Each of us participates in limiting or liberating those around us
Recognizing this is key to expanding possibilities individually and globally.
The thing about the Collective Field is that we rarely consider it, or even know that it is there. It is the collective emotional, psychic energy that builds in the unconscious, just beneath the surface of our awareness and bursts into consciousness spontaneously as if it came out of nowhere. An awareness of this internal process can empower you to manifest your highest potential.
The Multiple Discovery concept describes the phenomena throughout history of individuals around the world working independently and without knowledge of each other making the same discovery at practically the same moment. For many years people thought it was impossible for a runner to break the 4-minute-mile. As soon as Roger Bannister did it, he gave dozens of other athletes ‘permission’ to do the same within the same year. What is apparent is that there is a collective field of thought/belief that dictates, to some degree, what is possible and these limits are continuously being expanded.
The term most often used is “emergent”, it describes the place where unconscious properties are birthed into the conscious realm. It is a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties. When we apply this concept to human social systems, we begin to recognize the importance of thinking collectively, as well as individually. This can be difficult in a world that emphasizes the power of the individual.
Limbic Resonance by Amanda Sage
Vladimir Vernadsky used the term “Noosphere” to describe the sphere of human thought as a distinct realm that shapes the physical world and thus the life-forms that inhabit it. In Vernadsky‘s theory of how the Earth developes, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere.
With these ideas swirling through ones head in contrast to the immense global problems we are facing, it is apparent that a “mind-shift” is in order. We have the ability to bring about transformation and expand our notion of what is possible, but this will only happen when we begin to think collectively and with a balanced perspective.
We all know what it is like to walk into a room full of tension and anxiety, as pressure builds we can feel the potential for violence to break out. Likewise, we know what it feels like to walk into a room that is filled with safety and love. These vibrations, these emotions can not be seen, yet they are very contagious and contribute greatly to what is created within a given space. When people consciously focus their mindful energy together, simultaneously, towards increasing the vibration for positive outcomes globally, we can alter outcomes.
An analogy I love is about a bucket of crabs. Each time one reaches the top and almost escapes, the others pull it right back down into the bucket. We do this to each other when we let jealousy, competition, and pride rule us rather than wishing to lift up those around us. It takes self awareness to think collectively so that we can separate our own personal insecurities from our desire to see prosperity, success, healing for everyone. Clearly we have the potential to push each other down or lift each other up. What we do for or to others will always eventually come back to us, this is the beginning of understanding the collective field.
The noosphere is global, we are all in the same “room” and each of us effects the collective field.
The vibrations of fear and violence are powerful and mostly unconscious. The antidote is a conscious, mindful strengthening of the collective field with love, trust, and gratitude. This is not ethereal or mystical, it is a practical response to the situation we find ourselves in right now on the planet. Some say that humanity is doomed to self-destruct, but people also once said humans could not break the 4-minute-mile. Possibilities are endless, the wave of consciousness and transformation is contagious.
Surf’s up, it’s time to BE the change.
WORDS BY JACOB DEVANEY
FEATURED IMAGE BY ADAM SCOTT MILLER
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How we can move beyond our greatest challenges by taking a moment to reconnect and remember who we are?
Several years ago I was working on the screenplay of a large film project. During that time, I moved with my family to a small property in the rainforest to incubate the story and script. The project had raised a large chunk of development funding and galvanized an all-star team of story board artists, animators and visual effects specialists who were poised to suck up the story into their pre-production machine and take it to the next level. But in order to do this we needed a story and script (my job). The project was behind schedule when I was brought in, and for me as a writer, the stakes were about as high as they get. My family and I rented a quiet little spot in the hills of northern New South Wales, Australia with the romantic notion of building a creative buffer from the daily pressures of the project in order to write in ‘peace’, but along with the near-deafening sound of cicadas pulsing from the rainforest, the project deadlines began mounting on a daily basis finding their way through my peace buffer into my mind and my writing.
