The events that transpire throughout the world tend to define society as a whole—large amounts of people create the group energy of the moment from their thought forms; we can get caught up in those situations that may hold us back from opportunities, as seekers of consciousness expansion.
What is popular drives information and goes viral in various mediums, whether that’s online or in the main stream media. Single events become controlling factors in people’s lives. It’s important to understand that each of us have the choice to traverse beyond what others decide is significant, and therefore fateful to us.
What is consciousness? Merriam-Webster, a company founded back in 1831 by George and Charles Merriam in Springfield, Massachusetts in the USA—that specializes in reference books and dictionaries—describes it as:
a : the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself
b : the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact
c : awareness; especially : concern for some social or political cause. The organization aims to raise the political consciousness of teenagers.
: the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought : mind
: the totality of conscious states of an individual
: the normal state of conscious life. regained consciousness
: the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes
The definition touches on awareness and concern and mentions emotions and sensations. Consciousness can be derailed and therefore distracted so very easily, so when taking in information we have the choice to not board that train following the latest event, but to stand alongside it and not become attached.
If we’re not attached we’re not consumed; our energy is free to be harnessed for our respective goals that enhance expansion.
What is consciousness to me? What comes up are two primary windows looking in on the word: one is the angle of being conscious and aware of what is going on, but with free will and the ability to make choices; the second is what makes up who we are on multiple dimensions—I could say that true consciousness is the ability to connect back into our source.
Take a moment to consider what’s driving your life right now; is it what everyone else is doing and thinking, or is it what you choose to focus on and play out?
The group consciousness is not the only factor, as when we are physically present with people every day, whether that’s a relationship, family, or close friendships, their energy will influence us and cause us to do things we would not normally do if we were on our own and more energetically pure to who we are, and who we want to be. This is completely normal, but we have a choice to be our own leader and be the role model to those around us.
I finish off here with some quotes and a poem by William Ernest Henley, in relation to the above.
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”
— Ken Kesey, an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure (1935–2001)
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
— John Quincy Adams, an American statesman who served as a diplomat, United States Senator, member of the House of Representatives, and was the sixth President of the United States (1767-1848)
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
— Max Lucado, a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley, an influential poet, critic and editor of the late-Victorian era in England (1849–1903)