Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Imaginal Stone: Stories of self and world
by Quackenbush, Cyndera M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 112; 1482022
Abstract (Summary)

The realm of relationships not only includes intrapsychic and interpersonal relationships, but also the relationship between humans and the world. Using participatory epistemology as methodology, this thesis explores that relationship through stone, an accessible entity of Earth. A relationship with stone can be seen throughout various times and cultures; stones have played significant roles within mythology, shamanic practices, ancestral worship, and divination. Stone was a major preoccupation in the ancient art of alchemy, which Carl G. Jung later paralleled to the process of individuation. Psychological views and modern approaches to stone are explored in the writings of Jung, Stephen Aizenstat, Maud Oakes, and James Hillman. The story of a particular kind of stone, what the author has named the Imaginal Stone, is revealed through its geological history and discovery by the author's father. The emerging relationship between the Imaginal Stones and the author is documented through the study of dreams, active imagination, and synchronicity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Geology, Psychology
Keywords: Aizenstat, Stephen, Hillman, James, Jung, Carl G., Oakes, Maud
Publication Number: 1482022
ISBN: 978-1-109-69827-5
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