This is the event that triggered the ISE and, as a consequence, the existing symptoms that the client is experiencing today. The client sometimes confuses the SPE with the ISE as the root cause of their symptoms. The SPE is a channel to reach the original cause of the current events. At times, the SPE and the ISE can be the same. This often happens when trauma has taken places such as rape or murder.
For example, a client has a great fear of large crowds. In her mind, she thinks that crowds are the cause for her discomfort and she, therefore, refuses to be in places where large groups of people gather. She never went to parties, concerts, or big community events like Canada Day. This was the SPE. She sought help from a wonderful hypnotherapist, and together, they reached the root cause ISE. Once hypnotherapy had taken place, she realized that, when she was three years old, she had to be in a bomb shelter due to war situations in her country. She discovered that the event, the fear, and the chaos around her were very scary to her as a little girl. The wonderful therapist did reframing and today, that grown-up woman is able to enjoy a new life, celebrating events and attending almost every concert in the city. She is no longer bound by the fear that has been with her for over forty years.