As I sat down, debating what to write about, I noticed that it had started to rain. This is a gentle rain, falling evenly and without a lot of force. It’s very soothing.
I picked up my coffee, leaned back in my chair, and just paused for a moment to watch it rain.
For that moment, all the needful things to do today faded.
As I relished the moment, I didn’t think about COVID-19, the latest political wackiness, money, or anything else that tends to press on me from the outside world.
No, I was still. I paused. For this one moment, all is right with the world.
Six months ago, the world changed more drastically than anyone of my generation has ever experienced before. Despite attempts since then to restore the previous iteration of our world, it’s never going to be the same again.
The crisis, unfortunately, has not passed. In the United States, as of 9/16, there are STILL 39,000+ new cases A DAY, over 6,650,000 infected total — and 197,000+ DEAD.
Yet the highest echelons of power in this country just want you to forget that. Never mind that this is still ongoing — go back to work, go back to school, and patronize your favorite restaurants.
What can I do about this? Pause, reflect, be still. Avoid crowds. Wear a mask in public. Maintain at least six feet of social distance. Continue to be mindful that this is not over.
Unfortunately, this gets lost in the ever-present noise of modern life.
Be mindful of the collective consciousness
Uncertainty dominates the collective consciousness.
The collective consciousness is the agreed-upon context by which we accept — as a group — aspects of reality. Though every single individual person perceives reality in their own unique way, collective consciousness is the base point from which this is created.
Collective conscious items include the overall rule of law, the sky is blue, the grass is green, a red light means stop, and so on. Tangible and intangible notions are all a part of the collective consciousness.
Like individuals, the collective goes through moods. When presented with overwhelming information, the collective will be made to feel things.
The predominant mood — currently — is uncertainty.
Just about every precept of our society is currently up for grabs. The pandemic has brought out both the best and worst in people. This upcoming election is one of the most distressing and uncertain any of us have seen. Jobs have been lost. Businesses are gone. In just six months the world has turned upside-down for way too many people.
What’s more, the collective consciousness is not one, singular, overarching notion. Nope. It’s made up of smaller group collectives.
It is incredibly easy to get swept up into the smaller group collective consciousness. Unlike the overall collective, the smaller groups are generally like-minded.
That’s how religions form. And cults.
When even the least empathic person is feeling the dominant fear and uncertainty of the collective consciousness — mindfulness is necessary. Pause, reflect, and be still for just a moment — and you awaken your conscious mind.
Just a moment of stillness can give you a new perspective.
Don’t ignore the man behind the curtain
It’s all too easy to get caught up in current affairs.
Like I wrote recently, our society is set up to be constantly reacting to things — and that gets maddening. But whether its government or business, we’re frequently reactive.
Trump and his administration didn’t take the steps they could have to get COVID-19 under control. That’s why it’s still a problem. But they want you to forget that.
No, they would much rather keep throwing new, confusing, and counter-factual misdirection at you. Don’t think about this, focus on that. Ignore that, look at this! Never mind this, you are missing that thing.
They use the fear-base of society to expand upon the uncertainty in the collective consciousness. That, they hope, will help them gain more personal power and influence.
If you spend too much of your time focused on the curtain, you lose perspective.
I’m not in any way saying ignore it. That way lies ignorance. You need to be aware of the ongoing issues. The systemic racism and sexism won’t magically disappear if you ignore them. Hell, that’s why they are ongoing issues.
Ignoring the man behind the curtain is exactly what they want you to do — hence all the misdirection. But to see that man you need to be mindful.
Being mindful means that you’re aware, in this moment, of your conscious mind. On the deepest level that’s your psyche, overall mindset, beliefs, and habits. On a more immediate level, it’s your thoughts, feelings, actions, and intent.
Our instant-gratification, quick-fix, get-it-now society is designed to keep you disempowered. That way, “they” — whether religious, business, or political so-called “leaders” — maintain control.
When you are empowered, you get control. Hence, when you pause and reflect, you create a moment of stillness that gives you a new perspective.
The moment of stillness need not be a long time
I am very busy. You are probably busy, too. There are things to do, places to be, people to see, and money to be earned.
However, ignoring your mental health is a detriment to your overall wellbeing. When you allow yourself to be swept up into the collective consciousness of a group, you become disempowered.
Those “in power” like you to believe that power is finite and that numerous resources — material and immaterial — are scarce and lacking. The Universe is a 42-piece box of chocolates — so they need to be given or taken sparingly.
This, however, isn’t the truth. The Universe is not limited — it’s not a box of chocolates, it’s the whole damned chocolate factory. You are not Charlie — you are Willie Wonka. This is your empire and your creation to control.
But in order to find this, and to practice more mindfulness, you need to pause and reflect. Be still, even for just a moment. In that stillness you are.
Period. You are. Realizing this, you have become mindful.
To expand upon this, all you need to do is ask certain questions, including
· What am I thinking?
· How am I feeling?
· What am I feeling?
· Why am I doing what I’m doing?
Every one of these questions are mindful questions. You can ask and answer them all in less than a minute.
The moment of stillness need not be a long time. Pause, reflect and just breathe. Be still. Be.
The more you practice even a minute of stillness every couple of hours, the more you become mindful. When you become more mindful you become empowered.
Once you are empowered, you gain control over your life experience. That opens you to the abundance of the Universe and all the possibility that represents.
Take the control that is yours
I don’t know about you, but I would certainly prefer whatever control I can have in the face of all this uncertainty.
The collective consciousness is dominated by fear and uncertainty. The men behind the current (let’s be honest — most of them ARE men) want to keep it that way.
But you have a choice. By practicing taking a moment, even a short moment, to pause and be still, you become more mindful. That empowers you. When you are empowered that puts you in control.
Just a moment of stillness can give you this new perspective. Thus empowered, you gain abundant choices, possibilities, and options for every aspect of your life.