Trauma as a Spiritual Experience
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Trauma therapy has an intrinsically spiritual core. It fosters the embodiment of something essential, the reconnection of the ego with the numinous core of being and a transformation of consciousness that results in a reintegration of the personality on a new level. In trauma therapy, the clinical and the spiritual approaches should be wed. Trauma survivors often undergo intense subjective experiences of dismemberment, disintegration, and, consequently, altered states of consciousness after an encounter with the numinous mythopoetic structure of the unconscious. Traumatic shock may cause a spiritual crisis, given that in situations of existential extremity and suffering one comes face-to-face with nothingness. As human beings with a dual origin, we are partly physical and partly transcendent, and it is our task to work on a reliable bond between the ego and the Self. In the case of severely traumatized individuals, this is an extraordinarily difficult task, since they are marked by rigidity and multiple blockages.