Entheogenic and Nature-Oriented Transpersonal Experiences, and Inspirations and Challenges of Ecological and Sociopolitical Activism: Applying Participatory Action Research, Heuristic Inquiry, and Thematic Analysis to Empower Activists
In original research on empowering adult North Americans who aspire to address the ecological crisis (N = 21), heuristic inquiry, participatory action research, and thematic analysis were applied to examining the challenges and inspirations to coresearchers' broadly defined activism. The following themes emerged: Entheogenic and nature-oriented transpersonal and awe-evoking experiences; identifying origins of the ecological crisis; high and low political efficacy—inspired activism; relations with nature increased wellbeing; psychospiritual development and activism were mutually stimulating; challenges to activism and nurturing selfgrowth to overcome challenges; individuation needs inspired and were a challenge to activism; ecologically conscious collaboration and lifestyle transformation fostered psychospiritual growth. Many coresearchers expressed negative attitudes toward sociopolitical activism, suggesting a need for psychospiritual supports to evoke collaborative sociopolitical transformation.
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Walker, H. L. (2019). Entheogenic and nature-oriented transpersonal experiences, and inspirations and challenges of ecological and sociopolitical activism: Applying participatory action research, heuristic inquiry, and thematic analysis to empowe activists. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 38 (2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2019.38.2.99