Hello friends, family, and followers! It’s been a while in the making (just about a year!), but I have decided about 90% to move forward with something I’m really excited to tell you about.
While my Master’s program doesn’t require a thesis (we do an internship instead which prepares us for clinical work), I have wanted to create something of an equivalent during my graduate education at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. That equivalent will exist in the form of an Integrative Project. This is a project that Theology students normally complete at my school, however it is intended to integrate work from the disciplines of theology, psychology, and art. As an artist/linguist/storyteller with insatiable anthropological curiosities, this is what I dream for a Master’s thesis.
Part of my journey through grad school has included the discovery of the value of slowing. My own body, both with its history of trauma and its unique way of moving through the world, just doesn’t function according to the rapid pace of a globalized world that is addicted to production. It’s true, I’m a pretty intense and driven individual. In this I see what some classify as manifestations of Masculine attributes of the divine image. But I have also lately tended to those Feminine aspects of my being which are old, wise, and slow. Both elements are necessary for any of us to be healthy and balanced in the world.
The Integrative Project is my attempt to learn holistically and incorporate contemporary western academic research practices with what I would describe as more artistic, poetic, relational elements. I want it to be both intellectual and shamanic.
Oh yeah, and the subject I’m researching? Grief.
I’ve spent the past year thinking a lot about grief, how it works its way through our lives, who it is, what it is, why we can’t get away from it, why we’re scared of it, and why we need it. Expect more posts soon about what I’ve uncovered thus far, both in my personal work and through an independent research project I did this Spring as a pilot for the Integrative Project.
As I continue with the project, you can find updates on the Integrative Project page that I have activated on my website. I look forward to dialoguing more with you about it all in the days/months/years to come!