Saturday, August 25, 2012

Marinated Mixture Of Consciousness

Across centuries and cultures transpersonal experiences have been regarded as vitally or even supremely important. In our own time the transpersonal vision and transpersonal disciplines are crucially important for many reasons. They draw attention to a neglected, misunderstood family of experiences; provide new understandings of ancient ideas, religious traditions, and contemplative practices; offer more generous views of human nature; and point to unsuspected human possibilities.

Roger Walsh and Frances Vaughn wrote those thoughts in their 1993 book, Paths Beyond Ego. Our beliefs structure is rooted in transpersonal experiences. Our belief about religion is a good example. All religions are based on transpersonal experiences that have been accepted as fact. The amount of transpersonal information that we accept as fact is considerable. There is a constant stream of non-verifiable impulses flowing into our reality, and all of them have value. We tend to analyze these impulses using an academic epistemology. That practice filters out some pertinent experiences. Those experiences are banished to an isolated mental contour in our psyche until our epistemology changes. The standard way we accept impulses is to marinate them in a selective mixture of associations and influences. That process makes some impulses pliable as well as hard to swallow mentally.

Ancient cultures accepted most transpersonal experiences as real. They became beliefs. All beliefs are valid to the believer. Beliefs have no expiration or do not use date. Some obsolete modern world beliefs are still valid in areas where there is an antiquated view of life. All beliefs are influenced by awareness, and can be expanded by new transpersonal experiences. Our transpersonal impulses restructure antiquated beliefs, and we experience that new structure using our own marinated mixture of consciousness.

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