An Insider's Guide to the
Perceptual Revolution

Collective Intent

   Developing a command over Intent in our own lives can accelerate the pace of personal growth, but this only represents a small part of what we can accomplish when we develop this capability.  The next phase of the journey involves realizing that we can lend support to currents of social change, by empowering patterns of Intent in the broader matrices of manifestation which shape all our lives.

  The following chapter will focus on the fields of intent which arise when masses of people share specific beliefs and objectives. It is easiest to connect to these Mass Projections if you personally identify with the societal models at their root, but I will highlight techniques that amount to an "all-access pass."

  Before I go any further, though, a couple of caveats. First, societal intent is a macrocosm of the inner struggles and life lessons of all the individuals involved, so we can only master this area of human ability to the extent that we have explored our own psyches.

  Second, any Intent which we direct toward societal consciousness can have benign or harmful ramifications, depending on the ideas, feelings and objectives that we put into it. I've already discussed how people (often inadvertently) affect each other by Intending certain self-images to take more prominence in their identity.  Consciously impacting societal matrices follows a similar principle; some forms of Intent manifest constructive changes, while others play into games of discord and restriction.  With this in mind, I ask people who are new to these concepts to start slow, and use caution! A small dose of misguided intent can go a long way to making things worse for everyone.

Paradigms Of Human Ability

  Each person’s beliefs about humanity as a whole have a direct influence on the collective awareness of humankind—so please, try to make informed decisions! Notions that only a handful of people uphold do not have a great effect on the societal gestalt, but when millions or even billions of people are involved, the effect is proportionately immense. 

  Western Materialism is not just relegated to postindustrial nations—or any other geopolitical, ethnic or cultural constraints either.  The influence of nations espousing this paradigm has spread so far and wide that most people on Earth today believe that human beings are bound to a five-sensory range of perception.  A powerful collective Intent exists which establishes these boundaries as the global standard for the human race.  Isolated pockets of humanity exist which maintain different worldviews, but the vast majority of people on the planet uphold some variation on Western Materialism. 

  As people are entrained in the Western Materialist reality model, they take on a dual role of victim/proponent: they are assailed by the fields of Intent which maintain this worldview, but also become unconscious projectors who manifest this same force of imposition so that others will also be subjugated to a five-sensory potential.  In other words, they function as a radio and transmitter, beaming the same old boring, hackneyed limits of the human potential to everyone "in range."

The Collective Unconscious

  The Collective unconscious is a trans-material level of this world.  The energy of every human belief system is stored within this "place." As each of us maintains a certain paradigm about reality and human identity, we project a conscious energy that is assimilated into the collective unconscious. One of the most distinct and powerful types of Intent projection is the mass projection: a force generated by a large group of people who share certain goals or convictions, such as the members of a religion or a nation galvanized by war.  This is not actually a single projection, as one person projects by focusing on a specific purpose; these are vast amalgams of different individuals’ pooled energies.  Mass Projections are far more complex than the patterns of Intent that individual people cast off into the universe.  They surpass individual ideas, goals and imagery; in a sense they represent whole self-enclosed realities.  

When a group of people shares certain beliefs, the power of each member of the group becomes part of a mass of energy brought about by the Intent to maintain their paradigm at a social level.  The fact that most people generate these Masses of Intent without any conscious volition does nothing to reduce their power.  The main ingredients for invoking Intent—clarity, focus, and emotion—are all present.  This energy becomes akin to a conscious force which seeks to maintain the belief system of those projecting it.    Mass Projections consist of two counterparts: sentient energy and Intent.  The energetic aspect of a Mass Projection is made up of all the thoughts, emotions, and states of perception of each person who projects it.  This energy is projected into the Etheric field of the Earth, and is assimilated just as the cells of our bodies absorb the particles which sustain them.  The broader societal field represents the combined Intent of all the people who seek to maintain a certain paradigm of reality.   

  The basic Intent behind a Mass Projection is to maintain people’s preconceptions on a wide scale.  In carrying out this objective, it impacts the three main areas of intent: self, destiny, and reality.  A mass projection broadcasts certain patterns of awareness into the psychic matrix, steers a society’s course toward events which reinforce the dominant worldview, and locks out versions of reality which aren’t supposed to exist.  Because Intent exists in a multidimensional plane, a number of powerful projections can coexist in the fields that are attached to a physical region.

