July 2013
101 Things To Do With Your Modem 1080p 1969 1990s 20 is the new 40 2012 2013 2013: Appropriating a 2013 2014 3D Animation 3D Cool World 5.4 A Guide to Buying Haunted Items A. G. Cook A.I. Abelton Abner Jay abstract art abstractionists Absurdism acoustic action action figure Ad Hoc Adam Harper Adult Swim Adventure Time advertisement aesthetics Afterschool Specials Alain Delorme Alan Vega album art alcohol Alt Space altered states ambient American Apparel analysis Andre Ulrych angelina jolie Animal Collective animation Ann Steel Anti-art anti-consumerism anti-fashion anti-virus software anti-war anxiety Apophenia Appropration aquarium Aquarium Drunkard architecture Architecture in Helsinki Architecture of Utopia archive Army of Trolls art Art Bears art installation art museum article articles artificial intelligence artist ASMR Astral Weeks Austin Psych Fest 2013 auteur authenticity avant garde Avey Tare and Panda Bear b-movies Baby Blue Baby Cartoon Rhymes Barf-O-Rama bass guitar bath salts Battle vs Death Battle bbrainz beautimus Begotten believers Ben Butcher Bernard Dumaine Berndnaut Smilde Bertolt Brecht Bill Doss Billy Childish Bio-dynamic biodegradable urn Black Dice Black Flag Blackest Rainbow Records Blackout Blade Runner blog Blow Job: An Extreme Wind Photoseries Bob Marley Boo Boo books Bradford Cox brain Brand New Wayo Brian Brian Eno Britt Brown Broadened Horizons: The Ultimate Shit List Bruce Goff Bruce Nauman Brushy Brushy Brutalist Architecture Bubblegum Bass Bubbly Bulbasaur Building the Bridge Burger bus stop butterfly Cadillacs and Dinosaurs Can cannabis career motivated Carl Sagan Cartoon Network Casino Night Censorship chandelier Charles Thomson Charlie Brown Cheddar Goblin children children's books Chillwave chris cutler Chris Jordan Chris Maggio Chris Marker Christopher Columbus Christopher Reimer Christopher S. Hyatt Christopher White Chrysta Bell Church of the SubGenius cinema click and point game clothes Clothes of the year 2050 Clothing Clouds Cody Meirick collaboration collage Collateral Damage comedy albums comedy films comic books communication compilation Comus condition consciousness consumerism conversation cooking cookwear copyright cosmic jazz costumes cover band Cradle of Filth Crass creepy criticism Crock Pots crown shyness cult films cultural movement culture Culture Jamming Cyber Secrets #3 Dada Daevid Allen Dallas Observer Damien Hirst Damo Suzuki Dan Lam Daniel London Daniel Lopatin Danni Filth Danzig dark database Dave Allen David Bowie David Lowery David Lynch David Toro Dean Ween Dean Zeus Colman December Decimus 4 decline Definition of Hunk Dennis Flemion dental calendar Design Destroy All Monsters Detachment and the Spiritual Life digital art Digital DIY Labels digital trends Dimensions of Dialogue Dimitri Tsykalov Diplo director directory DIS Magazine disco Discogs Discordianism discussion distaste DIY DJ Dog Dick DJ Evangelion Fan Theory DJ Warlord documentary dolphins Donka Doka Dope Diglett Dopesmoker Doug Ferguson Douglas Hill Dr. John drawing Drinkfy drugs dub Dudeism Duppy Gun Dux Content dysmorphia dystopia eBay echo chamber edible fixtures electronic music electronica elevator Elias Mehringe ELO Emily White Energy Entourage Ephermeral Work Eric Copeland Eric Lumbleau esoterica Essay essays etienne conod Eurock Evan Prosofsky events Excepter exercises experimental experimental cuisine eyesight Family Fan Fiction Fandom Music fashion fast food FDA feature films Felicita film film reviews fire place glass Fishing Floating Floridada Flying Spaghetti Monster Foetus FoFoFadi food foodporn Ford Four American Composers: Robert Ashley France Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons fraud Fred Camper Freddy Got Fingered free free jazz Fun Boy Three Furniture future pop gadgets gallery Gang of Four Generation Y Generation Yawn George Harrison Germany GFOTY Ghost Capital Ghost Modernism Ghostcapital III ghosts Ginny Arnell Giorgio Moroder Glenn Branca golden retriever Gong Goosebumps (TV series Gorilla vs Bear Goth graphic design grooming Gruff Rhys Guest Mix guide Guillermo del Toro guitar tunings gummy