Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ancient Egyptian sacred science and the loss of soul in modern materialism
by Hayen, Todd, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 213; 3644354
Abstract (Summary)

The ancient Egyptians believed that the material world as well as the imaginal inner world was infused with spirit and spirits. They believed in a wholly integrated reality, which included the physical forms of nature as well as the unseen images, gods, goddesses, powers, symbols, and meanings that go beyond a rational intelligent comprehension but rather present a harmonized inner and outer perception of reality.

This study utilizes an alchemical hermeneutic research methodology, which advocates research with soul in mind using meditative transference dialogues to inform the scholarly research and interpretation of resources used to investigate the spiritual substance of these important concepts such as the psyche to matter problem, and the possible loss of soul in a modern materialist paradigm. This inquiry explores how ancient Egyptian sacred science relates to the variety of ways in which humankind has defined soul and spirit, how this ancient Egyptian way of being could be integrated in modern modalities of science, and how this integration would impact today's understanding of reality.

The study proposes how a modern shift into this ancient cosmology might benefit today's sciences, medicine, and most significantly the practice of psychotherapy, which, from a conventional perspective, is presently considered from a largely materialistic perspective, with little or no regard for the unseen and the immeasurable presence of soul. Conclusions are drawn regarding the personal impact of the study on the researcher, efforts toward a methodology of psychotherapy practice integrating the concepts of ancient Egyptian sacred science, and the limitations of adopting a modern cosmology rooted in an ancient way of being.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elsner, Thomas
Commitee: Denney, Mayron K., van Loben Sels, Robin
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychotherapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African history, Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Ancient Egypt, Carl Jung, Consciousness of the heart, Loss of soul, Materialism, Sacred science
Publication Number: 3644354
ISBN: 978-1-321-32518-8
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