Transcendence is the act of rising above something to a superior state. When most people hear the word “transcendence” they usually think of experiences that involve going beyond the physical body. Experiences of transcending the dimension of time and space through meditation, dream states and with psychedelics, such as astral travel, lucid dreaming, time travel, the list goes on.
I went through a stage in my life where I loved seeking any kind of experience that took me places that I couldn’t normally access within my normal waking consciousness. Transcending the mind and body to access the realm of spirit with practices, such as transcendental meditation, becoming conscious in dream states, and with the use of the sacred psychedelic plant medicine. These practices allowed me to shift my awareness beyond my physical body, mind and senses so that I could see the different dimensions of reality.
Just as animals view the world differently, such as birds being able to sense more subtle changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field, allowing them to predict and flee from environmental disaster, when our consciousness shifts in form and connects with spirit, we are able to see reality from a different angle.
I had experiences going forwards and backwards in time and astral travelled to different countries and planets. I once went to Saturns moon, Titan. From all of these experiences expanding my consciousness outside of my normal waking consciousness, I have come to understand that reality is in fact multidimensional and infinite. I have witnessed first hand that everything is created out of thought, thereby making everything possible. As John Lennon once said, “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind”. Quantum physics also backs this, acknowledging that everything that can happen does happen.
For a good couple of years, I became quite fixated on having experiences where I could transcend the senses and the physical body. I practiced lucid dreaming regularly taking guayusa tea and I loved using psychedelics. Any opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary and I was there. Well, that was until I started experiencing what it felt like to capture these same experiences within the physical body in my normal waking consciousness.
The first time I truly understood how amazing it is to experience the gift of human perception was the first time I ever tried the psychedelic plant medicine, Mother Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca, called the ‘mother’ because of her feminine presence of divine love, is the ‘the vine of the soul’. She is an ancient Amazonian plant medicine that has been used traditionally by Shamans, or medicine men, in ceremony to induce altered states of consciousness to help communicate with other realms and for healing purposes.