Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Grandmother Oak: A Journey Into the Unconscious through the Poetic Unfolding of Soul
by Lederach, Joshua Andrew, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 83; 27740799
Abstract (Summary)

How can poetry, when written and composed through an experiential interaction with nature, open a dialogue that holds the tension of opposites, deepen a connection with nature, and allow a person to integrate new aspects of the self? This guiding question, explored through hermeneutic research, heuristic research, creative exploration, and the use of poetry, travels through the ways in which poetry deepens a person’s internal processes and shapes relationships with nature. Poetry acts as a camera and takes a snapshot of a relationship with nature that can later be recalled, explored, and analyzed. Beginning with a historical understanding of human relation to nature within the Western context, the thesis investigates Buddhist, depth psychological, ecopsychological, and Native American perspectives. Connection to nature through poetry formulates another way to interact with the living world and informs how clinicians can expand their work within the therapeutic container.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Heilveil, Benjamin
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Therapy, Language arts
Keywords: Depth psychology, Ecopsychology, Healing, Poetry, Soul, Unconscious
Publication Number: 27740799
ISBN: 9781658496278
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