Collective Consciousness

Collective consciousness is a term used to describe the phenomenon of individual consciousness merging into a collective whole.

Most people will identify with the occasional slight telepathy they experience with close friends or relatives. For instance, you might be thinking of a song, and your friend might start singing it spontaneously. Or, you might be thinking of a person, and your friend might ask you about that person. The most common manifestation of this sort of collective consciousness would be when you are thinking of a sentence and your friend says it before you do, or you finish the same sentence together.

Telepathy isn’t just about communicating without words. This and other things can be seen as signs of a field of collective consciousness that is evolving in our society and people. Telepathy isn’t really communicating; it’s more like sharing thoughts!

Eventually, as humanity evolves we will hopefully reach a point where a lot more of our individual functioning is shared. Our thoughts will often be shared, as well as our feelings and desires. Through collective consciousness we should eventually be able to connect with each other to function as a single being in various bodies, while maintaining the best parts of our individuality as well.

The Cell In The Body Metaphor

The famous personal development blogger Steve Pavlina is fond of using the “cell in the body metaphor” to explain collective consciousness.

A body is made up of billions of individual cells. Each cell has its own form; they have a defined shape and a cell membrane to act as a boundary between them and the outside world. Yet, without the body which they are a part of, each cell would quickly die.

It doesn’t just go one way though. The cell was made by the body and was designed to be a part of the body. Its life and livlihood is oriented towards being part of the body.

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The cell and the body exchange information, nutrition, waste, and other products. They operate together from a position of perfect trust, and perfect interdependence. The body depends on its cells, while the cells depend on the body. And in a way, the body lives for its cells, while the cells live for the body. It looks a lot like love, you know.

But then, sometimes we get cancers. Cells that forget their place in their body and want only to grow and grow, selfishly.

I hope you can see how all of this can be seen as a metaphor for the greater body of humanity.

Each individual human is a cell in the body of humanity. Humanity is a single being.

Each cell gives to humanity. And humanity gives to each cell.

There’s a lot of cancerous cells in the body of humanity, and the individual cells are often not that aware of their role in the greater collective consciousness. But I think all of us could admit that without the rest of humanity, we wouldn’t survive.

Mostly, our functions as a part of the greater body of humanity are automatic. We realise that we must live at least somewhat in harmony with our environment for us to feel okay. We all have a sense of morality to a greater or lesser extent and are capable of feeling other’s wellbeing as our own. Our lack of consciousness stops us seeing the majesty and extent of this web of interrelated feelings and energy, but we act within it as we are able.

Experiment In Collective Consciousness

Try this experiment to discover a hint of your own interconnectedness with those around you. It’s really recommended that you try doing this for yourself and don’t just read about it, as the impact of the information will be much stronger if you experience it directly.

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1. Get a piece of paper and a pen.

2. Center yourself now and take a few conscious breaths. Using whatever meditation technique you’re familiar with, get yourself feeling in tune. If you’re not familiar with a meditation technique, try Vipassana Meditation.

3. Now, think about your different friends and close connections. Try to “tune into” them and find out how they are, and possibly what they’re doing.

Be neutral with your thoughts. Don’t assume that they’ll be doing or feeling any one thing (though you may have your own opinions on what they are likely to be thinking or doing). The trick is to try and hold an open space in your mind where an answer can apparently enter of its own accord.

This open space can be in your vision (close your eyes and hold a space in your imagination for an image to appear), your hearing (hold a space to let a sound or idea come to your inner sense of hearing), your body (allow a feeling or sensation to enter your body) or occasionally your other two senses. If you’re aware of your dominant psychic modality you will know which of these to use. Otherwise you may have to experiment to find which gives you clearest results.

Note: The main psychic modalities described above are called clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience respectively. Claircogniscence, or receiving information in the form of “just knowing”, is also relatively common.

When an answer appears to you, write it down. If you have a mental opinion of what your friends are likely to be doing, write that down too, especially if it’s different from the information you received. Later you can call or talk to your friends and verify if the information you received is correct.

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As a variation on this experiment, you can do this with a friend and try and tune into the friends you have in common between you. Write down your answers separately, and then check them to see if they match up.

The results of this experiment will vary from person to person, but in general it’s shocking how well we are connected to those people we know well. Although information can be received psychically about anyone with practise, there is a deep entwining of consciousness between people who know each other well.

Collective Consciousness

As we evolve more and more as people, we will more and more be able to experience us through the eyes of collective consciousness; not only as individual beings, but as individual beings connected to and irreplaceable parts of the collective.

Through collective consciousness, what is called love is not only good, it’s simply common sense.

When we know what we are, living in accordance with that knowing follows naturally. Through collective consciousness, we know we are intrinsically part of something greater. Just as a cog is nothing without the machine it was made for – or a cell is nothing without the body is was created for. We are made for something more.

And our truest identities are as part of that something more – it’s inescapable, and, eventually we will realise, there was never any sense in trying to escape it in the first place.

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