The collective unconscious. It’s a theory introduced by psychiatrist Carl Jung to represent a form of the unconscious (that part of the mind containing memories and impulses of which the individual is not aware) common to mankind as a whole and originating in the inherited structure of the brain. It is distinct from the personal unconscious, which arises from the experience of the individual. According to Jung, the collective unconscious contains archetypes, or universal primordial images and ideas1.
Alongside his friend and colleague, physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung extrapolated many theories regarding the physical existence of this field of energy. In my book Cosmic Consciousness, I explore those theories and gave each character one part to work with, which gave me a map to direct the characters in the right direction. Engella, Ayla, Christopher, Frank, and Dwight each react to the evolution of the story in different ways. The reason behind this logic is that I believe that to be a faithful representation of the society around us.