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 with this work. Unfortunately, there are untrained entrepreneurial coaches also using NOSC to amplify the energy during their events to increase the likelihood of the participants signing up for their programs, courses, or products, with no regard for the emotional safety or financial position of the participants. Although these seductive sales pitches are as old as snake oil medicine itself, coaches and future coaches need to understand what they are doing, and for participants to understand the potential for being seduced by a high sales pitch when in an altered state of consciousness.

Therapeutic NOSC
Entering NOSC can be very common in some therapies when the client is encouraged to set the thinking mind aside and to allow him/herself to drop into a deeper state of awareness. In a non- ordinary experience, the client is aware of what is happening around him/her, but also has a broader recognition of self and the world, and potentially has a connection with what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious, where we may store our mythical and archetypal imagery. Therapeutic experiences in NOSC can be precious in helping clients gain new perspectives when they are blocked or stuck when they rely too heavily on their logical, rational mind, or when they have a traumatic history. For these vulnerable clients, this work needs to be done with a well-trained practitioner who can safely facilitate a NOSC technique such as The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Holotropic Breathwork, EMDR, mindfulness, Re-birthing, drumming and rhythmic dancing, biofeedback, fasting, or meditation. There are also psychedelic therapy techniques that provide opportunities for NOSC, but these techniques are not a focus of this article.

In an article titled Altered States of Consciousness by Christa Smith, Psy.D. posted in 2015 on the Psychology Today website; Smith discussed the benefits of entering into altered states when clients are caught up in the trap of self- analyzing themselves into a corner. She asserted that they rely only on their intellect for healing when perhaps a different state of consciousness
could provide more insight and awareness. She stated that “Thinking through our problems is an important part of healing, but we may end up viewing the problems we face solely with the same mind that helped create them” (Smith, 2015, para. 7). Smith defended altered states as sacred and powerful places that take us beyond words and challenge us to explore our deeper selves and to experience transformational healing opportunities (Smith, 2015). Sometimes we need to bypass our specific problems to get to what is at the root of the issue. We often have this opportunity when we get out of our heads and into our emotions.

Everyday NOSC
We may unintentionally enter into non-ordinary states throughout our lives without realizing it. This can happen when we drop into a state of flow, such as when we are daydreaming, practicing yoga, meditating or chanting, giving birth, painting or sculpting, or when we are deeply involved in something that takes us out of our ordinary, logical frame of mind. Less commonly, it can happen when we are sleep deprived or have a high fever. Have you ever been so intently involved in a project that many hours had gone by, and you were shocked when you finally noticed the time? During these moments, we are aware of what is happening around us, though we are often slightly disconnected from it, and we are aware of a more profound sense of being and knowing at the same time as we become completely immersed in the activity. It can be a beautiful, often productive experience.

Informed Consent and Safety with NOSC
Kylea Taylor’s book on ethics includes essential information regarding informed consent and safety while using NOSC with clients. She stated that good candidates for this type of work should have healthy ego development and should be able to function adequately in everyday life. Informed consent is provided by the facilitator to inform the client or participant of what she will be doing and how the process may impact her, and this is extremely important when encouraging a client or

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