"Pictures At An Exhibition": The Intensive Journal Process Creating a Woman's Life as a Work of Art

Publication Date



Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Frank R. Blume

Committee Members

Philip A. Smith

Nancee Redmond


art, gender, meditation, dreams, transpersonal psychology, art exhibition


Art and Design | Gender and Sexuality | Psychology | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Transpersonal Psychology


The thesis-project is a description of my personal, psychological and spiritual growth. The writing is largely metaphoric, symbolic an mythical. I am a mythical, symbolic and metaphoric person. I do not live in my physical world. Rather my physical world lives in me. Although there are certain physical facts which describe me (e.g., age 40; eyes, blue; husband, Pard), they are not my life. More accurately, the feelings and meanings I lay under and over those facts are my life. The language they speak is metaphoric, symbolic and mythical. Through this language I attempt to describe the indescribable. I am the creation of my myths.

My purpose in writing this thesis is to describe the essence of the Intensive Journal process as a tool for creating my life as a work of art. I believe the best way to make clear the life-creating process of the Intensive Journal is to use its own language of inner meaning, metaphor, symbol and myth.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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