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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

When the sacred stories are told: Coming to life through creativity, art, and embodied consciousness
by Johnson, Pamela, Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2013, 177; 3567435
Abstract (Summary)

This Indigenist inquiry describes the lived experience of 1 woman as she engages the mythic realm of a Kanyen'kehaka (Mohawk) Creation story, through creativity and art making, in search of a sacred balance of mind, a balance tragically disrupted in the diminishing chaos of colonization. The Creation story, the origin story of human beingness for the Kanyen'kehaka, is a place where the story of human consciousness is first told and where a sacred balance of mind is mythically conveyed. Her lived experience was guided by Indigenist inquiry, a form of inquiry that is rooted in an Indigenous wisdom tradition and world experience. Generally speaking, this knowledge system is marked by its holistic, relational, experiential, personal, and spiritually grounded approach to learning and living. Specifically, this inquiry is rooted in an Indigenous ontological understanding of the potentiating power of living the myth (sacred stories) in human development, and creativity as a unifying force in the universe and in human experience. Employing rites of restoration she entered a 28-day journey into inner space in relationship with the creative act. Her journey is expressed in the language of art and represented by a poetic narrative and the art images that emerged during 28 creative immersions. Her journey reveals layers of beauty, surprise, disturbance, struggle, mystery, and awakenings that she encountered during her search for sacred balance. The layers of her experience are discussed from the perspective of meaning and are situated within relevant literature and Indigenous world experience. This discussion includes contemplations on introspective engagement with the world, art oriented alternate world experience, mythic struggle and the hemispheres, consciousness and colonization, soul and sacred struggle, creativity and revitalizing the balance, and transformation. This study, through the restorative forces of ancient wisdom and creativity, reveals a pathway to a renewed story.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCaslin, Mark
Commitee: Rice, Brian, Singh, Kundan
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Art, Consciousness, Creativity, Decolonization, Indigenous, Myth
Publication Number: 3567435
ISBN: 978-1-303-19242-5
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