“Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive levels of human consciousness. Adoptees that learn to ‘transcend’ the limitations of conventional thinking and common obstacles of daily living are best able to overcome continuous dull pain to achieve good health, discover purpose, and find happiness.” Judith Land
What is it that makes attitudes and perceptions different from person to person? Is it the ability of some individuals to transcend the stale, mundane, commonplace, clichéd, platitudinous, conventional perceptions of adoption to overcome the severe life-long consequences of maternal separation?
There is a common thread among adoptees that the possibility of ‘self-actualization’ is reserved for individuals who have been lucky in life that haven’t had to struggle for their day-to-day survival, living with individuals that don’t honor or respect them. And yet, there are many examples of people in basically the same circumstances that have turned out very differently, which indicates that the ability to transcend life’s trials and tribulations has an enormous bearing upon one’s fate and happiness.
Transcendence is the highest and most inclusive level of human consciousness, a holistic way of behaving and relating to oneself, to nature, our relationship with the world, all things and all people. It is the act of rising above prevailing trends, traditional points of view, and common ways of thinking to achieve a higher mental state, sense of well-being, sense of purpose, sense of wholeness, and greater connectedness.
Spiritual transcendence is the part of humanity that separates us from all other species—the very highest and most inclusive level of human consciousness. It is a skill of incalculable individual worth that allows individuals to achieve self-actualization. Transcendent thinking leads to a greater sense of awareness, well-being, serenity, connectedness, wholeness, sense of purpose, and expansion of consciousness beyond the self, to something of much greater importance.
Self-actualizing individuals are high achievers that have a comfortable acceptance of self, others and nature. They rely on their own experiences and judgement. They are passionate, task centered, self-sufficient, independent individuals with a spontaneous freshness of appreciation and profound interpersonal relationships; individuals that strive to see beyond the normal range of colorless, mundane, and common experiences of a material universe. It is essential to the mental fortitude and health and happiness of adoptees that we dedicate ourselves to some kind of mission and purpose that helps us ‘transcend’ the mundane limitations of daily living.
Transcendence is definitely one of the keys to a better life.