A transpersonal exploration of epilepsy & its numinous, cosmic states

Louise King, Chris A Roe, Elizabeth C Roxburgh

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Transpersonal experiences offer personal transformation by highlighting the contrast between felt experience and a previously held sense of self-identity and world (Walsh & Vaughn, 1980). They are highly subjective — often labelled as irrational or pathological (Walsh & Vaughan, 1993), thus posing difficulty for ‘objective’ approaches to human research (Anderson & Braud, 2011). A contemporary, qualitative, autobiographical genre of research, auto-ethnography offers voice to personal experience in such a way that the quality and depth of experience is felt by the reader (Boylorn, 2006; Jago, 2002). It seeks to evoke a lived experience within a socio-cultural context, initiating personal and societal change (Ellis, 2000). Using a variety of creative genres (Bochner & Ellis, 2002), it emphasises embodied expression from the heart (Grant, Short & Turner, 2013). In this talk I will explain how auto-ethnography can be applied as a transpersonal research method. I will discuss its use within my research into transpersonal experiences occurring during epileptic events and the specific character and intensity of the feelings that accompany them (Trimble & Freeman, 2006). Examination of altered states of consciousness is an established area in transpersonal psychology (e.g. Tart, 1975; Grof, 1975). In my research, I will be using a lucid dreaming technique developed by Hamilton (2014) to explore my own epileptic events. This is an established therapeutic technique that I employ in my transpersonal practice. I will be using this technique of my own epileptic experiences to present and analyse using the auto-ethnographic method. By providing details into the auto-ethnographic approach, I will demonstrate how it provides a deep understanding of experiences that are not easily accessible through other research methods (Laslett, 1999).
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Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2015
EventPsychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPag) Annual Conference - Cardiff Metropolitan University
Duration: 23 Jul 2014 → …
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Period23/07/14 → …
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King, L., Roe, C. A., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2015). A transpersonal exploration of epilepsy & its numinous, cosmic states. Paper presented at Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPag) Annual Conference, .
King, Louise ; Roe, Chris A ; Roxburgh, Elizabeth C. / A transpersonal exploration of epilepsy & its numinous, cosmic states. Paper presented at Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPag) Annual Conference, .
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