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Making a Space for Soul: A Dialogue between Zen Meditation and Active Imagination
by Hollander, Nattan, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 73; 1498940
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis utilizes a heuristic methodology to shed light on the meeting of Western psychology and Eastern spirituality by tracking the shifts that occurred in the researcher’s practices of active imagination, derived from Jungian Depth psychology, and Zen meditation. The use of Eastern practices to silence soul, which has been termed spiritual bypassing (Welwood, 2000), places them at odds with psychotherapy’s goal of giving voice to soul. Eastern and Western practices are bridged by bringing consciousness to the images that underlie them, thus joining the archetypal attitudes that are associated with East and West: being and doing. The thesis addresses the challenge of teaching practices derived from Eastern traditions in the context of psychotherapy and engaging with these practices in Western culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Active imagination, Analytical psychology, East and West, Jung, Meditation, Zen
Publication Number: 1498940
ISBN: 978-1-124-80148-3
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