Transcendence emerges as beliefs and identities evolve.
Transcendence is the final step on the Arc of Transcendence. Transcendence does not need to be considered only in the spiritual sense, but rather in the sense of overcoming limitations in such a way that a new state of Being is created. Choice, Presence, Awareness, and Ascendance all contribute to the sense of Transcendence we may experience within our lives. In Transcendence, we are asked to create aspects of ourselves and our lives anew, as we leave behind us those things that no longer serve us. This new way of Being results from the decisions we make along with the greater perspectives we develop.
What beliefs and identities about yourself must undergo Transcendence and transformation? Why did you choose these things?
In regards to others, what beliefs and identities do you need to transcend if the world is to be a healthier and happier place?
When we start to examine our beliefs and identities that we hold about ourselves and others, and they hold about us, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Our first response may be to drop and eliminate all of our beliefs and identities immediately. Such actions are not necessary, however. Beliefs and identities are not necessarily right or wrong, but rather they need to be viewed and understood with the perspective of Ascendance. Ascendance allows for us to see beliefs and identities for what they are, and how they may be transformed to better serve us and others. You have actually been using the perspective of Ascendance throughout your life regarding your beliefs and identities. You will see over time that your beliefs and identities have not been consistent, but rather they have transformed to meet your needs.
Looking back over your Life, what beliefs and identities about yourself have changed over time? How has this helped you?
Over time, how have your beliefs and identities related to other changed? How has this helped you and others?
Ascendance requires us to create situations in which the “greatest good for all” is addressed by our thoughts, behaviors and actions. By rising above our current circumstance, we can see where points of connection exist that enable us work towards the betterment of all, rather than remaining tied to boundaries established by cemented beliefs and identities. The perspective of Ascendance asks us to move beyond our denial. We can not contribute to the “greatest good for all”, if our beliefs and identities prohibit us from recognizing the unity and humanity present in all.
Do your beliefs and identities about yourself enable you to see the goodness in you? Why or why not?
Do your beliefs and identities about others enable you to see the goodness in all? Do you long to exclude some people from the “greatest good for all” based on your beliefs and identities about them?
With Ascendance, we may often desire, upon seeing what we have been missing, to do more and be more. When the interconnectedness of the world is noted, and we are able to witness our part in this interconnectedness, we can not help but want to contribute in the best way possible. Limiting our actions, based on beliefs and identities, so that only a select few benefit is to deny the symbiotic potential inherent in a life of connection.
How could moving beyond your beliefs and identities about yourself enable you to more effectively contribute to the “greatest good for all”?
How could moving beyond your beliefs and identities about others provide an opportunity for them to more effectively contribute to the “greatest good for all”?
Awareness asks us to see into possibilities. Each person is multi-dimensional in nature, yet, how often do our identities and beliefs about ourselves and others reduce each person to a single characteristic or behavior? One of the challenging aspects of beliefs and identities is how they distill the complex, nuanced state of a person’s life and being, whether it be our own or others, into simplistic, restrictive categories. We have a number of ways to experience and express the life within us, including physically, emotionally, spiritually, and more. Awareness asks us to the potential in each of these dimensions for ourselves and others.
How do your identities and beliefs about yourself affect the different dimensions of your life (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual)? How can Awareness about your beliefs and identities help you see greater possibilities within each of these dimensions?
How do your identities and beliefs about others affect the different dimensions of expression in their lives (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual)? How can Awareness about your beliefs and identities help you see greater possibilities within each of these dimensions for others?
Choice and Presence lead us to a certain point and place of Being, while Awareness, asks us to reflect upon where we are now. With Awareness, we evaluate how well our Choices and Presence are working for us. Are our behaviors, thoughts, and actions what we desire them to be? Awareness provides a means to move from simple reaction (i.e., I have this belief and identity, therefore, I must act this way) to reflection (i.e. How are my beliefs and identities affecting my actions?).
What reactive actions do you manifest based on beliefs and identities about yourself? What would change if you reflected on your beliefs and identities about yourself before manifesting your actions?
What reactive actions do you manifest based on beliefs and identities about others? What would change if you reflected on your beliefs and identities about others before manifesting your actions?
Following Choice and Presence, Awareness is a key step on the Arc of Transcendence, as Awareness asks us to consider and evaluate, rather than simply blindly accept. So many of our beliefs and identities do not undergo scrutiny. These beliefs and identities are simply accepted as is. Awareness is the gift of consideration, witnessing, and looking anew at our lives. In Awareness, we begin to ask and answer specific questions about things we take for granted. With Awareness, we evaluate what we are doing, how we are doing it, and why we are doing it. In this, Awareness moves us from thoughtless assumptions to thoughtful actions.
How do you beliefs and identities about yourself guide your actions and behaviors in the world? Do your beliefs and identities lead to actions and behaviors that are more or less effective in the world?
How do your beliefs and identities about others guide your actions and behaviors towards them? Do your beliefs and identities lead to actions and behaviors that are more or less effective in your relationship with others?
Your state of Presence in life must extend beyond any limitations imposed
by identities and beliefs.
Presence, the second step on the Arc of Transcendence, is how we show up for our Lives. The problem with beliefs and identities, though, is that they consume and define our Presence. Rather than living in freedom of Choice, we will expend an inordinate amount of effort using our Presence to fulfill our identities and associated beliefs, whether the identities are assigned by ourselves or by others. Beliefs and identities are like fires constantly looking for more fuel. The will require greater and greater energy, including the energy of creating and choosing a certain Presence, to be maintained.
How much of your Presence in Life is consumed by fulfilling the identities and beliefs you hold about yourself?
Within your interactions with others, how much freedom do you provide for them for them to show up with their full Presence? How much do you limit their Presence with your beliefs and identities?
One of the issues that can evolve from our beliefs and identities is that we use them to hide our Presence. In a sense we decide to not be present, not because it is in our human nature to not show up, but rather our beliefs and identities tell us that we should remain hidden on some level or another.
The problem is that life and living require our Presence. So, this shutting down, the hiding of one’s Presence does not work while we try to live full lives. We only harm ourselves, and we deny the life around us, by removing our Presence from it. Without our full Presence, we feel lost and disconnected. Often, we will misidentify this source of discomfort, blaming external factors, when, in actuality, we are suffering from our own limited Presence. Life will always require our feel engagement and Presence, not the hiding behind our beliefs and identities.
Is it Life that is limiting you or is it your identities and beliefs that are limiting you?
Think of a particular person or group of people. Are they limited by Life or by the beliefs and identities others hold of them?
The state of human nature is the ability to express our almost limitless potential. Yet, we choose to limit this potential with our beliefs and identities. As soon as we identify ourselves in one way, we, often by default, eliminate other possibilities of our potential. Every time we have an identity we are also, often, identifying what we are not.
Rather than embracing our potential and its limitlessness, we try to fit ourselves and others into prescribed roles and identities. We wonder why we are anxious, yet, so much of our anxiety has to do with working against our own nature. We continue to deal with boundaries and limitations that do not touch upon our human-ness, and then wonder why we do not know how to show up with an integrated sense of Presence.
How do the limitations of your beliefs and identities play into uncertainty and anxiety about your Presence in Life?
How do the limitations of your beliefs and identities about others play a role in their uncertainty and anxiety about their state of Presence in life?