were informative and had meaning.

I felt accepted; listened to, and understood. I would like every client I see at Petrozzi Wellness Centre to leave our sessions feeling accepted, listened to, and understood.

I look forward to working with many more clients using this transformational method to directly contact core feelings, beliefs and memories.

Until then,

Jo Sheehan, Wellness Psychologist