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Religions 2017, 8(9), 184; doi:10.3390/rel8090184

Music’s Role in Facilitating the Process of Healing—A Thematic Analysis

Faculty of the Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, Building 862, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, VIC 3006, Australia
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Received: 12 August 2017 / Revised: 5 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 10 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music: Its Theologies and Spiritualities—A Global Perspective)
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This qualitative study aims to understand the factors motivating Korean migrants’ participation in weekly Charismatic Prayer Meetings in a Catholic Church. As music plays a crucial role in these meetings, the paper explores whether active engagement with music motivated the long-term commitment of participants to the meetings. The research is based on a thematic analysis of a focus group comprising six Korean adults living in Australia. Results show that music performed in religious forms such as Praise and Worship and Speaking/Singing in Tongues prayers was found to intensify spiritual experiences of the people as a group, and over time, each participant experienced improved physical and mental wellbeing, which in turn motivated further investment in the meetings. It was evident that the passionate group music-making enabled participants to focus on conscious and subconscious body, mind, and spirit, eliciting transpersonal experiences within each person. The findings of the current study are deemed relevant to this specific cohort and to others in similar contexts, where minority groups use worship and music for socio-cultural inclusion that addresses both spiritual and mental health issues. Though a small-scale study, the current paper provides a rationale for these religious groups to be involved in music-based spiritual practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Charismatic Prayer Meeting; Praise and Worship; Speaking/Singing in Tongues; spirituality; music; wellbeing; Korean migrants Charismatic Prayer Meeting; Praise and Worship; Speaking/Singing in Tongues; spirituality; music; wellbeing; Korean migrants
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Lee, J.; Davidson, J.W. Music’s Role in Facilitating the Process of Healing—A Thematic Analysis. Religions 2017, 8, 184.

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