Religion is a term used to package very complicated socio-political movements while also capitalizing on internal psychological states. All these components make up the soup of religion, but they are all human components.
The “New Humanist” has an essay by Kenan Malik where he explores “the humanization of the transcendent in art and literature” and recaptures the word “transcendence” for religion-free dialogue.
In my life, I can use “transcendence” to label the times when the illusion of a solitary-homogenous-stable self slips. Some may call it something else. Perhaps some folks don’t even have or recognize this experience. Or worse, some may slip into fear, further partition or apathy when their self shifts. “Transcendence” for others may be another word for a sense of awe or wonder.
Question for readers: Tell us your thoughts on transcendence which is free of religious colorings.