Project title: Healing Experiences and the Lived Body Qualitative empirical study of healing experiences related to sources from Christian faith and practice
The aim: The aim of this research project, which started in 2016, is to investigate religious healing experiences, healing practices and healing education related to what is understood by the participants as sources from Christian faith and practice in Norwegian contexts. The study is based on the notion of healing experiences as experiences of suffering being transformed into “wholerness”. Furthermore, the project view the human body as lived body (Merleau-Ponty), with bio–psycho–social–spiritual aspects, having the individual’s experienced life in it. The human being is understood as relational and integrated with the environment in a socio-cultural perspective.
The project’s research question is:
What characterizes healing experiences and practices related to resources from Christian faith and practice?
Methods: Qualitative, empirical study with semi- structured interviews and observations.
Participants, all from VID Specialized University, Norway: