DE FEM PRINSIPPENE I HAKOMI
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Self-organizing and self-directing
Organicity refers to the fact that complex living systems, such as human beings, are self-organizing and self-directing. In the psychotherapeutic world, this inner thrust has sometimes been referred to as the actualizing tendency. It is akin to what A. H. Almaas calls the “dynamic optimizing thrust of being”.
This means that, as practitioners, we can assume there is a life-positive, self-directing, self-healing energy and intelligence at work within the client. Our task is simply to create the setting, the emotional climate that facilitates the emergence of this natural impulse toward health and to remembering wholeness.
Real change comes about through awareness, not efforting
Mindfulness refers to the understanding that real change comes about through awareness, not efforting. When we are truly aware of our experience, when we have what focusing (Eugene Gendlin’s work) calls the “bodily felt sense” of it, our experience naturally reveals its inherent meaning, and it continues evolving in a self-directed, life-positive direction.
As practitioners, we trust that if we can assist the client into her present-moment somatic experience, then her own awareness will facilitate whatever change or next step needs to occur.
Being mindful of the principle and presence of organicity
Non-violence is being mindful of the principle and presence of organicity. It’s the recognition that there is a natural way that life is unfolding, and aligning ourselves with this organic, intelligent process. As practitioners, this means we have no agendas or intentions of our own that we aren’t willing to abandon at once if they somehow conflict with what is emerging from the client. It means we support the client’s so-called defenses (her “management behaviors”); we don’t offer advice or interpretations; and we don’t ask questions unless doing so serves the client.
The complexity and inter-relatedness of organic systems
Holism refers to the complexity and inter-relatedness of organic systems, including human beings, with our minds and bodies, hearts and souls. It is what allows us to holographically read a person’s life story in her posture or tone of voice, to infer an entire childhood from a single memory, to suspect certain core, organizing beliefs from simple repetitive gestures or words.
The inter-connectedness of all things, of all life, of all events
Unity reminds us of the inter-connectedness of all things, of all life, of all events. It is holism on a universal scale. As practitioners, unity reminds us of the ever bigger picture, of the fact that we are intimately connected to each other, and connected to our culture, our environment, our world.