Hakomi & the Essential Self: Healing Through Mindfulness, Presence & Embodied Psychology

Hakomi & the Essential Self: Healing Through Mindfulness, Presence & Embodied Psychology

Phil Bolsta
Phil Bolsta:
Shift Team Writer

Take a deep breath and plunge beneath the surface of your thoughts… your feelings… and everything you think you know about yourself….

Then move beyond the self-protective layer of behaviors and patterns you’ve created and tap into your core memories, beliefs and images.

The Hakomi Method — a powerful discipline at the forefront of psychotherapy, spiritual practice and neuroscience — helps people connect the dots between this core material and their present self-image, perceptions and attitudes.

With the guidance of a skilled Hakomi practitioner, we can transform our core beliefs, and begin to establish a healthier relationship to the Self… resulting in a richer, more fulfilling quality of life.

“The essence of all therapy work is the pursuit of self and selfhood.”
—Jon Eisman, Hakomi trainer & co-founder of The Hakomi Institute.

In this audio clip, Jon Eisman sheds light on key aspects in the development of your "essential self” — which fosters internal wholeness as well as positive relationships with others and the environment:


Like many Hakomi experts, Jon believes we have a "system of being" hardwired within us (anchored by neural networks) that holds our sense of wholeness....  

Hakomi begins with the recognition that we’re multidimensional beings with complex biological, psychological and spiritual needs, yearning to experience balance and this innate wholeness.

And as such, we need to be treated holistically — acknowledging, nurturing and integrating every aspect of ourselves.

The beauty of this healing modality is that it’s infused with the values of gentleness, non-violence, compassion and mindfulness — bringing together the best of East and West in an integrative and holistic framework.

“In Hakomi, we teach students how to connect to others in the present moment on the level of experience which exists underneath their words,” says Hakomi professional Rob Fisher, MFT, an advocate of the use of mindfulness and present experience in psychotherapy.

People discover how they can use mindfulness relationally... 

...to be aware of others in high-resolution awareness, to track and respond compassionately with one's heart, to contact and attune to what's actually going on beyond the content that's shared.

In a therapeutic context, that creates an opening through which the therapist can explore and transform people's working models of the self, the world and others, which heavily influence the direction of their lives.

Rob adds, “Hakomi allows the individuals we support to gain the freedom to act in ways that are more congruent with their organic selves and less dominated by often outdated and limiting beliefs to which they often cling so tenaciously."

In the illuminating audio clip below, Rob explains how Hakomi liberates someone to find their true voice and embody and celebrate their true, unique self by fully stepping into who they were meant to be...

“Hakomi is really the process of inviting all the parts of us that have been put on hold and have became 'second-class citizens' in our psyche to reemerge.”


Ultimately, as Fisher and Eisman so beautifully articulate, the pursuit of self — and subsequently of selfhood — can lead us into a state of internal wholeness and integrity, and helps us experience more fulfillment in all areas of our lives.

And whether you're a healing practitioner or an individual on a path of personal growth, Hakomi provides powerful insights for facilitating these positive shifts.

PS - Intrigued by the ideas shared above? If so, you're invited to join Rob Fisher and Manuela Mischke-Reeds for a free virtual event, 4 Secrets to Creating Healing with the Hakomi Method.