Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Words in the Garden
by Pope, Chrystina, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 66; 1482020
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a hermeneutic search for meaning and communication with an archetypal image of the Serpent. The search is concerned with the personal and collective relationship with cosmogony and the creation of consciousness as represented by the Archetypal Serpent. This thesis is an ode to working with an image and is an example of transformation. The archetypal image of the Serpent is explored through its emergence in the Garden of Eden as well as its emergence in the author's personal experience. The author describes the engagement of an image and the cosmogonic effects it enflames from within, producing an exposure to beauty and transformation in the process of sensing and directly experiencing the archaic. The archaic saturates inner as well as outer life, creating a bridge. This confrontation with an archetypal image becomes an event one can derive meaning from on the path of discovering one's own personal cosmogony.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Palmer-Daley, Jean
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Publication Number: 1482020
ISBN: 978-1-109-69826-8
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