Since the principles related to self-transformation are a part of our true identity, they are always “current.” That is why the American Transcendentalist’s had something to say that still rings true today some 200 years later. Simple Reality then, and Transcendentalism are essentially the same worldview. However, because early 19th century Transcendentalists were unable to internalize the very principles they espoused, their contribution to elevating human consciousness remains primarily intellectual and therefore, largely ineffectual.
Who were the Transcendentalists? They were a 19th century movement of writers and philosophers in New England with a belief in the unity of all creation (Oneness), the innate goodness of humanity, and the supremacy of insight over logic and experience for the revelation of the deepest truths. They believed we have knowledge beyond what we can see, touch, taste, feel and hear, knowledge beyond what our senses tell us.
Once we understand and internalize the principles underlying reality we can then grasp the process necessary for creating consciousness. The path to equanimity will then become clear. For example, our worldview determines our identity and our identity drives our behavior. Also, translation supports transformation and transformation can lead to transcendence.
“Translation is intellectual understanding and rarely affects human behavior in a profound way. In other words we can understand the causes of global warming but that doesn’t stop it from occurring. ‘Transformation’ according to the author Alan Atkisson, ‘is the name given to the extremely accelerated adoption of existing innovation, together with acceleration of innovation itself.’ Innovation and technology have never been accelerating faster but are not creating sustainability and certainly not getting us any closer to an experience of Simple Reality.” (1)
For a more detailed description of the “Three T’s” path to higher consciousness click on the link below.
Insight # 110: Transcendence is the state of consciousness wherein we are free of the craving and aversion caused by our pursuit of plenty, pleasure and power. –Roy C. Henry
- Transcendence in this blog and in print in The ABC’s of Simple Reality: The Encyclopedia of Self-Transformation, Vol 2 (2018), pages 293-298, by Roy Charles Henry.
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- Henry, Roy Charles. Science and Philosophy: the Failure of Reason in the Human Community. Create Space. October 2015, page 26.