What is transcendence?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Now more than ever, we're understanding the biology behind this sense of transcendence beyond our typical reality. For example, we're now able to explain how out-of-body experiences happen, at least physically. The primary senses of sight, smell, hearing, and touch have great blood supply, but the part of the temporal lobe that integrates these senses together is in a watershed area that suffers from inadequate oxygen when your blood pressure drops too low. When this happens, the sensory input becomes disconnected and many people who have had near-death experiences report "leaving" their bodies. Transcendent experiences are also associated with things like hallucinogenic drugs and even orgasms - when you experience feelings that nothing else matters. Thankfully humans have healthier ways of achieving these states of disconnect (think "meditation"). As we search for meaning in life, we're moved by these experiences that reveal the big picture.

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