Internal Landscape: A Primal Approach to Thesis Writing

While I was in the jungle I got some clarity about my academic pursuits. 

Madre de Dios

Madre de Dios

I’ve been working on my dissertation  thesis  for about 15 months; starting in the barren soaces of the high desert of Joshua Tree, perusing the sensory overload in the urban scapes of Berlin and London, and up into the clouds capping the Swiss Alps. After all the travel I landed in South America and it’s here among the Peruvian Landscape that over a year of research has collided with the empirical fruits of my discoveries about sexual taboo, my thesis’ subject.

Over the last year and a half I have been following the process I used to research and write, Consanguinity Disruptus: The Phenomenology of Incest as Limit Experience. I want this Ph.D. writing process to be as dynamic, energizing, and surprising a process, an experience that strengthens me like touching the anaconda on the muddy banks of the Madre de Dios river did last week. I’ve always thought of snakes as slimy and cold but she was warm, inviting, and strong. So different from how the snake is portrayed in myth and iconography in my western environment. Meeting her reminded me to stay close at heart to Pachamama as I continue following the flow of writers, interviews and academic input over the next two years as I assemble this new project about sexual taboo.

Initially I anticipated academic research and writing to be centered within the confines of the intellect. However, i’ve discovered over the process of writing my masters which my university press printed as a book, Consanguinity Disruptus: The Phenomenology of Incest as Limit Experience (Atropos Press), and working on my Ph.D., that the process of writing through the complexities of philosophic queries is much more than a transversal of the mind; it is also an exploration of the mind-body synthesis, that of the soul, of the metaphysical. Expanded states off awareness are coming into play as I continue to formulate my thesis through the most unexpected synthesis of shamanic practices, transpersonal, empirical research and, of course, traditional research, especially that of the contemporary French philosophers like Michel Foucault. 

Based on the theoretical model of self exploration known as Limit-Experience, I have expanded this theory into a model of self- disruptive facilitation I use in my consultancy’s practice with creatively centered artists and entrepreneurs. 

Currently in Peru I am centering my practice in a shamanically centered practice as well as academic exploration with a transpersonal feel. It is a dynamic approach to my dissertation and one I hope will help investigate the art’s and entrepreneurial capacities to change the way we approach cultural consciousness from a primal-progressive center.