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Lady Blood: An Intuitive Inquiry into the Transformative Effects of Remembering my Ancestors
by Rodriguez, Teresa Jeannette, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 377; 10838556
Abstract (Summary)

This somatic, depth psychological, intuitive inquiry explores the transformative and healing effects of the process of remembrance of blood ancestors in body, heart and mind as the Maya, the researcher’s paternal ancestors, understand na’b’al, blood memory, and the way ancestors are brought into present, living relationship through remembrance of ancestral story, culture, and ceremony. This study, based on personal experience, addresses the current lack of depth psychological research and understanding of the healing process of historical trauma within modern indigenous people who have grown up disconnected from the culture of their heritage. Methods used include data collection through journal entries, data analysis through the summary of somatic, relational, visionary, natural and synchronistic changes, and both intuitive and standard thematic analysis. Findings include changes consistent with a shamanic healing journey resulting in an expanded sense of consciousness, spirit and ancestor communication, and an overall increased sense of purpose, wholeness, and wellness. The study compares and contrasts indigenous with depth psychological understandings of ancestors, spirits, space and time, ceremony, balance, and healing. While many commonalities are found, the study suggests that depth psychological language and theory fall short in their ability to fully explain indigenous spiritual experiences. The study also illuminates the potential dangers of assuming that all cultures are the universal heritage of humanity. Keywords: Maya, Ancestors, Historical Trauma, Native American, Popol Vuh, Depth Psychology, Hero Twins, Lady Blood, Rilaj Mam

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Easter, Sandra
Commitee: Christenson, Allen, Sloan, Lisa
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality, Native American studies
Keywords: Ancestors, Depth psychology, Historical trauma, Maya, Native American, Popol Vuh
Publication Number: 10838556
ISBN: 978-0-438-14099-8
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