The concept of transcendence has featured in debates about spirituality and psychiatry both as a core defining feature of what spirituality might be considered to be and also as a significant point of contention. However, it is amenable to interpretation within both psychological and theo logical frameworks of reference and provides a possible common point of reference to professional and academic discourse. Properly understood, transcendence should be seen in a close relationship with immanence, rather than in opposition to it. A clearer analysis of the relationship between immanence and transcendence in spiritual traditions and practices has potential to clarify some of the present controversies in this field.
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