Hakomi Principles


Hakomi is a Hopi word that means “How do I stand in relation to these many realms?” Hakomi is a mindfulness-based approach to counseling and holds at root:

  • As we develop from infancy to childhood to adulthood, we organize our experiences by apply meaning to them, to the world, and to our selves;
  • These organizational decisions come to operate as unconscious “core beliefs” about the world and our place in it which govern how we think, feel, develop, act, respond, and create;
  • These core beliefs limit our ability to function spontaneously and to live effectively through systematic, characterological habits which we originally created to avoid feeling a lack of safety, affection, attention, or approval; and
  • The purpose of therapy is to become fully human, alive, spontaneous, open-hearted and caring, with the ability to be equally effective acting in interpendence with the world or autonomously.
  • Transformation occurs in Hakomi when awareness is turned mindfully toward felt, present experience; hopes and fears unfold into consciousness; barriers to new ways of being are attended to; and new experiences are integrated that allow for the reorganization of core beliefs, which in turn allow for a greater range of mental, physical, emotional coherence and movement.  Transforming core material often involves working with Child Consciousness in the context of re-experienced memories, and working supportively with the spontaneous release of strong emotion and energy, as well as eliciting the cooperation of the unconscious to dialogue directly with it in mindfulness.

The seven principles that guide the work of Hakomi are:

  1. Unity: an inclusive awareness of the interrelatedness of things
  2. Organicity: the recognition and  honoring or each person’s individuality
  3. Mind/Body/Spirit Holism: the assumption that all elements of experience are essential.
  4. Mindfulness: the value of being genuinely aware of exactly what is happening
  5. Nonviolence: a commitment to respect and loving regard
  6. Truth: the pursuit of the actual nature of things
  7. Change: the trust that things can and will move and evolve