SO, WHAT IS ‘TRANSPERSONAL’?
For me, ‘TRANSPERSONAL’ is a subtle experiential process of a profoundly transformative nature: a conversation of between spirit and soul, essence and its manifestation. Therefore, transpersonal art – and transpersonal psychotherapy, invites us into a deeply empowering transformative process.
Transformative experiencing is far more likely to come to us when we do not try, yet remain receptive …as we go about our ordinary lives. (For example, when engaged in washing up, mowing the lawn, brushing our teeth, sanding a length of wood, or eating breakfast seated barefoot on the front door step in the warm spring sunshine, its light scattered in a twinkling chorus of colourful dew drops…) Transpersonal experiencing may be entered when music or art draws us in, or simply the warmth of a smile, awakening wise kindness. In such moments (the length of a moment being limitless) we know we IS… truly alive!
Unfortunately for many people, including many entering therapy, the common experience is instead one of meaninglessness, emptiness, vague bored restlessness, confusion, underlying fearfulness, and disconnection. In contrast, transpersonal experiencing feels meaningful, enriching, grounding, unifying, loving, connecting. Instead of that unanchored restlessness, now is a warm sense of ‘home’. Instead of self-alienation and separation, now the edges of that which used to confine our sense of being begin to dissolve. Piero Ferrucci: ‘And once we reach this point, there need never again be the feeling that we are strangers in a strange land.’ (Ferrucci, 1990: p.33)