Spiritual Maturity


The Law of

Transcendence

I begin by asking you if you have ever heard of the term “The Second Law of Thermodynamics.”

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is a scientific label given to a researched and documented fact of life on earth. This research confirmed that nothing on earth is able to stay in the same condition it was in when it first came into its existence, no matter how good or bad that condition was. The Second Law of Thermodynamics ensures that all forms of existence on earth are moving in some way — upward or downward, backward or forward, left or right, toward health or toward disease, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, etc. — on a continuous, never-ending basis.

This scientific law further has it that any being that tries to block or stall a positive movement (upward/forward/wiser, etc.) will immediately fall into a downward pull. The pace of the downward pull will vary from case to case, but all resistance to positive movement will result in a downward motion. This chain of events is put in place because nature’s desire is for all forms of existence to improve upon themselves. It is not nature’s desire for any form of existence to stand still, and therefore, no being is permitted by nature to remain in any one condition for very long. To nature, stagnation is the same as moving backward, and thus, a downward pull is begun any time a being tries to block or stall positive growth. If such a downward pull is not addressed in time, the being eventually will collapse entirely. This chain of events is an incontestable foundation of material life that scientists work to under biology, chemistry, and physics.

Quantum physicists know that any law of physics actually is a law of the ultimate source — which spiritually-minded people generally call “God”. And spiritual students know that if something is of God, then love, compassion, and consideration of our best interests are behind that thing. In that line of thinking, logically, then, The Second Law of Thermodynamics is of God.

Spiritually-minded people know this force of physics by another name: The Law of Transcendence.

We can see that scientists and spiritually-minded people alike recognize that life is subject to two basic forces: an upward pull, and a downward pull. These two forces are variously labeled expansion/contraction, yang/yin, positive/negative, day/night, north/south, and so on. Whatever coupling we personally use to define the law, the teetering effect of these two forces working together is that life is in perpetual motion. It is not possible for anything to ever, ever stand still. Whilst from our human perspective it may seem as if we can maintain certain physical or inner conditions for long stretches of time — or even permanently— we are always being pulled in one direction or the other. In spiritual terms, this means that our sense of self is either expanding or contracting at all times, but it is never standing still. 

If we take a look at the sometimes grisly, sometimes marvelous, often ordinary history of humanity, we can see that the universe allows us to create pretty much any form we desire. And that includes the challenging and negative forms that we end up creating for ourselves, and any forms that other people force upon us. But the evidence of human history is that the universe will not allow us to become cemented in any form that we have created or that others have created for us and that we have come to accept as permanent, or as our true identity. Easy grand-scale social examples of very long forms that eventually collapsed include the Roman, Greek, Ottoman, French, Spanish, and British empires, and, increasingly likely in modern times, the U.S. empire. The Law of Transcendence will ensure that we move upward or move downward — but that we will not stay the same.

The Point of Life is Growth


So the essential meaning of the Law of Transcendence is that nothing can stand still.


But why would nothing be allowed to stand still?

 

It is my own belief that the reason nothing is able to stand still is that the point of life is growth. I’ve come to believe this partly by taking note of the type of contact our loved ones make with us from other dimensions via mediums. [If you’ve ever seen a genuine medium in action, you will come to accept that there really is no such thing as the death of consciousness, and that our bodies are simply “an old overcoat” that we throw off when we have gone as far as we are meant to go in a given lifetime on the earthly plane.] Maybe 80% of the time, the message our loved ones have come to offer us through a medium is advice for a specific situation, or to congratulate us for a victory of some sort. Sometimes a person on the spirit level will tell us how they’ve transcended their old self since taking up residence in the higher-vibratory dimension that some call Heaven. If we were to describe the nature of 80% of the messages from people in spirit, we could describe it as advice for growing.

What does it mean to grow? I ask you to consider that to “grow” might mean to increasingly move toward a state of having complete command over our life experience. Not of our life experiences — none of us really knows what’s around the corner for us, as we are all operating under the Law of Free Will — but over our ultimate experience of life. The difference between these two points is subtle but crucial: it is not a matter of what happens to us in our life that leads to peace or happiness, but rather it is how we react to what has happened. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we do have ultimate power over the emotion that we apply to what happens. Our perspective on life has a huge bearing on our level of emotional maturity, and therefore our spiritual maturity.

Transcendence is a State of Mind

To live in accordance with Law of Transcendence requires acute mindfulness as to our state of mind, paying attention to how we are reacting to a given situation, and, if that way is negative, then questioning ourselves as to the true reason behind why we are reacting like that. A negative reaction to something is a sign of one of two things: 1) there is a blockage of some sort in our psyche, and that blockage needs to be processed and eliminated if we are to move toward spiritual maturity; or 2) our personal welfare is in tangible danger, and our intuition is alerting us to that. Thus, a higher-perspective view of negative emotions is that they are in fact blessings. In the first case ­— a blockage in the psyche — they are a direct indication from God as to the next area we could work on in order to move in an upward direction; in the second case — an intuitive alert — they are confirmation from God that we are being abused.