bears Guo Yi-Hun Guru Guru Gustav Holst hacker culture Hackers hacking Haircut Halloween halloween mix hallucinatory hallucinogens therapy handcrafted objects Hannah Diamond Harmony Korine Harvey Milk healing HEALTH health & fitness Health Goth hearing loss Hella Hellraiser Hem Sandwich Henry and Glenn Forever Henry Cow Henry Darger Henry Rollins Hippos in Tanks hipster culture hipsters Holger Czukay Holly Herndon holograms Holotropic Breathwork Holy Warbles Home Alone Homes Homestuck hope horror horror movies How to Have a Zen Attitude How to Keep Healthy httpster humaity humanities humor Hung I-chen Hunk Hunk uniform (loosely) hyper connectivity hyperreal Hyperreality I Have No Idea What I'm Doing ice cream identity Idrissa Diop and Cheikh Tidane Tall Igor Wakhevitch Illuminated Paths Ima Read imagination indie rock industry news Infectious Disease Balls ink inspiration inspirato installation Interior Design internet art internet videos interview interviews intoxicants inverview irony J Henry Fair Jabberwocky Jack Long James Bridle James Ferraro James Wines Jan Svankmajer Japanese Bug Fights Japanoise Jared Davis Jeff Bridges Jessica Chen Jif Peanut Butter Jimmy Buffett John Fell Ryan John Hamblin John Lytle Wilson John Maus John McAfee johnny lee miller Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Julian Cope Julian Koster Julien Pacaud junk food Junk Food Dinner Kane West Kazumasa Nagai Keippah Kelly Reichardt Kevin Ayers Kevin Champeny Khelifi Ahmed Kickstarter Kids Incorporated Kim Laughton King Frog Kiyohiko Senba and The Haniwa All-Stars Kleenex Knitting clock Krautrock Krautrocksampler Kria Brekkan L.A. La Croix LA Vampires labels Land art Lauren Boyle law of attraction layout Les Claypool Lester Bangs Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone lilangelboi Lindsay Cooper Liner Notes Lipgloss Twins lists literature Little Dolls live review Lol Coxhill London Longest Recorded Echo Love (sculpture) LSA LSD Lucie Thomas Lucky Me Lydia Lunch M. Geddes Gengras M. Sage Macauly Culkin Macintosh Plus magazine Magic and Superstition magic mushrooms maintenance art Majestic Casual Malcolm McLaren Malcolm Rebennack Male Chef Mandy Manicure Records Manifesto For Maintenance Art mannequin Marco Roso marijuana marine life Mark Prindle Mark Schultz masterpiece Matt Furie Matthew Lutz-Kinoy Matthew McConaughey Max Headroom Max Payne 3 Mayan Apocalypse McDonald's MDMA Mean Clown Welcome Meat Clothing media media culture Meditation Men Without Hats Meow Wolf merchandise Mica Hendrix Michael Nesmith MIDI Mike Hughes Mike Kelly Mike Stoklasa Mindfuck mindfulness Minecraft Miracle Legion miscellaneous Mist Mister Mellow Mix mixtape modern music analysis modernism Molecular Gastronomy molly Monkees monkeys monoskop Moon Glyph movement movies movment Mr. Impossible Mr. T Mrs Doubtfire murder music music charts music downloads music journalisim music journalism music software music videos music websites Music with Roots in the Aether: Robert Ashley Mutant Sounds my bloody valentine My Little Pony My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs my sharona Myles Byrne-Dunhill NASA Natural Natural Materials & Structures: Trend Analysis Nature Nautipuss neon lights NEST HQ’S GUIDE TO NIGHTCORE New Mexico New York New York Times news Nickelodeon Nicolas Cage Nightcore Nightcorey Nimbus Njena Reddd Foxxx No Use for a Name No Wave No-Neck Blues Band noise NOP Normcore nostalgia Not Not Fun NOWNESS NPR nudity Nurse With Wound Nurse With Wound List NY NYC HELL 3:00 obituary ocean oddball music Oingo Boingo Old Joy Olivia Newton John Oneohtrix Point Never Online Underground Op Art optical illusion Organ Armani Ornette Coleman Otto Muehl outsider art P.T. Anderson Pacific Rim packaging paint paint flowers painting Painting With paintings Panos Cosmatos paranormal activity paranormal objects parody Party Pills Pat Murano Pat Pollari Pataphysics PC Music peace Penny Rimbaud perception shift Perfect Lives performance art personal growth Pete Swanson Peter Shumann Ph.D. philosophy phonebook photography pig-snails Pilgrim Simon pitchfork pitchfork-bashing pizza planetary