by Gilbert Ross
Does anybody know where we are heading as a culture, collective and
This is not a
rhetorical question or a cynical remark.
It's a simple,
down-to-earth and unassuming question.
Think about it for a
To some degree we all
fall for this little mistaken assumption - that someone or some
group of people have a full view of where we are going - and so
we comfort ourselves that it's being taken care of somehow and
we do not need to actually worry about it.
We can shove it to
the side because even though we don't fully understand what
tomorrow will be like for you and me, there is an unknown
someone or somebody that got it figured out.
What is then left to us
to do is follow the lead, carry out the instructions handily given
to us by society and culture, and just live on.
In a nutshell,
this describes the
predicament of our times...
I'm not sure what is
worse, whether giving our power to an unknown someone or something,
or the indifference of not even wanting to know because we are so
muddled up in our own personal dramas and survival.
We are still coming of age.
As children we
trusted and relied on our carers to guide us because they
know best what we need.
We didn't need to
figure out everything ourselves from start.
Yet this innocent
natural consent to hand over our will and power to others
somehow seeped through even as we grew independent of the basic
operations of life such as providing for ourselves.
We somehow remain
conveniently stuck into the mindset that there is someone else who
will provide the answers and solutions for us whether it's,
the state, the
scientists, the institutions, politicians and what have you...
The answer, as you
certainly know, is of course they don't...
They don't have the
vision, answers or solutions and they are as clueless on what's
going on as the next person on the bus stop sucked in his phone
screen while waiting for a bus to come and take him somewhere.
The idea here is not that
they are at fault that they do not have the bigger picture, but that
they can't and should not have the bigger picture because ultimately
it is not up to individuals or a small group of people,
democratically elected or otherwise, to have the answers.
No matter how long we keep on knocking on that door, nobody will
The reason is something
akin to a notion often referred to as,
'the wisdom of the
The idea behind the
wisdom of the crowds is that,
when a large group
collectively (not necessarily at the same time) works upon a
task such as in the classical example of guessing the number of
candies in a huge jar, the result is always superior and more
correct than any single guess, thought or estimate.
In the example of the
candy jar, each person will express a very rough estimate - some
going far beyond or below the number - but weighted out on average
it seems that the crowd gets it right to a very small margin of
This is not a
statistical fact only. It also points out to the phenomena of
strength and wisdom in unity as a collective.
What you can't
achieve as a single individual can be easily achieved
collectively and this, I believe, applies more pertinently to
understanding what is going on and where we are going
I am a true believer that
one of the biggest shift we can reach in our evolution as a species
is moving into the awareness of, and living out, the first level of
unity consciousness which is group consciousness.
This is where we are heading, and so by default, this shift cannot
be directed or understood by a single person because it is by its
own nature a collective phenomena.
There is a mindset that
will set forward the shift in the balance of power:
from handing over
power to the few, to waking each other up to the collective
power we hold together...
The only faint and dull
copy of this, that we know in most of our societies, is the idea of
democracy and democratic rule of law.
Yet it doesn't even come
close to it since just by being in a democracy as a social and
political system, doesn't mean we are living out the meaning of
experiencing a more 'united and shared' collective life.
So what does it mean to make a shift into group consciousness?
It doesn't mean
breaking free from individuality and it doesn't mean becoming a
herd, to set the record straight from beginning.
We have been hearing
about the concept of 'unity consciousness' and 'we are all one'
for quite a few decades now and this has entered and diffused
into the psyche of popular culture, but it has also been
distorted and, as it happens, became cliché, stereotyped and
discharged a little bit from its true essence for
is not about stripping people of their individuality or subjugating
them to fit and conform to the whole.
It is a subtle shift in which we understand that our own growth and
self-empowerment stands also as part of the unfolding of the whole -
just like a flower in bloom we are individually the petals where as
we grow and expand together as individual petals, the whole flower
grows and expands in full bloom.
There is just a gentle
awareness of this and as the flower blooms, this awareness grows and
expands and is reflected back in the movement and growth of each of
the petals - everything in total balance and in a harmonious
Group consciousness is all about expansion, growth and
inclusiveness while honoring the sovereignty of the individual.
In fact the more the sovereignty of an individual is held up high,
the greater the power of the group consciousness is and this can
come across as logically counter-intuitive for many.
In fact it's part of the
cultural programming to build semantics and linguistic concepts
based on a logical framework of fragmentation and separateness:
is also about breaking this logical-linguistic barrier.
A deeper understanding of group consciousness thus requires the
development of new neuro-linguistic frameworks:
co-emergence of new neural patterns and circuits that will grow
exponentially within the gene pool and socio-cultural
A new set of codes that
will be a big part of the tipping the scale on the current
materialist paradigm that is still hanging on to 18th, 19th
and 20th century thinking.
This meta-programming, once again is not done by an individual or
groups of individuals.
To understand better
whether an agenda is positive, balanced or bending towards the
self-interest of someone, first try to see something about its
If it's a decentralized,
self-organizing and has no real hierarchy or imbalance of power,
then it is a natural flow system that you can always
This is how all
natural systems work and so does group consciousness.
This element is also one of the hardest to overcome.
The deep programming for
control and unequal distribution of power, which up to this point is
still in the shadow frequencies of our own DNA, is pretty much
prevalent in us and holding us back, but it is a necessary part of
the birthing process to present itself as these incredible forces of
resistance and contraction.
Letting go of control and
trusting the flow while stepping out of your individual impulses
(but not your sovereignty), is where the that tipping point is.
It's hard and inconceivable to the rational mind but totally
So the blueprint of
the sovereign human is the freedom from these deep structures
and total trust in flowing into the unknown...
simply combines these two faces:
It only takes that first
shift in perspective and the more people step into this shift, the
greater and swifter the rest will cascade into a precise fall.
Group consciousness will completely change the currents and
circuits through which those currents flow.
It is a complete
rebuilding of our philosophies, economies, social interaction
and governance, our technology and everything that is known to
But once again it is not
something that we can predict, forecast or project from our current
and limited state of consciousness based on the separation
It is seeping through in
other ways and channels, some of them still pretty unknown to us but
will become recognized more and more of us allow ourselves to
trust each other and team up into groups and
communities at different levels...