“Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall know the kingdom of heaven” ~Bible

Very traumatic experiences for individuals such as accidents or illnesses can deeply affect those lucky enough to survive. When we experience a trauma, we experience loss of control and our illusion of self importance falls. This collapse of self becomes a gift that can wake us up. It can propel us from a continuum of self delusion to profound new meaning in our life.

When loss of control happens on a global scale to entire cultures, we then as a group begin to experience our group identity crashing. We seek answers when we even think about questions like, “What’s going to happen to mankind?” or “How will anything ever change for us?” When large groups of people begin to experience this collapse of identity, they are moving as a group to a place of great change and transformation. In shedding individual and group identity, they are granting themselves an evolution beyond anything they could have conceived of.

The illusion of our personality arose out of growing contradiction in our thoughts as to our sense of a separate“self. This is the internal dialogue we experience that relates to who we know we are as compared to who we think we are, or who we think we would like to be. The illusion of self along with its auto-mechanism for dealing with these chronic contradictions IS our self identity.

From this view then, the separate self is only illusion. It is a construct to facilitate our survival, especially when we encounter only a world full of “other selves.” Our individual self along with all the others, form a global consensus that is held as a standard of “what is consciousness” that permeates the species. It is our idea of consensual consciousness because it is the experience we all have.

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden

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