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Investigation into contemplating the Self in a spiritual and transpersonal psychological context

S. D. Edwards, S. Govender, D. R. Nzima, M. M. Hlongwane
Theologia Viatorum | Vol 40, No 2 | a11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/tv.v40i2.11 | © 2019 S. D. Edwards, S. Govender, D. R. Nzima, M. M. Hlongwane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 May 2019 | Published: 31 December 2016

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S. D. Edwards, University of Zululand, South Africa
S. Govender, University of Zululand, South Africa
D. R. Nzima, University of Zululand, South Africa
M. M. Hlongwane, University of Zululand, South Africa

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Abstract

This article is intended as an original contribution towards contemplation of the Self with special reference to a spiritual and transpersonal psychological context. An integral approach involving a heuristic phenomenological investigation of four participant researchers’ contemplation derived experiences is described. Individual and collective descriptions reveal immediate, direct, contact with the Self. This presence is indicated through universal, differential, unique, transpersonal, personal, spiritual, communal, applied psychological and relational descriptions. Findings support integral and other theoretical perspectives with special reference to ancestral consciousness and psychotherapeutic applications and implications of contemplation of the Self.

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Self; contemplation; phenomenology; spirituality; transpersonal; psychology

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