Projections of a Collective Consciousness

“Bhagavad Gita is very relevant to modern times when you see things like global warming, climate chaos, changing weather patterns, natural disasters like hurricane Katrina, extreme poverty, economic disparities, social injustice, war, and terrorism – these are the projection of a collective consciousness that’s in disarray.”

―Deepak Chopra

As I watched the thousands of blackbirds in this photograph I wondered which bird – or birds – made a change in direction that would shift thousands. In a mesmerizing display of group thinking and action, the flock flew in one direction contracting and expanding. Suddenly, in one swift shimmering ripple, the course of every single bird shifted.

How I wish we were more like birds. How I wish, like them, we understood our natural place in the world.

My intent isn’t to depress you with this quote but to awaken in the midst of so much that assails our attention away from what matters most.

We seek to conserve and protect the things we care about. If we really care, we take action. Action reveals where our hearts truly are.

Our brains are plastic. We can and will learn to do things differently when the need is urgent enough. One thought becomes two thoughts, becomes millions of synapses firing in a new direction. It’s not as implausible as we make it out to be. Just like the flock that expanded and shifted, so can we.

What one consistent life-affirming action can you take, starting now, that could create a ripple effect with the potential to change thousands? Allow yourself to be drawn to the simplest, clearest choice available to you.

And then do it.

This is the law of cause and effect. Karma. Make your action conscious and trust in the shimmering ripples of what you choose to accomplish.


Photo Credits: Black Bird Ripple by Susan J. Preston, Bosque del Apache, NM © 2019, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | 400mm (XF 100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R ML OIS WR) | 1/1250 | F6.4 | ISO 500