chocolates plates Plonk art Plop art Plug.DJ plunderphonics podcast Pokecrew Pokemon Polaris politics Polluted Water Popsicles Pollution PON STOP NOP Poolside Radio pop art pop culture popcorn_10 popsicles porn post-internet posters prank predictions Primer products prog rock psilocybin psychedelia psychiatry psychology public art Public Art Fund punk punk cd commercial punk rock puppetry Quasimoto quotes R Plus 7 R.I.O. Radio Broadcasts radio station Randy Gilson Randy Warhol Randyland rastafarianism raw meat Ray Lynch Raymond Pettibon Readful Things Real Love recipes recommended records record label record labels Red Bull Music Academy Red City Noise reggae reincarnated relaxation Religion Rem Lezar Remodernism Remote Viewer Repo Man retro reviews Richard Beck Rick Moranis Rick Springfield Ricky Allman Rinse.fm RIO Rob Tyner Robedoor Robert Anton Wilson Robert Ashley Robert Greenberg Robert Indiana Robert Smithson Robin Arnott Robin Williams robots rock in opposition Roger Ebert Roky Erickson Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock Ryan Hemsworth sales Sally Fields Salvador Dali sampling Santa Fe sausage scams Scans scary Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sci-fi science science fiction Scotland Scott Shaw sculpture Seatec Astronomy self improvement sensations serious? Sesame Street Seven Figures Severed Heads sex sex tape sexy Shane Caruth Sherman Hemsley sherpa shopping short film sign offline signs Simpsonwave Site-Specific Art skateboarding skeptcis skull slacker Sleep Slime Cake Slyme Records Snoop Dogg Snoop Lion So You'd Like to...Be an Anti-Gen Xer (Part 1) So You'd Like to...Be an Anti-Gen Xer (Part 2) social network Soloman Chase Sonic Wonderland Sonic Youth Sopa Pipa Sophie sound sound archives sound art soundcloud SoundSelf space space plates Space Trips Spencer Longo SPF420 spirituality St. Bernard's Sports Star Trek Star Wars Stephen Colbert Stephen Gammell Stereo Mood Steven Stapleton still life stoner metal streaming Stump Subcultures subversive humor Subvertising Suicide summer Sun Araw Sun Ra Sunday is Raining sunshine pop surrealism Swans synesthesia System Focus T.V. Show Taco Bell Taiwan tattoos technology Television Ten Steps on How to Become a Slacker Terrence Malick thc The 13th Floor Elevators The Adventures of Pete & Pete The Apples in Stereo The Art Box The B-52s The Beach Bum The Big Lebowski The Birthday Party The Black Madonna The Bread and Puppet Theater The Coen Brothers The Congos The Day My Kid Went Punk The Family International The Frogs The Great Puke-off The Illuminatus! Trilogy The Incredible String Band The Jetsons The Last Trick The Life Stains The Master The Music Tapes The Now Age The Odd Recommendation The Oh of Pleasure The Olivia Tremor Control The Red Shoes The Relative Band The Shape of Jazz to Come The Shining The Simpsons The Sweet Homewreckers The Sylvers The Tubes The Wire therapy Theses on Punk Thibault Zimmerman Things Organized Neatly things that would never have happened until they happen This is how NASA wakes up astronauts Thomas Newman Thurston Moore Tinashe tiny hands tips To the Wonder Tom Green Tony Futura Tony Sly Toro y Moi Tox Modell toys Trans Air Records trash Treasure Hunt trees Trevor Cox Trevor Reveur Trey Parker and Matt Stone Trippy Turtle tromp l'oeil tumblr Tupac turntable.fm Tuxedomoon TV Opera TV shows twitter udi koorman UK underground art underground music unicorn unknown unpublished Upstream Color urban legend Urban Outfitters V/A - West Indies Funk 3 Val Kilmer Van Morrison vaporwave vapourwave vegan Velvet Underground VHS video Video Art video games videos Vince Guaraldi Vine Vinyl Marketwatch Virtual Reality Wabi-Sabi Want to save your eyes? Change your light bulbs. Health Warp Records Washed Out Waterpark weapons websites WEDIDIT Weird Al wellness Wendy's WFMU What it feels like to be barefoot all summer What Makes A Bad Movie Enjoyable? Whitney Houston WHTEBKGRND wifislilangel Wild Man Fishcher Will Oldham Williams Street Winston Riley Women Woods Yellow Swans youth culture youtube YouTube Poop Zebra Katz zen Zen Filmmaking Zim & Zou Zin-Say Zoom Lens

