The term ‘transcending’ implies upward movement, moving above duality. Elevation is most easily expressed in terms of ‘perspective.’ When we are higher we see the big picture. When we are at lower elevations we may feel down in the dumps, looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. When we are able to transcend duality, we see light everywhere. That perspective stretches our current framework and, what results, is an evolving. Evolution of character expresses itself as humility, gratitude, dignity, and joy, among other things.

At the pinnacle of my spiritual journey, I was meditating, in some fashion, for 30 minutes to 2 hours a day. I experienced transcendence on a fairly regular basis during this time. This lasted a period of three to six months, approximately. I had been praying for a few things daily. One was to surrender my own will to God’s will. As I sat outside a tattoo shop, hallucinating bright lights in the sunshine, a voice in my head told me that our will never usurps God’s will. We can decide to murder someone, and shoot that person in the head. Now, we’ve done everything we could possibly do to make them die. In the end, whether they live or die is God’s will. We never have complete control.

Transcendence can also be explained, more mystically, in terms of vertical alignment. Our perspective moves up and down the chakra system, the energy centers in front of the spine from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra can be experienced as a horizontal layer stacked vertically. Less dense energies rise, while more dense energies fall. Kundalini yoga and other meditation techniques open the crown chakra allowing us to live as a higher version of our self. As your magnetic field, or aura, adjusts to be more open and dynamic, we become more enlightened. Inflammation is caused by irritation; physical, emotional, or spiritual. Inflammation is correlated with disease and infection and it often begins in our energy systems.

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