This thesis sheds light on the existential question: Why is the path of the evolution of consciousness so fraught with pain and suffering? A qualitative hermeneutic analysis is employed along with a synthesis of a range of existing models of consciousness evolution, from those proposed by developmental theorists to those embraced by Eastern Mystical and Western Esoteric traditions, with the aim of finding a common thread among them. The thesis incorporates a comparative study of various source materials (relying heavily on the work of Ken Wilber, Carl Jung, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jean Gebser, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, Thom Knoles, and Richard Tarnas), and attempts to place their various works in dialogue with one another, arriving at, ultimately, a conclusion about what Jung meant when he famously asserted: “One must be able suffer God.”
|Advisor:||Fontelieu, Sukey, Altman, Avrom|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cognitive psychology, Spirituality|
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