I bet you have seen Easy Rider (1969) by Dennis Hoper, an iconic road movie. The plot of the film seems to be quite simple and it depicts a trip of two friends traveling around America. They are hippies and they are quite independent. Not many appreciated it at the time. Independence? No, never! It was the initial idea of the creators to show the social differences existing in America of the 1960s. America is depicted as pretty traditional and conservative country where people do not accept independence and freedom in a manner declared by hippies. By the way the film gained its recognition due to use of real marijuana and uncensored depiction of nudity and sex. Supposedly Easy Rider was a “touchstone for a generation”. I think that this movie is still iconic and relevant even today.
According to the legend the Christian religion was brought to India by the Apostle Thomas. He was supposed to be the first one to found a Christian church in the south of India. It is called the Syrian Church as the service is lead in the Syrian language. The Bible used for the public sermon is also read aloud in Syrian.
In the sixteenth century the invaders from Portugal began the forceful converting the Hindu to the Christian religion. This painful process lasted for almost the whole century under the control of papacy. From the beginning of the eighteenth century the missionary activity starts to develop with the help of the volunteer activists from the USA and western Europe. Today there are more than 20 million Christians living in India. These figures include the votarists of various Christian denominations: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy.
Holotropic breathwork is a method that used by those who search new ways of self-exploration and personal transformation. This method is supposed to be very powerful. Holotropic breathwork was created and developed by Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof, Czech scientists based in the USA. The method includes breathing techniques that allow people to reach non-ordinary states. This practice was developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Researches done by Stanislav Grof were forbidden in some countries for a long period of time. Why so? Obviously because Grof spent some time doing researches of LSD and its effects.
There are still many people who are against this type of practice. Well, I’m not for or against it. I just want to understand what the practice means and what can be useful in it?
As the rule holotropic breathwork practiced in pairs. But there are some exceptions and people are allowed to practice it individually. The practice includes several elements. Among them are group meeting, hyperventilation also known as intensified breathing, evocative music, physical work and finally drawing in an expressive way.