Religious Worldviews

  When a person believes in the tenets of a religion, a vast portion of his or her view of the "Real World" corresponds to this Faith.  If we are talking about one of the major world religions, such as Islam, a person is obviously not alone in the religious aspects of his or her worldview; millions of others are loyal to the same belief system.  Each of these people projects a complex pattern of Intent that upholds their faith; this widespread agreement on what is real and true manifests a societal Intent that is far more powerful than that of any one individual. 

  The core of a religious Mass Projection is composed of the lowest common denominators of belief—a collective agreement on certain absolute truths.  Thus, the Muslim faith has certain tenets which nearly all adherents take at face value, such as the holiness of Mecca or the historical existence of Mohammad the Prophet.  Radiating out from this core like concentric circles are further layers of belief created when people affiliated with a faith differ on certain salient points.  Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam all have diverse schools of thought which fall under a larger umbrella, and for each of them, there are large groups of people projecting their Intent as a subset of this larger Mass Projection.   

  The core of a religious worldview is its most powerful aspect, because of the sheer numbers of people pooling their Intent into its tenets, but it can also be somewhat diffuse in order to accommodate so many believers with all their nuances of faith.  At the core, any clarification of details will be necessarily vague on point where many members of the faith disagree, such as how strictly one should follow holy books’ directives on diet, personal appearance, tolerance toward nonbelievers, and so on.  Faith-based patterns of intent are most cohesive at the core, and lose strength and focus toward their outer extremities, where Mass Projections draw on so many diverse viewpoints that they remain somewhat unformed.  The advantage of these border regions is that the very "fuzziness" of these projections leaves them receptive to the Intent of those with less conventional interpretations of religious truth.  

  Before we can fully explore an area of the Collective Unconscious that arises from religious faith, part of us must be willing to consider the merits of that belief system without a sense of superiority or opposition.  Unless a Christian and Hindu are unusually open-minded about one another’s faith, neither will have much grasp of what the other experiences.  It is only when they perceive that person’s religious reality as having some legitimacy—even if less than their own faith—that they will be able to cross this ineffable divide.  Without this ability to extrapolate and affirm what is different, people literally remain stuck in separate "wavelengths," existing in separate realities with only the standard points of overlap.  If, on the other hand, they feel open-minded about other faiths, they may be able to communicate and realize that their distinct religious experiences share certain common threads, forming a bridge between two enormous Mass Projections. 

Beware of Tractor Beam

  The Intent of a powerful Mass Projection compels people to conform to its underlying paradigm.  Mass Projections magnetize people’s awareness to them—especially those who already express many of their core belief patterns.  As people get drawn in by this tractor beam, they become entrained in the vibrational patterns—the basic paradigm—that the Projection represents. 

  Before people come heavily under the influence of a Mass Projection’s Intent, they need to have certain matching belief patterns in their own consciousness.  Other entrainment factors are which energy projections in their environment are most powerful, the strength of their self concept (how susceptible they are to outside pressure), and strong emotions for the social group that is most tied to that Mass Projection—be it identification, affinity, or fear. 

Mass Paradigm Projections have a certain "gravity" about them—a way of making us feel compelled to conform to the belief structures and perceptual limits which they represent.  Because of all of the Intent that has been invested in them over time, these Projections can be extremely powerful, and in the case of the most widely shared belief systems, they take on the role of omnipresent "Gods" who uplift their believers as a reward for allegiance.  I don’t mean to imply that they are truly conscious entities—only that they exert as much pressure on our awareness as peers, the media, or other prevalent influences in our lives.   

   The meaning of free will is difficult to pin down when it comes to forces of such mind-boggling power.  People may seem to be controlled and fueled by Mass Projections, but it’s a two-way street: each of us plays a part in deciding whether these "Gods" develop into something more complete.  We all knowingly feed into Mass Projections every time we accept them at face value in spite of what seems unfair or doesn’t make a lot of sense; conversely, when we are open to questioning our beliefs, we can play a part in accelerating the Mass Projection toward a higher ideal.  Mass Projections are not inherently static; they evolve over time, pulling adherents along in their wake. 