Rick Moranis - My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs [Review]




Coming eight years after his country-flavored album The Agoraphobic CowboyRick Moranis' 2013 effort is still based in musical comedy, but it goes in a completely different direction, because there's not much call for songs like "Live Blogging the Himel Family Bris" or "Kiss My Mezuzah" down at the local honky tonk. For all the schlemiels who haven't figured it out, My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songsis the joyful and loving sound of Moranis returning to his Jewish American roots, with klezmer, jazz, folk, and nostalgic pop music supporting witty songs about food, tradition, family, and food. The title track is a rhumba where he goes on "another chivas bender" over the family dish he's ever so homesick over, while "I'm Old Enough to Be You Zaide" is the passionate Jewish tango version of Lolita or the Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" as our hero nervously removes his sweat-stained yarmulke and protests to the young woman "You're digital and I'm still Beta." With wonderfully alive klezmer music behind him plus the opening lines "We ran into the Feldmans, man did they look great/Mindy graduated with a 3.8" the key track "Pu-Pu-Pu" is entirely in the style of the album's main influence, '60s great novelty song artist Allan Sherman, whose style is reflected in Moranis' heavily-accented delivery, lyrics that mix the modern and the traditional, and even the album's nostalgia-filled artwork. Moranis retired from making movies in 1997, and while many would like to see him bust ghosts and shrink kids again, smart, strange projects like these are as rich and rewarding as his work for SCTV. My Mother's Brisket is delicious, delightful, and quite a tribute. Mazel tov!

