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 Conclusion and Suggestions when working with NOSC
NOSC can be very advantageous experiences that can often have significant and sometimes transformational outcomes for those who are provided a safe opportunity to expand their minds and their understanding of the world around and within them. As a practitioner of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and Fellow by the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI), I have been trained in NOSC and in the ethics of working in NOSC with clients. I have learned not to underestimate the power of non-ordinary states, or the potential dangers if misused.
I am hopeful that the reader will pay more attention to everyday NOSC and to take advantage of the potential benefits of these states. I am also optimistic that more people will begin to take a stand against those using these techniques for their own financial, political, or personal gain. The more we are educated, the more aware we will be when the potential for NOSC arises, and the less likely we will be taken advantage of when we are pressured to make decisions that may leave us feeling manipulated or mislead.
If you have participated in a group experience where you believe that non-ordinary states were facilitated, I would love to hear about your experiences. I am sure that many people have had very positive encounters that may have impacted their lives significantly, and I want to encourage people to continue with these healthy endeavors. This article was inspired by my own experience witnessing unethical use of NOSC in a group setting for financial gain. Because my training in the ethics related to NOSC was so offended by this occurrence, I felt the ethical obligation to help educate those who have not had training in this discipline. I hope that you will take this information into account when attending group experiences or if you have the opportunity to experience NOSC in a therapeutic setting with a trained facilitator.
References:

Taylor, K. (1995). The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead.


Taylor, K. (2017). The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead.


Interview, Grof, S. & Mead, W. (2015). The Healing Potential of Non-ordinary States of Consciousness (Walter Mead interviewing Stan Grof). Retrieved from http:// www.stanislavgrof.com/wp-content/uploads/ 2015/02/Healing-Potential-of-NOS_Grof.pdf


Smith, C. (2015). Altered States of Consciousness, Why We Need Them, Psychology Today. Posted, August 24, 2015. Retrieved from https:// www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shift/201508/ altered-states-consciousness


Center for Credentialing and Education: Board Certified Coach (BCC). Ethics. Retrieved
from https://www.cce-global.org/Credentialing/ Ethics/BCC


National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NB-HWC). Retrieved from https://nbhwc.org/nb- hwc/
Abstract
The purpose of this article is to increase awareness for coaches and their participants who take part in significant group events that may generate (consciously or unconsciously) non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC). Definitions of NOSC are discussed as well as the benefits, which include increased participant sensitivity and awareness. Coaches need to understand how NOSC occurs, and that negative implications exist. Ethical implications (i.e., informed consent and safety) to protect coaches and participants are also discussed.


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