Original Research - Special Collection: Romania

The origin, definition and nature of the transconscious in the spirituality of Father Stăniloae

Vasilică V. Bîrzu
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6689 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6689 | © 2021 Vasilică V. Bîrzu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 April 2021 | Published: 26 August 2021

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Vasilică V. Bîrzu, Department of Orthodox Theology, Faculty of Theology Andrei Saguna, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania; Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


In his important work, Orthodox Spirituality, Father Dumitru Stăniloae considers that, besides the real existence of the subconscious, there exists in man another reality as well, comprising the superior divine energies found in the human heart and which he defined by using the modern notion of transconscious or supraconscious.

Contribution: The present study emphasises on the origin, definitions and content of this concept in the work of Father Stăniloae and its great importance in defining a way to know God and his salvation works, from the perspective of an anchorite and Christian mystic, engaged in the existential tension of communion with God.


conscience; transconscious; subconscious; Stăniloae; Eliade; Jung; cardinal virtues; theological virtues


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