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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Life journeys of spiritual healers: A qualitative analysis of the life stories of spiritual healers
by Baxter, Mary, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016, 328; 10117907
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative research of the life stories of ten spiritual healers is focused on the threads of their journeys that led them to this unusual line of work, and their descriptions of their inner experiences while they do their work. Spiritual healers use some form of prayer, a communication with the world of spirit, as a significant part of their healing practices. Their stories reveal their controversial beliefs in invisible dimensions and how and why they believe they interact within these dimensions to experience their own mental, emotional, and spiritual healing, and offer this to others. A recurrent theme throughout participants’ lives is their ability to find positive meaning and personal growth through unusual adversity. They all have a strong sense of calling, of life purpose, that drew them to this work in divergent and fascinating ways, many having this awareness even as young children, with self-actualization as an expected purpose and outcome in life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Montuori, Alfonso
Commitee: DiCowden, Marie A., Pelicci, Gabrielle
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Social studies education, Psychology
Keywords: Life stories, Narrative research, Spiritual healers
Publication Number: 10117907
ISBN: 978-1-339-79278-1
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