Within such a higher perspective, a blockage in the psyche, it is up to us to purposefully and honestly examine the negative emotion that we are experiencing, and to keep excavating our mind until we have identified the origins of that emotion. We may find that once we know those origins, we are able to neutralise that story’s power over us by applying the laws of Free Will, Detachment, and Humility.

The higher perspective view of our intuitive alert is that we are being prompted by God to seek help, immediately. We are asked to use, if it is possible (and it isn’t always, especially in cases of minors, war, and slavery), the Law of Free Will (the Law of Detachment would not be appropriate here).

It is also a good idea to question why we are happy. Sometimes we can find ourselves taking pleasure at the expense of another, and under the principles of Oneness and Unconditional Love, that is something that requires transcending. Gossip and sarcasm are tools we use to elevate ourselves by pulling down someone else. There is no instance in which gossip and sarcasm mean anything else but that. They are forms of controlling others. The reflex actions to gossip and sarcasm that can be seen in so many of us are two elements of our psyche to be transcended if we are to reach spiritually maturity.

Those of us who recognise a tendency to engage in these weapons of control might bear in mind the following formulae:


  • A sharp mind + a toxic wit = a downward pull
  • A sharp mind + a gentle wit = an upward pull
  • Sarcasm in any circumstance = a downward pull
  • Overcoming the reflex to be sarcastic = an upward pull


We can see that the Law of Transcendence relates to an internal process of managing our own emotions, not an external one of increasing material status over other people (a bigger house, a better car, a bigger bank account, etc.). No radical changes to our external conditions have to be made before our mental or emotional points of view can mature to a new level, and thus bring us closer to spiritual maturity. Internal transcendence does not require a “Grand Gesture”, such as an announcement or giving away all of your possessions — although sometimes the escalation in maturity can be a dramatic one, and will be obvious to others in the way we conduct ourselves in conversations (in such circumstances, we might need to call on the Law of Humility, and certainly on the Law of Detachment). In the main, though, transcendence is a private, inner victory, revealed to us as a sudden realisation, or as a more subtle sense, that we have changed, moved up, matured a bit. There is no announcement, no fan fair — just a moment of “knowing” (‘gnosis”, as many esoteric groups call it). This gnosis often is somewhat startling when it arrives, but it is quickly followed by a sense of satisfaction, humility, amusement, relief, or sometimes even astonishment at what we were a moment ago compared to what we are now. In any case, it’s a private experience.

Expect “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”

Any higher state of mind or emotional maturity that we reach has to be purposefully maintained — it is never locked in. A careless, unmonitored, inadvertent, or angry downward action that we fail to process within the parameters of spiritual maturity could mean we slip back into a lower perspective that we had previously succeeded in transcending.

So we need to remember that we are always, always under the influence of two forces — an upward pull and a downward pull. Just like a lung filling with air and then expelling it: that which expands is always going to need to contract, and vice versa. “Two steps forward, one step back” is the natural rhythm of transcendence, and we should not expect to be on an uninterrupted and untested upward path.

But why must we have to contract at all? Why must it be two-steps-forward-one-step back? Why can’t we simply ride on an upward trajectory forever and ever? Well, for two, quite logical, reasons.

The first reason is to protect us from destruction. Consider what happens when we blow up a balloon for a party. We begin to push air into the balloon in order to inflate it. As the air streams in, the balloon expands wider and wider. We push more and more air into it, wanting the balloon to reach its maximum size. Eventually the balloon’s rubber starts to stretch very thinly against the air pushing it from inside. We now have two options: we can either release a little of the air to let the balloon contract a bit to a safer size, so that we can tie it off and let it float to the ceiling; or, we can keep applying air to it, risking the strain on the rubber, only to have the balloon explode in our hands and leave us with nothing. The Law of Transcendence is in place to see us grow, but not to see us “explode”. God does not want to see us become arrogant, frightened, manic, exhausted, or burnt out. We are at risk of each of these things if we expand and expand and expand without balancing ourselves by constructively contracting at the right intervals.

The second reason is simply to provide us with the momentum necessary to push forward. Consider any sport than involves a ball. To get a ball over a net, between goal posts, or through a hoop, we have to draw our arms, legs, or knees backward/ downward in order to be able to push them forward/upward with enough momentum to get the ball moving. Once we make our follow-through movement with our limb, we have maximised our extension, and are physically unable to repeat the momentum from that extended position; we must contract our limb again to generate a new round of it. The Law of Transcendence is subject to the laws of physics, within which lie Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, whereby every action has an opposite and equal reaction. In other words: expansion simply is impossible without an accompanying contraction.

