“The world is a projection of our collective consciousness. If our collective consciousness reaches that place of peace, harmony, laughter and love, it will be a different place.” – Deepak Chopra
The collective consciousness has evolved through eons of time to shape the world as it is today. Throughout antiquity, civilizations have acknowledged the presence of a higher force that is omnipotent and omnipresent. The collective consciousness is more like a dimension where humanity’s collective evolution is recorded and through which you can navigate your past, present, and future.
How the culture of an organization reflects the values of the top management, the nature of reality reflects the worldview of the collective. What the majority believes in becomes the dominant paradigm. This is how different eras, cultures, and belief systems were formed over time.
What is collective consciousness?
According to Carl Jung, human consciousness is only the tip of the iceberg of the entirety of consciousness. In fact, our conscious decisions and actions are in reality majorly influenced by our subconscious and unconscious predispositions. Everything psychic is after all pre-formed. Our subconscious acts not only as a repository of our personal unconscious but also contains the experiences of our ancestors. Thus, Jung believes that a part of our consciousness is not personal to us and is derived from the collective.
Collective consciousness has many names. Following are its different connotations and interpretations:
Carl Jung calls the archetypes – the universal complexes of consciousness. The archetypes are important because they are the manifestation of the structure of our consciousness.
Since the constituents of the unconscious i.e., its memories and processes, etc are truly unconscious, the evidence of archetypes cannot be objectified. Its proof comes from its obvious applicability. Thus says Jung,
“if unconscious processes exist at all, they must surely belong to the totality of the individual even though they are not components of the conscious ego. If they were part of the ego, they would necessarily be conscious, because everything that is directly related to the ego is conscious.”
How did Jung discover these archetypes?
He found a recurrence of patterns in images, characters, and events in myths, religions, and cultural beliefs from different communities that are highly unlikely to share a common heritage. It’s as if consciousness manifested itself through a pattern of archetypes where the object of representation is hardly important. What is important is what the figure symbolizes.
Take for instance the different archetypes, the anima/animus, the shadow, the trickster, the wise old man, the hero, etc all universal characters that manifest themselves in our lives based on different stages of our psychological growth process.
Levi Strauss a French anthropologist, identified a structural similarity in myths. He broke down a myth to its smallest components – mythemes and laid it out in two axes. The horizontal line represents linear time i.e., the story of the myth while the vertical line represents the structure of the myth i.e., the language laid out in reversible times. Language is the structure because it is only through language that the propagation of myths is possible. Hence it is the language and not the story that makes myths all around the world so famous. Thus, according to Strauss, the present phenomena are nothing but transformations of the different structures of our primitive patterns. So basically everything has been repeating throughout history, only via different modes of expression.
Jung further dismisses the object as an individual and considers it a mode of expression of the unified whole. The object does not matter in its own right and is just a medium for collective expression.
To read more about archetypes, check out my article: Archetypes: The Common Psychic Structures Of Humanity
II. Akashic Records
The term “Akashic Records” originates from the Indian word Akasha, meaning sky. It is a dimension much higher than ours where we can access information pertaining to lives beyond our present. And also gain insights into the history of collective evolution. It is like a cosmic library where everything that has ever existed, and that which will ever exist, is stored in the akashic outside the boundaries of time and space.
In other words, it is like a database of all universes existing simultaneously in a different space-time. It is the dimension where all the possible outcomes of events co-exist. The Many Worlds Theory is one of the most controversial theories of quantum physics that states, every action or decision that you do not take in this universe manifest in a different one. It is uncanny but every road not taken in this Universe is a road experienced by another version of you in a different universe. The only difference between the two universes being that they vibrate at different frequencies.
What higher self is to you, Akashic Records is to the Universe. Your higher self is your whole self which embodies the knowledge of all your choices and their outcomes. It can see your past, present, and future simultaneously.
What does antiquity have to say about the Akashic?
The knowledge of the Akashic Records was well-known in the ancient world. Civilizations such as the Egyptians, Tibetans, Moors, Persians, Greeks, Jews, Druids, Indians, and Mayans all consulted the oracle through priests who claimed to be the only medium through which this knowledge could be accessed. The mention of such a record is found even in the scriptures. In Psalm 139, David explains that God wrote down his entire “history”- and noted all the details of his life even that which is imperfect and about deeds that are yet to be performed.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was the first Western person to mention the Akashic through her theosophical teachings. She claims to have spent an intensive amount of time studying the “Akasha” with the Tibetan monks. However, it was only in the early 20th century that pioneers in the metaphysical field like Alice Bailey, Manley P. Hall, Charles Leadbetter, and Annie Besant introduced the term Akashic Records for the first time. Edgar Cayce – psychic and clairvoyant, popularized the Akashic Records through his soul readings.
The famous Bulgarian mystic Baba Vanga, who predicted 9/11 among others accessed the Akashic to make her claims. But even though most of her predictions came true, some did not. Why is that so? It is because our future is in a constant state of flux. In fact, it is basis our decisions and choices that our destinies are shaped in real-time.
Another way to look at Akshic is to compare it with a very advanced AI app. This app records and updates your choices and decisions in real-time and determines the most probabilistic path to your destiny.
Morphogenesis meaning the development of forms was first studied by Alan Turing – the father of modern computer science. It is a field of developmental biology that studies how plants get their unique shapes.
