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Tag: transcendence

Characteristics of “Transcenders”

Blog, Philosophical-Spiritual

I recently read an article by Abraham H. Maslow (one of the most influential psychologists of the last century) called “Theory Z”, in which he distinguishes between two sub-groups of “self-actualizers” (those at the peak of his “pyramid of needs”), which he called “transcenders” and “nontranscenders”. He wrote:   “[Transcenders] may be said to be Read More ->

Enlightenment, Take 2

Blog, Philosophical-Spiritual, Spirituality

During the first dozen years of my spiritual journey, all I was really interested in was the possibility of “enlightenment”, which to me meant “direct, unmediated contact with reality.” I had to “get there,” no matter what. Then, at the age of 29, I was catapulted into an enlightenment experience or state, which lasted (at Read More ->

States of Unitive Consciousness and Their Implications

Spirituality

People start seeking enlightenment or unitive consciousness (aka transcendence, pure consciousness, mystical union, etc.) at different times and circumstances in life and for different reasons. One of the spiritual teachers I recently interviewed told me that when he was three years old, playing one summer afternoon with a Goofy toy on the front porch of Read More ->

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