  Inequality between the Projection (or paradigm) and the individual is compounded by the fact that so many people on Earth are unaware that they are in relationship to these great fields of Intent.  For much of our history, most of humanity has been anchored to belief systems which result in recurring themes of war, oppression, and environmental degradation.  All the while, people have been unaware that it is their own Intent, not the power of any social institutions, which is most responsible for maintaining those worldviews' prevalence.    Mass Projections have no spatial limitations, but they do have parameters set by their adherents.  On a geographic level, their power is a function of how many people are aligned with it, how their numbers are distributed, and their overall sense of investment.  Smaller societal projections might be as tightly conscribed as a small village of people in a rain forest somewhere, provided that their beliefs are distinct enough from other human cultures.  Toward the other end of the continuum are global fields of intent generated by widespread belief systems with strong common denominators, such as Buddhism or Capitalism. 

Western Materialism

  Most Mass Projections in the world are modeled after the Western Materialist worldview (which, for the sake of brevity, I will sometimes refer to simply as the Materialist worldview).  Western Materialism is based on two core assumptions: first, that subjugation is an unavoidable part of all human relationships and social structures, and second, that "being human" means only using five senses.  People observe the strict perceptual limits represented in this model of human consciousness because they are influenced by a combination of disbelief, fear and/or shame about their full potential. 

  The underpinnings of Western Materialism are endemic to modern society.  The Abrahamic religions are in many ways predicated on the two pillars of Western Materialism, as seen in the age-old tendency to persecute "infidels" while associating mystical exploration with demonic corruption.  The religions of the Far East are by no means exempt from notions of inevitable subjugation, as the salient example of the Hindu caste system illustrates, but when it comes to human ability, they tend to offer people a more empowering perspective. 

Supposedly non-religious paradigms such as Scientific Materialism, Rationalism, and Secular Humanism don’t expressly encourage oppressing others, but have often been used to justify a sense of cultural superiority and false "enlightenment" which led to this very outcome, so they aren't innocent on that score.  As for the human potential, they are the modern-day champions of the five-sensory model, enforcing the perceptual limits of Western Materialism while religious institutions deal with the subjugation side of things.    Western Materialism is currently the largest and most all-encompassing Mass Projection of Intent on the planet, because so many belief systems reflect its two core assumptions.  The billions of people who believe that subjugation is inevitable and humans are meant to only use five-senses project a grand societal Intent which literally blankets the Earth in an oppressive force field that induces a kind of "global groupthink."  In the film

The Matrix, Morpheus describes something very like this global field upon first meeting Neo: it is an energetic backdrop to our very existence, which makes it easy for people to engage in five-sensory perception but ensures that only those with great determination can achieve things far beyond these limits.  (For the record, I wrote the first edition of this book long before The Matrix was released.)

Egoistic and unitive consciousness

  When people strongly adhere to any given expression of the Western Materialist worldview, they gain access to the corresponding Mass Projections, which are some of the richest sources of vital energy on the planet.  The trade-off is that they also get locked into any number of Psychic Collectives, resulting in an unconscious state of "groupthink" that extinguishes the desire to draw individual conclusions.  Egoistic consciousness is defined by a preoccupation with three main objectives: controlling through force, denying and/or fearing the existence of human abilities beyond the five senses, and submitting to the dynamics of groupthink. 

  The ego only represents one aspect of our potential for self-awareness—the side of people that is obsessed with comfort, immediate gratification, and external power.  Fortunately, there is much more to people than these self-serving tendencies.  The

Higher Self is a pure inner essence which inspires us to seek out experiences that bring joy, knowledge, and creative fulfillment.  Whenever we look for a deeper meaning to life than just comfort and survival, devoting our time and energy to a higher calling such as creating art or assisting others in their path, we radiate this pure expression of our being.  The Higher Self impels us to discover pathways to a state of heightened understanding that I call unitive consciousness.  This exalted potential, in turn, has three core pillars: mental illumination, higher-emotional grounding and the experience of ecstatic union.  All three must be present to align ourselves with the vantage point of the Higher Self. 

Some authors refer to the continuum of human awareness and purpose in terms of dimensions, density levels, chakra predominance, old versus new souls, and so on.  Each of these models can be quite helpful in offering a linear context for deeply abstract notions, but they also invite an erroneous kind of thinking that leads people to label everyone in hierarchical terms (placing themselves in the "special" or superior category, more often than not).   

Though I've tried to use nuanced language whenever possible, I'm aware that depicting consciousness in terms of opposing extremes invites a certain amount of "better than/worse than" thinking.  I've done what I can to avoid these trappings by trying to emphasize that people everywhere, the author included, experience a spectrum of egoistic and unitive qualities within themselves.  Some people are more driven by certain regressive tendencies than others, but there's nothing inherently wrong with any given combination of archetypal qualities; diversity is what makes the world go round.   

