2020 has been a year of awakening for some...and I would say it's a small number today that is growing. What do I mean by being awakened? You start to realize there is more to life than what you perceive. And we are all impacted by shifts in our collective consciousness.
Carl Jung first brought this concept of "collective consciousness" to light...an innate set of rules, behaviors and ways of thinking that we are born with. It's not something we learn, it's something every human is ingrained with since inception. As I've been on my own journey this year, I have learned so much about how collective fear, anxiety and hate can spread like wildfire across the world. It got me wondering, what if we had that same level of collective energy around peace, gratitude and love? How different would our world be?
In his book, "A New Earth", Ekhart Tolle talks a lot about ego mind. He highlights this concept that there is a direct correlation to your state of consciousness and external reality. "When you are in the grip of a mind-set such as "war", your perceptions become extremely selective as well as distorted." (Tolle, pg. 76). Your perceptions become distorted. He further says that the ego is a collective dysfunction...the "insanity of the human mind". Huh. Collective dysfunction...where all ego minds are on edge and creating their own ways of responding to situations. Sound familiar?
In continuing my study of the ancient yogic method of relaxation sleep, called Yoga Nidra, we learn a lot about the brain and the impact our thoughts have on our ability to see the world as it is, not as what we think it is. This concept of distortion arises from the fact that we all have an ego mind. And it's not a bad thing. Without it, we would have no sense of self or "I". Where we've lost our way is by allowing the ego mind to dictate what we think, how we feel and what we interpret the world around us to be. Our perceptions become "extremely selective and distorted". When the ego mind is in control...we "will see only what you want to see and then misinterpret it." (Tolle, 76). What if you could start to see your thoughts as a voice...that's all it is a voice...you are not obligated to listen to it...how different would your way of thinking be (Desai, 114)?