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In a Dark Light: A Heuristic Investigation of Nondual (Unitive) Experiences
by Dumetz, Rene, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 295; 10787748
Abstract (Summary)

This study is an investigation of nondual experiences with the intention to describe their essences and their meaning for six co-researchers, using Clark Moustakas’s heuristic research methodology. Additionally, it examined the impact of these nondual experiences on their emotional well-being, sense of self, and their relationships, in an effort to determine the psychological benefits and possible applications to clinical psychology. It also sought to compare the experiences of the co-researchers to Ken Wilber’s Integral Developmental model. The study confirmed that nondual experiences had positive effects on emotional states such as depression, meaninglessness, alienation, anxiety, insecurity, fear, anger, and unforgiveness. Some positive qualities reported included confidence, joy, peace, trust, gratitude, hope, acceptance, clarity, compassion, and love. The co-researchers reported their relationships as being radically intimate, spontaneous, nonjudgmental, and a relationship with the divine self. The study supports a number of essential aspects of Wilber’s Integral model, including the stages of development, and the stabilization of states into traits of everyday experience. Additionally, the study confirmed many of the attributes of the postautonomous developmental stages. The benefits of nondual therapy lies in its ability to radically deconstruct all constructions, disidentifying from the fragile egoic self, and simultaneously identifying with a greater self, the nondual ground of being. The therapist and client rest within a nondual field of awakeness where both have an opportunity for spontaneous nondual healing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sharpe, Diana
Commitee: O’Fallon, Terri, Sloan, Lisa
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Awakening, Consciousness, Developmental, Meditation, Nonduality, Transpersonal
Publication Number: 10787748
ISBN: 978-0-355-83444-4
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