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Consciousness in Oscillation

Worldviews and their Transcendence as Spiritual Practice


Sonja Lenk

The thesis addresses the question of human consciousness in its oscillation between conditioning and transcendence: the impact of cultural worldviews on the individual’s lifeworld and their gradual transcendence as a form of spiritual practice. At the centre of attention is a group of individuals and their unfolding life-stories as they move through a journey of transformation, seeking to explore and understand the complexity of their own consciousness. The emphasis is on the embodiment of belief systems and the individuals’ inherent existential power to transcend cultural precepts. Methodologically, the study is based in phenomenological anthropology. It thus employs the first-person perspective and includes subjective personal experience as primary data.


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I left the thesis unpublished for a few years. Why I don’t really know. Somehow it didn’t feel right to ‘go public’ with it and the personal stories, emotions and incidences it describes. Just before publishing it, which is 5 years after complet- ing the training for those students I accompanied, I conducted a short survey about the long-term impact the Brennan School had on their life and wellbeing. The list for the graduates contained 68 names to which I sent out the following questionnaire: Questionnaire: 5 years after completing the training 5 years after completing the Barbara Brennan School of Healing – how do you feel about your experience at the institution? Please take some time to read through and answer the questions carefully. Feel free to skip any question you do not feel comfortable answering. All an- swers are strictly confidential and will be treated anonymously. 1. What impact did the Brennan School have on your life/ quality of your life: none a little considerable influence major impact 2. a) Do you feel your life has changed for the better? not at all a little significantly not sure 2. b) Do you feel your life has changed for worse? not at all a little significantly not sure 164 3. On what area of your life did the Brennan School have influence on? Please use the scale of 0-5; 0 = no influence, 5 = very high influence. The first row indicates im- provement in this particular area of your life, the...

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