Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Feeding Your Demons: Compassionate Nurturing of the Shadow's Dark and Light
by Dickson, Katharine Greer, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 67; 13902050
Abstract (Summary)

Feeding Your Demons, a secular, led meditative process, is distinct both for its imaginal approach to psyche, or the unknown, and most particularly for its feminine approach to feeding, rather than fighting, perceived oppressors and enemies. This feminine approach of applying compassion to conflict offers a way to change not only the relationship to the demon, or rejected darkness of the unconscious, but also to transform it into an ally or guide figure, which in turn is the disowned light. Using heuristic and hermeneutic methodologies, this thesis promotes the benefit of this practice in the context of psychotherapy, rooting its tenets in both the principles of depth psychology and the Buddhist philosophy from which it originated. In addition, research on compassion and the feminine principle, as well as the author’s own experience, support the wider implications and universal benefit of facing our fears with compassion and of offering ourselves fully as a way to gain inner wisdom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Owen, Marilyn
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Spirituality, Philosophy of religion
Keywords: Allies, Buddhism, Compassion, Demons, Imaginal, Jungian
Publication Number: 13902050
ISBN: 9781085760614
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