What capacities lie unrecognized within us? What currently unfathomable abilities lie dormant, and what can we do to speed their appearance? These are humbling questions that remind us that for all we know our potentials may exceed our wildest dreams. Plotinus claimed that humankind stands poised midway between the beasts and the gods. Perhaps this is another way of saying that we stand midway on our developmental and evolutionary trajectory to full human potential. If we harbor undreamed-of possibilities, if normality is actually frozen development, the next question is obvious. How can we overcome these blocks and foster individual and collective maturation? The most crucial educational challenges of our time, then, are not those that currently concern most politicians and educators in the West, such as how to raise math scores or foster interest in science. Rather, from global and transpersonal perspectives the key questions of our time are how to make education available worldwide as a cultural resource for fostering lifelong maturation from childhood enrichment to transpersonal development…..Roger Walsh
when we see things as they actually are, in full bloom, in full color, in full reality, we seize an introspective freshness, dream wildly & dispel shadows, reaching a new purity of potential…..maybe there is a quiet awareness that interprets the art of transcendence into our inner & outer world?….like a sacrament of perception, the modern-day mystic liberates the subtleties of the heart……
Whereas existentialism leaves us marooned in a no-exit situation of heightened awareness of existential limits and suffering, the art or technology of transcendence offers a way out. For existentialism, wisdom consists of recognizing these painful facts of life and accepting them with authenticity, resoluteness, and courage. For contemplative traditions this existential attitude is a preliminary rather than a final wisdom and is used to redirect motivation away from trivial, egocentric pursuits toward the contemplative practices that lead to deeper wisdom. This deeper wisdom recognizes that the sense of being marooned in a no-exit situation of limits and suffering can be transcended through transforming the self that seems to suffer. Such wisdom springs from the development of direct intuitive insight into the nature of mind, self, consciousness, and cosmos………Frances Vaughan
If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite
For man has closed himself up.
’til he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.