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ERIC Number: EJ1100983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
A Railway Junction, Two Saints and a Queen: Time and Place in Stories of Psycho-Spiritual Transformation
Macaskie, Jane
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v44 n3 p325-334 2016
Bakhtin's [(1981). "The dialogic imagination: Four essays." (C. Emerson & M. Holquist, Trans. M. Holquist, Ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press] concept of the chronotope is used as a lens to view time and place in stories of psycho-spiritual transformation in research and therapy. Distinctions between spirituality, psycho-spirituality and the transpersonal are discussed and the importance of dialogue between psychological and spiritual perspectives is suggested. The author's dream-inspired journey to the small Spanish town of Medina del Campo and subsequent use of active imagination practices to amplify its symbolic resonances are described. Historical associations with the sixteenth-century mystics St Teresa of Ávila and St John of the Cross led to an appreciation of the relevance of their spiritual accounts for research into experiences of psycho-spiritual transformation. It is suggested that a psycho-spiritual therapeutic practice grounded in the chronotopes of clients' stories is open to implicit meanings enfolded in images which may be transformational for storyteller and listener.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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