Turing believed that mathematics can be used to explain biological systems and studied how complex patterns are formed in nature. He designed an equation, called the Turing system to study how molecules combine together to form patterns in different organisms. It shows that as you increase the magnitude of space, the number and size of the patterns increase proportionately. Evidence of his idea comes from the work of James Sharpe, who modified the hox genes in rats to achieve as much as 14 fingers.
He wanted to understand why the microtubules that crystallize in one part of the cell do not do so in another even though they are present throughout the cell. It is because a morphic field precedes cell formation and it is this field that directs the function of different cells. Morphogenic fields have both spatial and temporal aspects and organize themselves in a spatio-temporal pattern vibrating in a rhythmic frequency.
Rupert Sheldrake – a biologist and author in his book – A New Science of Life and The Presence of the Past, proposed that collective memory is inherent in nature. He realized that the same morphic fields in plants apply in shaping the nervous systems of animals as well. This collective memory of the species inherited from the ancestors forms an organizing framework that precedes physical manifestation. Also, morphogenetic fields evolve over time, based on the environmental conditions to support the evolution of the species. This implies that at first, change takes place at an intrinsic level, at the level of our soul in the 5th dimension of the spirit before it manifests in the 3rd dimension. The law of attraction, i.e., the secret of all manifestations uses the same principle for physical manifestation.
Each of us not only inherits the structures from the collective but also contributes to the collective. In essence, new patterns of behavior become accessible to all members of the collective. For instance, if a rat learns a new trick at one location, the rats of the same breed should be able to perform the trick faster in any other location. And there are experiments that support it.
What archetypes are to the psychic structures of the collective unconscious, morphic fields are to physical matter. They both determine the mental and physical forms of various objects in nature.
What is the origin of collective consciousness?
Carl Jung believes that
“it is just as impossible for us to know the nature of the preconscious psychic disposition that enables a child to react in a human manner.”
What makes the child behave as humans results from the patterns of an archetype – that expresses the form of activity and the typical situation in which the activity takes place. For instance, walking on two legs is inherently human and there is no way any human could comprehend it any different.
He further says that
“these images are “primordial” images in so far as they are peculiar to whole species, and if they ever originated their origin must have coincided at least with the beginning of the species. They are the “human quality” of the human being, the specifically human form his activities take. This specific form is hereditary and is already present in the germ-plasm.”
Our tiny brains are in no capacity to comprehend the amount of information the collective consciousness holds. Unlike mystics who are inborn with psychic gifts, the average human does not vibrate at that frequency to access the collective directly. But we do in our daily lives access the guidance of the collective for making decisions.
How does collective consciousness manifest in our daily lives?
Collective consciousness is inherently an unconscious factor, so how do our conscious minds register it? Well, for the most part, we learn to decipher its patterns through which it reveals information to us. Some people are better attuned to these frequencies and are better at unraveling the unconsciousness than others.
Following are few common examples of the collective consciousness at play:
Intuition or sixth sense is the inner voice or the gut feeling that gives you a sense of the situation beyond all the layers of logic. We often second guess our intuition and later regret not listening to ourselves. Some will claim that intuition is always right. But is it?
Well, more often than not it is right because intuition can see things from a higher vantage point. Because it has so much information it calculates all the probable outcomes of a given situation and gives you a hunch about it. People who are intuitive have a better-balanced anima-animus complex, i.e., the feminine and masculine aspects in the personalities of men and women. The more balanced your internal energies are, the higher are the psychic states that you can experience.
Synchronicity or coincidences are experiences that are true only to the person who experiences them and is difficult to explain to others the logic behind such situations. Chinese texts, particularly the I Ching states that there is a correlation between the individual and the cosmos and that one’s inner state influences the external world. When these two states are at vibratory equivalence, you will experience an event of synchronicity. In Eastern religions, even today people considered such events as revelations or messages from the divine.
Synchronicity happens when there is no resistance and when the individual is open to new ideas. Many reports repeatedly seeing certain numbers and patterns like 1111 or randomly coming across a song or show that accurately describes their life situation.
3. Déjà vu
Déjà vu is the uncanny feeling that you have already experienced a particular situation even though you never have. It is the feeling of familiarity you have with a situation. Déjà vu is common during childhood when your psyche is much closer to the whole.
Some refer to it as a glitch in the matrix. When you experience deja vu, your brain sort of perceives the situation from the point of view of the future instead of perceiving it from the present. Obviously, in the future, this situation would be familiar to you because this event would have already happened. But how is it that your mind knows that you have already been here? It is best, I suppose to describe this eerie feeling as a glitch in the matrix. But the experience of déjà vu is evidence that your consciousness is not limited to linear time.
Human consciousness is merely the tip of the iceberg. What each of us experience is our subjective experience of the different complexes of the collective. From Levi Strauss’s deconstruction of myths, we can safely conclude that our present reality is nothing but the repetition of the events of the past.
Collective consciousness plays a major role in regulating our experiences than we give it credit for. The more you get in touch with your inner self, the stronger your connection will be with the collective and your inner states will start reflecting the events of your outer world.
The paradigm of collective consciousness that connects each of us to the whole of humanity calls for a more connected worldview than the one we embrace today. Today the world more than ever needs peace, harmony, love, and freedom for the ego consciousness and progression towards unity consciousness.