Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Meeting of Alchemy and Soul: An Awakening
by Schlener, Tara Elise, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 65; 13806335
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the healing effects of surrender to and trust in the alchemical nature of the psyche to produce psychospiritual transformation toward wholeness and wellbeing. Through alchemical hermeneutic, heuristic, and intuitive methodologies the research explores healing outcomes of merging with the divine through a relationship with a guru, consciously being in a love relationship, and engaging with astrology as alchemical processes that help to integrate unconscious content into consciousness. The author observes the alchemical process in the merging of heaven and earth, or cosmos and psyche, as it weaves through her own life. She tracks the alchemy through which an interpersonal love relationship and encounters with the guru Mata Amritanandamayi produced both physical and emotional healing. The thesis also explores the psychotherapeutic use of astrology and suggests ways to integrate experiences of the divine, interpersonal love, and one's astrological chart into psychotherapy to support healing and movement toward wholeness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara, Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Alchemy, Astrology, Divine, Love, Mind-body, Soul
Publication Number: 13806335
ISBN: 978-1-392-04625-8
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