In the SRA component of our Cutting Edge Counselling School, people are understandably shocked when they recover a memory of ritual abuse. In the last school, as already mentioned in August’s blog, a student recovered several memories of ritual abuse. Because we have a data base of over 200 rituals, each aspect of each ritual is carefully recorded, along with the purpose and the invocations uttered, these can serve as an excellent source of confirmation when a person is working through a ritual memory that they think they are making up.
The student at the school recovered one ritual memory where she was repeatedly pushed under water to the point of almost drowning. This ritual involves a specific number of times that she was pushed down. It is a large number, between 15 and 30 times. I know the exact number linked to the ritual she was experiencing, and the probability of guessing the exact number is very small. When I asked her how many times she thought she was pushed under, she said the exact number.
Abreaction, the concurrent physical and emotional reactions the person feels as they are experiencing the memory, is an important confirmation that the memory is real. Coupled with the fact that she has worked through each step of the ritual and said the exact number of times they pushed her under, removes a lot of wriggle room to deny that the memory is real.
When I showed the class, there and then, the printed version of the ritual, they were astounded at how accurate her recall was.