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Emily Dickinson: ''The soul's superior instants''
by Craig Pearson, PhD

Transcendental Meditation - USA    Translate This Article
16 January 2012

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The article is another in a series of brilliant essays by Craig Pearson, PhD,* about great historical figures in world culture whose thinking, speech, actions, and written works have expressed a deep familiarity—based on direct experience—with the transcendental field of life. This one is about Emily Dickinson, acclaimed today as one of America's greatest poets.

As in articles on Albert Einstein, Laozi, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Dr Pearson analyzes beautiful passages from Emily Dickinson's writings, articulating the details of experiences she describes in terms of the knowledge and experience of Transcendental Consciousness—the fourth major state of consciousness, beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping—brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his Transcendental Meditation Programme.

Dickinson hints in a number of poems that she had spontaneous experiences of Transcendental Consciousness, Dr Pearson writes, giving several examples including this one:

There is a solitude of space 

A solitude of sea 

A solitude of death, but these 

Society shall be 

Compared with that profounder site

That polar privacy 

A soul admitted to itself — 

Finite infinity.**

There are many forms of solitude, Dickinson observes in the first three lines. But these are all ''society'' next to the far more profound solitude one gains when the soul is ''admitted to itself''—when consciousness turns within to become aware of itself alone. This is a state of ''finite infinity''—the experience of unboundedness within the boundaries of individual existence.

Enjoy the full essay on the Excellence in Action page.

* Dr Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He has served the University for 33 years, also as Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Director of Maharishi University of Management Press, Director of Freshman Composition, and Professor of Professional Writing. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and is the author of books on the development of full human potential, including The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.

** Dickinson, Untitled poem, ''1695,'' The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, 691.

© Copyright 2012 Maharishi Foundation USA

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