What is transcendence? It is to become aware of what lies beyond the physical state.
There is no real separation between science and spirituality.
Science is the in-depth study of all that is objective. Objectivity defines what can be observed by different people as the “same thing”. If our object of observation is a chair, we can agree on the color, position and size of the chair.
Spirituality is the in-depth study of all that is subjective. Subjectivity defines an individual personal experience. If our object of observation is an emotion, for example Peter’s joy, we cannot agree on the “color, position and size” of Peter’s emotion, so to speak. We can, however, agree on the objective manifestations of that joy. We can all see the size and duration of Peter’s smile. We can agree on the overall tone of his discourse.
Science of the objective can be added to, built upon, from one researcher to another. One scientist discovers a causality, another deepens our understanding of that causality. Science of the subjective is different. Each investigator needs to start from scratch. Your psychologist can give you tools to control your anger, but can’t control it for you. If a spiritual teacher has mastered his mind, reading his book will not automatically relay his mastery to you. Science can be summarized in this example: if it took me 20 years to discover that mixing substance A with substance B results in substance C through a specific method; all the researchers after me will be able to produce substance C in a very short period of time. Now, spirituality is different. If a guru has spent 20 years studying his thoughts and emotions and has mastered his mind, I will not be able to quickly master my own mind by simply reading about his protocol. I will need to meditate for many years.
Our modern day science affirms that everything is made of atoms and that an atom is made of 99.9% empty space. An atom is made of 3 kinds of subatomic particles: protons, neutrons and electrons. If we decided to zoom in on an atom with a microscope, at the smallest level, we would find infinitely small energy vortices called quarks and photons. “Vortices” is the plural of vortex. A vortex is whirling energy, like a tornado. These vortices are what makes up the composition of an atom. If we were to continue zooming in on the atom indefinitely, we would find that the atom has no physical structure. Now, whether you want to call these vortices particles and define them as matter, that is up to you. But it doesn’t change the reality I am pointing to. At the smallest level you can imagine, particles are composed of energy fields. They represent the small remaining percentage of the atom.
In that sense, both science and spirituality agree on the fact that everything is energy. Physicality is simply a vibratory state of that energy. In other words, “physical” and “spiritual” are two polarities of the same spectrum. This is what I mean when I say that there is no real separation between science and spirituality. This spectrum of energy can be observed from the outside, as a human being studying quantum physics and vibratory densities through the scientific protocol. It can also be observed from the inside, as energy waking up to its truthful identity, through awareness cultivation practices. Whether you study energy from the outside (science) or from the inside (spirituality), they both lead to the same truth.
Science and spirituality will soon merge. The merging has already begun. Through science of the subjective, science of the objective can grow faster. Some people see auras, energy fields of different colors. But as long as this perception is available to a minority only, auras will not be accepted as an “objective observation”. (Unless, of course, these auras are perceptible through technology.) It is still considered this mystical invisible thing that one needs to “believe in.” We don’t see the full spectrum of reality. Since we have a human body, we only see a fraction of the frequencies possible. Some animals can see perfectly in the dark. Their eyes see frequencies of light that you don’t. Nevertheless, the possibility of seeing that part on the frequency continuum exists. You just need the proper body with organs that sense energy at the desired frequency. Some hear higher notes, some people see brighter colors. Every body is unique and is a close-up of one infinitely small part of what it is possible to perceive. We are a close-up on one fraction of the total frequencies possible. We are consciousness exploring itself with a microscope.
Imagine when the entire scientific community will be able to perceive these subtle realities. This merging point is closer than we think. What is now only felt as subjective will very soon be perceived as an objective observation. For example, instead of relying on outer manifestations of anger such as words and grimaces, different scientists will be able to agree on an energetic manifestation. They might write down “red energy near the solar plexus”, for example. It will be “spiritual” people creating a new kind of science, one that accepts subtle realities as objective evidence. You see, “spiritual” is not a personality. It isn’t about being a hippie and wearing beads and crystals while saying “namaste” all day long. To be spiritual means to experience and perceive the non-physical state of energy. That’s all. It’s not a behavior, it’s an ability to perceive energy of a higher vibratory state. This is the transcendence factor.
At the moment, traditional psychology and psychiatry disregard this factor. Imagine an energy spectrum that goes from 0 to 10. Let’s say that 0 to 5 represents the denser reality, the physical one, whereas 6 to 10 represents the lighter reality, the subtle one. It is the scientist’s responsibility to see as much as he can. If the cause of an illness has to do with an activity occurring in levels 6 to 10, it is good to consider these realities even if you cannot perceive them yet. If multiple people perceiving this part of the spectrum have potential correlations between the illness and the subtle realities; it is the scientist’s responsibility to be open-minded about it. I believe that if we can properly explain transcendence and self-realization with left-brain explanations instead of “love and light” terminology, scientifically-minded communities will have no choice but to listen.
I want to make readily available the correlations between transcendence and spiritually-oriented mental dysfunction. By determining such significant correlations, the scientifically-driven will be required to pay attention, regardless of their belief in a Self that transcends the body/brain. In other words, if a seemingly non-scientific healing modality has repeatedly improved the lives of patients better than pharmaceutical drugs, it is the scientist’s responsibility to listen; even if he believes it’s all placebos and that there is no real professional healing work being provided. If it works, it works. By making this transpersonal perspective widely available, you give mental health professionals and students the choice to further explore it or not.
I consider myself to be a researcher of consciousness. Having explored mysticism as well as mental illness, I believe that transpersonal psychology is the inevitable future of psychology, the field in which I initially began my exploration. My goal is to spread awareness about the interconnectedness between psychological dispositions and transcendental states of consciousness. I believe this new era of knowledge requires a drastically different viewpoint based on holism instead of reductionism. Simply put, holism considers all aspects of a person: the physical and non-physical aspects. Reductionism considers one part only and, in most cases, the physical one. In this way, the highly restrictive biological model of mental illness should be contemplated from a different perspective.
Transpersonal psychology is basically referred to as the “spiritual psychology.” Instead of seeing the brain as that which produces consciousness, it embraces the idea that the brain is simply a catalyst. The brain simply reflects the activity of consciousness, it doesn’t precede it. Not only do I believe the transpersonal approach is the future of psychology, I am absolutely certain of that. This is because the biological model of mental illness is based on materialism. Evolution means energy becoming increasingly aware of itself. Consequently, any field of research which deals with consciousness will have to transcend the materialist view at some point.
The Transcendence Factor is an educative platform designed to accelerate the merging of science and spirituality. Through the observation of metaphysics, shamanism, non-dual teachings and quantum physics, one can bridge the gap for himself and serve as an accelerator of this merging movement.
Here is some food for thought: It isn’t the brain that creates consciousness. It is consciousness that creates the brain.