6 Days Dimensional Breathwork Meditation Retreat in Ain Aar, Lebanon
Dimensional breathwork was inspired from different types of breath-work modalities and specifically from Holotropic Breathwork. It is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing which integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, psychotherapy techniques such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and hypnotherapy, eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world.
The process itself uses very simple means as it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an expanded state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences.
With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike. Additional elements of the process include focused bodywork, self regressions, eye movement processing and desensitizing, circle-sharings, grounding meditations, and mandala drawings.
Dimensional breath-work is conducted in groups and individually. Within the groups, people work in pairs and alternate in the roles of “breather” and “sitter”. The sitter’s role is simply to be available to assist the breather, not to interfere or interrupt the process. The same is true for trained facilitators who are available to assist upon request or if deemed necessary.
When conducted individually, dimensional breath-work is used as an effective, holistic, therapeutic, and healing method consisting of six phases which are continuously guided by the inner healing’s intelligence and which can be taught in a classroom setting.
After the successful completion of the course,the student becomes a dimensional breath-work practitioner and may continue his or her apprenticeship and apply for the dimensional awareness process certification program to become a facilitator in order to assist and conduct group breath-works.
Participants in dimensional breath-work sessions report a wide variety of experiences. From observing many people in expanded states of consciousness, a new “cartography” of the psyche was developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof which describes four main categories of experience:
- Sensory and somatic: This realm of experience includes various hallucinatory phenomena such as visualizing images or geometrical patterns. More commonly, participants report a greater awareness of an ability to act out somatic processes and bodily impulses.
- Biographical and the individual unconscious: As in more traditional therapies, participants revisit unresolved conflicts, repressed memories, and unintegrated traumas. Compared to talk therapies, the unconscious material is more likely to be re-experienced than merely remembered. Participants report that this deeper processing is more effective at clearing traumas.
- Perinatal: Along with most other breath-work practitioners, it is believed that the birth process is a traumatic event which leaves powerful residue in the psyche. Participants in dimensional breath-work sessions report having images, emotions, physical sensations, and cognition which convince them that they are remembering aspects of their own birth. These experiences help them release the birth trauma, including deeply held negative beliefs about themselves or the world. Sometimes, specific details can be verified and matched with medical records.
- Transpersonal: Referring to the possibility of accessing information outside the normal boundaries of the ego and body, transpersonal experiences reported in dimensional breath-work sessions include past life memories, experiential identification with other life forms, out-of-body experiences, oneness with all that is, encounters with spiritual archetypes, and connections with the collective unconscious.
The dimensional awareness process consists of a minimum of one dimensional breath-work method with a “sitter” for each person, a course or module, and a special type of meditation and self integration process called the intuitive potentiation and energetic conditioning method. Retreats vary in length from a weekend to a six-day retreat (like this one) depending on the number of dimensional breath-work session per individual.