The Power of the Individual in the Collective

Do not underestimate the power of the individual, even to the power of a single decision, especially when repeated.

“Any gift, however small, improves the condition of humanity. You cannot see this, of course, but it is true because it is an aggregate. It is like a scale. If evil and oppression are weighing down the scale completely on one side, you do not have something as great as that to counteract it, to balance the scale, to offset the overwhelming dominance of evil and circumstance, of ignorance, of oppression, of poverty…. When you add to the other part of the scale something small, it seems to have no effect. But when others add something small, sooner or later, in time, the scale is balanced, and beyond this it moves in favor of what is true and natural for human beings, which is to be united with others, which is to be creative, which is to be in service to their families and cultures in the world, to preserve the world, to take care of people, to be inspired and to have the glow of an inner life within themselves. Even when circumstances look bad, even in the face of failure and defeat, the power of Knowledge is within you.” –The New Message from God on contribution.

Power for the good

There are many testaments to the powerful effects of collective meditation-prayer.” —from “Creating Peace by Being Peace” by Gabriel Cousins, MD quoted on, where the editor adds, “There are temples, churches and spiritual organizations all over the world.  Imagine what might happen if each assembly took a minute or two at the end of each gathering to envision or pray for world peace.”

The “God factor”

Franklin Graham witnessed the hand of God in the 2016 Election. How could he have not seen it so? His reply to those who ask, what just happened? People were ignited and united. Individual hearts and souls united in intention, a force not to be underestimated. Agreed, that was a phenomenal demonstration of power in the mental environment–I would not deny the possibility of divine agency, but with less willingness to personalize God as micro-manager of human affairs.

“We have spoken of God as a great attraction, as a force pulling and drawing people. That is a good analogy because it allows God to be as great and as mysterious as God is. That is to acknowledge that God in the world is a force in motion. It is here to do something. It moves people to go along at Its pace. It ignites people, sets people in motion and cares for people.” —Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume One, Chapter 13: Spiritual Community

Sweeping Power

The power of the word as the instigation of the deed is what Jesus meant about being led astray by misbegotten thoughts to unwarranted action.

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them…. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15:10-20

What defiles and how to decontaminate

Pollution in the mental environment contaminates the signal with noise.


Shake off the debris of environmental degradation by renewing your mind according to your practice or with this wise guide, the Steps to Knowledge.

  • in what activities are you engaged half-heartedly?
  • what bubble surrounds you like an echo chamber, excluding all of contrary opinion?
  • where are your resources going?
  • what would a map of your mind look like?
The Story of Two Wolves

The Story of Two Wolves

 Game theory

I have found it useful to view the national crisis of conscience like a poker game. When I overlay this visualization on top of another, #BasecampRecon, I see the many voices in the collective  of this supposedly “one nation, undivided.” I see confirmed what was evident in news footage of Nov. 9, the principal character in shock and enough dismay to see his hand revealed. #SaveFace is the deal that agent seeks, along with all who resonated with that voice. #Authority is also what they seek. I believe they can be convinced to trade #Decency for a compromise that would ease a lot of contention.

As Above, So Below

Even as the waters of Earth must be cleansed, the stream of consciousness needs tending as well. The forests–the lungs and kidneys of the Earth–must be replanted and tended, as our habits, our diet, our exposure to influences in the mental environment must be cultivated and cleansed.

The power of collective intent, followed by word and deed, cannot be overestimated.