The Soul and Group Consciousness


The Soul, The Negative Ego, and Group Consciousness

Unlike the negative ego, the soul is not interested in exploiting other people for individual gain. Its agenda is not limited to the desires of the personality. It does not want to shine by shaming someone else. Its true interest lies in uplifting everyone so that we all might benefit. The soul’s strategy is strongly focused on establishing group consciousness. Its game plan is straightforward. If we play together, we win together. If we heal together, we can change the world.

The Soul’s Plan

We cooperate with our soul’s plan when we clear our karma and open the necessary space in our system for the soul to come forward and shine in our life. The soul is the door to unconditional love. Whenever unconditional love is present, everyone feels whole, uplifted, and em- powered, the equal of everyone else in the group. Love is inclusive. Love makes winners of us all. Love changes the world.

The Negative Ego’s Plan

The negative ego’s game plan is quite different. Its strategies are divisive and center on this timeworn theme: If I win, you lose, and if you lose, then I get to feel better, bigger, and more important than you. The negative ego’s game is devoid of unconditional love. It is full of hostil- ity and exploitative maneuvers whose sole intention is to fulfill its desires, often shaming and humiliating other people for its own gains. The negative ego wants to dominate everyone and be at the top of the heap. It mistakenly thinks it can substitute “being on top” for being whole and fulfilled. What the negative ego fails to recognize is that being on top does not automatically make you whole, happy, or fulfilled. What you were before you got to the top of the heap, you will be after you get there. Power, wealth, and notoriety are not the antidote for having an empty core.

The Soul and the Long-term

The soul knows that it has had previous incarnations and may well have future ones. It knows that we come here, time and time again, until we learn the lessons that we must and transform the toxic energies we carry in our body into a clear and vibrant light. The soul’s concern is for the long-term: Will what we do in this lifetime advance our long- term growth or hinder it?

Helping other people helps our growth. Kindness, forgiveness, and a generous spirit count. These qualities accelerate our growth and help us transmute whatever rage, resentment, and hatred we may experience within ourselves or encounter from others. Being stuck in negative emotion separates us from our soul, encumbers our progress, and holds us back.

The Negative Ego and the Short-term

Unlike the soul, the negative ego’s concern is for the short-term, this lifetime. It has a short-term focus because that’s all it thinks it has, one lifetime to get what it craves and then the grave. It wants to get everything it can in almost any way it can. It is ruled by desire and greed. It functions in ignorance of the Law of Consequence and has little, if any, consideration for the long-term repercussions of its actions. If death is the end of everything, thinks the negative ego, then what possible further consequences could there be for what I have done?

Ignorance however, is not a shield and will not protect the negative ego from the long-term consequences of its actions. Sooner or later those consequences will come home to roost. We never outwit or outrun the Law of Consequences.

Unlike the spirit which lives in clarity and peace, the negative ego lives in constant worry. Because it feels separate and alone, fear is never far away. It is the first emotion the negative ego feels when it faces the unknown. The spirit, on the other hand, has a conscious realization of its own eternal continuity. It is centered in the Divine light. The real challenge of life is to find that center.


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The Conscious Gateway

Self-actualization occurs when spiritual light is consciously introduced into the energy channels of the subtle nervous system through meditation and is then directed to rise in a disciplined manner through the chakras, starting with the base chakra at the bottom of the spine system and culminating in the chakra above the top of the head. When all of the seven chakras are opened, synchronized, and vibrating at their highest optimal level, they form a conscious gateway to the realms of the soul and spirit that is sealed off from our awareness until the gateway is created. That gateway is of supreme importance in our evolution. Fully opened, it is the vehicle for developing a strong soul connection and moving beyond the gulf of confusion that plagues most people. It is the channel of  self-actualization. The spiritual light that flows up the gateway to our spirit, there to be answered by an even greater stream of spiritual energy flowing down from the spirit to our conscious mind, completes that higher connection. The great mystery of who we really are cannot be revealed until we make that connection.

It is important to stress that making that higher connection is a two-fold process. We must direct energy through the gateway to our spirit. Our spirit must then answer by sending Divine energy back down to us. This is the cycle of self-actualization. Our spirit may not answer right away. The reason for this potential delay is that the spirit will not respond until it is sure that we are ready to be embraced by a higher degree of unconditional love than we have heretofore experienced and accept our unity with life. In its wisdom, the spirit monitors our state of readiness and protects us from receiving too much power too soon. It responds to our call for unity when we are ready to know who we really are and undertake the journey to self-actualization.

When that higher connection does occur and our conscious mind is united with our soul and spirit, we become whole in ways we have never been whole before. The integration of the physical and supra-physical elements of our system is the platform for the next stage in our evolution: the birth of spiritual power, the beginning of self-actualization, and the advent of a growing luminosity. In this stage, we will come to know our Divine connection, our relationship to all things, and our true identity. This is the gift of self-actualization.

Unfortunately, most people never become conscious of their supra-physical elements and thus, never consciously evolve. They never realize who they really are, for they have only developed a relatively small part of their nature. In most people, that means they will go no farther than where their intellect can take them. Many people of high intelligence fail to realize that the soul and spirit begin where the intellect ends, that their true identity lies beyond the borders of rational thought. These people rarely walk the path of self-actualization. Don’t be one of them.

The soul and spirit are the transcendent parts of our nature. Our true identity is housed there, as is our life purpose. Until we integrate the physical and supra-physical aspects of our system, our truth is dormant and our luminosity undiscovered.

Higher Consciousness and the Collective Consciousness

A strong link exists between our personal consciousness and the collective consciousness of the society in which we live. Each sphere of consciousness continuously impacts the other. Neither sphere is static or separate. The collective consciousness of the world’s democracies, for example, is more fluid than we might imagine. It always responds to an infusion of consciousness from awakened individuals. When enough of us raise our consciousness and integrate the two major aspects of our system, the collective consciousness will gradually open up to incorporate the changes we have made within ourselves. This is the power of self-actualization. Self-actualization changes the world, but only if enough of us take the journey.

Throughout history there have been individuals whose teachings and truths were spiritually powerful enough to change the collective consciousness. The teachings of Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed changed the world and continue to impact the lives of billions of people today, yet their teachings alone are not enough to help today’s world emerge from its current impasse. Until we become the change we seek, the world cannot move into the light. If we want to change the world we must take the self-actualization journey. There is no other way.