The Sufi journey towards nondual self-realization

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Boni, Lauren Julia
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, School of Health Sciences, c2010
Sufism is a living mystical tradition with tools and a theoretical framework geared to facilitate the realization of one’s full potential. This thesis examines the nature of such a realization, which culminates in an experience of nondual Self-realization. Transpersonal psychology provided the conceptual framework for this study, as it attempts to document the role that altered states of consciousness play in facilitating health and wellbeing. This research also drew heavily from the methodology of phenomenological hermeneutics and transpersonal phenomenology, which supported the investigation into the lived experience of five Sufi practitioners. The guiding research question of this exploratory inquiry asks, What has been the lived experience of Sufi practitioners on their journey towards nondual Self-realization? The research findings consist of eight themes that emerged during the analysis of the textual data. The implications of these findings impact the health and counseling fields, as well as the environmental crisis.
viii, 253 leaves ; 29 cm
Sufism , Self-realization , Self-actualization (Psychology) , Transpersonal psychology , Dissertations, Academic