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Transcendence: A 'pleasant and interesting' state in every one of us
by Global Good News staff writer
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9 October 2012
Dr Norman Rosenthal talked to an audience of medical professionals about the experience of discovering the state of transcendence for himself.
Of course, the eminent psychiatrist and researcher said, he knows he wasn't the first person to enjoy this state.
It is just like when you say you discovered a great new restaurant, said Dr Rosenthal. 'You didn't actually discover the restaurant. But because it's the first time you are there, it's so exciting . . . that you feel almost as though you've discovered it for the first time. That is the discovery that I am so enjoying sharing with other people.'
This was one of the main topics on a recent interactive 'webinar' in which Dr Rosenthal spoke of his experience in recommending Transcendental Meditation to his patients for mental and physical health issues.
Dr Rosenthal told the audience, 'I'm reminded of the words of the great author Victor Hugo, who said: ''Meditate. All is light, even the night.'' '
Transcendental Meditation is the central technique Dr Rosenthal discusses in his bestselling book Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation'. He explained whattranscendence* is to his audience of medical professionals.
'It is [a state] which is both calm and alert at the same time. You know normally when we're calm, we're kind of sleepy; and when we're alert, we're awake and aroused, but this combines these two areas,' said Dr Rosenthal.
'The other element is that as you enter the state of transcendence, as you slip into this very pleasant state . . . . it doesn't really matter to you where you are or when you are because you have visited a place in yourself.'
Dr Rosenthal added that this place 'is in each and every one of us, [and] is so pleasant and so interesting'.
* Transcending is the settling down of the mind to experience increasingly refined levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond thought to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. Transcendental Meditation promotes the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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