March 10 by The Running Son
Distinguishing the superconscious transpersonal self from the conscious personal self
by Piero Ferrucci
Outer Egoic Self………………..(OS)
Inner Transpersonal Self……(IS)
1a. State of Busyness. (OS)
In our ordinary “egoic” state we are in a constant state of busyness, of doing, desiring, and striving to have more and more in a perpetual search for a state of completeness, fulfillment and perfection. Our outer self says: “Don’t just stand there, do something.”
1b. State of Quietude. (IS)
The experience of our inner transpersonal self is one of no-self, of pure being, beyond busyness, that requires putting aside one’s busy schedule now and then to practice a sense of quieting and stilling oneself. Our inner self says: “Don’t just do something, stand there.”
2a. First person plural. (OS)
Our ordinary personality is characterized by a multiplicity and diversity of apparently unrelated and separate roles, beliefs, feelings, behaviors, attitudes, and subpersonality ego states sometimes in conflict with one another and with other personalities.
2b. First person singular. (IS)
At the transpersonal level, multiplicity gives way to unity-within-diversity. You become one self with the seeming divisions of your identity intimately connected, harmonized, synthesized, and operating as a unity-identity-whole in experience and behavior.
3a. Then and There. (OS)
Our outer self lives in time where we perceive nothing is permanently reliable, permanently satisfying, and where the hard-won attributes of youth, health, fame, and beauty fade like so many grains of sand falling through the aging hands of time past, present, and future. We dwell in memories of yesterdays and dream of tomorrows, binding ourselves to the ghosts of things not really present.
3b. Here and Now. (IS)
Our inner self exists within a timeless realm of the Spacious Present where there is neither past nor future only NOW. The sense of time fades out or becomes suspended as we become totally absorbed in this present moment that has no beginning or ending, no duration, only intensity. At the transpersonal level we live solely and completely in the NOW. That which is timeless is also eternal.
4a. Things and bodies. (OS)
Our ordinary personality perceives a world of separated and isolated things that have limiting and limited physical forms and shapes. Each thing (a thought, emotion, object, person) is separated from every other thing in time and space, ultimately fragmented, alone, limited, and imprisoned within its form – a form that we unconsciously create using our perceptual mechanisms and interpret in terms of our cultural training and conditioned beliefs using our physical brain. The egoic self then imagines the apparent form of the perceivable world to be its only true nature, no more and no less.
4b. Unity-identity-whole. (IS)
Our transpersonal self perceives beneath the camouflage world of sensory forms to recognize the physical world as a dynamic webwork of interconnected fields and relationships. The inner self experiences each being not only as itself, but also a part of everything else, each form containing in some way all forms while still retaining its own identity, much as each portion of a hologram contains the pattern of whole picture. For William Blake this meant: “To see a World in a grain of sand and Heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour.”
Ferrucci, P. (1982). What we may be: Techniques for psychological and spiritual growth through psychosynthesis. (pp. 129-142) Los Angeles: Tarcher.
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