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Mystical consciousness

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St. Stephen's College
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Christine Elizabeth Welch
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Dr. Clair Woodbury Joyce Madsen
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Dr. Margaret Clark
Dr. Evangeline Rand
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Master of Theological Studies
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This integrative study is based on heuristic self-inquiry. Through storytelling I explore the significance of the journey to know God as one of spiritual awakening and reflect on what is understood about God at various stages in the journey. Chapter One sets the stage for the integrative study. I share experiences that provide background to the story and explore the questions at the heart of my writing. Chapter Two begins with a personal life review. The focus of the chapter is to provide a life span and literature review, recording the understandings about God that surfaced at various stages in my journey. I record mystical experiences, draw upon insights from journal entries throughout the years, from papers written at various phases of my journey, from conversations with Colin, my spiritual teacher, and from books on spirituality in both Western and Eastern traditions. In Chapter Three authors Diarmuid O’Murchu and Gretta Vosper are interviewed. They are invited to share their journeys of faith. Each interview is recorded and open ended in nature. The commonalities and differences within each person’s story are identified. Chapter Four identifies common patterns that emerged from the personal life review, the interviews with the authors and the literature review. Insights gleaned from the integrative study are synthesized within this chapter and a summation is given.
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