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THE NON-DUAL EXPERIENCE: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL HERMENEUTIC INVESTIGATION OF THE SEEKER'S JOURNEY TOWARDS WHOLENESS. BRIAN THERIAULT

THE NON-DUAL EXPERIENCE: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL HERMENEUTIC INVESTIGATION OF THE SEEKER'S JOURNEY TOWARDS WHOLENESS. BRIAN THERIAULT

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Journey towards wholeness on a non dual perspective
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THE NON-DUAL EXPERIENCE: A PHENOMENOLOGICALHERMENEUTIC INVESTIGATION OF THE SEEKER'SJOURNEY TOWARDS WHOLENESSBRIAN THERIAULT
B.H.Sc, University of Lethbridge, 2001A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studiesof the University of Lethbridgein Partial Fulfillment of theRequirements for the Degree
MASTER OF EDUCATION: COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGYFACULTY OF EDUCATION
LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTAJuly, 2005© Brian Theriault 2005
 
ABSTRACT
This thesis examines the psycho-spiritual transformations on the journey towardsWholeness. Two questions presented themselves asking "What are the actual themes thatemerge from the stories of those on a journey" and "What are the transformationalexperiences encountered along
a
journey towards Wholeness?" A phenomenologicalhermeneutic research format was used to investigate and understand the particular themesthat emerged from the co-researchers stories. This methodology allowed the researcher toapproach the phenomenon being investigated with respect and sensitivity in honouringthe actual lived experiences of the co-researchers. Under this framework, researchinterviews were conducted with nine co-researchers; seven men and two women, whichproduced a set of narratives depicting the lived experiences of those on a journey towardsWholeness. Through a hermeneutical analysis of the deep meanings embedded withineach narrative a collection of sub-themes were arranged and from them nine majorthemes emerged. They included: 1) vulnerable beginnings, 2) a journey into theunknown, 3) journeying through relationships, 4) a turbulent encounter with ourselves, 5)the guru-disciple relationship, 6) exposing the root of suffering, 7) the end of seeking, 8)radical understanding, and 9) luminous impersonal existence. A summary of the findingswas provided along with a look at the limitations of this study and the implications thisstudy has in the counselling relationship. It is clear that the powerful experience of lettinggo of separate self existence, conventional notions of space and time, and the journeyaltogether leads to the understanding of Wholeness right here, right now.iii
 
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APPROVAL PAGE iiABSTRACT iiiTABLE OF CONTENTS ivCHAPTER ONE: EMBARKING ON THE JOURNEY 1A Journey towards Wholeness 1The Purpose of this Study 6The Implicated Researcher 7Overview of the Thesis 8CHAPTER TWO: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE 10Honouring the call of the Journey 10The Perennial Philosophy 11Embracing a Transpersonal Vision 15The Spectrum of Consciousness 16The Diamond Approach 29Embracing Mystic Pathways 36Ramana Maharshi's "Who Am I" 37Osho's "Freedom from One's Self 40Papaji's "This Very Instant" 44Krishnamurti's "Choiceless Awareness" 46iv

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