Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

She-Consciousness Rising: The rise in female awareness
by Faiman, Mary J., Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2012, 328; 3548550
Abstract (Summary)

This study is an exploration into how women's individual and collective consciousness is expanding and changing with regard to what it means to be and identify as a woman in these times; and the importance of bringing this expanded awareness into action to address today's global issues. She-Consciousness Rising is an emergent theory that portrays this expansion of women's awareness as a call from an evolutionary transformational consciousness that is breaking through the oppressive veil of patriarchal norms and values. This study was for and with women, and the coparticipants were women who gather women for the purpose of personal growth and contemporary consciousness raising. The research data were gathered primarily during a multiday women's council, and organic inquiry was the qualitative method employed for the study. Each coparticipant had the opportunity to tell aspects of her own story about her relationship with She-Consciousness Rising, and to pose a question that she recognized as informing the evolution of women's consciousness today. The council transcripts are presented as 7 individual stories and 1 group story that reflects 5 major themes common among the coparticipants: The rise of She-Consciousness; Let Her rise; Nurture the invitation; Live what you know; and Vibrant blossoming of the force of She-Consciousness. The results reflected the recognition on the part of the coparticipants of a rise in She-Consciousness, the acknowledgement that this rise is an undercurrent of collective consciousness, and that She-Consciousness is a force that invites them to a more full and whole experience of what it is to be woman. The study highlights the need for additional research on the formed themes, questions provided within the context of the stories, and how She-Consciousness may be experienced with women of different generations, races, religions, and cultures. May this and further studies with regard to She-Consciousness deepen the conversations pertaining to the feminine as the only source for women's empowerment today.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brooks, Christine
Commitee: Alexandre, Chandra, Jenett, Dianne
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Residential Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Circle, Organic inquiry, Sacred feminine, She-Consciousness, Transformation, Women
Publication Number: 3548550
ISBN: 978-1-267-84078-3
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