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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54605
Doc. No:TL24559
Call number:‭3345864‬
Main Entry:Kiyanoosh Shamlou
Title & Author:From mundus imaginalis to nakoja-abad: An inquiry into the imaginal world of soul through the visionary recitals of Shahabeddin Yahya SohravardiKiyanoosh Shamlou
College:Pacifica Graduate Institute
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:230
Abstract:Jungian and archetypal psychology's theoretical basis is of working with images that emerge from the unconscious through the exploration of imagination. In this context, imagination is a tool utilized exclusively for bringing the world of the unconscious into consciousness. What has been neglected in this endeavor is the failure to appreciate the spiritual dimension of imagination, which provides awareness of spiritual experiences and access to more transpersonal levels of the psyche. In this regard the Islamic Sufis utilized the spiritual function of the imagination for the purpose of developing a relationship with the Divine. In the process, they also developed a cosmology of the imaginal world as a spiritual world. As utilized in this tradition, the imagination has a mediating function, its activity serving the objective of allowing one to transcend into the imaginal world. The purpose of such a journey is to attain a direct personal experience, by way of theophanic revelations, of the many manifestations of the Divine. The Iranian-Islamic Sufi Shahabeddin Yahya Sohravardi, through a series of short tales he wrote known as the recitals, depicts such an imaginal spiritual journey. This study investigates the spiritual dimension of the imaginal world as the world of soul, and imagination as the faculty of soul, utilizing the contributions of the Iranian Sufi scholar Sohravardi. In these visionary journeys the human soul transcends an exiled condition, moving from the material world into the imaginal world. In these tales Sohravardi utilizes the imagination as a vehicle for the soul to transition into the imaginal world, where imagination has a strictly spiritual function of mediating the journey. The present study, through a depth psychological interpretation of the symbols used in a selection of three recitals, demonstrates how the imagination and the imaginal world are utilized in a spiritual context. Through a textual hermeneutics of the symbols, themes related to individuation, as defined by Jung, and the hero's journey as discussed by Joseph Campbell are explored. Lastly, through this study, Sohravardi's ideas about the spiritual function of the imagination and the imaginal world are introduced to depth psychology. By exploring visionary experiences from a depth psychology perspective, these encounters are further understood and brought into depth psychology.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Psychology; Sohravardi, Shahabeddin Yahya; Jung, Carl G.; Soul; Archetypes; Corbin; Visionary recitals; Philosophy; Clinical psychology; 0422:Philosophy; 0622:Clinical psychology
Added Entry:R. Romanyshyn
Added Entry:Pacifica Graduate Institute