Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of Collaboratively Fostered and Integrated Spiritual Maturation in a Meditation Group Known as the Process Group
by MacLeod, Cynthia J., Psy.D., Michigan School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 292; 3587933
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative case study of a meditation group known as the Process Group examines the group's collaboration on practices that foster spiritual maturation following spiritual opening into the first phase of enlightenment. Twenty-one participant accounts provide an intimate portrait of stabilizing and integrating Unity consciousness, maintaining a co-creative relationship with the Divine, and actively expressing this in the world, especially through creative altruism. Using the hermeneutical research method known as intuitive inquiry, analysis of the data employed traditional and non-traditional approaches that were supported with member validity checks. Findings generated a clear picture of optimal group functioning in higher stages of consciousness, practices that lead to and sustain nondual awareness in day-to-day interaction, and conditions that generate creative altruism. Findings are distilled into lenses that can be operationalized into training programs for teams interested in altruistic activity. The Process Group demonstrates that peak spiritual experiences can be supported with group practices that deepen the spiritual opening process and the mutually affecting relationship with the Divine over time, increasing relational intelligence and creative expression. Findings also demonstrated that spiritual maturation can increase individuation and communion simultaneously and interactively. This is a portrait of spiritual practice that facilitates fully embodied enlightenment, active incarnation in the world, presenting the healed versions of what is possible in the clearest human interaction, and maturation that proceeds in cooperation with the Divine.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bach, Lee, Sollars, Franklin
Commitee: Souza, Caridad
School: Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-B 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Ego transcendence, Embodied spirituality, Meditation group, Spiritual intelligence, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3587933
ISBN: 978-1-303-25729-2
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