Each of us interpret and perceive life experiences through our individual filters. I regularly question my filters, pre-conceived notions and perceptions; a practice I recommend for everybody. Most recently, I had a major wake-up and reality check. I realised I often form opinions and judgements on topics about which I know very little. What do I base these opinions on? Of course, things I read, the media, conversations with others, thus determining what resonates and what doesn’t. Ultimately, the power of the collective is so strong, it can sway the most steadfast amoung us.
What is collective consciousness? According to the French sociologist, Emile Durkheim, collective consciousness is the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. How is the collective informed? Mostly through media, as well as gossip, prejudice and assumption. Most media, with the exception of some independent journalists, is unreliable due to sensationalism for the purpose of increasing profit margins. Pessimistic? Perhaps. True? Yes.
So, how do we discern what’s in alignment with truth, with authenticity? How do we discern what to align ourselves with? Our individual opinions must take a backseat. What is fundamental in today’s social and political climate relates to people’s direct experiences, the experiences and opinions of those affected, and the reasons and intensions behind decisions that were made. When the media leaves this information out or misrepresents facts, it is up to each one of us to keep an open mind, stay grounded and centred, and not jump to conclusions.
Mass movements are often based on mistruths. I find myself feeling a sense of betrayal and anger at the misrepresentation of information and destruction at the expense of innocent people. The powers that be can easily (and often do) shape us into who they want us to become. I know it’s easier said than done but my only thought is to develop a daily spiritual and mindfulness practice to strengthen inner-fortitude and alignment with Source in the face of adversity. Trust your intuition and inner-guidance system, and constantly set intension to align with Truth.