After several months, as we approached a seemingly insurmountable production deadline, I found myself teetering dangerously on the edge of total creative breakdown. I was hardly ever sleeping, I was absent from my life and I was beginning to feel trapped in this little cabin like Jack Nicholson in the Shining. I had come into the project feeling inspired and on fire, committed to making a huge difference in the story and the world, but as we came to the eleventh hour of a critical draft I found myself completely locked up. The climax scene was yet to be written and I couldn’t find my way through. I wrote for days, looking for a stroke of genius, but each pass I made on the scene seemed to arrive at a dead end. Finally in the very early hours of my deadline day, out of utter frustration and exhaustion, I pushed myself back from my desk and walked outside.
My bare feet hit the grass and the pre-dawn dew sent a shiver through my body. I took a breath and stopped, surrendering every ounce of effort. In truth, there was nothing left in me to give, so it was an easy decision. I didn’t know what I would do next, but I also knew that what I had been doing wasn’t working; so there was no point in pressing on further. For a moment, I just completely let go and I stood there breathing, taking in the quiet pre-morning sounds of nature around me… feeling what it is like to be completely empty.
I’m not sure how much time passed (maybe a couple minutes, maybe a couple days – just kidding!) but eventually something started to shift. I felt the grass around my feet growing warm and with it came a an opening in my mind and body. I took another breath and the feeling started to grow into an energy that I could literally feel rising up through my body, releasing tension, giving way to a sense of calm. Another couple breaths, I am feeling quite good just standing there doing nothing… and suddenly, out of nowhere, the entire scene I had been working on (unsuccessfully) seemed to land in my mind in a completed form. Lines of dialogue began emerging and subtle twists of character that I had never even remotely conceived of began to crystalize and percolate into form. I stood there watching the scene unfold for as long as I could take it before bolting back into the house and scribbling it down into my journal. Twenty minutes later the scene, which I had literally been working on for weeks, was written in perfectly-drafted form, ready to send. And I, in the process had learned an incredibly powerful lesson about the gift of surrender. Stepping back when we reach a point in any journey where the road appears blocked, and the wall too high to permit our passage.
Bharat Mitra and Amir Paiss share their experience of what becomes possible when we stop to connect and remember who we are
During the 2014 UPLIFT festival, one of the most powerful elements for many participants (and speakers) were the panel discussions in which several individuals of different backgrounds and areas of expertise were brought together to discuss key themes, issues and planetary challenges in a way that would otherwise rarely happen. One of the most popular sessions was one titled ‘Peaceful Co-existence’, which featured a handful of our planet’s greatest ‘pilgrims’ of peace – Each person on the panel came with profound experience of overcoming deep personal and/or cultural challenges to walk a path in life that had transcended their apparent circumstance to create an offering or gift of great service for the planet.
Among them, were ORGANIC INDIA and UPLIFT founder, Bharat Mitra. Israeli musician Amir Paiss, Lakota Cultural Specialist Loretta Afraid-of-Bear Cook, former Jain monk and long-time peace activist Satish Kumar and Choose Love founder Scarlett Lewis. At the climax of the session, a question was posed that has application not only to many cultures and systems of our planet at this time, but also to each of us as individuals, walking our own path of purpose and discovery in life.
The question: What do we do when we’ve reached our limit and we see no way forward? When the path in front of us seems impossible. When we know that doing more or better of what we have already done is not going to get us where we need to go. When we reach that endpoint where everything we know does not add up to the solution we want… what do we do then? Amir Paiss and Bharat Mitra were the first two to answer the question. Their responses (shared in the below video) powerfully articulated my own experience with writing, and describe in a personal and global sense a place we must each come on our own path of true connection and expression in whatever form in life. Watch the video below for their responses.
What do I do first? I stop. It doesn’t mean I stop the movement that I am in, but I stop the mode in which I am operating. I’m stopping, and I am remembering who I am. – Amir Paiss
The only significant change happens when are acting from being connected. When we are available for consciousness itself to be present and to inform our action. Just from being present, the direct experience of every single one of us is of interconnectedness and Oneness. And from Oneness, our actions are in tune and in harmony. It’s not a decision that we need, it’s not an agenda that we need to carry, it is the most effortless expression of who we are. – Bharat Mitra
WORDS BY CHIP RICHARDS
BANNER IMAGE BELLE FLANEUR
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