The subject of transcendence as it relates to our subjective experience of consciousness is pretty broad in scope and complexity, and while it is one of the core issues when we speak of our inner life and world, it is not a simple matter to address it in a single blog post. There is a great deal of literature on the subject available to anyone at the local library or on the internet, and for those with an abiding interest in the subject, much that has been written will probably have already come up during any number of research efforts. This episode is not intended to answer every question at one sitting, nor is it presented as a comprehensive essay on the subject.
Part of the reason I wanted to take on this series was a result of how I struggled with my own efforts to sift through the overwhelming amount of material available about consciousness generally, realizing that in order to help the average reader make some degree of sense out of it all, it might be easier at first to present the material in a more measured and “bite-sized” fashion. Writing blog posts for more than eleven years now seems to have made some difference in giving the visitors here a way to begin thinking about the ideas I write about, without getting too bogged down always in technical language and deeply philosophical subject matter, but I thought by creating video content showing how I personally relate to the subjects I write about and trying to entertain as well as inform, might make them a little more interesting.
My trip down to the southern states last week was a fabulous opportunity to share time with family and friends in a beautiful natural setting in South Carolina. I was able to spend hours soaking in the beauty and serenity of several of the barrier islands off the coast and was able to film extensively during all the activities in a magnificent natural landscape. In this episode, I only share a few brief cuts taken from the many I made overall, but I will be putting together several more videos in the coming months as time allows.
I used the catch phrase, “Less Than Zero,” for the subtitle as a way of introducing the idea of transcendence not as a huge subject to ponder, but rather as an idea that everyone can begin to think about. Transcendence is not a negative number, but it is insubstantial in nature and has no physical equivalent in everyday life. Zero is nothing, and transcendence brings us to a state beyond “nothingness.”
I enjoyed creating this video after recording the narration, which erupted spontaneously as I reflected upon the many beautiful moments of my trip and the experiences of blissful communion with some spectacular scenery. We must abandon our temporal mindset and silence the voice within us when we wish to allow the transcendent to become known to us. There is no single way to arrive in that “place” where transcendence abides, but if we wish to reach it, we must seek it out.