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Term: Holding Space


Holding Space:

When one person is in an altered state of consciousness, another may help that person by "holding space," being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually available to enable that person's experience while altered. This process may include being comforting, spiritually encouraging, and listening without judgment. Holding space is a practice used by some Neo-Tantrics to help a person who has achieved an altered state through breathwork, visualization, Tantric sexuality, or other means.

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