On the eve of the 2016 US election, many in America as well as around the world experienced waves of dense energies comprising the two extremes of the human emotional spectrum and everything in between; and all, even those who were not following this series of events were unknowingly affected by the collective energies.
Upon waking on the morning of 11/09, some rejoiced and others sank into deep grievance and rage. Strangers formed alliances based on common interests and loved ones fell apart over political division. The collective psyche in general reflected a state of chaos, anger, despair, separation and fear.
It is easy to give in and allow ourselves to be sucked in by that giant vacuum of the collective shadow right now. The vibration of fear magnified by the masses can indeed become an excuse for individuals and groups to play the blame game or worse, commit acts of violence against each other. What can we do during this time of extreme uneasiness and change?
Understand Your Significance
We are vibrational beings living in a quantum reality of energy. On an individual level, our body is a holistic eco-system in which the energy behind one persistent thoughtform can manifest in ways that either boost our wellness or weaken it. On a collective level, when a thoughtform is shared, encouraged, promoted and acted upon, its energy becomes magnified and powerful enough to impact the entire equilibrium.
Every leader who has ever risen, from the very best to the very worst, is the product of our own consciousness. Each of them has embodied either the light or dark found within ourselves as we give birth to the very traits they carry while we are making moment-to-moment choices in life.
Energy does not die. The energy in the thoughts, words and deeds we committed a moment ago, a week ago, a year ago, or decades ago continues to play a role in the expression of our own lives as well as the collective destiny.
On the surface, we may have nothing to do with the individuals who are exhibiting manic behaviors that we love to condemn, and to demonstrate our separation between us and them, we fiercely stand by what we believe is right and attack “them.” In truth, they are nothing but reflections of the sum of consciousness from all of us. For every thought of hostility, every word of judgment and every act of apathy, our own shadow energy is accumulating and producing the effects of war, starving children, and hate crimes against others.
Every time when we are being dishonest for the sake of our own gain, multiply that by a city, we are breathing life into the creation of a leader who engages in lies and manipulations. Every time when we judge others because of their gender, sexual orientation, or race, multiply that by a nation, we are manifesting a leader who is ruled by prejudice and fear. Every time when we attack another human being physically, verbally or even just in our minds, multiply that by a continent, we are giving energy to a leader who acts on hate and violence rather than love and tolerance. Every time when we neglect to help someone in need, multiply that by a planet, we are contributing to the rise of a leader who would rather invest in warfare than feed the hungry.
They are us. We are them. While we are not responsible for anyone else’s choices, we are responsible for our own. There is neither difference between us littering occasionally and the rain forest being destroyed (even though we are not cutting down those trees with our own hands), nor separation between us judging and hating our fellow human beings and a leader who sides with genocide.
Every ounce of who, and what we are being counts and casts a ripple effect in the collective. Beyond the illusion of separation, we are truly electing our own fate by either consciously, or unconsciously participating in the formation of our collective psyche.
Taking responsibility for every experience for the self and the world spells the start of self-empowerment, and self-empowerment is the key to global empowerment. “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are” by Alan Watts is a good start.
Examine Your Tribe
We are all born into a certain tribe that dictates our values, morals, religions and all elements that make up our entire belief system. We are social beings who need a certain group identity to feel safe and our ancestors relied on it for survival.
When we are un-awakened, we do not question the validity of the beliefs we have taken on and we live our lives subscribed to a set of thoughtforms that are not ours with utmost loyalty. Our tribe’s fears are our own, our tribe’s wounds continue to haunt us, and our tribe’s decisions become our decisions. If we dare to challenge our tribe, it is seen as the deepest betrayal.
Whether the current events are evoking joy or fear, deep down inside, how many of us have questioned whether our emotions are entirely our own, or have been filtered by our tribal mentalities? Which beliefs we currently hold are the powerful energy patterns that have been passed on to us by our caretakers, family circles, religious organizations and ethnic groups? By investing our energy into our tribe, we are also strengthening it making it more resilient, and difficult to break away from.
True healing calls for us to make our own empowered choices. To do so, we must first recognize the choices that are being made for us.
