My personal investigation into the fields of self-awareness and consciousness began in 2001 after ‘having a go’ at spiritual healing for the first time. A genuine watershed moment, the session left me feeling emotionally uplifted for weeks afterwards but at a loss mentally in terms of making sense of the experience. Motivated by the need to learn more, I then sought and secured the tutelage of experienced transpersonal meditation practitioners including completing two formal academic degrees in related subjects (BSc Hons in Acupuncture and MSc Hons in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies) whereby the benefits of transpersonal meditation in relationship to health, human potential and spiritual awakening was more thoroughly researched and understood.
The term ‘transpersonal’ literally means ‘beyond (or through) the personal’. It refers to experiences, processes and events in which our normal limiting sense of self is transcended and in which there is a feeling of connection to a larger, more meaningful reality. Transpersonal meditation then is a technique by which we begin develop the our innate spiritual abilities and transcend the human ego in the process.
What to Expect
Transpersonal meditation is an hour long practice and begins by sitting in a comfortable position with your spine straight, but not ridged. Once relaxed, gentle and deep breathing exercises are encouraged and then combined with guided visualisation to help promote deep relaxation of the physical body and calming of the emotions and mental activity. From here, the focus of transpersonal meditation shifts to working on subtle levels of awareness referred to as ‘chakras’ in yoga traditions to cultivate healing on deeper levels. The meditation concludes once all seven major chakras or energy centres located from the base of the spine to the top of the head (please see illustration below) have been made more balanced leaving one feeling incredibly energised.
Some of the key benefits of prolonged transpersonal meditation practice include cultivating feelings of deep inner peace, finding meaning and a greater sense of life-purpose, experiencing profound love and connection to others including Nature and the Divine.
Indeed, transpersonal meditation practice can be considered as a gateway by which we can begin to safely expand the doors of perception beyond the five-senses to help inform our world-view and understanding of what is to be human.