With January nearly coming to a close, we’re seeing the narrative of 2024 already unfolding at speed. Based on what our news and social feeds are saying, there would be reason to despair. How can I possibly talk about a vision for the year ahead and conscious collaboration when the world seems to be on fire?
Yes, we are in urgent times, yet so many stories of hope, innovation and generosity are unfolding as I write this. Most will never go viral or make mainstream media. However, in this year ahead, I’m playing the optimist and believe our global family is starting to awaken to the understanding that to transform the mess we’re in requires a new kind of collective collaboration.
Perhaps 2024 is the year we finally embrace the co-creative spirit of elevated group consciousness to serve the greatest good.
Group Consciousness vs. GroupThink
‘Group consciousness’ is a term that carries a lot of tension and clarifying how it is defined within the Holomovement is essential. It is often assumed group consciousness is advocating for an alignment based on the least common denominator (usually a concept sourced from fear and scarcity) or a fancy way to describe “groupthink.” In many cases, people are on the defense with the assumption that elevated group consciousness requires the sacrifice of individual self into the cosmic soup.
The Holomovement as a social movement defines ‘group consciousness’ as a co-creative field guided by the highest ideals, values and philosophy founded in love and wholeness. It represents a raised collective frequency made possible by individuals embodying their highest self for the good of the whole.
This is why in the past I have focused much of my writing and talks on shifting from a fear-based, materialistic worldview, to one of wholeness, interconnectedness and abundance. It’s finding coherence by seeking Truth, Beauty and Goodness as the holotropic attractor, tapping into the infinite potential of the Implicate order, Divine Source and elevating humanity toward its highest purpose.
Group consciousness isn’t simply effective teamwork. What is urgently needed is an entirely new resonance of being. This space is not dictated by the egos and agendas of individuals. Drawing from Indigenous wisdom and scientific findings, the Holomovement’s 8 Unifying Principles offer one pathway for group consciousness to emerge. Within this co-creative space we can collectively explore what is possible when we awaken to our interconnectedness and connection to Source and take action for the good of the whole.
This is the hope-filled vision that motivates me as our global challenges increase. We’re wired to collaborate. Even more exciting is the feedback loop this creates, ultimately enhancing the true essence of self through our connection to the whole.
Group Consciousness as a Dynamic Process
On paper, it seems an easy sell to participate in raising our collective frequency by embodying the highest ideals and unifying values for the good of all. If we are all interconnected and want the best for humanity and our planetary ecosystem, what keeps holding us back?
Shifting our worldview from separation to Oneness requires a courageous act of shedding our cultural conditioning. We’ve been immersed in stories valuing competition over cooperation, fueled by fear and material scarcity. Awakening to a new worldview of wholeness requires exploring a new transformative path.
In this empowering and uplifting play-space it is in unity, not uniformity, that boosts our creativity. We don’t have to sacrifice our individual soul and calling. In this co-creative group consciousness, we’re invited to surrender to the higher wisdom and Source that enhances our individual and collective transformative potential.
Dare I say this can even be a pleasant experience? Last year in California at a Holomovement gathering, I was discussing the group consciousness phenomenon with Swami BeyondaAnanda (also known as Steve Bhaerman, co-author of “Spontaneous Evolution” with Bruce Lipton). The Swami, of course, is a funny guy and at the end of our discussion he said; “The cosmos has us surrounded. We might as well surrender.”
“Surrendering” in this context is not giving up our self, but relaxing into the full immersion of higher wisdom held by a purposeful universe. Just like a snorkeler diving into the depths of the sea, which represents the material world, we have to come up for a breath of air no matter how comfortable and warm the water. Thus, this “surrendering” is tantamount to a lungful of fresh oxygen, giving us life and vigour in the eternal realm of the Implicate order.
Group consciousness involves a dynamic process of surrendering to our highest calling while also amplifying the collective frequency through coherence. This is the power of entrainment, when separate groups align into the same rhythm. Like grandfather clocks in the same room gradually synchronizing the swing of their pendulums, group consciousness, for better or worse, experiences entrainment and falls into phase.
Within the Holomovement, the key strategy for transformative and restorative group consciousness is to “entrain upwards”—aligning with a higher consciousness that pulls the group into phase at higher frequencies.
Co-Creating High-Frequency Group Consciousness
So far we’ve understood that group consciousness within the context of the Holomovement is aligning with our highest self by surrendering to the unifying values, wisdom and wholeness of a purposeful universe. By tapping into this elevated state, we contribute to a feedback loop of personal transformation amplifying the entrainment of collective frequency.
Of course, this requires intention and ongoing practice, and that is why group consciousness is a group challenge. Each member must move beyond ego and their culturally conditioned identity to really discover the true highest self within the Whole.
Having a sense of purpose is one pathway to higher consciousness. What we’re drawn toward, our gifts and talents, these are all clues to how we can serve our community. Once we discover this personal purpose, we can evolve our understanding of this calling toward divine inspiration.
It is an act of surrender to open to the field of higher consciousness in how our unique skill sets can be of service, beyond material wealth or achievement. So often we’re drawn back to the daily challenges and lose sight of our purpose in the illusion of separation. This is why a daily, spiritual practice supports our ability to consistently attune toward our highest potential and sustain this state of consciousness necessary for conscious collaboration. It sounds like a paradox, but the more we are willing to surrender to the good of the whole, the more enhanced our individual consciousness becomes.
This is the vision I hold for 2024, that as a human family we begin pushing ourselves beyond our cultural conditioning and immersing ourselves into the unifying values supporting the good of the whole. Let’s find our way back to the high spiritual frequency that has been buried by materialism and modern-day culture and begin to co-create the group consciousness needed to transform the world.