Integration is a far-reaching term which describes many things. One definition is “An act or behavior that is in harmony with one’s environment”. One’s environment includes the internal and external place one finds themselves in. I like to view integration as a process in which one finds their-Self. Self is capitalized because it refers to one’s higher self or truth and all of one's selves in the greater whole.
After sacred ceremonies, retreats and significant life changing events take place, the integration process begins. This stage in the journey is arguably more important than what we experience in the aforementioned experiences. After settling back into one's "normal" environment, opportunities often come up (usually perceived as challenges) which help us practice what we have learned and invite us to show up in the world and with ourselves in a new way. Having a trusted guide who has been there before to support this process is essential.
Having participated in hundreds of sacred ceremonies over the years including near-death experiences, work with plant medicines, psychedelics, dream-work, sweat lodge, vision quests and other spiritual and shamanic experiences, I've come to know the world beyond the “normal” state of being well enough not to fear it and have developed an effective way to assist others in making good use of what they've experienced in ceremony and grounding and re-connecting with aspects of their-Self which may have become fragmented or lost within particularly impactful life experiences. In my work co-facilitating ceremonies and as a dream-work and soul retrieval guide over the years I've been with many people processing deep and cathartic experiences, seeing what was previously buried deep in their subconscious mind, traumatic release, awakenings, grieving, and letting go of everything they had come to believe and depend upon as their reality. It is truly an honor to serve as a grounding presence for people going through and processing some of life’s most challenging experiences.
This work most importantly requires a deep state of presence, care and a capacity for listening and allowing what needs to come forth to be seen, heard and experienced in a loving and grounded way. It is not focused on teaching or needing to fix anyone. Everyone has the capacity to connect with their own higher truth. This truth is revealed and strengthened through the integration process with an experienced coach holding space, listening, asking questions and helping people connect with their breath, bodies, voice and inner guidance.
In some cases I will share a bit about what I've experienced in my own process, spiritual practice, and in work with others so that the client feels safe, less alone in their experience and able to see things from different perspectives. Usually the client chooses to commit to action steps to help them take care of their body and mind and ground and honor what has come up in the integration sessions. The coach provides ongoing support and a sense of accountability if desired to help the client in realizing their stated objectives and living their truth and in the true essence of their being.