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dc.contributor.advisor Chambers, Cynthia
dc.contributor.advisor Nixon, Gary
dc.contributor.author Evans, Kyler
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-25T19:21:07Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-25T19:21:07Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/656
dc.description viii, 249 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract In this thesis a phenomenological-hermeneutic method of inquiry, coupled with an embracement of ecological and transpersonal principles, was employed to delve into the paradoxical nature of the transformational quest to awaken to non-dual living. In particular there is a specific focus on the difficulty of embracing and living out a traditionally Eastern spiritual tradition for Western individuals. Analysis of interview transcripts with three participants, as well as, the author’s own journals, found four major “stages” in the journey to daily living in a non-dual state, with 13 sub-themes. These interpretive themes delineate the chronological path followed by the three co-researchers on their journeys into embracing non-dual living. The first major theme – heeding the call: honouring what is – outlines childhood experiences and answering a call to walk the path. The second theme– the unfolding process: pulling back the veil – illuminates the depth at which consciousness development can impact one’s lived experience. The third major theme – the wonderful land of oz: pointing to the answer within – explores the individuals’ experience with various teachers on the path of consciousness development. The fourth, and final, major theme – finding a lotus in the muddy waters of life – reveals the need for beings on the path to return to the particular moment to face unresolved attachments and demons. These findings suggest the significance of an integrative approach to therapeutic/counselling experience, an approach that includes Eastern practices and philosophies in the repertoire of counselling tools, to ensure the deepest possible understanding between, and connection within, the partners in the therapeutic alliance. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2008 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Electronic dissertations en
dc.subject Cross-cultural counseling en
dc.subject Counseling psychology en
dc.subject Psychology and philosophy en
dc.title The transformational quest of awakening to daily life : a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Education en

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