July 27, 2014

The Moon, Earth, International Space Station, and Rising Sun

By Terence T. Gorski

We don’t have to fight it. We can transcend it. We can take it in, understand and learn from it. We can mix it with what we already know and move beyond the limits of our previous knowledge, point of view, or frame of reference.

We transcend something when we go beyond, rise above, cut across, or surpass some previous limit or boundary.

The word transcend comes from
Old French transcendre or Latin transcendere, from trans- ‘across’ + scandere ‘climb.’ The origin of the word therefor implies the idea of climbing or moving across something, especially a limitation or an obstacle.

Transcendence takes us beyond the limits of a previous paradigm, belief, or way of thinking. Transcendence in a spiritual sense, transcendence involves moving beyond the limits of ordinary human consciousness usually in an experiential and nonverbal way.

The idea of transcendence implies moving to a higher level or expanding to a wider and more all-encompassing frame of reference.

Transcendence usually results from an active process that unfolds in stages:

Stage 1: Identifying a personally important problem or area of new knowledge or skill. The key seems to be the initial desire or motivation that becomes harnessed in stage 2.

Stage 2: Total absorption in solving the problem, learning the skill, or figuring out how to achieve a desires state of consciousness. This involves reading, studying, discussing, and mentally wrestling with the problem.

Stage 3: Persistent Intense Effort: This process leading to transcendence is usually so intense that it leads to exhaustion and the inability to continue to hold related ideas in consciousness. This results in the person feeling a need to let go and stop trying.

Stage 4: Sudden and Unexpected Insight: The exhaustion is followed by a period of fitful rest. During this period of rest the unconscious mind or higher self integrates the previous disconnected ideas and presents the conscious mind with a spontaneous insight which is often called “The Aha” experience.

Stage 5: Documentation: The insight is often fragile and quickly forgotten unless written down or concretely expressed. In this way the idea of transcendence and creativity are similar because they both emerge from the same process.

Transcendence is an important idea in recovery from addiction, psychotherapy, spiritual development and personal growth. The process of transcendence that leads to a bigger and more useful frame of reference and a different and more useful point of view is essential to all of these processes. Most people find that as they mature they learn how to transcend or use above pain and problems in life in order to find meaning and purpose.

“We don’t have to fight it. We can transcend it.” ~ Transcendence, The Movie


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