People are never completely oriented to an egoistic or unitive mode of awareness; we all vacillate between these extremes.  It might seem that some people epitomize one side or the other, but even the most domineering person has a "sensitive side," and vice versa.  That said, a few people out there come pretty close to a state of pure egoism, while others maintain a rather exalted state most of the time.  For instance, the fourteenth Dalai Lama has earned the title of "His Holiness" by teaching peace and advocating for justice over the course of his life.  In stark contrast to this virtuous example, former U.S.  Vice president Dick Cheney's long history of fomenting war, torture, cruelty and social divisions would suggest that he has all but eliminated his capacity to emulate the evolved consciousness of the Higher Self.    In the same vein, all human belief systems contain a mix of ego-based elements and more unitive ideals.  There is no such thing as a "totally" egoistic paradigm, although some come pretty darn close (Fascism and Neoconservatism come to mind).  When I speak of the predominance of the Western Materialist worldview, I mean to imply that a greater portion of most human belief systems revolves around five-sensory awareness, mystical disempowerment, and dominator/victim relationships.

Paradigm Addiction

  Along with the bodily process of converting food and water to energy, people get a lot of their vitality at the etheric level.  We get some of this energy from each other—by sharing it freely, forcibly stealing it, or manipulating one another into giving it away against their better judgment.  Some comes from the ambient energy that is all around us, which people constantly dump into the Ethersphere.  This energy carries a residual trace of the thoughts and emotions that that others were experiencing when they "shed" their vitality, and we can internalize these qualities when absorbing it.  The cleanest energy comes from neutral sources, which aren’t infused with any particular belief system or emotional state. 

  We have a number of neutral sources at our disposal, such as sunlight, the Emanations of the Earth, and alternate layers of existence that overlap with the etheric realm.  If we learned to fully tap into these neutral sources, they could provide every human being with a level of vitality far beyond what most people today experience.  For now, societal norms make this an untenable ideal: due to inner conflict, fixation, scattered attention, and similar factors, people spend most of their time partially disconnected from the awareness and abilities which would allow them to draw most f their energy from the purest sources of vital energy. 

When people don’t experience a clear, open connection to their natural sources of vital energy, they unconsciously gravitate to other types of sustenance.  One way that people compensate for this deficit in vital funds is to drain the etheric fields of those around them by provoking feelings of conflict (that’s coming up on Book II).  Another is to draw upon the ambient energy fields where people’s energy goes after it has left their etheric field… and many egoistic Mass Projections have energy in abundant supply.   

When people experience a deficiency of energy, they naturally "tune" their etheric field to any ambient vibrations that closely match their own state of consciousness.  Generally, this is the energy of the Mass Projections arising from the dominant belief systems in their geographical area.  A local Mass Projection is an incredibly rich source of ambient energy, and all we need to absorb the energy contained in one of these fields is to align ourselves with some of its central beliefs.    Like a secret club that you can’t enter unless you know the codeword, you can only psychically access a Mass Projection if your etheric field is broadcasting certain patterns of awareness.  People who possess these "keys" and know how to use them can psychically extend themselves into the Collective Unconscious and manifest refined states of energy that facilitate the resolution of many enduring conflicts. 

Accessing a Mass Projection is similar to dealing with another person; unless you get on a similar wavelength, so to speak, you won’t understand much about their life experiences, and communication goes out the window.    People start off only absorbing the parts of the ambient Projections that fit with their self-image.  However, it takes a lot of work to unconsciously sort through what is "me" and what is "not me," filter out the energy representing things you don’t like or agree with, and suppress any awareness of all this (because people aren’t supposed to be psychic).  This might seem like a free lunch, in etheric terms, but there is a major snag: in soaking up ambient energy, we always internalize more than we screen out.  Opening to a powerful Mass Projection invites a manifestation of group awareness into your energy field, and if you aren’t careful, it will insinuate itself into the very fiber of your being,   Mass Projections can be likened to signals emitted by different radio stations, some of which are more powerful than others.  When you "tune in" to a psychic station that closely matches your own belief system, you achieve optimal reception: the energy comes in easily, because you don’t need to do much work filtering out elements that contradict your sense of individuality.   

