As one continues to develop his/her objective consciousness, gradually, he/she begins a journey towards transpersonal living. Transpersonal living is the consequence of losing one’s identification with the ego. It is the transcendence of space, time, and individuality in one’s being and since it involves the transcendence of the three aforementioned elements, the use of the word ‘transpersonal’ may be regarded as insufficient to describe such state of being. However, one of the strongest indications of the defeat of the ego is not only the ‘ability’ to span space and time but also that of individuality and it is perhaps the most defining characteristic to denote the realization of one’s being. Arguably, even the spanning of space and time most of the time involves the transcendence of individuality. Thus the word transpersonal living, a person who loses himself/herself (his/her ego) but gains everything in return. Hence the words of sages that until one loses oneself, one can never find oneself.
In such state one realizes that every being is not separate nor external to oneself. And that every being is contained within. However, in my experience it is the realized Self and not the ego that chooses what to experience as oneself in any moment of time. Meaning that while one does experience transpersonal experience, one doesn’t lose one’s perspective of individuality, only the attachment to the false ego.
It’s a bit of an irony in the end that what cultures denote as satan might be best described as the perfect embodiment of ego and it too ‘rents’ its existence by virtue of God’s generosity. Thus, the ego is the nemesis of the Infinite Creative, the Supreme All Encompassing Being we all call God.
Interestingly, psychology has been trying to get a better understanding of transpersonal experience. The study of transpersonal living is called transpersonal psychology. Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow were among those who were very much interested in studying transpersonal experience. Sadly, modern science has decided it knows better and now largely refuses to accept that such notion is even possible. Much of the work of Jung and Maslow in transpersonal psychology has remained largely hidden from mainstream knowledge unlike other parts of their work. There have been attempts too to discredit transpersonal living as a form of mental illness or psychosis! But the truth doesn’t need to pay homage to society nor science for the matter. When society rejects the truth it will face direct and indirect consequences to its ignorance, as will science (imagine what kind of revolutionary possibilities could be made possible with scientific understanding of transpersonal experience! Mankind would find itself suddenly hurled into a big leap of evolution!).
Thus, for now, transpersonal living is meant for those select people who have reached a certain stage of development to their being. The people who have become disillusioned of their false egos. People who are waking up to life. The ego is the nemesis of God, the ego is thus the primary obstacle to God. The Jacob’s ladder to God is the annihilation of the ego. The individual remains but his/her ego has been vanquished. The result is an objective being, one that’s living a transpersonal existence. One that is more acceptable to God.
More on transpersonal psychology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transpersonal_psychology
Through experiential objective consciousness there is no doubt to me that every living being including the unseen lives by virtue of existing within the universal and singular consciousness. Furthermore, because I believe in God (had seen God while I was a kid) I tend to see this singular and universal consciousness that makes possible the existence of virtually every living being as part of God or simply God. Although most beings are unaware that they live within God so that they think their individualities are real and operate from the so called ego center which is the internal personal identification they ascribe themselves, however, because everything takes place within God and nothing outside, all beings are part of God by virtue of living within God.
The only idea I could guess as to why God would want to create this illusion of individuality from Himself is that God wanted to share His existence, His perfection so to speak that He created the illusion of individuality in order to develop each self to be on par with God (at least in terms of consciousness). In the end, every being that has realized it is being part of God would retain its ‘self’ while being like God thus enabling God to ‘produce’ gods who exist by virtue of God’s creativity as these gods exist by virtue of being part of the one God. In short, individuals rent while God owns everything and is the only thing that’s real and alive in any moment, even when there’s no being alive in the entire universe.
Thus, the purpose of the whole creation could be the propagation of God’s consciousness. Small selves serve the purpose of being the seeds planted for the development of their consciousness. God wishes to beget gods, probably out of His loving kindness to share the existence of Himself in similar perfection of Himself that is unconditioned, unbounded as is. This probability would open the possibility of reincarnation as small selves preserved as souls would need to continually being reintroduced into being to ultimately reach the stage of full development of their consciousness and graduate from being into all that is.
If this is true then the purpose of the whole creation is schooling, the education of each small self for its consciousness development for the sake of graduating from being into all that is. You could also say evolution but not arbitrary evolution by natural selection. Instead, the purpose of creation is conscious evolution, not that of physical but of spirit as the body is but a vessel to this conscious evolution process. Therefore, all things considered, nothing is more important than one’s development of consciousness that’s cultivated from behaviors i.e., the cultivation of objectivity or what others call self-mastery. This refers to the mastery over ego that develops one’s being that translates directly into the development of one’s consciousness.
Erwin Schrodinger, a renown German quantum physicist and Nobel laureate was known of his fascination with the Hindu’s Vedanta. He was quoted to have said the following words: “Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there’s no multiplicity of selves“.
The idea that the self is an illusion is not exclusive to any one religion. The following link deals with Islamic mysticism called Sufism that writes about the annihilation of ego as a way to transcend consciousness, to be one with the God all encompassing:
Other informative link on the annihilation of ego self in order to realize the illusory nature of being with a little quote from it provided below:
As with my previous warning take in what is suitable to you. DO NOT assume that other parts of the same link are credible.
“As for the experience of being assimilated into oneness, what we find is a profound loneliness. Our mind expects to find heaven and/or Nirvana. We do experience a profound freedom and infinity of being. But once we get over the profound freedom and ability to span time and place, we find there is no one else. We are totally alone. We are the Creator before Creation.
What needs to be understood is that when become one with the consciousness within, or behind, Creation, we have its perception of Creation. We no longer have our perception as an aspect or part of whole. We are in the perception of the whole. In this perception, there is no other but ourselves. Our ego and the Ego of All that Exists or the ego of the consciousness within or behind Creation become one. We return to that point of being alone and desiring a playmate as described in the Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective.“
Furthermore, the idea of objective consciousness (just a term to denote a different kind of consciousness than its ordinary subjective counterpart) is not non-sense. Science has been slow to acknowledge this and it has become much like a religion. When Boltzmann proposed the concept of atom, those within the scientific community bitterly opposed and ridiculed him due to their rationale that atom could not have existed since it could not be seen. Greatness or excellence is not to be found in the majority. In fact the nemesis of greatness is the mediocre majority hence the term the tyranny of mediocrity. The driving force of life for the majority of people is fear thus the majority of people tend to look favorably into preexisting orders and conceptions even when they are stupid and morally unjustifiable. In short, the majority of people are followers, even those in leadership roles. There are few bold men and women who dare to be genuine individuals. Most of people never really go through their complete individuation process thus they partly become what society expects them to become and behave i.e., followers. It’s a sad testimony to mankind that the majority of human beings never get to experience objective consciousness in their whole lives. While it is true that we were not born into this world with a manual, most people lost their independence in the experience of living, on becoming and forgot about being. Until we really explore what it means to be a human being, until we really understand the nature of being we will never really be a complete human being we are destined to be.
But with a society ruled by the tyranny of mediocrity, greatness is often mistaken as madness unless of course that greatness is not really that great then it would be called greatness because it fits the idea of mediocre people. New ideas become accepted not because people change their minds about them but because new generation grew up with their notions.
“The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.” Aldous Huxley