The Arica system is a training programme in self-development, originated by the Bolivian mystic, Oscar Ichaza. The Arica Institute was established in New York in 1972, following a trip by 50 Americans to Ichaza in Arica, Chile. Arica is sometimes referred to as scientific mysticism and aims at a scientific understanding of the psyche and the transformation of society.
Arica represents a synthesis of a number of disciplines, combining aspects of eastern esoteric traditions such as Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga and Zen with western Humanistic Psychology and a scientific approach to meditation and altered states of consciousness. Central to Arica is the new discipline called psychocalisthenics and it's systematic programme of breathing and movement exercises and meditation aimed at achieving unity of body, mind and emotions at each of nine levels of consciousness.
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