The hypothesis we are willing to formulate is that we are at doorstep of a new evolutionary leap within humanity’s consciousness and that such leap will not happen because of technology or economic progress but rather thanks to the mastery of inner experience and wider states of consciousness: holotropic (oriented to unity) and transpersonal (beyond the mind, beyond the I, that is to say beyond our ordinary personality).
On the contrary, the transpersonal approach believes that inner experiences of mystic and ecstatic order as well as the yearning for transcendence of the I, represent a significant aspect of the human experience, whose repression leads to pathology and whose mastery opens evolutionary dimensions of being. Nowadays, even though or perhaps thanks to the exasperated technological progress and the hegemony of economy, we are witnessing an awakening of the spiritual dimension as well as a flourishing of approaches dedicated to inner research. As a matter of fact, recent studies prove that the majority of North Americans report having had some kind of mystic experience (Greely, 1987), whereas according to another research (Davis, Lockwood, and Wright, 1991) the 79% of a wide sample reports having lived peak experiences and defines them as the most profound and important experiences of their lives.
Verily this question is a contradiction.
We could state that the Transpersonal begins when we give up asking ourselves why?
Because it is a wrong question, mentioning Hillman.
If we consider how many times when dealing with a situation we ask ourselves why, we will understand how renouncing to ask this question would be a revolutionary act.
When we sit silently, with our eyes closed and we have enough presence to remain in that situation for at least one minute, when we hold hands, with our beloved, our brother or sister, our friends, our colleagues, and we look into each other’s eyes for more than one minute without looking away, the door of the transpersonal dimension is opened.
When we recognize our judgements and we overcome them through observation, when we put the needs of the community before ours, our opinions and beliefs at the service of universal values and of the most human qualities such as love and compassion, awareness and responsibility, solidarity and sharing, justice and truth. When we manage not to fall into the temptation of fear and control, and we let trust guide us; that is when we access the transpersonal world.
When we manage to ignore appearances and we recognize what they want to indicate, when we let our emotions flow freely without being their prey. When we see the other side of the coin, the hidden and complementary aspect, then our felt sense shows us the way and our pure look reveals, through insight, the comprehension of the true nature of things.
When we manage to approach a new doctrine or philosophy, religion or discipline, without closing ourselves to the rest of experience, when we are willing to go beyond our beliefs, faith and convictions in order to grasp the beauty and wisdom of diversity, when we are able to look transversally, transculturally and in a trans disciplinary way, knowing how to include our truth within a universal truth, then we are taking a walk through the territories of the transpersonal dimension.
A further mode
As a matter of fact, transpersonal is an adjective of order and indicates a way of doing and believing, a way of living our faith or professing our religion, of following our doctrine or practicing our discipline; a way of declining our culture, of practicing our profession, of facing our problems and of realizing our true Self.
The transpersonal approach does not care about the language you speak or where you come from, about your political or sexual orientation, about the path you’re walking or the way you’re following, about the art you practice or what you own, about your age or your level of instruction, about your race or the state of your health. The transpersonal approach proposes a way of seeing the world, a mental attitude, a level of attention and presence, in short a state of consciousness defined as unitive consciousness, or just transpersonal.
The term transpersonal consciousness wants to indicate a position evolutionarily successive to the rational consciousness, which in turn represents the evolution of the intuitive consciousness.
Here, the term evolved does not imply a judgement of superiority or merit, but rather of an increase of complexity and organization.
If we consider the historical journey of humanity, we will easily understand the gradual evolutionary process of consciousness.
Remote Ages of Gold are described as ancient civilizations of sharing or as cult of the Goddess, supported by a social system in front of which our current civilization turns pale, just like the current barbarism in various parts of the planet is evident, not to mention the shame of the last century. It is also worth underlining that flashes of unity and elevated wisdom enlightened the world since the most ancient times. Think about Rama or the Rishi authors of the Veda, and Hermes Trismegistus or the Egyptian civilization, Orpheus or the Greek philosophers from Socrates to Plato, from Aristotle to Pythagoras. Think about Buddha or Lao Tsè, Tilopa or Padmasambava, Moses and the prophets up to Jesus Christ, about the Sufi or Zen masters, the neo-Platonic and the alchemists, about Paracelsus or Giordano Bruno, if we stop in the pre-scientific age.
Likewise, it is undeniable that on the level of collective consciousness a cycle characterized in turn by cycles of conservation and transformation is recognizable, a cycle that takes place from the prehistoric era until nowadays for which humanity has gradually transcended and included the instinctive consciousness in the rational one.
As my aim here is not to write a treaty about cultural anthropology, I will only suggest an era dominated on a collective level by the instinctive consciousness and the hidden forces of the unconscious as well as by superstition and uncritical forces, that through Renaissance gave way to the birth of the scientific thought and to the Age of Enlightenment, to the rational consciousness guided by conscious instances of the intellect, of the linear logical thought of the scientific positivist method.
A quantic leap
The hypothesis is that we are at the doorstep of a new Renaissance, of an awakening of consciences, of a revolution or a re-evolution of transpersonal order.
This represents a quantic leap able to project us at the doorstep of a new post-conventional thought, of a new unitive and intuitive consciousness, of a new vision, a transpersonal vision. According to this vision sharing and solidarity, compassion and awareness, trust and responsibility, love and humbleness, respect and the ability to listen, in short the most human qualities, flow as a natural consequence in everyday life and guide the behaviour of the community.
Many know the phenomenon of the hundredth monkey as well as many are familiar with the behaviour of the Bose-Einstein condensates, others know the theory of the morphogenetic fields or the theory of the cycles of conjunction Uranus-Pluton, as well as the number 10 to the tenth. Some know the EPR experiment, or the Bell’s theorem, the non-local connections; some know the theory of entanglement. They are all different phenomena that from different angles outline the reality of an interconnected and dynamic world that proceeds through quantic and synchronic leaps of consciousness.
Everything, in the eyes of who sees beyond appearances, seems to indicate that we are at the doorstep of a new extraordinary leap.