The qualitative phenomenological study described herein examined the meaning and essence of the lived psychospiritual and felt-sense experiences arising in individuals who are living with a life-threatening illness. The purpose of the study and the research question are described in this dissertation along with definitions of important terms, the theoretical lenses through which the research was conducted, and an autobiographical reflection describing the motivation behind the research. A historical background of early medical and spiritual practices and beliefs provides context for the study and precedes a review of pertinent literature. The literature review discusses existing germane research studies that support the need for the study. Research methods used to conduct this study are described, along with participant qualifications, recruitment processes used, and ethical considerations undergirding this study. This document includes references for the many citations appearing throughout this research, a chapter that discusses the results that arose from an examination of the data, along with a discussion of findings. It is my sincere hope that my words inspire greater interest in this topic and open a sacred space for the study to have deep and lasting meaning within the wider transpersonal and scientific community.
|Commitee:||Bogart, Greg, Siegel, Bernie|
|School:||Institute of Transpersonal Psychology|
|Department:||Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Philosophy of Science, Spirituality, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Divine, Holistic, Illness, Life-threatening, Psychospiritual living, Transpersonal|
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