Dr. Mayer derived the River of Life method from microcosmic orbit breathing, aTaoist breathing method first brought to the West by Richard Wilhelm . Dr. Mayer's River of Life method (Mayer, 1982, 1996, 2007, 2009a) adds a guided visualization of water to microcosmic orbit breathing. As a person is breathing in he or she imagines energy or a river traveling up the governing vessel and on the exhalation one imagines a river traveling down the conception vessel to the belly (tan tien). This method induces a trance state that in Taoist terms opens the practitioner to experience the sea of elixir (Wilhelm,1963).
In this CD (originally focused on helping people to deal with cancer and chronic diseases), anyone can learn how to activate a transcendent state to help facilitate relief of stress, mind-body energy blockages, and blocked life issues. This method is a core process of Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, where in the context of psychotherapy and behavioral healthcare a transmuting dimension is added to the River of Life process by having a person focus (Gendlin, 1978) on a blockage that emerges in the river of their felt experience of flowing down the river. In Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy a person uses additional methods (such as cognitive restructuring, psychodynamic methods, self soothing) to transmute the life issues and energy blockages that arise from the experience of the River of Life.
To learn more about its full applications, you can read case illustrations about it's use for insomnia, hypertension, chronic pain, trauma, etc. in Dr Mayer's books, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy: Ancient Pathways to Modern Health, or in Energy Psychology:Self-healing Practices for Bodymind Health. www.bodymindhealing.com