Phenomenology of the Holy Spirit: using Narratives as a Holistic Interpreter of Trauma Within African American Female Stories Open Access

Smith, Brenda (2016)

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What ails you? Implicit within the core axiom of the dissertation lies the deepened question of what ails you? The answer drawn from a trajectory of historical accounts of the Holy Spirit conflated against trauma as both systemic and individual acts, characterizes the ways in which the human soul, regardless of race, ethnicity, time or circumstance, perceive egregious acts of violence at the intersection of the holy. From a brief perusal of the Holy Spirit within the human experience, I argue the human soul disconcerted by the chaotic and unbalanced impulse of trauma responds similarly to the presence of God in the midst of trouble. Thus, the whole note is not based solely on the assault that has occurred or its residual effect of injustice though I categorically referenced these as causes to work towards eradicating forces which may seek to perpetuate evil and suffering upon innocent souls, the focus is rather on the ephemeral power of God to restore and to heal. In this regard, I challenge both physiological and psychological methods as sole proprietary agents of trauma treatment to seriously consider the evidence of God/The Holy Spirit as a crucial; irreducible source of recovery. Moreover, I believe by instituting the holy in the human narrative, a more viable means for broadening the scope of trauma care may occur. Further, I advance the etiological life group of African Americans whose healing scripts about trauma and injustice lends itself more toward the embedded narrative within contemporary stories that count wisdom despite injustice as inscrutable teaching models on how to withstand suffering in the confluence of peace. Herein, I advance critical analysis of the African American slave narrative alongside current traumatic recordings to be potent reiterations of what constitutes authentic healing in modern-day America's increasingly pluralistic populace . The study, characterized as hermeneutic phenomenological methodology, is based on a qualitative-inductive model experientially designed to detect movement of the Holy Spirit while drawing an aesthetic link between slave narratives and the way trauma is recounted in the human experience. The study began fall, 2011 through May 2014.

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