Mapping Higher Consciousness

By Jay Fenello

Most world traditions target two brain states that help people with their inner journey. Here they are presented graphically in this Map of Transcendence.

Jay Fenello - Map of Transcendence


Normal Consciousness

In ordinary consciousness, there are many things competing for our attention. We have five senses telling us what we are seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling. We have thoughts about our family, work, and other obligations. We have emotions…

From this list and more, our awareness typically jumps from one “attention seeker” to another, resulting in a stream of consciousness that we experience as “normal.”

The Harmony Point (THP)

The opposite of normal consciousness is The Harmony Point. It’s where all of the competing attention seekers are quieted, making higher states of consciousness more easily accessible. (Notice that each green line represents a different attention seeker, which can be of a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual nature.)

Single Point Awareness

Single Point Awareness is THP plus a single point of focus for your awareness. This focused awareness can occur with any of the green lines, meaning that it can be of a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual nature.

SPA can also vary by intensity (how big the line is). Many traditions, for example, teach low intensity approaches that can be used to attain THP. SPA can also be more intense, resulting in higher states of consciousness. Arguably, most human progress occurs within this type of Single Point Awareness.


The most intense form of SPA is Transcendence. That’s when SPA “breaks through” to something outside of normal awareness. Some say it’s a connection to source, or to God, or to the Akashic records. Whatever it is, it’s unusual, profound, and life-changing.

In closing, it’s important to recognize that these higher brain states can occur at any time, with or without preparation. However, those who pursue a regular meditation practice are more likely to attain these states, and benefit as a result.

Jay Fenello is the creator of the MindVizor, a ganzfeld meditation aid that provides benefits similar to floating, without the mess or expense. Visit the website for product details and tips on meditation and mindfulness.