Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Soul Seeking: A Crossing
by Sousa, Kevin L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 71; 1507549
Abstract (Summary)

Using artistic-creative methodology, this production thesis demonstrates that the relation of an experience through the expression of art has a healing function both in the creation and sharing of the art as a means of expression, particularly as it pertains to the recovery and rehabilitation of someone suffering from addiction and alcoholism. For the author, a shifting of libidinal energies was achieved creating a tension of opposites through the adversity of a physically and mentally challenging goal that led toward individuation and the transcendent function. Three songs were produced that tell the story of surrendering to alcoholism/addiction, training, and completion of The Catalina Classic, a 32-mile paddleboard race that the author competed in and documented using heuristic methodology. A confluence of depth and totem images appear to support the oceanic feelings that created an initiation, which became a healing and redemptive process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana M.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Publication Number: 1507549
ISBN: 978-1-267-19327-8
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