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Have we lost our ability to have transcendental experiences as we grow up?

First, transcendental experiences belong only to adulthood, be they spontaneous or psychedelic. Already the young may get some idea of the subconscious, but our bodies naturally do not allow them to experience anything deeper than that. The young grow up as they should and there is nothing wrong with them in this respect. Transcendental experiences become relevant only when they begin to become adults. In fact, the term “transcendental” arises from the perspective of the juvenile mind into adulthood. Because adolescent individuals can only understand their own part in life, terms like transcendental describe the adult world of experiences poorly, if at all. Actually, these terms sound childish and probably mislead understanding what they really are all about.

Second, for most people, their psyche hardly changes in any way during their lives. We think that is the point of the whole thing. But that’s what we’re wrong about. Our psyche should change into adulthood at the age of about 20, but there will certainly be no permanent change. For most people, nothing happens at all, but for some people, changes do happen for a moment. These changes are usually experienced as mystical because they really feel weird. When we hear people talking about them, we think they must have a lively imagination, or maybe some mental defect if they take them seriously. For ordinary people, everything other than realism is a fairy tale and should not be considered true.

Modern humans can have transcendental experiences, but they cannot become permanent. Admittedly, nature meant these changes to be a human way of life. As the term “experience” means an ending event, not a permanent one, it distorts the understanding of mechanisms of psychic change. Spontaneous transcendental experiences can only be experienced once in a lifetime, psychedelic ones more often, of course.

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