If we were to define the word “collective conscious,” we might see it as a level of thought and belief that extends beyond the personal thought level and is shared by a collective of individuals. The thoughts within the collective consciousness can reflect more than our “language thoughts,” i.e. the thoughts that come from our minds which are composed of words. These thoughts have the capability of manifesting in symbolic ways; much like how our thoughts and emotions manifest within our dreams at night.
In fact, the same way that our individual bodies have an energy field that contains imprints of thoughts, beliefs, memories and emotions, so too, does the bigger energy field that encompasses a location or the planet. This is why the general state of the health of the majority of individuals within a collective can begin to be reflected by our environment as well. For example; Nature seems not Herself anymore (peaceful and supportive), most likely because we are not our nature-al selves anymore (through our craving for artificial products, non-living treasure, suppression of emotions, consumption of convenience foods). Her weather patterns (mirroring our moods and drives) are more aggressive and chaotic. Her frequency feels “sped up.” She is being poisoned in the same way we are—by our drive to seek our worth externally and to produce and consume an increasing number of artificial products and goods.
The symbolic way that the collective consciousness can manifest is spoken of by both the Bible and Buddha in terms of “fruits.” For example; within the Dhammapada, Buddha states;
Ill done is that action of doing which one repents later, and the fruit of which one, weeping, reaps with tears. Well done is that action of doing which one repents not later, and the fruit of which one reaps with delight and happiness.
So if we were to define terms such as “fruits” and “seeds” we could say:
Knowing this, how can we begin to see how “seeds” take shape and blossom within the collective consciousness?
If we can step back and contemplate a bigger picture concerning our thoughts and how they are intertwined with the consciousness of a collective, we may be able to view them as existing in a system of streams; visualizing these streams as encompassing different branches of collective thinking, patterning and belief. We can then visualize how there may exists one larger stream with smaller and smaller tributaries running from, into or within the larger streams. Some of these tributaries may cross over into other streams or take multiple pathways, etc. Though, when it comes to thought, its streams might not be as clear cut as those streams we view within nature.
The biggest streams are those which involve our beliefs concerning life in general and our basic needs for survival. These beliefs are held by many people all over the world; such as beliefs around money and government, or our definitions of success or failure.
Tributaries may form which encompass the beliefs of different groups, cultures, norms, religions, etc. For example; they may include ideas around how to define God or the role of women in society. Even these tributaries, may have smaller streams within them or branching from them, and so on and so forth; each reflecting more and more individualized and independent streams of thinking. Our individual consciousness is only one tiny stream that flows among many other streams to form a larger one.
To add a twist to this, in the same way that there are various streams of consciousness, there is more than one level at which manifestation can occur. For the purpose of simplicity, we could categorize two main levels:
Even the two main levels of manifestation—personal and collective—may be affected by different levels of consciousness. There is both a personal and collective conscious, unconscious and superconscious. For example;
Not only do we have thoughts that are conscious or unconscious, we also have different carriers of these levels of consciousness. Such “carriers” carry the energy and make it real by expressing it into the physical world.
In the Bible, this was expressed as the “word becoming real;” which when our will and intention are strong and unwavering—while supported by the knowledge of who we truly are—manifestation can happen that straightforwardly; such as in the case of healing work producing instantaneous results. However, most manifestation does not happen this directly. The thoughts beneath what is manifested may not always be conscious, and the carriers that carry conscious or unconscious thoughts into manifestation can go beyond words. There are, after all, many different forms of thought, communication, and language that can be expressed all at once.
So, what are some of these carriers of thought?
Again, many of these carriers operate at an individual or a collective level of expression.
Additionally, not every thought we have will manifest concretely, and different thoughts and intentions can contradict one another, even at a core level (for example, a person may consciously desire companionship, yet fear it at the same time, thus manifesting neutrality or uncommitted relationships).
Finally, as most psychics and healers are aware, we can also possess thoughts that are not our own; taken on from others around us. Yes, this is a form of thought as well; whether it is picked up from an individual or from the general collective consciousness. And, when we accept a certain stream of consciousness, it can become part of our own energy, vibration, intention, behavior, and language. Whether a person does or does not end up taking on another individual’s thought forms (or the collective’s) is largely dependent on their own thought level and susceptibility.
The most common way we subliminally and willingly take on thoughts and beliefs is through general streams of collective consciousness that linger around us and influence us more than we may realize. We take them on from television, movies, books, advertisements, magazines, culture, governments, religions, and other places. We take them on from anything that tries to impress upon us who we are, what we want, how we should feel about ourselves, what we should look like, what we should believe in, what we should buy or sell, and the list goes on.
What can we do?
While embarking on cleansing programs to vigilantly ‘clear’ ourselves of beliefs is not necessary, finding a way back to Self does involve awakening to and weeding through all these "seeds" and beliefs in order to find who we are, who we are not, and what thoughts are in alignment with the energy that we truly wish to carry into our world (collectively and personally). We can begin this process through becoming a detached observer of our thoughts and of the world. From here we can become more lucid dreamers within our worlds and lucidly manifest more of the heaven upon earth that we are longing for.