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.
Each of us has a specific set of beliefs and experiences that create differences among individuals. Even people who gravitate among the same circles must deal with diverging opinions, contradictory actions. These differences can become problematic when we close ourselves off any new information that could affect the balance in one’s life. We are creatures of habit and anything that can disrupt that is often seen as bad or dangerous. But if we are open to change and evolution (of oneself, of the world around us), we connect to a higher frequency. Whichever way you try to look at it, the result of an open mind is empathy. And living a life based on the notion of empathy is the foundation for a better future, I do not doubt that.
What other elements do you think are needed to create a better future?
1. This part was taken from Britanica.com, I couldn’t have said it better.