Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Imagination: A Path to Personal and Planetary Individuation
by Doherty, Ciuin, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 59; 10113369
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis draws on Jungian psychology, neuroscience, ecopsychology, and cosmology to explore the role of the imagination in facilitating individuation at personal and planetary levels. Employing the methodology of organic inquiry, it is proposed that our imaginative faculties be revisioned as extensions of an exquisitely creative universe. The potential of engaging these streams of creative energy through active imagination is explored, particularly their capacity to heal trauma by integrating dissociated neural nets into the mainstream flow of the brain. It is suggested that this movement toward internal psychic wholeness may be mirrored in the external world as we step into right brain, imaginal, embodied modes of being. The thesis investigates whether such a holistic lens may allow us to see through the destructive Western myth of humanity’s separation from nature, enabling us to reconnect at a profound level, to our one and only life support system, the Earth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Environmental Studies, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Cosmology, Ecopsychology, Jungian, Neuroscience, Psychology, Trauma
Publication Number: 10113369
ISBN: 978-1-339-76478-8
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