Spiritual heritage : understanding and embodying female spirituality through creative practice (1998-2004)

Goodrich, Elise (2004) Spiritual heritage : understanding and embodying female spirituality through creative practice (1998-2004). Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This investigation into embodied female spirituality clearly required an approach which was able to holistically engage all human faculties - different aspects of mind, body, spirit, intuition and memory. Consequently it was essential to use my creative practice as an integrative aspect of the research. I have used my creative practice across health and healing, Sufi processes and light based media to investigate, develop and practice 'embodied female spirituality'. A shamanic-performance paradigm and feminism have been central, philosophically, to the study. In addition I have chosen to explicate the connections between these discourses of the body, the text and the imagery through my own story, my autobiography.

The methodology involves two research strategies; the use of creative practice as research and the use of autobiography as a research tool. The creative practice can be seen as a continuum of modalities, extending from the private to the public. Three dimensions of the practice will be discussed. The following is a description of the dimension of a typical session in (1) a body-based natural therapy treatment I deliver (2) a group-body-based Sufi session I deliver and (3) a brief outline of the approach I have taken to the research within light based media and a list of the works.

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ID Code: 15892
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Haseman, Bradley
Keywords: Sufi, Drumming, Chanting, Chakras, Female Spirituality, Goddess Religions, Energy Serpent
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:52
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:40

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