Check Out Dozens of Sun Ra's Charts



Check Out Dozens of Sun Ra's Charts


Check Out Dozens of Sun Ra's Charts
Sun Ra stands out in the history of jazz for many reasons. Most notably-- and famously-- is his unparalleled commitment to the cosmic aspect of cosmic jazz. A pioneer of afrofuturism, he believed, at least on the surface, that he was actually from space (Saturn, specifically). A lot of his music is accordingly spacey-- but what's often overlooked is his foundations in more straightforward jazz. Though he emerged as a major figure and a progenitor of free jazz in the 1960s, his career as a composer dates back to the '30s. He wasn't always "Sun Ra," and his music wasn't always futuristic big band chaos. This is abundantly clear in the series of charts recently posted by David Menestres, spanning over forty years of Sun Ra's career. They showcase the work of a man (or alien) deft at composition, clearly knowledgeable of straight-ahead and traditional jazz music. Many of the charts seem to be lead sheets and sketches, but they're striking for their simplicity regardless. As over-the-top as Sun Ra's persona was, he was a true jazz composer and bandleader-- and that's evident even in his weirdest music, and in these charts. (via ISSUE Project Room)
Download the charts here.

Holotropic Breathwork


Holotropic Breathwork


Holotropic Breathwork[1] (from Greek ὅλος holos "whole" and τρέπειν trepein "to turn or direct towards a thing"; meaning "moving toward wholeness") is a practice that uses breathing and other elements to allow access to non-ordinary states for the purpose of self-exploration. It was developed by Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. and Christina Grof, Ph.D.[2] Holotropic breathing has some similarities to rebirthing-breathwork, but was developed independently.[citation needed] Holotropic Breathwork is intended as an approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world.[citation needed]
The method comprises five elements: group process, intensified breathing (hyperventilation), evocative music, focused body work, and expressive drawing. The method's general effect is advocated as a non-specific amplification of a person's psychic process, which facilitates the psyche's natural capacity for healing.
Holotropic Breathwork is usually done in groups, although individual sessions are done. Within the groups, people work in pairs and alternate in the roles of experiencer ("breather") and "sitter". The sitter's primary responsibility is to focus compassionate attention on the breather. Secondarily, the sitter is available to assist the breather, but not to interfere or interrupt the process. The same is true for trained facilitators, who are available as helpers if necessary.[citation needed]
Originally developed as an adjunct to psychedelic psychotherapy, Holotropic Breathwork is an autonomous psychotherapeutic practice which, nevertheless, retains many of the clinical precautionary measures that were implemented in the medical use of LSD.
"Holotropic Breathwork" is a trademark.

Contents

  [hide

Typical experiences[edit]

Participants in Holotropic Breathwork sessions report a wide variety of experiences (Taylor, 1994). From observing many people in nonordinary and expanded states of consciousness, Grof developed what he considers to be a “cartography” of the psyche, which describes four main categories of experience.
Sensory and Somatic: This realm of experience includes various hallucinatory phenomena, such as visualizing images or geometrical patterns. More commonly, participants report a greater awareness of and ability to act out somatic processes and bodily impulses, such as assuming postures, dancing or moving in specific ways, and making sounds. They may also claim to feel where energy is blocked or streaming, consistent with the belief in vitalism.
Biographical and Individual Unconscious: As in more traditional therapies, participants may revisit unresolved conflicts, repressed memories, and unintegrated traumas. Compared to talk therapies, the unconscious material is more likely to be re-experienced than merely remembered. Participants report that this deeper processing can be more effective at clearing trauma, especially as it relates to subtle ways that trauma is held in the body.
Perinatal: Along with most other Breathwork practitioners, and in disagreement with John Locke’s claim that the infant after birth is a tabula rasa, Grof believes that the birth process is a traumatic event that leaves powerful residue in the psyche (see "Importance of the birth process" below). Participants in Holotropic Breathwork sessions report having images, emotions, physical sensations, and cognitions that convince them that they are remembering aspects of their own birth. Sometimes details can be verified with medical records. Some claim that these experiences help them release the birth trauma, including deeply held negative beliefs about themselves or the world.
Transpersonal: Referring to the possibility of accessing information outside the normal boundaries of the ego and body, transpersonal experiences reported in Holotropic Breathwork sessions include past life memories, experiential identification with other life forms, out-of-body experiencesoneness, encounters with spiritual archetypes, and connection with the collective unconscious.

Importance of the birth process[edit]

One aspect of Grof's extensive theory is the belief that there is a connection between a person's life experiences and experiences in the birth process. In his book The Holotropic Mind, Grof (1992) separated this process into four stages known as the Perinatal Matrices:
  1. Amniotic Universe — The womb. The only world that life knows at this point. Blissful feelings of peace and joy, in a healthy womb.
  2. Cosmic Engulfment; No Exit — Equilibrium disturbed; contractions begin. Unbearable feeling of being stuck in hell with no way of escaping.
  3. Death versus Rebirth Struggle — Second clinical stage of childbirth; intense struggle for survival.
  4. Death versus Rebirth Experience — The child is born. Intense ecstatic feelings of liberation and love. New world begins.

