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Kundalini Awakening: Integration of Higher States of Consciousness into Psychotherapy
by Parker, Kelly R., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 64; 10747839
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis addresses perceived gaps in the Western fields of somatic and depth psychology around the phenomena of higher consciousness. Using hermeneutical methodology, higher states of consciousness are explored through the phenomenological lens of the Kundalini awakening experience. Personal accounts, psychological literature, and clinical data weave together to frame deeper insight into Kundalini awakening, which allows the field of psychology to advance its understanding of cultural attitudes around psychopathology by learning to host a client's experience of Kundalini awakening symptomology in a clinical setting without pathologizing the experience as psychosis or as arising out of psychological disorder. Through the study of ancient traditions as well as contemporary science and psychology, knowledge of universal experiences of higher consciousness can enhance a psychotherapist's breadth of vision and have profound effects on the therapeutic encounter, potentially enhancing naturally occurring organismic trends toward increased coherence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Therapy, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Awakening, Consciousness, Higher, Kundalini, Psychology, Somatic
Publication Number: 10747839
ISBN: 978-0-355-86780-0
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