Friday, November 18, 2011

The Transcendent Emotions Make Us Human


There are certain emotions and sensations that do not arise often in modern society.

We are usually enthralled with the myriad of thoughtfully designed products and services of consumerism and media. Corporate gray-men work diligently in the playlands of our neurology searching heroically for switches and pathways to our greater gratification and bliss.

Enthralled we thus become “thralls” to shopping euphoria, entertainment distractions, cultivated addictions and OCD desires, the quick and shallow highs of pop tunes, engineered foods and so much more.

And then we have the freely chosen alternative: The dark cavern of alienation, disconnection, apathy and depression which is another accepted psychological venue for those who cannot get with the emotional program of modern civilization.

And as we cycle through these moments of unstable and unearned euphoria or uncaring and unconcerned emptiness, we may wonder if we are missing something?

And at the end of a life, we survey the pleasure and the pain, and being zealots of pleasure we focus on the vast dead desert of happiness. But we have no memories of these fleeting phantoms of delight, because they have no substance. These materialistic feelings are in the end immaterial.

What is the emotional measure of a good life we might ask? What is the true metric of sentiment? How can we judge priority and proportion?

Yes, we have been neglecting something: Feelings and moods and sensations and needs and drives that exist on a completely different level. States of mind exist that reflect your higher self.

Ask yourself:

When was the last time you felt a love for all Humanity? When was the last time you felt compassion for all animals? When was the last time you felt sympathy for a poor person? When was the last time that you saw infinity? When was the last time you saw a great vision of the future? When was the last time that you felt the need for justice? 

When was the last time you realized that some thing or entity was sacred? When was the last time you felt compelled to protect someone weaker than you? When was the last time you made up your mind to fight on some issue?

When was the last time you saw beauty in some small living thing: like a toad or a possum or even a fly? When was the last time you were touched by the words and smile of a stranger? When was the last time you stopped everything you were doing to help someone having trouble? When was the last time you felt the joy of creativity? 

When was the last time you grasped a great eternal truth of the cosmos? When was the last time you realized who you really are, if ever? When was the last time you saw yourself in someone else and felt a collective soul, that you were somehow one? When was the last time that you truly understood the importance of social grounding as in family, education, mental health, community and more? When was the last time that you appreciated the mind boggling diversity of the world?

When was the last time that you felt these Transcendent Emotions?

If your answer is not often or never, then you are like most people. But this should not be normal, for these feelings should be experienced regularly; these are the higher Human emotions. The transcendent emotion takes us to a higher level of emotion, the highest state of Human experience. They cause us to be Human with a capital “H”.


Cage Innoye

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