Professional practice[edit]

There is an Association for Holotropic Breathwork International which promotes professional and ethical practices governing Holotropic Breathwork.
There is an extensive training and certification program for facilitators through Grof Transpersonal Training. For those who wish to become certified, there are two tracks, Educational and Practitioner. Both have the requirements of attendance at seven modules and a two-week closing intensive, covering training in transpersonal psychology (including psychopathology, spiritual emergency, and addictions), as well as the theory and practice of Holotropic Breathwork. The training also includes ten hours of consultation with a certified practitioner and 150 total hours of participation in HB workshops led by Stanislav Grof or a certified practitioner (Baum and Pounds, 1993). In addition, those wishing to become independent workshop leaders (Practitioners), must apprentice at least four times at workshops with previously certified practitioners before leading groups of their own. There are currently more than 1000 trained facilitators located throughout the world, including clinicians, businessmen, public, psychotherapists, etc.

Reactions and contraindications[edit]

In a section entitled "Focused Body Work", Grof (1988) writes: "The last component of holotropic therapy, the focused body work, is used only when it is indicated. There are many sessions with a smooth course where no interventions are required. In some of these sessions, the hyperventilation does not trigger any difficult emotions or unpleasant physical manifestations and leads to progressive relaxation and to feelings of an ecstatic nature. In others, emotional and psychosomatic distress develops, but continued breathing brings about quite automatically a good resolution and good integration of the session" (194). He goes on to say that there are "only a few situations when focused body work is necessary in the early phases of holotropic sessions" and that "the main indication for the use of focused body work is a situation during the termination period of the session (usually after about an hour and a half to two hours) in those individuals where the breathing and music did not bring a complete resolution" (194) He points out that the "work on such problems is desirable, since it brings the session to a cleaner resolution and better integration, but it is in no way mandatory" (194-5). It is in this context that Grof refers to the exteriorization of "the various forms of physical discomfort associated with the emotional distress" (195). At this stage, "it can be helpful to use certain interventions that cooperate with the process, deepen it, and intensify it ... massage or pressure in the areas that are tense or painful, or offers of specific resistances that increase existing tensions ... Among the reactions that might spontaneously occur under these circumstances are violent shaking, grimacing, coughing, gagging, vomiting, a variety of movements, and a wide range of sounds that include screaming, baby talk, animal voices, talking in tongues or a language foreign to the client, shamanic chanting, and many others" (196)
Contraindications to be considered include: serious cardiovascular problems, glaucoma, severe psychiatric illness, and pregnancy (202); while special precautions are recommended in the case of epileptics (203).
He points out that caution is required in the case of individuals with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. Such procedures are "not without certain risks" and "if the process gets to be too active and extends beyond the framework of the sessions, it can require special measures" (251). Elsewhere, he writes that "experiential work with severely disturbed individuals requires a special residential facility with trained staff where continuous support is available for twenty-four hours a day; it should not be conducted on an outpatient basis" (204).

Research[edit]

