The Experience of Being Creative as a Spiritual Practice: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Study

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APPENDIX TWO
Affinitive
Grouping of
Emergent Themes

Theme I. The Interplay of Intention/Reception

The Experience of Intention

EEI 2. Being creative as a spiritual practice … has more to do with the context within which I am working. It is the intention that my process of painting be a spiritual practice that makes it so.

EEI 9. What remains is the intention and the desire.

EEIV 1. How does one practice throwing oneself into the void?

EEIV 2. How does one prepare to abandon all rational thoughts?

EEIV 4. When one is aware of the hunting of oneself through the creative act then life becomes a spiritual practice.

EEIV 10. Trying to do the impossible—to create beauty? To organize chaos? To transform the world?

EEV 4. Certain exercises are necessary for me to sustain that way of life which I feel called to and desire to cultivate.

EEV 5. Times of greater concentration and attention to inner awareness and my journey within.

EEVII 4. One type (of painting) I do has been formulated over time to produce a meditative state.

EEIX 1. A process through which I look inward without the self-consciousness that for me often accompanies a meditative technique.


Beyond Intention

EEVII 14. I find that in reality, I can be working in any form of painting, and

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