Milica Zegarac

Independent researcher

Type of intervention: Lecture

Title: Transpersonal Emotions

Abstract: Emotions have always been a controversial topic. I propose the term transpersonal emotions to encompass the affective states “beyond the ego”. Although used before, the meaning here refers to primarily positive, developmentally higher-order emotions that at their ultimate form become virtuous traits. Hence, experiencing (i.e., state) or continually expressing (i.e., trait) affective states such as compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, inspiration, elation, joy, awe, humility, and others is related to nonduality. Nondual states as presumably ultimate states of many types of meditation or just of everyday being-in-the-world can be traced historically as amply corroborated by ancient traditions and mystical literature. The perceptual-sensory expression and cognitive-evaluative awareness of transpersonal emotions are often reported as concomitants, antecedents, or results of those nondual states. Those transpersonal states have their theoretical underpinnings in all three main transpersonal psychology domains, the expansion of consciousness, healing, and transformation, and as such may contribute to a more resilient mental ecology.

Resumed biography: Milica Zegarac (MATP, MBA, RYT500) received a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology from ITP/Sofia University (USA) and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at CIIS. She has presented at international conferences related to consciousness exploration, community psychology, and transpersonal psychology and research (ATP, 2019; EUROTAS, 2016, 2015, 2014; TRC, 2017), and spirituality and religion (ICRSS, 2019, 2021). She conducts workshops and presents on the topics of transpersonal psychology, therapy, and yoga internationally.

Country: Serbia

Language of the intervention: English