Grof (1988) admits the experimental nature of the process in the context of an adventure of self-discovery. Referring to his partnership with his wife, he comments: "Our own experience with this technique has been limited to experiential workshops lasting up to four weeks. We have not had the opportunity to subject it to rigorous evaluation in controlled clinical studies, comparable to my research in psychedelic therapy" (xiv). Later, he adds: "It is important to realize that holotropic work is completely open-ended. It is best to think about it as an ongoing research project and psychological experiment ... The training of the facilitator should never be considered a fait accompli. Holotropic therapy is a process of continuous learning, rather than mechanical application of a closed system of concepts and rules" (207).
Research by Holmes et al. (1996) concluded that holotropic breathwork combined with traditional verbally oriented psychotherapy led to “significant reductions in death anxiety and increases in self-esteem” relative to just traditional psychotherapy.
In a theoretical review article, Rhinewine and Williams (2007) offer the hypothesis that holotropic breathwork operates via a biopsychological mechanism that results in experiential exposure to feared internal representations, and consequently in extinction of covert avoidance behaviors. The latter disinhibitory process, experienced by the breather as "catharsis," may correspondingly result in therapeutic progress among patients who had previously shown limited gains in verbal psychotherapy, as previously demonstrated in Holmes and colleagues' (1996) study.
Research by James Eyerman, MD (2013) [3] reported results of 11,000 clinical patient experiences and 482 individual patient reports, and showed the 'procedure was well received. No complaints of adverse reactions were recorded during the sessions nor afterwards on the clinical units.' Eyerman goes on to conclude that Holotropic Breathwork 'offers significant benefits in terms of emotional catharsis and internal spiritual exploration, according to the participants. The lack of even one single reported adverse sequelae in more than 11,000 Holotropic Breathing in-patients over more than 12 years, indicates that Holotropic Breathwork could be considered a low-risk therapy to assist patients with an extremely broad range of psychological problems and existential life issues.'

Criticism[edit]

Holotropic Breathwork has been subject to criticism, on points of medical and spiritual concern.
  • In Ken Wilber's "Eye of Spirit" (1996) he criticizes Grof's assertion that in order to access transpersonal states of consciousness a person must necessarily first regress to the perinatal state to resolve the trauma of (and/or around) birth. Wilber states that while this is sometimes the case, it is so only in a limited number of cases.
  • In 1993 the Scottish Charities Office commissioned a report into the technique, having received complaints concerning its implementation at theFindhorn Foundation, a registered charity. The report was written by Anthony Busuttil (Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh), whose opinions caused the Findhorn Foundation to suspend its breathwork programme. In its report on the event, The Scotsman also published several critical comments concerning Holotropic Breathwork as a form of therapy, made by Dr Linda Watt of Leverndale Psychiatric Hospital in Glasgow. In response to literature about breathwork supplied by the newspaper, Dr Watt expressed professional concerns that the hyperventilationtechnique might cause seizure or lead to psychosis in vulnerable people. (The Scotsman, 14 October 1993).

Responses to criticism[edit]

Grof disputes many of the medical criticisms of Holotropic Breathwork, arguing that they are based on misunderstandings of the physiological and psychological processes involved. In his paper reviewing the literature on the effects of faster breathing, he concludes that "The fact that during rapid breathing symptoms surface and become manifest is not a pathological phenomenon...With skillful support and guidance, the emergence of symptoms during hyperventilation can result in healing of emotional and psychosomatic problems...". (Grof 2003)
Rhinewine and Williams (2007), reviewing the medical literature on hyperventilation in the context of a theoretical article on Holotropic Breathwork, state that "The procedure of voluntary hyperventilation has proven to be safe after medical screening for contraindicating conditions, and has been demonstrated across numerous studies to be helpful in treatment of anxiety as a tool for diagnosis and desensitization."

