developed by Jyoti and Russell Park, is a technique for accessing
altered states of consciousness to aid in spiritual development
and healing and for integrating the discoveries made while in these
states into our everyday lives.
is the practice of unconditional friendliness, loving kindness toward
oneself and others. Maitri Breathwork is a mediumistic work,
which calls upon Spirit to utilize the facilitator as an instrument
for healing energies.
used in Maitri Breathwork is a combination of deep breathing
practices, evocative music and healing touch which calls forth images
and messages held in the body and submerged in the unconscious.
Through these revelations a profound process of personal transformation
can begin. It gets into every nook and cranny of a persons
self spiritual, mental, physical, emotional. It deals with
non-verbal issues and body memories, which results in a thorough
clearing out, a cleansing, and often a healing of physical or mental
Breathwork is an individual experience, it is usually undertaken
in groups. It is an all day process, and integral to the success
of the experience is the establishment at the onset of a safe space,
a safe container in which one can be comfortable undergoing this
process. This is accomplished through the use of explanation, meditation,
and ritual. Other aspects involve the use of herbs, music, especially
drumming, bodywork, and hands-on support.
Breathwork is a mediumistic work, which calls upon Spirit
to utilize the facilitators as an instrument for healing energies.
At the completion
of the altered state experience, the participant is asked to make
a mandala drawing, a non-verbal expression of their experience.
At the end of the session, participants gather in a circle and may, if they like,
share their drawing and experience. Sharing experiences allows participants
to recognize aspects of themselves in others experiences.
And in transcending their daily dramas and personal wounds in this
way, they learn to practice "Maitri", unconditional loving
kindness toward themselves and others. Additional support is offered
after the session if desired or necessary.
the Maitri Breathwork experience come from many different
aspects of life. They are authors, artists, actors, therapists,
doctors, lawyers, healers, business executives, clergy, and students.
They are men, women, married and single, adult and children. Perhaps
80% of the participants are in the process of becoming spiritually
awakened or interested in spiritual development. The remaining 20%
include those experiencing a spiritual emergency, including kundalini
rising, or a traumatic medical or psychological problem.
is a supportive technique to aid in spiritual development and learning
and to help in the spiritual, psychological, and physical healing
For more information about Maitri Breathwork certification training and other programs, visit the Center for Sacred Studies' website.
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