The crucial point for us to understand with regard to transcendence is that we have the inbuilt ability (via the Law of Free Will and the art of mindfulness) to control the degree and rate of our expansion and contraction. The sophisticated wielder of the Law of Transcendence accepts that when they transcend to a higher level of spiritual maturity, there are going to be temptations and invitations to engage in the old way of being. Hence, they take responsibility for monitoring what their reaction or temptation to something is, looking for the reason why they are reacting that way or feeling so tempted, and using that insight to make the upward-drawing choice. This practice ensures that any contraction they make is quickly followed up with an expansion into a higher state of being.

The overwhelming majority of us are not that sophisticated — yet! It takes serious dedication to be monitoring ourselves like that. And it can shine a giant floodlight on an astounding load of work that might lie in front of us. But again — what is our reaction to the size of the job ahead: will we bring down the boom gate on mindfulness? Will we suck in our breath, grimace, and dig in to slog through the work? Or will we find the load bemusing, and patiently and lightly put one foot in front of the other on a lifelong path of self-transcendence? The choice is completely ours.

“But I Like Things The Way They Are!” and “I’m Too Old To Change!”

The concept of mandatory perpetual transcendence can fill some people with dread. For what if we have indeed grown, and have reached a state of being that makes us perfectly content, maybe blissfully content? We are, after all, constantly being told to “find our bliss”. Is the Law of Transcendence telling us to go ahead and find our bliss, but when we find it, we’re not allowed to hang onto it? Well, to be blunt, that answer is “yes” — but there’s so much more to it than that. What the Law of Transcendence is saying is find the bliss, enjoy it, live it, love it, share it, but allow that bliss to lead you to be enhanced still further, by accepting where your bliss is showing you next to go.

What happens when we decide, with our Free Will, to resist moving on from something we have enjoyed for, say, 30 years? What if we say, “I’ve been doing it my way for the past 30 years, it’s worked fine, I don’t care what my intuition is telling me, I’m too old to change, and I’m NOT going there!”? Well, we grow anyway, for the Law of Transcendence is inescapable. But we will be growing the hard — and possibly very long — way. For there are two ways to transcend our state of being: voluntarily, or with resistance.

How can resisting lead to growth?

We can gather from the Ascended Masters that it is God’s desire that every part of life should grow to become “whole”, to become emotionally and spiritually mature so that we can return to a state of Oneness. And so if we hold on to any image or identity that we have created and that is keeping us from reaching these states, God will let us know. At first, God’s reminder that we need to transcend, move on, become more of who we are, will be gentle. If we resist this gentle reminder, the message will become stronger, and then stronger again, until we need to use all manner of force to ignore what we are being guided to do. And if we do ignore the guidance — which comes through intuition (another form of gnosis) — then God will simply keep building the pressure, until the pressure becomes so great that our self-created identity plunges downward. And we hit rock bottom. The hitting of rock bottom often becomes the time that we can finally commit to change.

There’s an analogy I heard a long time ago that sums it up nicely: “First, God blows a soap bubble at you; second, God throws an inflatable ball at you; third, God throws a tennis ball at you; fourth, God throws a cricket ball at you; fifth, God throws a bowling ball at you; and if that fails, God throws the wall at you”.

The easiest way to avoid the wall-throw is to work with the Law of Transcendence. A way to do that is to become mindful of how attached we are to our current state of being. To get God to stop at the soap bubble (intuition) each time, it pays to have very little emotional attachment to our state of being and to be constantly re-evaluating some aspect of our life, always looking for insights that can help us expand our current perspective — which we know that whatever level it is at now, it is simply a step on the path to Oneness. Transcendence can be achieved a small bit at a time, all the time. In that way, there will be no shock, no surprise, no radical adjustments to make. To achieve transcendence this way, we need to actively commit to taking full responsibility for our reactions and emotions.

Those of us who find ourselves subject to increasing pressure are working against the Law of Transcendence. We are attached to our state of being to the point that we either don’t want it to change, or don’t see how it could possibly change. We have closed our minds to any knowledge that is beyond that which we already have accumulated, and since we view that knowledge as total reality, we believe it to be the final view of life — it is a closed system, an end in itself. When we are in this state of being, God has to become more insistent in the promptings (the cricket ball and what follows it).

Peace of Mind is Our Immediate Reward

The beauty of transcendence is that when we move up to the next step, our general mood becomes calm — because, with each attainment of a higher perspective, there is a disintegration of an old element of worry. That’s a great reward for victory, no? 

I present this law to you in full acceptance that a higher truth may come to me tomorrow. If it does, I will recognize it as a gift of transcendence, and I will happily and lovingly lay down the understanding that I present to you today, with no sense of shame, no compulsion to justify or defend my former understanding, no sense of despair. I’ll just accept the higher truth, integrate it into my life, study it, and assume that something eventually will transcend that perspective as well    


                                                                               

                                                                                             

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