You are unique. There is nobody like you in the world, even if you have a twin.
Physically, you may bear a resemblance to someone, share a hairstyle, dress similarly to another person. You can pretty easily make yourself into an almost perfect physical twin of someone with your same basic body-type.
Almost perfect. There will, inevitably, still be variations.
Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, no two people are alike. On every single internal level, though there may be similarities, you are unique and different from every other person on Earth.
This is because there is and can be nobody else inside your head. The only person in there is you. Ergo, only you think, feel, make choices, and decisions for you. There is nobody else who can do that, you stand unique and alone.
Every single choice or decision, grand or minuscule, impacts you and your life. From what you eat for breakfast to a lifetime relationship you get into — each choice will produce an effect.
Whether you are completely conscious and mindful of this or not — you know this. Every culture has its own approach to individuality and the collective whole. Whatever the approach might be, each individual makes up the greater good.
We are all puzzle pieces
Each piece of a given puzzle is unique. It has its own image or portion of an image within it. Some link together and others do not. Some are on one side of the puzzle, while some are on the opposite side. There are pieces on the edges and pieces in the middle.
Individually, some puzzle pieces appear unusual and do not seem to fit anywhere. But in the end, together, all the pieces form a single image.
That is a perfect analogy for the collective consciousness. All the individual bits and pieces of varying forms, shapes, and sizes come together to make up the whole picture.
The world is not a single puzzle. It’s many different puzzles. The United States is one complete puzzle (though an argument could be had that it is made up of 50+ separate but interconnected puzzles). Japan is a separate puzzle. So is Australia.
I am simplifying this idea for the point — because you could be a piece in several different puzzles. That’s a whole other topic.
The point here is that without a given individual piece of the puzzle you cannot have a complete picture. This is how you get shared reality and collective consciousness.
Within the collective consciousness, however, there is good and bad (and everything in between). Some things serve the greater good and the overall collective picture.
You get to choose if you and your actions will serve the greater good or not.
Oneness in the individual and the collective
Individuality is important because each of us thinks and feels different. My psyche/mindset/headspace is not the same as yours.
We are each empowered to control our lives through what is inside our heads. You can do just about anything you set your mind to, and you can have nearly anything that you can imagine.
But even as an individual, you are a part of the collective consciousness. That’s because the big picture is made up of the smaller puzzle pieces — and you are one of those pieces.
Like a puzzle, not all the pieces fit together. They are each individual, and they fit somewhere into the greater whole.
Still with me? Ok, here’s where it gets funky. The more you recognize your empowerment, the better you fit into the puzzle.
How does that work? Think of it this way: rather than an unseen hand moving you to connect to the pieces nearest you to create the greater picture, you can move all on your own to make those connections.
Then, the group of you, if empowered, can move yourselves to connect to the next group, and on and on. You have the power to make choices and decisions — and recognizing that helps you to move within the collective.
BUT — if you move against the greater good of the collective, problems ensue.
Selfishness of individuality
Over the years, the line between self and selfishness has increasingly blurred. This is a result of a lot of different things.
I am not going to blame anything for this. However, many people fail to see how their entitlement impacts the world around them. They were bubble-wrapped in one way or another and told that there is an “us” and a “them” within the collective.
Over the past few decades, those in power have been far better dividers than unifiers. Let’s emphasize “us” versus “them” and create artificial lack and scarcity both sides must compete for.
Where no true divide exists, they have created one. Watch the video of any Trump rally to see this in action.
This can get distressing. People are encouraged to emphasize their individuality — but with a disregard for anyone else. Thus, you get selfishness.
There are any number of additional factors to complicate this. For example, the push to get the economy rolling again — ignoring that the pandemic still ongoing — is nothing but selfishness. Why? Because those in power have worked long and hard to create the idea of “normal” for the reality of the collective consciousness.
How does that work? The entire notion of the economy is based on some well-crafted, long-standing lies. Money has no basis in reality anymore — it’s completely made-up. A great many of the jobs out there are equally part of this artificial system.
Don’t believe me? Note how many jobs were able to go remote that they said couldn’t before COVID-19. They found the money to pass a stimulus package that garnered most American’s $1200 — and that was it. Yet how did faceless business entities somehow get millions of dollars while individuals were permanently laid off?
A pervasive, long-accepted lie is still a lie.
Why does the greater good matter?
I write a lot about the need for accountability, mindfulness, and the power of conscious reality creation within the individual. Along this line, I also write a lot about how people are less conscious and aware than they could be.
How are the collective consciousness and greater good not a part of the sheeple issues? Because the sum total is made up of each individual aspect.
Take your body, for instance. If your appendix becomes inflamed, that’s just one organ, right? Except, if it bursts, it can kill you. The individual part impacts the greater whole.
Collective consciousness and the greater good IS a body. Each individual is an organ, and when the organ is sick the greater body gets sick, too.
Individuality is important, but not at the cost of the greater collective whole. And that is why in the middle of a pandemic you wear a mask in public (especially in crowds or indoors), you maintain social distancing, and take other precautions recommended by scientists, doctors, and such.
Everyone is being impacted by this situation. And it doesn’t help that the “leadership” at the top of the nation is making matters worse between the denial of the problem and inaction.
The greater good is made up of its constituent, individual parts. Together, we can get through this a lot easier than if we divide ourselves more and more.
The falsehood of individual liberties
Finally, I want to conclude by getting ever-so-slightly political, here.
Many people are resisting stay-at-home and mask-wearing orders in the name of their personal, individual liberties. They believe that their rights are being trampled upon.
Here’s the thing — this is NOT about you. Everybody breathes. The coronavirus is transmitted through the air. A mask can reduce the possibility of transmission. That protects everyone.
Social-distancing and stay-at-home orders are also not violating liberties. They are protecting the general population.
Does it REALLY cost you anything to wear a damned mask or maintain distance? No, it doesn’t. So consider the greater good before you forget your mask (particularly if you are going into a store or restaurant) and please stop feeding the false equivocation about trampling individual liberties.
The people of the world and the reality of the collective consciousness are made-up of the sum total of each individual.
In short — do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Know that you are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done our thoughts, feelings, and actions matter, as does doing your part for the greater good.