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Consciousness in Oscillation

Worldviews and their Transcendence as Spiritual Practice

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Sonja Lenk

The thesis addresses the question of human consciousness in its oscillation between conditioning and transcendence: the impact of cultural worldviews on the individual’s lifeworld and their gradual transcendence as a form of spiritual practice. At the centre of attention is a group of individuals and their unfolding life-stories as they move through a journey of transformation, seeking to explore and understand the complexity of their own consciousness. The emphasis is on the embodiment of belief systems and the individuals’ inherent existential power to transcend cultural precepts. Methodologically, the study is based in phenomenological anthropology. It thus employs the first-person perspective and includes subjective personal experience as primary data.

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The following descriptions include mainly extracts from the annual workbooks of the School, reading assignments, as well as notes I took from the lectures. They merely describe the School’s world-view and understanding of the human being in some more depth and I in no way claim them to be empirically true. Essence At the very core of our being is our essence. Our essence, according to Brennan, is the most fundamental nature of our being and is completely unique to each individual. It is beyond the limitations of time, space, and belief and is therefore not subject to upheavals of feelings, thoughts or experiences. In congruence with the concept of oneness, according to which the universe can be found in a single atom, it is at the same time our most basic nature as well as an individual aspect of the divine. This inner essence has not really changed with time, nor have negative experiences ever really tainted it. Although negative experiences may have covered it, or veiled it, they have never really changed it. It is who and what we truly are. Wound At some point during incarnation/childhood the wound is created which then at least partly covers the essence, for example in certain areas of one’s life like in- timate relationships, or the expression of one’s creativity, or issues around work and the fulfilment of personal longings. Lower self From the wounding follows the creation of the so-called lower self. The lower self is that part of us...

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