Understanding the TranscendentUnderstanding the Transcendent by Berhane-Negus
UNDERSTANDING THE TRANSCENDENT EXPERIENCE
By: Spencer Pennington
In the film Contact several heavy social, theological, spiritual, and personal questions are dealt with. There is of course the question of Are we alone in the Universe? Then there is the follow-up question, If we are not alone, where do Humans sit in the Universe? What is our importance? The other great questions in the film are much more personal in nature: Is there a God, and if so, what is God? Did God create both us and the aliens? Perhaps the most perplexing question though is that of How do we explain and justify the transcendent experience?
The film does this by showing the double-edged nature of skepticism: Skepticism is displayed as a means of analyzing and strengthening one's own faith through questioning and examination. However, it is also shown as being a possible block to the great realm of the
“Each of us has a song to sing… a tune to dance and celebrate… reaching a state of bliss and beauty.|
Life has so much to give one just needs to open up his eyes to discover the gifts… I am on that path… singing, dancing, celebrating… this is Siddhartha.”
Siddhartha has been a meditator, tarot reader and painter for many years now. He loves laughter, fun and sharing the abundance of grace.
As a celebrator of existence, he is at home in togetherness and in aloneness too. For him life is a constant exploration in its different hues and spaces. He showcases a few of his paintings here for a wider audience.