transpersonal: a personal definition

trans•per•son•al 

(trænsˈpɜr sə nl)

1. extending beyond or transcending the personal. 

My hand is stiff and clammy from gripping the phone. I take a deep breath & I wonder, ‘what is like to be her?’

2. being or involving an altered state of consciousness. 

That afternoon, sitting on the front step beside an empty tab of Panadeine Forte & the dregs of a beer I feel the gut punch of her rage, loneliness, & fear. From miles & years away I hear her voice, quiet and calm like I have never known her to be: I do the best I can Rowy. That’s all I can do. 

Source 

transpersonal. (2010). Random House Kernerman Webster’s College dictionary. Retrieved from https://www.thefreedictionary.com/transpersonal

Published by Rowena McGregor

I am an educator, librarian, & researcher interested in how a transpersonal approach can transform communication and create connections even when we are in conflict. I also love snails -- little metaphors I use to remind myself to take some time to dwell on an idea, to revisit it, to circle around it, for as long as I need before I 'get' it.

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