College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Unlikely Companions: Grief, Death and Mysticism

Publication Title

Dance, Movement and Spiritualities

Volume

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

4-1-2013

Abstract

This article will examine the similarities between grief, dance and mysticism in an attempt to acknowledge, and reveal that these unlikely companions actually form a new and evolving relationship that is synergistic; especially for those experiencing profound grief. The article probes the concept that psychic and somatic states of consciousness are destroyed through traumatic grief, offering opportunities for “out of the ordinary states of consciousness” to occur.” It examines these states in depth with specific reference to the modern pioneers of dance; Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis and Martha Graham, mystical philosophers and the author's revelations during her personal journey inside traumatic grief.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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