Assisting in the Understanding, Processing, and Integration of the Experience.
Some examples of phenomenological/extra-ordinary events are found in the UFO Encounter, the Near Death Experience, Spiritual Crisis/Emergence, Kundulini, and the Shamanic Journey. These experiences range from the ecstatic to the profoundly traumatic, and regardless of where they lie on the spectrum are generally life-shaking or changing. The individual requires a supportive, safe, and non- judgemental environment that allows time and space to recall, process, and integrate as much of the event as possible. This includes helping the person access, retrieve, and work with the physical, cognitive, affective and spiritual aspects of their experience and to reach their own conclusions within an environment of acceptance. Anyone having an experience different enough from the normal, everyday happenings of their culture that makes it difficult to understand, explain, or be believed by self or others generally needs trained help in dealing with the trauma that often follows. The quality of that help can enhance the depth of understanding and integration of the event or add to the confusion, fear, and/or inability to incorporate it into one’s life in a healthy way.