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Title: The Body as a Universal Gateway : Embodied Spirituality
Author: Yusef, Dori Fatma
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 8086
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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The main aims of the research examine the journey of spiritual embodiment, tracking the body's phenomenon, outlined in the brain, emotions, visions, histories, illness, experiences of alternate realities and connections between the self and other. Methodologies used encompass the vision of the bricoleur, where an intense gaze concentrates at personal lived experience, conversations with nine body-oriented practitioners and a writing-collaboration. The resulting bricolage is a pentimento (Denzin and Lincoln, 2005) of these experiences seen as gateways of: autoethnography, heuristic inquiry, transpersonal methodologies and the creative exploration of A/r/tography. Findings become Illuminations, drawn from the Conversations in great part and partly from the My Story and Collaboration. The 'findings' are illuminations bringing to the surface, even if ambiguously, lights of understanding, lightening darkness and making visible the invisible. The Conclusions are further Illuminations, distilling into four major realities of experience socially, personally, physically and spiritually, showing the connection between them and the problems of disconnection. They are the Macrocosm and the Global, looking at the universal principle, which brings the therapeutic relationship within the global community; the Individual and Relationship, looking at the connectivity between human beings underpinned by aeons of history and infinite memory in quantum mechanics (Schwartz, 2000); Research and Psychotherapy, reflecting on our struggle to evolve and be 'the person of tomorrow' as Rogers (1987) predicted; the Microcosm and The Personal Journey, a personal pilgrimage exploring connections between lived experiences, ancestral histories and connections within the body's tissues, speaking through illness and alternate realities. This translates into the psychotherapist who appreciates the ethical, connectivity and transpersonal aspects of living and reflecting that, in the body at a cellular level.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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