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Where is our Collective
Consciousness leading us?
you think that the world is being run by a small group of very powerful
people, that the planet's in such a mess because of their greed and
general disregard for the ecology and well being of the earth along
with it's inhabitants, then you're only looking at part of the picture.
There may be wide scale corruption and conspiracies throughout the ruling
regimes of the world, but the real power behind these lies within a
far greater authority.
We are this
world authority. We are the deciding committee - all 6 billion
of us, who inhabit this earth. We are the global collective consciousness.
In this global committee, everybody's vote counts. Only, in the world
collective, the vote isn't just made by a cross on a piece of paper
put into a ballot box, it is made through each thought and each choice
made by every single individual, in every moment. And, just as in a
committee, the outcome of the collective choice is shaped by the overall
governments and religious sects only get to be in a position of power
that allows them to do whatever they like and trample whomever they
like, because the rest of the population let them. Whether this is because
of attitudes like "I'll scratch your back, but I expect a scratch
back later with interest", or "don't involve me, I've got
other things to worry about", or maybe "what coup, I see no
coup!" From burying our heads in the sand to avoid seeing things
that we don't wish to see, through to self-interest and jumping on any
passing gravy trains, our attitudes shape the governments that rule
us. It also shapes the religions that "guide" us, as our belief
systems find their match in the flavour of religion that mirrors them.
The world we
live in now, reflects our collective choices and our collective
It is a world that
is slowly emptying of resources, that is defiled by degrees, yet we
point the finger at others, shake our heads in despair or just bury
it in the ground and pretend the problem doesn't exist. We give our
approval by silent acceptance. And, as with most committee choices,
the end result is usually one that nobody in particular wanted but wasn't
bad enough that most people couldn't live with. Each person in the committee
brings their own agenda, their own personal set of requirements, their
own attitudes and although apparently a group, the global committee
is one of individuals with an individualistic view.
are winners, who get what they want by whatever means - persuasive by
collusion, coercion, corruption, only very occasionally by conscientious
There are also the
losers, who despite their best efforts can't shift the consensus vote
in their direction - lacking the leverage, their argument is lost to
the louder voice in opposition.
However, the vast
majority of people fall into the category of listeners and watchers,
talkers sometimes, even snoozers, but not usually the shakers or movers.
Voyeurs to the debate, they are just occupying space, and are happy
to follow the herd to their fate. Their silence, their non-participation
gives power to those willing to seize it.
A group of 10 people
could take on one man beating another, yet 10 individuals may cross
the street to avoid being involved. As individuals, the heroics get
left to someone else - let them get the bloody nose for poking it into
someone else's problem. We'd rather leave it to someone else to sort
out or let the thug get his way. Until it comes to us one day. Then,
we might be praying for a hero to give us a hand or that maybe enough
people will finally make a stand.
whatever we do, whatever we choose, whatever we voice, whatever we expect,
these are what combine and form our collective consciousness. If you
add together 6 billion zeros, the result is still zero. If you add together
the consciousness of 6 billion people who don't get involved, who give
away their choice to others and who don't speak their truth, then the
balance of power will go to those who do - good or bad.
Sure, there are
bodies of authority and governments who make laws and legislation, but
who elects them?
Yes, there are corporations
run by wealthy magnates who are responsible for ransacking the resources
of the earth, but who buys their products?
Then there is global
warming, climate change, pollution - issues variously laid at the doors
of oil producers, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry - but who is
it that drives a car, burns wood in their stove, demands cheap consumables
and throw away packaging? Ever wondered what happens to your waste,
to what you throw away, tip down the drain or dump by the road?
What we do, what
we choose and what we accept is all part of our global collective consciousness
and it really does affect our global outcome. So, if we want the world
to change, then we have to change first. When there is a big
enough group of people, who all think and act from a different agenda,
from a different consciousness, "people power" starts to kick
in. That is when the message gets loud enough for the ones at the top
to notice, when it becomes too loud to be ignored and so forces change
from the bottom upwards.
If you look at history,
some of the major shifts in power have come about through persistent
and widespread use of the word NO, used by many people to object to
either injustices or abuse. The most significant and relevant example
that comes to mind is of the women suffrage movement, whose efforts
forced change in a male dominated society to allow women the right to
vote, the right to have their say and to make their choice. (Well this
is the case now in some societies, although it would seem in very few
religions - but that's another soap box story!)
future is in our hands, is dependent upon our choices
If you want cleaner
air, then you could choose to leave your car in the garage or you could
choose a cleaner energy source to keep warm. You could look at your
impact on the air that you breathe and make choices from a bigger perspective
than just your self.
If you want less
pollution, then you could choose to recycle your trash, use less packaging
or dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way. You could look
at your waste and think about what happens to it downstream of you,
about where it actually ends up, about who ultimately has to deal with
If you want to play
your part in reducing the population, then you could choose to use contraception
or you could ask your spiritual or society leaders to justify why they
are actually encouraging more births and population growth?
If you want to make
a difference, then know that even the smallest voice can produce an
echo and where one leads, others will follow.
You have a voice
- use it or lose it.
You have a choice
- make it or others will take it.
You are here
- leave your mark.
But, leave it
Hargreaves 1st December 2004)
Collective Consciousness - Hark.net.au