TranceFormation Breathwork is a powerful technique of using breath, movement, music and other tools as a method of accessing expanded states of consciousness. The method is based in part on work originally pioneered by Wilhelm Reich and developed further by Stanislav Grof and his Holotropic Breathwork method. TranceFormation Breathwork adds process-orientated interactive elements, used in Primal Therapy and the Process Orientated Psychology of Arnold Mindell as well as elements of the Conscious Breathwork movements.
Elements of energy work of Western Healing and Eastern energy-work and crystals, essential oils and others items might be used if and when appropriate. These are blended with San (Bushman) Trance Dances and Tsonga Sangoma methods of opening to the imaginal. Insights from the Kabbalah, Alchemy, Taoism and Tantra, are incorporated, as needed, to create a powerful synergy that will encourage and enhance the movement into expanded physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual awareness that focuses on the specific task of that particular Breathwork.
TranceFormation Breathwork has developed its own unique and original system, weaving the best of ancient and modern breathpractices, traditional and contemporary teachings. TranceFormation Breathwork is an extraordinary simple and powerful tool to rapidly move experientially into other planes of consciousness without using drugs, hypnosis, or electronic or other mind-control devices.
The music used in TranceFormation Breathwork has been selected from thousands of hours of careful listening and represents some of the most advanced creative sounds produced in the world today. From contemporary Trance and other ‘faster’ rhythms, to Buddhist, Sufi, Native American chants, Indian and African traditional music, and modern music and rhythms, Alpha-Theta wave recordings and recordings made in outer space by Voyager 2, to old Celtic or Japanese tunes, with familiar names like Steven Micus, Sandra Chandra, Kitaro, Lisa Gerrard, Vicky Hanson and Deuter, to dozens of artists who are more obscure, the sounds used represent the finest music available today to enhance our work.
Many other methods of accessing altered states are also used in specific Radiant Images Workshops. These include TransDance, Creative Imagination, ConsciousBody theatre and movement, Conscious Dreaming, spontaneous artwork, drumming, Regressions and other techniques. Different workshops might use different methods in addition to Breathwork, but most foundation-level workshops include a TranceFormation Breathwork focussed on the work relevant for that particular workshop. In some of the more advanced Shaman workshops, held in remote regions, there are no “usual” Breathwork sessions. The advanced Kadeisha workshops (K3 & K4) teach and use several different types of breath and movement and more advanced pranayama, as well as other techniques, to radically shift consciousness.
TranceFormation Breathwork is contra-indicated for persons with a serious psychiatric history and those on some types of psychiatric medication, and for people currently using recreational drugs. It is not suitable for persons with a history of epilepsy, with existing heart conditions or (as a precaution) for pregnant women.
TranceFormation Breathwork is suitable for all reasonably healthy “normal” men and women of any age.
* The name ‘TranceFormation Breathwork’ was first used and copyrighted by Tamboo in 1995. Partly, this was a satirical reaction to the use of ‘copyright’ for Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork, the Primal Therapy use of Primal Breathwork, and the Rebirthing movement’s use of Rebirthing Breath. And the self-righteous manner with which each camp demands certification and allegiance to the name, method and teaching of that sect. All these and more were (still are, probably) ‘Copyrighted’. There is something ironic about a method who’s entire raison d’etre is opening the creative imagination and original mind demanding strict adherence to the dogma of the procedure.
More recently, a newly name-changed ‘copyrighted’ breath modality called Transformational Breathwork was floated into the new age market place. Amazingly, it uses ideas that have been published on this website, and everywhere else, for decades, but it still claims it is ‘copyrighted’ with its dutiful circle-c. After all, it claims, it ‘goes beyond Holotropic and Rebirthing’.
We all know the stories about Bikram, who, in his own words, ‘owned Hollywood’. Eventually his pompous plan to copyright Yoga asana was thrown out of court – but not before it actually went to court. The genuinely great have never needed to copyright themselves.