What I want to talk about here is the development of group consciousness in relation to awakening.
By analogy, group consciousness is a form of family consciousness. In a loving family, the bond between the children is created by the accepted fact that they have the same mother and father and are therefore brothers and sisters.
What we include and exclude from that family circle is completely arbitrary if we let the mind run the show. “My brother and I have the same mother so we are family’s member”, “My neighbour and I don’t have the same mother so we are not family’s member”. It is an include/exclude game based on the dual appreciations of the mind.
The important point is that when an entity finds a common origin with another entity its vision changes and when the vision changes so does the heart and those changes impact our daily reality.
Nationalism is also, but also only by analogy, a form of group consciousness, here the limits have extended beyond the family circle and now include the nation. Individuals share the same history, traditions and culture and a bond is present.
Nevertheless, group consciousness is still fairly absent on this planet. The feeling of belonging (family, nation) is still driven by biological urges, compulsive and unconscious cultural undercurrents. What we currently have are collections of egos, the term mass consciousness is more fitting.
True group consciousness is of a different nature, it will only manifest after the reign of the mind has ended, after awakening. Awakening to what ? To the reality that your essential nature is essentially pure consciousness, Presence, that it has no limits and that it is the nature of all and everything.
Every time a fragment of Presence awakens, group consciousness expands.
If group consciousness seems absent in an “awakened individual” you can make sure that we are dealing with a spiritualized egoic activity masquerading as an awakening.
Group consciousness is vision and compassion, Presence is acknowledged and a spontaneous activity for the benefit of all is naturally occurring.
Ants and bees demonstrate by analogy what group consciousness would look like humanity. For those insects It is happening at subconscious level through the activity of the substance but the analogy is useful and it is easy to extrapolate. A child can easily understand what group consciousness is just by observing the activity of those little insects.
What could the world look like once group consciousness as fully settled in?
- Goods (no planned obsolescence anymore) will be produced for the good of all not out of greed as it is currently the case.
- Technology will accessible to all. Engineers will team up together to create resistant and durable products.
- Resources won’t be hoarded by a minority to the detriment of the majority and will be shared based on the geographical needs.
- Cooperation will become second nature between individuals and countries.
- Working “for a living” will become a thing of the past. Individuals will naturally follow their lines of least resistance and do what they love and are meant to do.
- Travelling will expand. Humans from different geographical areas of the world will meet and share their cultural particularities, knowledge and life experience.
- The concept of “family” will expand out of the current concept. Individuals will progressively see each other’s as brothers and sisters all united in the same family.
- Compassion will become an embedded second nature manifesting as joy, enthusiasm and humour.
- Religions will drop as dead shells as everything appears as a manifestation of the One Life
Every time you think of a better world you give substance to it, you are making it real and you hasten its manifestation. Every time you think an idea is a utopia you prevent its manifestation you have the world you deserve because you are the world.
You will become what you think you are but you are not what you think you are. There is nothing wrong in becoming as long as you remember that your true self does not reside in the river of impermanence but in Presence, the silent source of all.