Sunday, November 15, 2009

Isolation During Transcendence

“Although the world rewards insensitivity with the spoils of war, it takes more courage to surrender than to numb. So often the most 'damaged' people are actually the most advanced and feeling souls. They feel everything and are more strongly impacted by the disparity between an authentic life and the falsified energy of the world” …..Jeff Brown from his book “Soul shaping: A Journey of Self-creation”

When you are rooted in your authentic self the one inevitable experience that one has is the sense of utter loneliness. This truth can come only out of real experience. This leads us to define what we mean by authentic self. Human life has two distinct dimensions. They are; the life that is lead as a response to the way we are perceived by the culture and community and all the relational responses that we have of ourselves through our senses. Broadly this could be defined as a life lead in our waking consciousness conforming to socio-cultural norms. The other is the inner life which is a product of our innate seeking for something more meaningful and something that seems to be missing when we are oriented in the worldly plane. This higher living is driven by moral values, empowering knowledge and ethical behaviour which are to be found and acted upon through an intuitive journey.

These two lives are not segregated but are enmeshed in the human psyche. It is only through our worldly experience that we transcend to a higher plane of authentic living and an authentic life has to be lead in this world which is the ground of being. This is reason that Jeff Brown brings out the sensitivity of people who lead authentic life to issues around them. They are severely impacted by the injustices meted out to their fellow beings and to the environment. They perceive the interconnectedness of all creation. As Lynne McTaggart says in her book ‘The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe’: “Our natural state of being is in relationship, a tango, a constant state of one influencing the other. Just as the subatomic particles that compose us cannot be separated from the space and particles surrounding them, so living beings cannot be isolated from each other... By the act of observation and intention, we have the ability to extend a kind of super-radiance to the world.”

In order to move towards living an authentic life a process of transcendence is required.
Joseph Chilton Pearce says in his dialogue with Duncan Campbell in 'Living Dialogues' “Transcendence is the ability to rise above and go beyond limitation and constraint. Our inability to rise beyond and go beyond our current limitation and constraint leads us to all of our violence. We have in this life a choice between two things: Either transcendence or violence. And there’s nothing much in between. Culture depends on violence. Culture breeds violence. And culture thrives on violence. Gil Bailie (He was a follower of Rene Girard, the great French philosopher, who did his life’s study on the effect of culture and the way culture preserves itself through violence), who was the author a book called ‘Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads’ says: “And of course all of this is very anarchy… it’s anarchistic. It’s anti-cultural. To be anti-cultural is to be virtually anti to every single aspect of what we think of as civilization”…..”

The spoils of this violence are the fodder for the masses to perpetuate the culture of seeking pleasure and materialistic living and people who transcend will feel the isolation and alienation that I mentioned at the start of this article.

The choice is ours to make. Whether we want to be comforted and lulled by the ‘falsified energy of the world’ or we want to be ‘the 'damaged' people who are actually the most advanced and feeling souls’

Love to you all


  1. The blog reminds me of the poem by Robert Frost-'The road not taken'.The insensitivity to the real beauty of life and violence seem to go hand in hand in the guise of practicality. If only we understand how much we lose and howmuch we damage or allow to be damaged, we may begin the process of rethinking.

  2. Good feedback. I was missing your thoughtful comments in the last few posts.

  3. The communication channels and global manufacturers of children's toys play a big role in promoting violence among children. Even a good charactered toy man resorts to violence and it is not the end result but the violence that impresses the children! One of my friend narrated this incidence to me. A boy was going along with his mother on the street when a motor cyclist skidded and somersalted and fell down. While the mother was worried the boy was all excited and exclaimed to the mother," Amma look at the stunt he had performed!" The cinemas and the Tv channels so freely available to the children what with the both the parents going to work, it is the responsibilty of the society to make sure that sense and sensibilties of the children especially is not stunted.

  4. Very explicitly put. The violence that culture breeds need not be physical violence but a slow erosion of values that leads to insensitivity and a numbness to happening around us.
    Thanks for the sharing.