Worldviews and their Transcendence as Spiritual Practice
I would like to thank Prof. Nigel Rapport for an exceptional quality of supervi- sion: his insightful, meticulous comments and revisions; the rare combination of clear structural and academic guidance with genuine openness to the messy, un- settling and chaotic realm of human existence as it was the subject matter of this research; and his steady, reliable presence throughout all stages of the thesis. Further I would like to express my gratitude to Barbara Ann Brennan for al- lowing me so generously, and without restrictions, to carry out fieldwork at her School; to Laurie Keene for her authentic, sincere presence and her ability to listen without judgement; to all my fellow students at the Brennan School of Healing for their comradeship and open hearts, their courage to be truthful, and open-minded support of this research. In particular I would like to thank my main informants for sharing their life-stories with me in such depth, detail and honesty. Their trust and openness was a precious gift, for which I am deeply grateful. In Heidelberg I would like to thank my friends Marcus Franke and Ralf Re- hberger for stimulating anthropological discussions and their delightful sense of humour, helping me through the more tedious stages of this thesis. Finally I want to thank my mother for her unconditional love and support, her dedication to my daughter Olive, and for believing in me when there really was no good reason for doing so. Without her, this work would have been im- possible.
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