In moments of transcendence, I get the feeling
of boundrylessness. A moment of satori where I am integrated within
universe while retaining my subjective awareness. It just all 'fits.'
I have received (or achieved?) these moments while fencing a really
good bout. Not just winning, although that was often what John calls
a happy side effect, but fencing really well. There are also those
moments in nature. I still have a vivid memory of taking a break
while hiking in the Appalacians. Time seemed to stop as I looked
out onto the mountain range from a cliff. It was a moment of inspiration
and memory that I am sure the universe provided just for me. There
are moments of transcendence when I am performing a ritual with my friends
and we are performing 'as one' while retaining our distinct identities.
Some brief thoughts on Transcendence from our
class discussion (often transcending experience itself!)
An awareness more than from the physical senses
Forgiveness as a form a transcendence
I have also done a scholarly work on transcendence.
It has a more rational, intelectual taste to it but provides a basis for
examination. This was done as a requirement for a class in Key Concepts
in Humanistic Psychology, but fits here.