Completion of Life processes through Holotropic Breathwork

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In this article, I show how one can very effectively complete life processes through Holotropic Breathwork, which could also be referred to as closing a circle. This is important because unsolved processes, consciously or unconsciously, draw our attention and thus our energy, which we could use much better for “current” matters.

Traumatics are especially old, not processed, and therefore, not closed events, which still demand an evaluation. These have to be neutralized to use the full potential of the individual. Thus, trauma therapy aims to find these events and come to terms with them. To do this, I use techniques such as Holotropic Breathwork and Craniosacral Therapy, which I will discuss in detail later in my series of articles. But first, let’s get to the question of how and why we should come to the completion of life stages.

Completion of Life Stages

In Cranisosacral Therapy

People have an intrinsic desire to complete experiences of specific life stages or life processes. John J. Upledger presented this concept in his SomatoEmotional Practice of CranioSacral Therapy (CST). Unfinished events are experiences, relationships, conversations, life stages, or biological processes that have not been fully experienced, i.e., parts of what has been experienced remain excluded, blanked out, or unfulfilled. Incomplete events drain vital forces from the organism and energy system. With the help of SomatoEmotional Relaxation (SEE), these experiences can be re-energized and completed.

Memories of physical and emotional traumas, or even life-threatening situations—conscious or unconscious—are divided into two categories in CST:

The Unfinished Life Processes:

  • Birth
  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy/Miscarriage
  • Partnership/separation
  • Midlife crisis at the age of about 40–50 years old
  • Retirement

The Completed Life Processes:

  • Diseases
  • Injuries
  • Operations
  • anesthesia
  • other physical traumatic experiences

“During SEE (SomatoEmotional Relaxation), we are repeatedly asked to bring the re-experiencing of the birth process, both from the child’s point of view and from the mother’s point of view, to a satisfactory conclusion in qualitative terms for the bioinstinct.”

John E. Upledger

It also happens very often that the process of SEE brings the transition of death or other transitional processes to an end. In doing so, J. Upledger assumes that a naturally planned or predetermined process has somehow been disrupted.

“What comes first, goes last.”

John E. Upledger

Applying the principle according to John E. Upledger of all relaxation techniques of CranioSacral Therapy, it becomes clear that the re-experiencing of the birth process can predominantly occur only in the advanced stage of therapy and after several therapy sessions. It may occasionally present itself spontaneously in phases during the first session. However, according to Stanislav Grof, Holotropic Breathwork is more effective therapeutically in reaching such unfinished life processes as a traumatic birth experience.

In Holotropic Breathwork

After decades of observation, Stanislav Grof noticed that his clients re-experienced birth during expanded states. So, it became a common phenomenon. It manifests in all partitions in specific repetitive patterns, with corresponding physical types of movement, symbolic visions, and feelings that are ultimately very similar in all people. Therefore, he categorized the patterns and assigned them to the different stages of the birth process.

Birth as Trauma

In addition, fears of death, or even an actual near-death experience, may also be experienced during birth. The experience of arriving in this world can lead to “life and death” moments for the child during the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal stages of birth, as well as for the mother, or to situations where it is a struggle for survival. It is, therefore, that one speaks of birth trauma not without reason.

Due to my own experience with CranioSacral Therapy, reliving my birth during treatment was not possible until I was in the advanced study of CST. After several treatments, this phenomenon presented itself in various degrees and intensities of experience. However, it was strongest during the multi-hand treatment.



In summary, craniosacral therapy and holotropic philosophy have independently recognized that old unfinished life processes come to the surface in treatment. Birth is the most common and essential life process, requiring reprocessing and completion. Here the circle must be closed to release the full potential of the human being.

In my follow-up article, I will discuss the birth matrices according to Stanislav Grof, as they best illustrate how our entry into life can already be accompanied by possible experiences that may be considered physically completed but can still represent an unprocessed trauma.

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About the Author

Hello, my name is Eva Ursiny, I am a craniosacral therapist, homeopath and certified facilitator for Holotropic Breathwork. I live and work in Ursy, in the canton of Fribourg. I have always been interested in what is widely referred to as “Transpersonal States of Consciousness, Holistic Medicine, Hermetic Philosophies and Yoga.” I am publishing the essence of my research on this site.

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