To change society we must change ourselves.
It is no secret that there is a lot of chaos in the world today—constant war between nations, corruption in politics, environmental pollution and destruction, species extinction, global poverty and famine, corporate greed, media manipulation. As the world's population increases, more and more people are at risk of falling prey to these destructive influences. 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.
But there is still hope. All of the things that are threatening our well-being and survival have their source in the actions of human beings, and they can change through the actions of human beings. The way that we act is preceded by the way that we think—how we relate to nature stems from our understanding of nature. If we ever want to change the way that we are living in the world, we first have to change the way that we think about and relate to the world.
The root cause of all the chaos in the world today is ignorance—a lack of awareness. It is because we are unaware of our connection to nature that we feel it is okay to cause harm to nature, to pollute it, and to exploit it for its resources. It is because we are unaware of our connection to each other that we are able to cause harm to each other, to be dishonest with one another, to take advantage of one another, to abuse, to steal, or to kill. It is because we are unaware of who we really are that we act in ways that are harmful to ourselves, living in fear, trying to improve our self-image, looking for pleasure at the expense of our health, searching for approval from others, doing things that make us unhappy.
Our level of awareness determines the way that we perceive and experience reality. Thankfully, awareness is something that can be expanded, something that can grow, and with the expansion of awareness comes a new understanding and experience of reality. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, and you can no longer relate to the world in the way that you previously did. Right now the way that most people view reality is through a very narrow lens of cultural conditioning. We have been conditioned by thousands of years of ignorant human behavior, and we are still operating on the momentum of this ignorant past.
The ways of the past were not in harmony with Nature, and they are certainly not of any benefit to us or to any of the living beings on our planet. We need to change our ways, but we can only do so once we free our minds from the prison of this ignorant cultural conditioning. Conscious Collective's mission is to help you be free of this narrow view of life so that you can see life in its totality, so that you can become aware of who you are and understand your connection to all life, and so you can know how to act accordingly. We want to show you that your awareness is something that can be expanded, and by expanding your awareness and understanding of reality, the way that you experience reality changes dramatically. If you change your mind, you change your life.
Filmmaker David Lynch gave a great example when he said, “If you have a golf-ball-sized consciousness, when you read a book, you'll have a golf-ball-sized understanding; when you look out a window, a golf-ball-sized awareness, when you wake up in the morning, a golf-ball-sized wakefulness; and as you go about your day, a golf-ball-sized inner happiness. But if you can expand that consciousness, make it grow, then when you read about that book, you'll have more understanding; when you look out, more awareness; when you wake up, more wakefulness; as you go about your day, more inner happiness. It's Consciousness; and there's an ocean of pure vibrant Consciousness inside each one of us.”
Spiritual teacher Sri Bhagavan once said that, "All spiritual growth lies on the bedrock of awareness," and that is what we work with here. We want to help you expand your awareness, to become more conscious of yourself and your relationship to life, and to do so in a way that is compassionate, loving, and wholesome. We aim to accomplish this through sharing important information to help you better understand reality, through sharing healing practices such as mindfulness meditation and the cultivation of gratitude, through inspiring you to see the need for both personal and collective change, and to support you the best that we can on your journey of personal transformation.
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 that it can only become a reality once we awaken from our ignorance, expand our awareness, and change our understanding of who we are and the world that we live in. Only then will we be able to act as real human beings with respect for all life.
"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."
To help and heal humanity through expanding awareness and contributing to the evolution of human consciousness by providing information, inspiration, and support to people on a journey of personal change and transformation. We feel that in order to heal society, we must first heal ourselves. Since the individual and society are ultimately connected, in order to live in a society that is healthy, loving, and peaceful, we must become healthy, loving, and peaceful people.