First referred to in the metaphysical literature and now being felt by contemporary philosophers, scientists, and mystics across the globe, there is a hugely profound “event” happening, right now, within the collective psyche of humanity. To put it simply, our collective mind, that houses the cauldron of thoughts, beliefs, feelings, emotions, impulses, and intuitions that contribute to the perception (and thereby creation) of our reality is undergoing an evolutionary restructuring of its foundational suppositions. Okay… Even more simply—we humans are in the process of changing the way we think about life and how we live it.
Over the millennia, since becoming a sentient species with a mind capable of self-reflection, we have quite naturally been exploring the nature of what it’s like to be physical in a physical world. Before the advent of cities, we spent 100,000 years in communities living together under the natural principle of cooperation. The last 6,000 years has seen an exploration of the concept of competition as the driving force behind how we live our lives. Psychologically, over roughly the same period, the ego-self has developed its intellectual faculty, leading to a reliance upon logic, reason, and thought processing over spiritual or intuitive ways of knowing.
The Renaissance period between the 14th and 17th Centuries began a reawakening to our creative potential. We became artistically inspired (breathing in from our spiritual source of creativity), before being intellectually inspired by scientific and technological advances in the 19th and 20th Centuries. In short, for the last 600 years or so we’ve been revitalizing our spiritual connection and developing our intellectual capacities. All good, Yes?
Maybe not. The start of the 21st Century sees the realization that the ego-self’s preference for intellectual understanding, together with its belief in the concept of competition (now given credence by the specious axiom ‘survival of the fittest’) has gotten us into one hell of a collective pickle. Our ego-self has become mesmerized with measuring and categorizing anything and everything it perceives through the physical senses—much to the detriment of our spiritual connection and the information available to us through our far more informative inner senses.
Normally around the age of two or three years, once a small child has reached an understanding of how its physical senses work and how it can use its body to interact with the physical environment, it moves into a further stage of development. A “theory of mind”[i] comes into play. The child’s attention moves away from a focus on the physical stuff of being in the world to an equally important nonphysical aspect of its being. It psychologically moves to understand its interactions with other individuals, together with exploring the energies of emotions and their expression. (Ask any parent!)
The Human race, as a species, is at a significant point in its evolutionary development. Like the small child, we are moving our attention away from our physical senses that tell of our existence, to the nonphysical, immeasurable, inner senses that engineer our existence. Just like the small child, we are expanding our awareness of what is possible for a fuller, more complete rendition of being a spiritual expression having a physical experience.
The ego-self’s preoccupation with explaining the physical has led to a narrowed perception of life in general and what it means to be—not just in physical terms, where we delight in observing and measuring our being-ness, but in the broadest terms possible, including a purer explanation of our spiritual, nonphysical beingness.
A schizophrenic Western mind
Over the 20th Century, the collective mind of Western civilization has developed a schism between the ego-self (the part of our Self that manages the physical, objective reality) and the inner self (the part of our Self that deals with the spiritual, subjective reality).
Our collective mind has largely excluded any advice from our inner self (an emissary of our Essence self), cutting off from our direct awareness the information and knowledge that completes who we are. Corrupted over the centuries by the pursuit of power, some religious organizations have become so confused and distracted from their original responsibilities (spiritual and moral guidance), they have begun to exhibit a chronic state of schizophrenia—paranoid schizophrenia—as witnessed by the rise in fundamentalism.
The resultant lack of spiritual guidance in the latter half of the 20th Century, and the fact that the guidance that was available still traded on the fear of repercussions in the afterlife if you didn’t conform to a doctrine’s dictates, has meant that we have not dared to venture along the path of true spiritual investigation and discovery. Those in power have utilized fear, the predominant state of being for our ego-self, to deny us access to the wonders of our spiritual world—where Divine Love is the prevailing state of being for our Essence self.
This separation from Essence, for so long, is the fundamental reason behind the current turmoil we are experiencing in the world.
The good news is that our multidimensional, multifaceted Essence selves are forcing their way back into our awareness. They have stood quietly and patiently as our ego-selves have run riot with free will, taking us to the brink of annihilation. They’ve had enough!
Consciousness, God if you will, has also had enough of this experiment in egoism.
Slowly but surely, through the subtleties of intuition and the inner senses, our Essences are making their presence felt on many of us as they strive to gain our attention and bring our collective mind back into a more balanced and broader level of perception.
Our collective mind, that has for so long been restricted by the ego-self’s faith in an intellect wooed by left-brain, analytical, logical, reductionist, objective, and materialistic thinking, is shifting its focus of awareness away from solely “masculine” oriented ways of perceiving our being-ness. We are beginning to re-embrace our “feminine” faculties of awareness into our conscious reckoning. We’re inviting the energies of the “Divine Feminine,” along with our inner senses, back into the art of balancing a purer, more refined sense of perception.
In summary, we are currently navigating a truly evolutionary shift in the very nature of human consciousness and how that human consciousness is expressed in the physical world.
[i] Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own.
Barbara Marx Hubbard describes our evolution in consciousness:
David Spangler on the Subtle Worlds of our existence:
Goddess Guanyin. Short for “Guanshiyin,” which means “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”
Some organizations that are helping us understand what our shift in consciousness involves: