A Shaman, a Sherpa, and a healer
Kumm, Brian Edward
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The purpose of this study was to explore the phenomenon of songwriting. Through a series of in depth interviews, three songwriters provided rich descriptions of their lived experiences with the phenomenon. Post-intentional phenomenology was used as the primary guiding theoretical framework for this study, which negotiated the tenets of both phenomenology and poststructuralism. Songwriting was described in terms of portaling, everesting, and gravitating-levitating and was revealed as a complex phenomenon of cathartic and transcendent experiences. The findings highlight the need for unstructured, expressive, and artistic leisure, which can be transformative in times of personal or social unrest.