to heal society, we must heal ourselves
Society is currently in a state of great disharmony—constant war between nations, corruption in government and politics, violence and discrimination amongst human beings, environmental pollution and destruction, species extinction, global poverty and famine, corporate greed, media manipulation, and a society of people filled with mental and emotional suffering. A 2012 United Nations report states that a global population growth from 7 billion to nearly 9 billion is expected by 2040, and demands for resources will rise exponentially. By 2030, demands for food are expected to rise by 50%, energy by 45%, and water by 30%. We are currently depleting natural resources 50% faster than the planet can renew. At this rate, it is estimated that we will need three more planet Earths to keep up with resource needs as they are today. Clearly our current way of life is not sustainable, and if we do not change our ways soon, we are sure to be the cause of our own extinction.
Society is the way it is because we are the way that we are. Violence, anger, hatred, greed, insensitivity—these are things that exist within the minds of human beings. If we truly want to live in a peaceful world, then we need to become peaceful people. We need to look within ourselves and recognize the qualities that contribute to the collective disharmony, and we need to be willing to do the work to change our negative patterns, and act in ways that benefit the whole.
Can we look at ourselves honestly and recognize the negativity that exists within us? Can we acknowledge that, being raised in this society—with all of its hatred, anger, violence, and greed—that we too carry these qualities, however prevalent or hidden they may be? We cannot put the blame on others, or deceive ourselves by thinking that we do not contribute to the state of the world, for we are a part of this human society and we impact it with the ways in which we choose to live our lives.
The majority of people do not seem to care about the state of the world, or realize the seriousness of our global situation. We are primarily interested in ourselves, and this self-obsession is what allows us to neglect the world around us. It is what allows us to see the suffering in the world and not feel it as something that directly affects us. It is what allows us to act in ways that harm the planet without feeling the repercussions of our actions.
What’s more, is this inflated self-interest is the cause of our personal misery as well. The thought of “I” or “me,” with all of its memories, desires, hopes, fears, and fantasies, is a product of the mind, and in mistakenly identifying ourselves with this mind-made entity, we feel that we have to constantly validate ourselves by protecting and improving our self-image. Because of our obsession with this self-image, we are full of anxiety, full of fear, full of greed, and we are consumed by a continuous feed of random and unnecessary thoughts for a majority of our lives—all just to maintain an illusion, all to protect a self that has no basis in reality, a self that feels it is alone, isolated, and separate from the rest of existence. If we were able to observe this within us—not merely at the intellectual level, but at the actual level, the experiential level—then we would see clearly that we are not the mind-entity, we are the living being, the awareness that is able to witness this mental process.
In realizing our true nature as awareness, as a living being, we can let go of our attachment to the conditioned psychological self that we have mistakenly perceived ourselves to be. In doing so, we can also let go of all the fears, all the obsession, and all the confused and egocentric motives that are attached to this illusory self, and we can discover our inherent freedom, the inherent peace and joy of being alive, and our inherent oneness with all living beings.
When we see our fundamental oneness with the whole of life, love and compassion naturally arises within us. When we let go of our obsession with the psychological self, we begin to truly care for others, and we are inspired to be of service to others, and to act in ways that benefit all living beings. When you see the world as yourself, self-interest takes on a whole new meaning, and out of love, you want to serve the Whole that you are a part of. This is what the world needs—people who have awaken to the truth of who they are, become free of their ego-identification and the suffering caused by it, and who, out of love and compassion, have a sincere wish to serve others and work for the benefit of all living beings.
The psychological entity is often referred to as the ego, and because of our identification with the ego and our attachment to it, we neglect the reality of our interdependence with the whole of Nature. If we saw clearly that we aren’t this social identity, but that we are a living being who is one with all living beings, then we would no longer act in ways that harmed life, but instead in ways that protected it and helped it thrive. If we want to live in a world where peace and harmony are realities, and not just ideals, then we need to let go of our attachment to the ego and awaken to the truth of who we are, and this cannot just happen at the intellectual level. It has to happen at the actual level. It has to be true for you and your experience.
To look within ourselves and observe our minds honestly requires courage, and it is often frightening to see the depths of what we carry inside us. But we have to know that what we are observing is not our essential Self. We are the Self that is observing. What we are looking at is the conditioning of the mind, conditioning that is the product of thousands of years of ignorant human behavior, and has produced a variety of negative habit patterns—patterns that dictate our behavior and cause us to act harmfully out of ignorance.
If we can observe in this way, then we can do so impartially, with compassion for ourselves as we understand we were raised by this society and had no choice in being subjected to its cultural behaviors. We were conditioned by society, but once we are aware of this fact, it is our responsibility to free ourselves of our conditioning and act in ways that are aligned with the truth of who we are—the truth of our oneness and interconnection with all living beings.
This journey of awakening is something that one has to do individually, as no one can look within yourself but you. However, you do not have to do it alone. Conscious Collective was created to help people in their journey of awakening, so they can discover their oneness with all living beings, and feel the freedom and love that arises from this realization.
On this website, you will find a collection of books and essential information discussing awakening, consciousness, healing, and earth stewardship as well as guided meditations and tools to help you directly experience and apply this information to your life. We also offer a variety of donation-based healing services that can help you heal from the more challenging and deeply-rooted conditioned patterns, energetic blockages, emotional traumas and psychological afflictions.
We envision a collective of conscious beings, a world in which human beings understand their oneness with all living things, and treat all living things with compassion, care, and respect. We know that this vision is possible, but it can only become a reality once we awaken to the truth of who we are, heal ourselves from our conditioning, and begin acting in ways that are motivated by love and the understanding of our oneness with all living beings. Peace is possible, and it starts with us.
"We were saying how very important it is to bring about in the human mind the radical revolution. The crisis is a crisis in consciousness, a crisis that cannot anymore accept the old norms, the old patterns, the ancient traditions, and continuing what the world is now, with all the misery, conflict, destructive brutality, aggression and so on. Man is still as he was, is still brutal, violent, aggressive, acquisitive, competitive, and he has built a society along these lines.
What we’re trying to do is see if we cannot radically bring about the transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are but understand them, examine them, and give your heart and your mind to thinking out a way of living differently.
But, it depends on you, not somebody else—because in this there is no teacher, no pupil. There’s no leader. There’s no guru. There’s no master, no savior. You are the teacher, the pupil, the leader, the guru of everything, and to understand is to transform."
Conscious Collective aims to contribute to a society of conscious and loving beings by helping individuals awaken to their essential oneness with all life, heal from their conditioned habit patterns, and live a life that is harmonious and beneficial to the Earth and its inhabitants.