Pacific Rim


Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Nobody who wants to see gigantic, well-armed robots battle Godzilla’s contemporary cousins will leave Pacific Rimdisappointed. Even jaded viewers who yawned at the release of the Kraken will have to acknowledge that few titans have clashed so impressively—even when the combatants are slugging it out in the ocean, miles from shore (which is most of the time), the sheer scale of the action is awe-inspiring. Director Guillermo del Toro has so much fun staging the various assaults that at one point, he constructs a throwaway gag about desktop physics, in the tradition of Jurassic Park’s coffee-cup ripples. It’s significant, though, that this moment, funny as it is, takes place in a completely empty office building. No human being is present to register it and raise wide eyes to the camera in classic Spielberg style. Like most monster movies, Pacific Rim is at its best when humanity has been all but forgotten, reduced to a puny abstraction.
Unfortunately, the movie aspires to more. Set in a near future, it begins in earnest a few years after an unexplained breach at the bottom of the ocean starts coughing up enormous beasties from another dimension, dubbed kaiju (a Japanese word meaning “strange beast”). Mankind responds by building an army of equally gargantuan robots, called Jaegers (the German word for “hunter”), piloted from within by two people who each serve as one hemisphere of the thing’s brain, early tests having determined that the neural strain was too much for one pilot alone. Renegade pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) loses his beloved brother/co-pilot in an early battle and quits the program, but his former commander, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), asks him to suit up one last time for a mission that will attempt to permanently seal the undersea breach with a nuclear bomb. He’ll need a new copilot, naturally, and the best candidate seems to be Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), a woman with plenty of buried anger, but no Jaeger experience outside of a simulator.
The most intriguing—yet least explored—human element of Pacific Rim involves what’s known as The Drift: a mental link between a Jaeger’s pilots, in which they share each other’s memories and emotions. Co-pilots need to be Drift-compatible, and Raleigh immediately identifies Mako as a good fit. But apart from one near-disaster in which Mako gets lost in one of her own traumatic memories—there’s lingo for everything in this movie; being sucked into the past is called “chasing the rabbit”—nothing much ever really comes of The Drift, which is otherwise just a generic science-fiction metaphor for good ol’ teamwork. People occasionally describe the bond in conversation (“I felt it”), but its only genuine import on the story appears in a subplot that finds two twitchy scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) attempting to Drift with a kaiju brain in order to determine the creatures’ intentions. These scenes are as strained in their efforts at comedy—Day sometimes seems to be doing a vintage Bobcat Goldthwait impression—as the Jaeger training scenes are soggily earnest, and Pacific Rim falters badly whenever it isn’t clobberin’ time. 
But oh, that clobberin’. The first such sequence expends too much energy making sure viewers comprehend how the Jaegers are operated, constantly cutting back and forth between the pilots performing movements in their goofy spacesuit-style getups, and the robot’s corresponding actions. Too much Wii, not enough “Whee!” Once that symbiosis can mostly be taken for granted, however, del Toro and the ILM crew go to town, so to speak. Kaiju are classified by category, like earthquakes, and there’s a long, slow buildup to the inevitable Category 5 monster, which appears at the climax. But the Category 3 and 4 specimens are all formidable enough to serve as thrilling climaxes to almost any other movie, and del Toro stages the metal-on-tentacle action with the giddy verve of a 10-year-old boy playing with his action figures, even as the F/X wizards conceive every imaginable permutation of physical destruction. (The battles in the ocean, which don’t afford the traditional options of buildings, cars, and fleeing citizens, compensate with spectacular beauty involving great plumes and sprays of water.) Pacific Rim never amounts to more than the sum of its setpieces, but it delivers on the promise of its premise. Giant robots. Killer monsters. Wrestlin’ picture. Whaddaya need, a road map?

NYC HELL 3:00 AM


James Ferraro provides another reason for fireworks: new album NYC, HELL 3:00 AM out in October on Hippos in Tanks

James Ferraro provides another reason for fireworks: new album NYC, HELL 3:00 AM out in October on Hippos in Tanks
According to his until-now uncharacteristically quiet Facebook page (I seriously just checked it yesterday, thinking it’s been a minute since we’d heard from our Lil Icebunny), James Ferraro has a new album called NYC, HELL 3:00 AM. The album, which follows last year’s Sushi and this year’s Cold mixtape, is out October 15 on Hippos in Tanks and has an amazing trailer to go with it. Check it out here:
And why not sing along:
This world is dark. So dark. 40th floor. Marble floors. God is money. Money is god. This model is so gross. Coked-out and sloppy and looking out the window, feeling unbound. Love is shaded with hate. The dark heaven and the power of the buildings, sentinels, made us feel alone, pushing us to pretend humanity…
• James Ferraro: http://twitter.com/LIL_ICEBUNNY
• Hippos in Tanks: http://hipposintanks.net

MKRdezign

Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *

Powered by Blogger.
Javascript DisablePlease Enable Javascript To See All Widget