I’m not sure why I still blog anymore. Since I began two and half years ago, readership on WordPress has almost died a death. Perhaps it’s to do with WP’s new and much maligned interface, or perhaps readers are just being more selective. I dare say it’s a bit of both. That I have any loyal readers at all is a blessing, for what it’s worth. Frankly, unless you are dedicated to a cause these days and prepared to put in the hours of work necessary to do the rounds and keep your readers captivated, i.e. market yourself and also support your existing and potential followers, then it just ends up being a whole load of work for little return. One runs the very real risk of being lost in the seas of obscurity due to sheer weight of numbers perusing the Interwebs these days. There is glut of stuff to stimulate the senses, and attention spans are not what they used to be. Life is complicated as it is.
I’ve already shut down most of my other blogs as they have just sat and gathered dust whether I’ve posted or not. I suppose I’m just going to have to admit that I’ve had my day already, short-lived as it was. What’s laughable is that hardly anyone is going to read this anyway. It’s Friday to boot, so it’s going to be extra quiet. Friday’s always are on WP.
Anyway, onwards and upwards as they say, maybe one day I’ll reach the pinnacle of something. The zenith of my own existence where there will be coffee and hot doughnuts waiting (nod to my good friend Argie there).
For now though, if you feel inclined and you are indeed the sole person reading this, then here’s a little something on hypocrisy and collective consciousness:
It is very difficult not to talk about our daily experiences without defaulting to dualities. Me and you, night and day, left and right, right and wrong, good and bad. In fact there is even an expected order of hierarchy in the way that we talk about such dualities, insomuch as light is better than dark, in a similar vein, white is less sinister than black, good is obviously better than bad, and that right is better than wrong, right? Furthermore, in terms of personal address it is You and I, inferring that You have more importance than I do in our interactions. Let’s not forget the duality of Male and Female, and from history we know which has been at the top of the pecking order for longer than anyone can actually remember. This also adds to our penchant for not taking personal accountability for our actions. I mean, is it any surprise that we do that when such importance is placed on You instead of I, we are simply exercising humility that we have been indoctrinated with from birth as the correct course of action, are we not? In being selfless, in observing hierarchies that is, we inadvertently give ourselves carte blanche to be really quite selfish, and uniquely self-serving, being that our social rung is slightly below the rest. We can afford to be so self-focussed while nobody else is noticing. Contradictions seemingly abound.
You might argue that there is a difference between conceptual and factual interpretations of duality, in that night and day, male and female, light and dark are statements of observable fact, and that the others are simply psychological stances. The definitions we use in categorising and ordering our personal experiences are sociocultural affections, that impose expectations on ourselves and those that we interact with throughout our lives. They are learned behaviours that mimic the order of our present social hierarchy that ensures our survival as a species. In being able to discern the difference between you and me, and what is good or bad for us, we ensure that we as individuals maintain a level of importance, indeed superiority amongst our peers as is the fundamental structure of our sociocultural beliefs. Being in charge is favourable. Yet what we as both individuals and a collective culture aspire to is, equality. Oddly. You can see instantly where the contradiction arises, and where possible conflict manifests. We are just not culturally conditioned to be equal at this present juncture. Not one jot. So how do we know that it is what we want, that the utopian and dare I say communist ideal would be favourable over our culturally and self-imposed individuality? Is it just a fad, or is equality actually possible? Does it already exist in certain ways?
According to the likes of Seth and the Sidiris, it does indeed. In fact I have written much about collective consciousness right on this very blog. Yet the concept is a tough one to grasp for anyone so ensconced in the day to day dramas of their lives, as most if not all of us are. Yes, me included. Perhaps what needs to happen is not so much a shift from individuality to equality, but a shift in our awareness of what is possible within our limited human existence, to broaden our awareness full-stop so that we are not so fixated on being so separate from the world that we apparently create from sheer thought alone.
Ah, yes, but doesn’t equality as we understand it infer recognition and respect afforded to all individuals as they currently stand? Do you not see the very clear contradiction that poses? Democracy, indeed equality in that respect is mythical precisely because it goes against the grain of all of our lifelong social conditioning as mentioned above. In fact it goes against our very physical human make-up. It is an illusion in both obvious and non-obvious ways, not invalidly so, but it is a belief structure that we hold onto for dear life. Quite literally, and beliefs as anybody who reads this blog knows, are not immutable. Apparently.
If like me however, you have always been aware that no such separation between people really exists, with the likes of Seth and the Sidiris supporting my own conclusions, then the world is a deeply frustrating place to be in. Interactions with others are fraught with difficulties because of the risk of causing offence due to things that may not be verbally communicated but that to me, and I know to others are indeed quite audible and plain to see. The reality is, as Seth so rightly says, there are no closed systems. Let me repeat that: THERE ARE NO CLOSED SYSTEMS. What does that mean exactly? It means, that all thoughts are accessible, no emotion is hidden, no intent unnoticed, no matter how unverbalised or secretive it is. It means there are no dark or grey areas anywhere at any time. Nothing can remain hidden if you or I have the inclination to discover it, through sheer desire alone I might add. Just by directing your thoughts in a particular way, or on a particular subject we actively make mental connections that bring about the manifestation of physical events wherein what we seek or desire can and IS experienced.
Whether we pay attention to those internal and external signals, messages, or clues or not, or just pass them off as mere coincidence is of course down to us as the individual…(pause to think about that one)…but that we are at all separate in consciousness from one person to the next is a fallacy that we all help perpetuate because it serves our own misguided purposes. Yes, I said misguided. It shields us from potential harm in a world that seeks to inflict harm through hypocrisy, imbalance, and prejudice, by way of controlling the social system. As you can see though, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy that will remain unchanged unless we are willing to entertain something else. Time to cut ourselves some slack. Time to stop being so afraid of what we can’t see or what we don’t know. It’s based on sheer stupidity and greed, that’s all. And as the already highly self-aware members of a very vital and real collective consciousness that we are, we are more than capable of creating a more favourable experience all round, just by recognising that we each have the power and ability to change everything by creating better more beneficial patterns of thought. As Seth says: If you tend to your personal corner of the Universe, then the rest of the Universe will heal itself – or words to that effect. If you drop blue ink into a bowl of water, the water turns blue. Similarly if you think restrictive, limiting thoughts then your life experience will reflect just that.
It is difficult to be human without sitting on the fence, without exercising hypocrisy and espousing contradictions that frankly make my head spin much of the time. The dichotomy of seemingly, and to all intents and purposes actually being individual and separate in the world, while knowing otherwise without a doubt is most interesting indeed. Putting it mildly. However, life is not so clear cut. The human experience is a cacophony of ironies and contradictions that make it colourfully rich and audibly vibrant to all our senses. As my good friend John notes, it is a form of vital poetry that is in constant play. If only everyone would notice. But then, life would be different beyond measure. It would alter everything we know and love and hold so dear, although I dare say we would even notice. We would just accept the ‘new’ reality as being completely and utterly normal. As we already do with every physically manifested thought.