Eurotas Conference 2019
Kirsten is completing a PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, researching the spiritual growth aspects of psychosis and other traumatic incidents. An accomplished Competitive Intelligence Manager, Kirsten switched careers and has worked in private therapeutic practice for over a decade. She has taught many courses in the the development, nurturing, and utilization of spiritual and psi gifts. She is also a certified Life Coach, a certified Master Hypnotherapist, and a graduate of the first American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) Peer Support facilitator training.
Psychic Abilities: The Gift of a Traumatic Childhood
Why do people with traumatic and unstable childhoods seem to report more psi and spiritual experiences? Researchers reporting on these phenomena almost invariably come to the conclusion that childhood trauma causes disassociation, and disassociation causes the child to look to some ‘pretend’ force to gain a sense of control in an uncontrollable environment. Rather than being seen as a gift, these experiences are labled as imaginal, or worse, as evidence of disturbed thinking. Research has shown that having a traumatic childhood is associated with disassociation, but psi experiences may be a very natural survival adaptation; an adaptation derived from nurturing a basic mammalian skill. Precognitions and premonitions become survival tools. What is Dad’s mood going to be like today when he comes home? What is waiting for me when I open the front door after coming home from school? The answers to these questions can mean safety
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