By tuning in to a Mass Projection, people are able to take in some of the energy that others have invested in it.  By doing so, people can incorporate, into their own being, any feelings that underlie the worldview, such as self-confidence or victimhood.  However, this energy has a price: the more we become aligned with a Mass Projection, the more dependent we become on its energy.  In the process, we cease to be our own "projection station," with the freedom to choose our own "signal."   If you get used to the "free" energy of a strong Mass Projection in your area, you will automatically become more aligned to the core belief system and mindset of those who project it, sacrificing a certain amount of self-direction to these common denominators.  After a while, you become not just an antenna for that signal, but also a transmitter and power source.    Conversely, people lose some connection to these collective energy projections when they pursue unitive contemplation and mystical abilities.  Even if they still have some degree of access to old, familiar Mass Projections, they may find that group constructs no longer "satisfy." 

Aligning our energy to that of a Mass Projection demands that our awareness be fairly compatible with its core ideas and emotional frequencies.  To stay plugged into the energy of an egoistic Mass Projection, we must align ourselves to its baseline vibration, and thus become saturated with its most conflict-ridden components.    Harboring intense emotions of fear, competitiveness or despair suppresses the frequency patterns which people require to connect to their Creative Source.  A psychic environment that is rife with these emotions has the same effect, creating a state of ambient energy that cuts us off from the Source and prevents our highest qualities from emerging.  A strong psychic atmosphere of fear can stunt people's psychic development from an early age.  The external environment is gradually internalized, until people's lives seem to be a five-sensory portrait of endlessly recurring conflicts.   

The conflict and duality inherent in egoistic consciousness sap our vitality by cutting us off from the more fluid, open-ended Source energy.  As such, we can't experience even a portion of our potential energy level until we confront the aspects of our consciousness responsible for this separation.  This process entails shifting one’s worldview closer to an Evolutionary frame of reference.  The highest attributes of human character are etherically aligned with the same level of being which is the wellspring of our creative energy.  The more we grow as people, the more our energy flows directly from this Creative Source.   

People almost never take on the whole of a Mass Projection; most are affiliated with a number of different projections, in varying quantities depending on how strongly they identify with them.  Gary Zukav spoke to this in describing how people define themselves by many life roles.  One person may identify with roles such as American, Mother, Grandmother, Catholic, and Police officer.  Another identifies with Mother and Police Officer, but practices a different religion, was born in another country, and is too young to have grandchildren yet.  If a person is open only to a certain portion of a Projection’s beliefs, s/he will only tune in to specific levels of the corresponding Collective.  Since Intent connects all of the concepts into a whole (however grotesque or convoluted), other ideas carry over to some extent. 

Mass Outpourings of Fear

  In these turbulent times, many people channel a great deal of fear into ideas about the future.  When dynamics of Intent enter the picture, our perspective on the future of humankind can have unanticipated negative results or highly positive results, depending mostly on the emotional content that we ascribe to a given possibility.  Doubt about a future is most likely to deflect that outcome, for instance, while certainty will galvanize it, giving it not only a greater likelihood of being "the" future, but a stronger presence in the collective unconscious of humankind.

  Any time people channel strong emotions into certainties about what the future holds, they project a force that limits the scope of what could happen.  Feelings like anticipation, fear, despair, or even grim determination, give Intent a massive force of attraction due to the singularity of one’s belief in the conceptualized outcome.  When we attach these emotions to extrapolations of the future, our Intent will try its damnedest to deliver these prophecies.  Hope or (oddly enough) irreverence can have an equally potent effect to catalyze a shift away from the worst-case scenario.  This holds true regardless of whether we choose to pray for a future of global destruction or want more than anything to oppose that future.  Intent is indiscriminate in magnetizing its targeted future toward the present-to-be, provided we sustain it with lower emotions. 

Something similar occurs when people convince themselves that an oppressive future will come to pass.  Many people today fear that human civilization is headed toward a dark vision best captured in George Orwell’s ever-salient 1984: a state of global dictatorship, in which no one truly has free will and members of all societies are conditioned from birth to believe that the highest good is acting as a subservient automaton.  Investing potent emotions in such ideas may seem to be an agent of change that opposes them, but this completely depends on the emotion and the quality of fixation.  While being aware of a negative possibility can sometimes help to avert it (or prepare, if it comes down to that), obsessively injecting lower emotions into a certain probability does the exact opposite.  This is a most potent form of invocation, which ultimately works to the benefit of those who pursue futures congruent with what we most fear. 

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