There could be more truth to the theory of collective consciousness than we think. To our knowledge there is no discernible evidence to suggest we have any ability to read each other’s minds. However, at least on an abstract level we are acquiring ideas and inspiring creativity collectively when we are in close proximity. What does this mean and how can this help us in our everyday activities?
When we are stumped on a problem or feeling drained of ideas or experiencing writers block we can simply go to a populated place and be rejuvenated with a fresh perspective. And we need not work in groups to benefit. This is where the magic of the collective consciousness comes into play. It is not science fiction but simply a matter of our mind’s ability to work on many levels of consciousness simultaneously. When we are around others, even if we are working individually we are collecting information from each other on a subconscious level.
While we type away on our laptops in internet cafes or coffee shops, we are overhearing the drum of many different conversations in the background. We are seeing people moving around in our periphery. Even if we are fixated on our own activities our minds are taking in all this information as well. This creates an atmosphere of heightened sensory stimulus that drives the engine of creativity and new ideas. When we are alone at a desk we cannot get this benefit.
Ironically, we don’t necessarily get the same benefit by simply playing music or having a television program going on in the background. This suggests that live human interaction, even on a subconscious level, is integral to creativity. This suggests also the Sci-Fi factor. Could there actually be an ESP experience actually at play if only on a subconscious level? It is probably safer to assume that as we are perceiving others around us, they are also perceiving us, and by that simple awareness we are affected by that interaction if only abstractly.
Being that we are social creatures it is safe to say we work better in groups and inherently feel more at ease in groups than alone. Even for those suffering from social anxiety disorder the therapy seeks to get us out of our shells and overcome the fear that others are judging us. The truth is, that they are judging us and it’s perfectly natural. We are constantly judging and evaluating everything and everyone around us at any given time. This is a vital and natural aspect of our ability to think and reason. In this manner, we cannot take full credit for our own great ideas and creativity in artistic expression. It is as a result of the collective collaboration of those who inspire us on a subconscious level.