In the traditional sense, the word transcend suggests a surpassing of our limitations, to go beyond the range of our ability or understanding, the fascination of ‘more’ that percolates in our mind and imagination.
Transcendence and immanence are counter balances, the within and without, the Yin and Yang that hold all of life in perspective. Immanence says, ‘live within limits and be content with your lot in life’. Transcendence says, ‘there are no limits to the imaginative possibility of life, so don't be trapped by the small mindedness of your current human experience.'
Transcendence constantly searches for an archetype, a prototypical model that energises curiosity and the pursuit of spiritual experience. Mythology is the incarnational starting point of our archetypal narrative, the mysterious and enchanted world of gods and demigods, angels and demons, other-worldly heroes and villains who invite us into a sacred space of creative and inventive constructs, the 'more-ness' of how life could be outside of our bubble. These colourful ruminations are essential if we are to see our lives as more than flesh and blood, a mere product of nature, devoid of some universal intelligent design. Mythology has given birth to all the great religions and continues to nurture their place in the world, like a celestial conductor that orchestrates the harmony of the human soul. The magic and mystery of its tag-line is one of wonder and worship calling our fascination and intrigue to greater heights (and depths) of ecstasy.
My immanence is a collection of transcendent moments that have coalesced to form who I am and are becoming, my physicality interpenetrated by a spiritual essence that journeys me towards what the ancients called theosis or divinisation. I am growing into my transcendent self, my 'imago dei’, that emerges to transform me into the likeness of ONE that I have never seen, but can feel as a lived experience. Jesus, the Christ, is the human example of this hypostatic union (transcendent immanence), who points us toward our ultimate eternal state, the universal coming together of transcendence and immanence, physical and non-physical, or in layman's terms, heaven (breath) and earth (dust).
The term SIN was used by our forefathers to describe the separation of these realities, and the story of Jesus Christ as the hope of divine reunification. You are a beautiful symmetry that has always understood the weakness of its singularity; SALVATION then becomes the divine remedy for a new understanding of ‘oneness’ …our personal coming together.
'They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.’ - St John