Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Act of Creation Triggers Gnosis
by Harris, Kristin Marie, Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2020, 172; 27665895
Abstract (Summary)

This inquiry is an exploration into how the act of creation triggers the phenomenon of gnosis, as inspired by the researcher’s personal experience of gnosis. A review of key terms central to the inquiry and an exploration of multi-dimensional meanings of gnosis originating in Platonic ideologies is included. The nature and role of symbols, archetypes, myth, dreams, as well as art and alchemy are examined in light of the relevance to the inquiry. In addition, the role of magick and its function as an alchemical tool toward achieving gnosis is examined through the lens of the Western magician’s magickal thesis, a paradigm serving as a model for the researcher’s creation of tarot imagery in the phenomenon of gnosis. The researcher creates a tarot card from the major arcana, the trump of justice, by modeling the procedure of Hermetic Kabbalah following principles in Western magick. This work reflects the researchers preliminary work in building toward the creation of the magician’s magickal thesis, touching the core of her spiritual path and development toward deeper meaning and understanding. The tarot itself represents a visual language comprised of archetypes. The researcher theorizes that it may be through the act of creation that gnosis is triggered. The inquiry employs narrative and visual arts-based methods through a phenomenological framework.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Combs, Allan
Commitee: Wells, Jennifer, Flores, Ricardo
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Inquiry
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Spirituality, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy
Keywords: Archetypes, Art, Gnosis, Myth, Shamanism, Western magic
Publication Number: 27665895
ISBN: 9781392534557
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