Transcendent experiences are moments when we “transcend ourselves” or lose our sense of self in a feeling of oneness with the universe, the Divine, or other form of greater consciousness. These are often described in a similar way to religious experiences, but approached or considered outside of a traditional religious framework. Transcendent experiences can occur with or without the aid of chemicals (such as psychedelics) or physical rituals such as trances or chanting. Some people experience them out of the blue or when struck by a particular awe-inspiring moment in nature.
In The Biology of Transcendence Joseph Chilton Pearce examines the current biological understanding of our neural organization to address how we can go beyond the limitations and constraints of our current capacities of body and mind--how we can transcend.
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
In this classic follow-up to his bestselling The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Joseph Chilton Pearce explains the process of acculturation and the mechanisms that create our self-limiting “cosmic egg” of consensus reality.
Our normal waking consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.
Thus, the direction of evolution is toward the maximization of goodness, especially if we maintain that the incarnation is the goal of evolution. If Jesus Christ is truly creator (as divine Word) and redeemer (as Word Incarnate) then what is created out of love is ultimately redeemed by love.