Today a lot of people throw around the term “global consciousness”, the catchall phrase for subjects ranging from spirituality to 2012 prophecies, advertising, religion, environmentalism, globalization and politics. But what exactly is global consciousness? And how does it affect you as a global citizen?
According to Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D, author of Awakening the Global Mind, global consciousness, or global spirituality, has been evolving over thousands of years and has been shaped by our spiritual traditions and teachers (Socrates, Jesus, Buddha, etc.) and the collective wisdom of the entire human race.
However, global consciousness is not an ideology and is independent of the doctrines or dogmas of religion; instead it is a deep rational process of the awakening of the individual and the consciousness of the entire planet.
Therefore “collective unconscious” or “global consciousness”, according to Carl Jung (renowned Swiss psychoanalyst and philosopher), is a global mind shared by everyone on the planet, which holds the collective memory of the total of human experiences past and present.
One way to look at it is that global consciousness is very much like a planetary web, or a vast network of mental energy that connects us all to each other, the planet, and the entire Universe.
If you think the idea is a little far-fetched or crazy, think of the technological world you live in today…
Consider that right now you are connecting to your social network in different parts of the world through a global interconnected network of information and communications based on Internet and telecommunications technologies. In fact if you could see this infrastructure or global web on a map and then compare it to the neural connections in your human brain you would see striking similarities.
This global consciousness network involves the direct encounter and co-creation of the common ground between individuals and the entire human species: a viewpoint shared by most of the spiritual, philosophical and scientific traditions of the world all of which point to two common insights:
A. That there is a primal force or power, i.e. God, Christ, Allah, Tao, Emptiness, Energy, and Nature—to name a few—that is the source of all reality.
B. That we co-create our reality through our mental and conscious activities. This has been proven in quantum science, which shows us that there appears to be endless possibilities of reality all influenced by the individual.
Many evolutionary leaders today support these insights and believe that this great shift in global consciousness is happening right here, right now. They believe that there is a certain urgency to tap into this unfathomable conscious reservoir because it will provide us with the ability to escape the trap of egocentric thinking that causes many of the issues present in our world today and ignite a new global wisdom for our time.
But what does being “globally conscious” really mean for you? It means that rather than believing that you are subject to the influences of your environment and other peoples and cultures, you instead recognize that you co-create your reality with the world, and that you are the primary creative force in your life.
When you adopt the viewpoint that only you are responsible for your life, all the choices you make begin to align with your vision and your life begins to take shape the way you want it to.
When you believe that you and you only are responsible for the change in your life, it stands to reason that if enough people on the planet believe, like you, that they are the change they want to see in the world, together we can influence the reality of the planet.
Population explosion, wars, famine, economic troubles, and climate change are part of everyday life for the majority of people on earth, and when we look at the global perspective we can see that the present relationship we have with our world is unsustainable.
Regardless of whether you believe in global consciousness or not, it is obvious that there needs to be a change of thinking, and what better way to do this than to see yourself as part of a global consciousness—conceptually or metaphorically—working for the greater good of all.
It is no longer an adept representation to think of ourselves solely on an individual, familial, social, community, regional, national or cultural sense.
We need to peel ourselves away from this narrow, egocentric viewpoint of our immediate environment and think globally by learning to have compassion for our fellow human beings and to act consciously on a daily basis.
If you want to see change on the planet, consciously create the change you want to see by starting with your own life. You are part of a global community—a global consciousness—so isn’t it time to start thinking that way?
Only when you act consciously, while being aware of the needs of the world, can you create the life that you truly want. Consciously co-creating your reality with the rest of the human race is the birthright of every human being on the planet and the cornerstone of living a truly exciting life.