Creating a Vision
Here is some of the wording of the assignment that was given to learners regarding their personal vision:
Developing a Model Image
of Transpersonal Identity
The theme of your third assignment is to develop your own model, or theory, or image, of your transpersonal identity. This requires thinking about what "transpersonal" means, how the "trans" and the "personal" get together. What is this "more" that you are and how does it relate to the whole and to other people?
Science proceeds from experience to theory, then tests it out in application. So we are in the theory building part of our journey.
Here are some questions to think about as you prepare your statement:
Are we just a pile of atoms, a meatball robot following conditioned patterns? What does it mean, then, to be a "spiritual" being? How would you draw that?
How can God, which is the whole universe, fit "inside" you?
How is your model "scientific"? Before you say "it isn't", be sure to read the articles on the "new science" and see if you can't find a way to see your approach as having scientific handles, a way to explore or test it...
What is the difference between your model and "religion"? What is the basis of your model?
In your presentation, mention science in some way, and mention religion in some way. For example, and these are just examples to get you thinking,
Are you telling us something that is your new religion?
Should the listener, if they have a strong religion point of view, feel threatened by what you say?
Is there any way for science to validate your model?
Has science discovered anything about your experience?
Do you know of any one else that has had similar experiences?
Is your model tied to your experience in the same way scientific theories are tied to data?
How are religious beliefs tied to data?
Can you experientially verify any religious beliefs?
Supposedly you have experientially validated some of your model... how could we see if the model works for us?
Any ideas on how we could have the same experiences that you have had?
Why mention science and religion? Because a newer understanding of their relationship and differences, as well as understanding where transpersonal studies fit into the mix, is part of our mission. This stuff, presented badly, or to totally naive audiences, steps on the toes of the religious right and the scientific right. They both need some help in making the bridge to these ideas.