Summary of the Four Stances of the Experiential Liberation Condition Experiential liberation entails four stances (invitations): (1) presence, (2) invoking the actual, (3) vivifying and confronting resistance, and (4) rediscovering meaning and awe.*
I. Presence holds and illuminates that which is palpably (immediately, kinesthetically, aectively, and profoundly) relevant between therapists and clients and within clients. It is the ground and eventual goal of experiential work. Specically, its goals are:
A. To illuminate the client’s experiential world, to understand that world by deep immersion in the preverbal/kinesthetic experience of the client, and to clarify the salient features of that world (such as the smallness-greatness/constrictive-expansive clusters) that anticipate future problems and directions of treatment. Presence can also alert the therapist to the client’s desire and capacity for change, which in turn may point in more traditional therapeutic directions within the existential-integrative schema.