It is ok to fully allow ourselves to feel the current emotions that are coursing through our bodies right now so we can start healing. Wherever we stand, know that just like the individual destiny where we are 100% responsible for where we are heading, the collective destiny is never solid or pre-contractual, and we happen to be powerful creators whose very thoughts can shape the outcomes of all events.
As we are carrying on with our lives, there’s no time more important than the now for us to bring our full awareness into our being. If you are experiencing strong emotions over what is currently happening in the world, as you are allowing yourself to be present with how you feel, begin approaching each emotion with curiosity and examine what is underneath. Continue to drop through all layers by asking yourself “what is underneath this” and eventually, a belief will surface. Have a talk with that belief by asking some of the following questions:
“Whose belief is it?”
“Who do I know who shares the same belief?”
“Is this belief rooted in love or fear?”
Limiting beliefs inherited from the tribe are almost always rooted in fear. Some common fear beliefs are the belief of lack (I have to look after my own interest because there isn't enough for everyone), the belief of separation (it is "their" fault and has nothing to do with me and my people), and belief of powerlessness (I am just one person and I cannot make a difference). Fear patterns drain our life force energy and are the causes of illnesses and unfavorable conditions in our lives.
Healing is the decision to walk away from the tribe once we discover our tribe is no longer serving our highest good. By leaving our tribal conditioning behind and finding or forming a new tribe that aligns with who we are, we are taking the power back to transform ourselves, hence the collective at large.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Beware of Tribal Shame” is a good start for anyone who is interested in learning more about tribal consciousness. For healing tribal damage, Caroline Myss’s “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can” is an excellent read.
Be the Change
None of us are victims in this world because we are born creators, the only difference is that we are either creating consciously, or unconsciously. When the mass population is creating unconsciously, we are all impacted by the unconscious collective decisions. As the world is waking up, more and more of us are being called into healing and empowering others and we are eager to change the world, but we can only do so by first committing to shift our own consciousness and vibration because the world is nothing but a giant mirror in which we each project our own individual consciousness onto.
We can start every morning by asking ourselves, “If the mirror reflection is not to my liking, what is one decision I can make today that can bring a smile to that reflection, even for just one moment?”
What would happen if all 7.5 billion human beings on our planet took part in this every day?
Some call this a revolution, yet it is important to see what we are truly revolting against. If we believe it is about attacking others because of their ideologies, we are sadly participating in the unconscious creation of more anger, violence, and separation.
It is not a battle against humanity, it never was and never will be. It is, and has always been an evolution on the spiritual level that involves every single soul. This isn’t to justify anyone’s hurtful words and actions or to place blames. On a larger scale, we are in a continuous and eternal process of self-actualization and awakening to our true nature, and the only way for us to evolve is through experiencing polarities. Throughout history, whenever there is darkness, there is the opportunity for the emergence of light. When a species is threatened with extinction, it has the choice to adapt and change.
We are all co-creators in this big drama that is unfolding on earth. When faced with extremes, we are each given the chance to raise our awareness and come to the realization that nothing outside of us can take our choice away in experiencing, and demonstrating the love we have for ourselves and for our fellow human beings. By choosing to be love no matter what the circumstances, we are choosing to heal ourselves and the collective.
Start today. Start with little things because they truly matter. Indulge yourself in a nice bubble bath and envision all the tense energy leaving your body. Show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Forgive one more person in your life and visualize that person healed. Commit one act of kindness for someone who is in need of help. Pick up the plastic bottle on the ground and recycle it. Smile at a stranger on the street. Brighten up someone’s day by telling a joke. Adopt an animal from the shelter.
Whatever you do, allow it to come from the heart. If you are in the mood for peace and solitude, offer yourself some love by inviting mindfulness into your life. The Chopra Center offers many free guided meditations.
We are standing in an open field facing an infinite number of possibilities right now, and what we decide to be from this moment on has the potential to shape our future.
We are in this together. The choice is, and has always been ours. No savior is coming for us, we are the divine grace we have been waiting for.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, however you are being, when in doubt, choose love.
The time is now.
My salvation comes from me. Nothing outside of me can hold me back. Within me is the world’s salvation and my own. – A Course in Miracles