Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word which means "How do you stand in relation to these many realms?" A more modern translation is, "Who are you?" Ron Kurtz, a gifted therapist, developed the Hakomi method of body-psychotherapy in the mid 1970s, as a culmination of his study and experience in psychology, science and philosohy. As a body-psychotherapeutic approach, Hakomi has its own unique artistry, form and organic process. It is a synthesis of philosophies, techniques and approaches, with influence coming from general systems theory, incorporating respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system. Hakomi draws from other psychotherapies such as Reichian , Bioenergetics, Gestalt, as well as embracing concepts from Buddhism and Taoism, especially gentleness, compassion, mindfulness and going with the grain.