Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Befriending the Darkness: A Creative Exploration of the Shadow
by Finn, Jennifer, Ph.D., Prescott College, 2014, 257; 3622695
Abstract (Summary)

Living wholeheartedly is an act of service to the world, and living wholly as I explore in this dissertation, means welcoming the darkness. This dissertation explores the transformative value of the darkness and the power of facing the personal shadow, what it means to live a wholehearted life, and the light of knowing that connects us to ourselves and each other, and is found in the darkness of one's experience. The stories of those I gathered, including my own, are at the heart of this dissertation. This study takes an heuristic, auto-ethnographic, narrative approach and continues the ancient conversation about the transformative power of seeking wholeness through stories of my own, and those of six teachers, devoted to living an engaged and wholehearted life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clingan, Joan
Commitee: Fleischer, Leonard, Greenwood, David, Snowber, Celeste
School: Prescott College
Department: Education / Sustainability Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Individual & family studies, Spirituality, Education philosophy
Keywords: Creativity, Darkness, Shadow, Transformation, Wholehearted, Wholeness
Publication Number: 3622695
ISBN: 978-1-303-94584-7
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