Developing Transpersonal Resiliency: An Approach to Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe

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International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, ISSN: 1321-0122, Vol: 32, Issue: 2, Page: 53-62

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Machinga, Mazvita; Friedman, Harris L.
International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
Arts and Humanities; Psychology; transpersonal resilience; healing and reconciliation; non-violence; political violence; Philosophy; Religion; Sociology
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Zimbabwe has been experiencing one of the worst economic and humanitarian crises in modern times, after its people have suffered from horrific episodes of political violence. An approach to healing and reconciliation in Zimbabwe aimed at developing transpersonal resiliency, called Lament, Welcome, and Celebration (LAWECE), was designed to be culturally appropriate through involving two distinct versions of psychological and spiritual intervention, one appropriate for traditional Shona values and one for Christian values. LAWECE involves a sequence of activities focused on both individual and community healing, starting with a lamentation process acknowledging the atrocities, followed by a welcoming process that invites all to participate (including perpetrators of the violence), and culminates with a celebratory process to consolidate the healing. Throughout there is a respect for diversity of religious and secular perspectives, congruent with its transpersonal perspective.