Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Suffering God
by Fisher, Evan, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 99; 1507849
Abstract (Summary)

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.”

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 1507849
ISBN: 9781267213495
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