My Transpersonal Journey
Spirituality for me is the exploration and connection to Universal Consciousness. There is a shift in contemporary spirituality from an intellectually assimilated acceptance of teachings as set out by others to a connection to the Universal through internal reflective transpersonal (beyond the personal) experience. This is playing an important role in the evolution of our consciousness both individually and collectively society and species wide.
The shift is towards a spirituality of self-realisation initiated by a transformation in one’s consciousness often instigated by transpersonal experience.
‘The essence of this transformation is that religions are faced with increasing complexity by spiritualities which are themselves no longer based upon and embedded in an existing religion but become wholly autonomous.’ (Hanegraaff, 1999, p.128)
Durkheim (1995, p43-44) in Elementary forms of religious life;refers to an alternative to religion being “individual religions that the individual institutes for himself and celebrates for himself alone”. Hanegraffe (1999) says it has already happened and is here in the form of what he defines as “secularized esotericism” (p.121)
Heelas (2006) calls it “the Spiritual revolution – the decline of life-as religion and the growth of subjective-life spirituality” (p.224).
My spirituality has developed not from any external teachers or influences but from the many transpersonal experiences I have had in my life. At the age of seven I had my first transpersonal experience or experience beyond the personal. Looking out my bedroom window at the sky one night I connected to the Divine presence and then forevermore had an awareness of a greater consciousness permeating us and everything around us.
Since then I have had many other similar experiences connecting to something greater than that which we define in the context our individual self and the physical world around us. I have connected to the Universal energy in instances of healing intervention. I have experienced profound connections to the life force or universal energy in nature and the trees and plants. Other experiences of a transpersonal nature included mystical epiphanies of entities and connections to the spirit world and blissful meditative journeys and regressions to our earliest evolutionary form.
Universal Consciousness is beyond the personal physical and so a connection requires a medium like the transpersonal which is itself beyond the personal physical. The importance is not in the experiences I have had but in the transformative effects they have had for me spiritually.
The fact that I and so many others are having transpersonal experiences and awakenings is a reflection of the evolution of our consciousness in its attempt to reconnect with Universal Consciousness.
I believe as a result of these experiences that our spiritual quest is to facilitate in the highest expression of Universal Consciousness in our respective human forms. Our individual consciousness is evolving through these experiences to facilitate this and so presents authentic meaning for each of us. The move towards spiritual freedom and expression is complimented by the transpersonal and plays an important role in the cultural transformation towards a more consciously evolved species.
Hanegraaff, W. J. (1999). ‘New Age Spiritualities as Secular Religion: A Historian’s Perspective’ . Social Compass , 46(2), 145-160. 121-128
Heelas, Paul (2006) The Infirmity Debate: On the viability of new age spiritualities of life. Journal of contemporary religion Vol 21 no 2 May 2006 p.223-240
Heelas, Paul (2006) Challenging Secularization Theory: the growth of “New Age” spiritualities of life. P.46