The labyrinth as a symbol of life : a journey with God and chronic pain

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dc.contributor.author Els, Lishje
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-11T08:20:34Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-11T08:20:34Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-23
dc.description Dr Lishje Els is participating in the research project, ‘Gender Studies and Practical Theology Theory Formation’, directed by Prof. Dr Yolanda Dreyer, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article is written in the style and method of an autoethnography that focuses on the author’s spiritual journey with God while living with chronic pain. The labyrinth is used as a metaphor and spiritual tool to describe this journey. The author’s personal experience with religion and spirituality is described as well as the choice of moving from thinking about God being ‘out there’, far away and looking upon God’s creation (supernatural theism) to discovering God within – God ‘right here’ (panentheism). The affects and effects of living with chronic pain are discussed in reference to the process of walking the circuits of a labyrinth. The role of different people who played a part in this journey is highlighted. This way of writing corresponds with a narrative way of living which concentrates on deconstruction of dominant discourses and looking for outcomes that may lead to hope and transformation. The difference between rainbow hope and reasonable hope is explained and the consequence of choosing reasonable hope is discussed. Transformation of the person through the journey becomes apparent in the article. en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Els, L., 2017, ‘The labyrinth as a symbol of life: A journey with God and chronic pain’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 73(4), 4582. https://DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v73i4.4582. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i4.4582
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/62206
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject God en_ZA
dc.subject Chronic pain en_ZA
dc.subject Labyrinth en_ZA
dc.subject Contemplative en_ZA
dc.subject Spiritual journey en_ZA
dc.subject Narrative living en_ZA
dc.subject Narrative writing en_ZA
dc.subject Panetheism en_ZA
dc.subject Religion en_ZA
dc.subject Discourse en_ZA
dc.subject Auto ethnography en_ZA
dc.title The labyrinth as a symbol of life : a journey with God and chronic pain en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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