HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN
A NATURE, ARTS, AND TRANCE-BASED INTERVENTION INTO A MEDICAL CRISIS
Keywords:Arts-based inquiry, therapeutic medical intervention, Nature, trance-based inquiry, wit(h)nessing
This arts-based co-inquiry engages the intersection of the Western medical-based world/reality and the Natural world/reality. To bridge these worlds the co-authors utilize a spiritual-based trance-formative practice using trance and arts-based inquiry. Instigated by a diagnosis and open-heart surgery of one of the co-authors, the purpose of their project is to offer an example of how a relational approach embracing Nature and art within a connective aesthetic of co-inquiry can offer deep healing and renewal. This spirit healing transcends the physical recovery from the medical intervention, extending a fearful experience into a gift of fearlessness. The writing weaves theoretical, dialogical script, images and poetic texts with an invitation to experience an eight minute art video that includes poetic voice, improvised vocal sounding, visual art and narrative reflection. The story explores the areas of intimate wit(h)nessing, therapeutic resilience and transformative learning at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
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