What is your interest in Holotropic Breathwork? (This will be shown on your public profile.)
Between 1995-1997 I participated in thirty Holotropic BreathworkTM sessions to help me deal with some negative life experiences up to that point.
The positive results from my process are still manifesting themselves in almost every area of my life.
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I live in Dublin, Ireland with my husband and two grown-up children. For the past seven years I've been working as an actress (I work under my real name, Ann Brien) and when I'm not working I love heading out with my camera mainly taking photos of places that mean a lot to me and which seem to be changing by the day.
How has the practice of breathwork affected your life and work? ( This will be shown on your public profile.)
Slowly over the past ten years I've gained a confidence in myself that never existed prior to my breathwork sessions. I've come to know and accept myself for the person I am and that's all I ever wanted.
In my work as an actress I've been able to put to good use those events from my past without being overwhelmed by their enormity as I once would have been. By dealing with the trauma I've learned to accept that it happened but that it no longer has to be part of my daily life. I've put it to rest.
Another positive outcome resulting from my journeying was that a few years after my last breathwork session I decided to make use of the diary entries I made immediately following each session. I typed them up leaving them completely unedited except where, for identity protection, I changed the names of my facilitators and fellow-breathers. I had fifty copies printed, choosing the cover was a joyous experience. I called the book "Breakingdown, Breakingthrough - My Thorn-Paved Road To Healing Via Altered States and Near Madness".
I am indebited to John Speyrer of The Primal Psychotherapy Page for his decision to upload most of my sessions onto his website. My Breathwork Sessions. I'm hoping these entries can be of interest to facilitators, breathwork researchers and those who use the breath to heal.
The complete book is now available to read online at the web address below. As I have only two copies left and can't afford to have any more printed I decided this was the best route to go. Hope someone will benefit from my breathwork experiences.
The book blog also contains links to my Twitter and Facebook pages.
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I've just finished BD, BT. Thank you for this authentic account of your HB career, and I will be working with the ms over the coming weeks.
I also lost my mother young, at two months, so can identify with the abandonment issues you felt. But I was blessed to have subsequently been mothered in loco parentis by a maiden aunt, (now 103), who could leave her post at The London Hospital when WWII ended and who poured her love in to me, so I was spared the constantly changing milieu you endured.