Collective Consciousness

A post by Arti Ramanathan

“After realization, you may feel a pulsation and a flow of cool vibrations. This is the baptism by which you know you are truly born again. Your new vibrational awareness signals that you have moved into the subtlest level of communication, in collective consciousness.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi


Collective Consciousness can be interpreted in several ways by different societies or people or beliefs – quote Wikipedia – “Collective consciousness, collective conscience, or collective conscious (French: conscience collective) is the set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. The term was introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his The Division of Labour in Society in 1893.”

This definition is still incomplete in the sense that it talks about collectivity on the basis of being a human being, or a society which is only one aspect of the deeper nuances of collectivity. The power of collectivity has a definite impact as defined on human behaviors and influences every generation to evolve, transform, become higher, stronger together or promote newer ideas – that may or may not necessarily be benevolent as a society. It is a definite truth that universe is ever evolving, is not linear and so this has to start from the smallest levels of life. Collectivity, also known as swarming begins at a basic insect level or animal level popularly known as swarm theory where swarming causes small sized animals to aggregate together, perhaps milling about the same spot or perhaps moving en-masse or migrating in some direction. On human levels, it brings forth ideas of democracy, governments, law, universalism, religions and so on.

Collective Consciousness in Sahaja Yoga, is not limited to a collective gathering or internalized peace and calmness through meditation. It goes beyond the scope of human mind, intellect, beyond limitations created by race, countries, religions and so on in a truly harmonious and joyful way. This happens very spontaneously, without actually intellectualizing it within the mind, or forcefully creating an idea. It is an innate quality that resides within us but the one that gets covered because of worldly conditionings, how we are raised as society or other human factors. Collective consciousness is being completely integrated with the inner being, with nature, with people around while remaining non-reactive or having appropriate behaviors for every situation. Collective consciousness extends to being one with the higher power, again spontaneously, the responses to which are obtained in the form of vibrations – which are so tangible, that it is almost unbelievable that it happens so beautifully and effortlessly.

Collective Consciousness is a living, dynamic attribute which most certainly has empathy and takes our attention to the issues that torments societies, countries and starts working out the benevolence of the society through meditation. This is such a powerful tool that can transform the world by the innate capabilities which exist within us and that are awakened through Sahaja Yoga. The practical teachings of Shri Mataji lay down the basis for the seed to sprout and give fruit in the consciousness, although they have to be followed according to the desire which springs up within each individual.

Arti Ramanathan

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