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Healing stories of the unconscious : past-life imagery in transpersonal psychotherapy

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dc.contributor.author Knight ZG en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:10:28Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:10:28Z
dc.date.created 1992 en
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/21841
dc.description.abstract Theoretically this thesis is grounded in the discourse of transpersonal psychology and the related discourse of transpersonal feminism. The focus is on a particular category of transpersonal phenomena - past-life experiences. These experiences are viewed from a poetic and therapeutic perspective as being healing stories of the unconscious that serve to articulate psychological and spiritual realities of the human psyche within both the personal and the collective unconscious. They are thus not questioned in regard to their literal occurrence. The central aims of this thesis are to document and faithfully describe a participant's past-life experiences that occurred during selected psychotherapy sessions; engage in a hermeneutic dialogue between the participant's past-life experiences and contemporary transpersonal literature, and, in so doing, to evaluate and extend existing theory; uncover the archetypal significance of past-life experience and its relationship to the re-emerging Feminine within patriarchal culture; and, finally, show how the past-life stories and images contribute to the process of inner healing and transformation, a process termed "spiritual emergence". The research is a phenomenological-hermeneutic case study, comprising the selection of eight consecutive psychotherapy sessions in which nine past-life experiences were identified. These sessions were reduced to narrative synopses, and a hermeneutically grounded thematic analysis of a total of six past-life themes were explicated. Principle conclusions reached were that past-life stories and images contribute to the process of spiritual emergence and empowerment as well as to the re-emergence of the Feminine consciousness. Moreover, as healing stories of the unconscious, these past-life experiences can be understood as expressions of the collective struggle with unresolved archetypal forces within the collective psyche, as well as echoes of personal conflicts and dilemmas from the individual unconscious. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.title Healing stories of the unconscious : past-life imagery in transpersonal psychotherapy en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree PhD en


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