Plato’s fable has the benefit of not proposing a plausible explanation on the origin and the functioning of transpersonal forces. It contents itself to make people attentive to the phenomenon by making them aware that these impressions have a massive impact on how an individual thinks. Those that use the term transpersonal often have the tendency to suggest explanationsâ of this phenomenon that are finally more fanciful than Plato’s fables.
What I retain from the term transpersonal is the idea that an individual feels forces within himself that he has not built in the course of his life that also enliven most of the people that surround him. That sentiment is active from birth, and is encouraged by almost all educators worldwide. It is also active in the sense that an individual has the impression of participating in the animation of what animates him. For example, I am formed by the social world that surrounds me, but I also actively participate in what this social life becomes. It is therefore possible to distinguish two types of transpersonal thoughts:
1. The anthropological dimension. There would be transpersonal regulation systems and mechanisms brought about by biological and social history that motivate each individual in multiple ways. These mechanisms generate forms of universal regulation, but they are not necessarily mechanisms that contain a truth. They only allow for the reproduction of a knowhow. The term transpersonal gathers a multitude of causal systems that activate the impression that there exist universal mechanisms that are beyond us.41
2. The anthropological and spiritual dimension. There would be transpersonal systems of regulation and mechanisms brought about by biological and social history, which motivate each individual in multiple ways. Among these systems, some are in contact with some absolute