Accepted Paper:

The origin, mobility and manifestation of ideas in Source-Breathwork Community  

Author:

Katre Koppel (University of Tartu)

Paper short abstract:

Source-Breathwork community is a New Age community which is unified by the healing practice called Source Process and Breathwork. The aim of my paper is to introduce the ideas that are used to create Source-Breathwork community and analyse the origin and mobility of these ideas.

Paper long abstract:

New Age has been described by notions like do-it-yourself-religion, pick-and-mix religion, religious consumption a `la carte or spiritual supermarket. Although it can be said the phenomenon of New Age is eclectic and the concept itself fuzzy, the ideas, beliefs and practices are not random that are chosen for creating the religious/spiritual understanding of the world. The aim of my paper is to introduce the ideas that are used to create Source-Breathwork community and analyse the origin and mobility of these ideas. Source-Breathwork community is a New Age community which is unified by the healing practice called Source Process and Breathwork (developed from the similar practice Rebirthing). Characteristic to New Age healing practices, the purpose of Source-Breathwork is to heal a person as a whole. The main attention is given to healing the (physical) birth that is seen the most fundamental and influential event in a person's life. Being intertwined to a wholesome and complex system, the teaching of Source community is formed by western and eastern religious and Esoteric traditions, on the other hand, by modern sciences like psychology and biology. In addition, there is always an interaction between scientific and magical perceptions in the community. The teachings of Source community are clearly manifested during the pregnancy and baby's birth. Source Process and Breathwork trainings have been regularly organized in Estonia from the beginning of 2000s. As a consequence the local Source community has emerged. The paper is based on fieldwork materials collected in 2010-2012 in Estonia.

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Fluidity, mobility and versatility of the sacred