New Dawn 181 (Jul-Aug
This is the question I posed at the beginning of my 'Year Ahead 2020' piece.
In my review of the year ahead, which I titled 'Consensus Reality Meltdown,' I wrote:
The fluidity and
changeability of reality that I suspected would emerge came
suddenly, and not in a trickle but with the bursting of the dam.
Things would become increasingly more liquid-like as older, established social forms dissolved faster than new ones could replace them.
As the full COVID-19 'pandemic' began to arrive upon our shores, I wondered whether during the consensus reality meltdown there would be a reshuffling, allowing each person to take this time to listen to themselves...
In the reshuffling, I considered that new pathways of connection could be forged.
In a follow-up essay, I wrote:
It now appears evident that a rising confusion is entering into the world 'reality-bubble'.
Our social and political systems seem so full of abstract madness partly because they have lost their relation to anything tangible or remotely truthful.
We are now beginning that gradual climb out of our quarantined cocoons and seeing the world anew.
The 'COVID Consciousness' that has infected us globally, through the entire human species, can have the effect of awakening us into a stimulated frame of mind, with new perceptions triggered - or it can force us into accepting a new consensus reality (the 'new normal') for the foreseeable future.
We are presently not out of our 'cocooned lockdown' - not fully yet.
And this, I feel, is a good thing as many of us still have time for a reconsideration of where we are, what we are doing, and where we wish to go.
This is not a story about viruses or dead infectious parasites - this is a tale of contagious sentient life...
Before we can take our
further steps into what will become the most significant era for
humanity's future - into a phase of rapid evolutionary acceleration
- we first need to take a 'stop' and to examine ourselves.
He named this,
According to Gurdjieff's own words:
This extract illustrates that its function was to give the 'student' a necessary moment for unhindered self-observation.
A person, remarked Gurdjieff,
Interestingly, Gurdjieff states that every epoch, race, and class have their distinctive forms of thought which are so tightly bound to their 'posture' that they cannot be changed.
Later in this description it is remarked that,
If we now consider this at the larger scale, it implies that people are culturally bound to particular 'postures' of thought (aka, social conditioning), and that these thoughts and feelings are automatic (programmed).
Gurdjieff's method of breaking down these automatisms so that they could be observed was through imposing an external command of 'stop' that had to be obeyed.
For the first time in our known history, human civilization in most of its forms came to a halt.
We were stopped in mid-posture - a state of arrested movement - and placed in a space we are totally unaccustomed to.
Similarly, we may consider this as an act of force majeure, whereby humanity is now free from its prior commitments to a way of life it had contracted itself into.
If we are free from our past contract, then whilst the world's politicians are speaking of a 'Second Wave' of the virus, perhaps we should be considering this as allowing a 'Second Wave' for our human experiment - to begin a new trajectory, a new timeline for a human-planetary future.
The past contract that humanity got itself involved in came to represent,
If there was ever a time
to break with this contract and to agree upon a new manner of
collaboration and reciprocal maintenance, then this force majeure
offers us a unique opportunity.
For most of humanity's evolution, we existed as localized aspects of psyche and consciousness.
Whilst a collective unconscious species mind has existed, this lay beneath the conscious awareness of most people.
This has now 'flipped over' into a physical presence in that so many more people are currently aware of psychical fluctuations across the world.
Why does this matter...?
It matters because the effects of consciousness, although seemingly intangible, are just as important as those tangible, physical effects we are generally more aware of.
Similar to what Gurdjieff spoke of,
As many people are aware, like things attract and resonate with like things.
And now, as our species'
collective psyche is growing and developing, such 'contagions of
consciousness' are extremely powerful.
This has always operated as a useful function of social management.
As a person learns to de-condition themselves, and to throw off these layers of their psychological conditioning, they create more expansive states of awareness by having access to a broader range of consciousness fields.
We are each of us affected by the 'consciousness ripples' emanating from others.
It is how the ecology of consciousness operates.
As transpersonal researcher Chris Bache puts it,
What we feed into our localized fields of consciousness will then go on to form part of a larger body or consciousness field.
And this, ultimately, will form part of a grander resonating field of collective consciousness - at the community, national, and global level.
Therefore, what and how we think is indeed part of our responsibility.
That is, if a psychological environment of fear, panic, and anxiety is created through thousands, or even millions, of individualized fields of consciousness, these will ripple out to congeal into a grander collective field of increased psychic density.
The resonance of disturbance will be on a scale far exceeding the individual level.
Similarly, if localized ripples of coherence, hope, trust, and empowerment are transmitted, these will not only influence local and community environments at the psychological level but also the larger global psyche.
This is not voodoo or magical thinking - it reflects how the intangible realm of thoughts and human consciousness operates.
Psychologically, we are not alone.
This present moment of a global 'stop' phase should give us time for reflection and consideration.
We will have questions now that are of great importance.
It is crucial that people do not fall back into a heightened state of cultural programming swayed by external agents/systems that compete for increased control and social management.
The human community needs to come together with at least a minimum of psychological insight.
When communities and individuals lack psychological insight, they are open and vulnerable to the impulses of the unconscious from within as without.
Unawareness of such forces can bring about emotional, mental, and physical instability.
It is a psychological trait that when our minds recognize a repressed force within ourselves, a corresponding expression manifests in our outer, physical world.
The images we have within us, however, can be just as powerful as those without.
It is a necessity that human civilization returns to the fundamental recognition of the person as a human being; also, as a being with psychical force.
We need to get back to
ourselves in so many ways.
The inner resources each person has within them can bring insight, conscious awareness, and experiential knowing onto contemporary issues and their distress.
It is essential to bring the inner world to bear onto the physical, material world.
In order to achieve genuine solutions, each of us must be prepared to change and transform from within, and not just by changing our ideas.
Each person has a
responsibility not only to the outer world but also to their
individual inner life.
Resist Conditioned Conventions of Mass Mind
We need sustenance from a source that is beyond all social institutions, and from beyond the distractions and attractions of physical life. It is necessary to create a distance from the tirades that life brings us.
Ironically, the newly imposed rules of social distancing may assist indirectly by triggering an awareness of a form of distancing in terms of unhealthy energetic attachment and identification.
In this, perhaps, a more acute state of self-awareness can develop as an antidote to the general state of social unconsciousness.
What humanity is largely experiencing today is the moral uncertainty that precedes a new understanding as the 'old morality' enters its death phase...
The great perennial task of humanity has always been the same:
When we are finally able to heal ourselves from within then, and only then, can we heal others and the world without.
The question of human responsibility is to resist the forces of dehumanization.
If we do not awaken
to our potentials during this space of 'COVID
consciousness,' then we are vulnerable to the encroaching forces of
dehumanizing social-technological control...