Local and Nonlocal is an excerpt from a current work-in-progress, To Do Your Work: The Spiritual Practice of Personal Power. This is a book which in part discusses power dynamics of Power Over, Power Under, Power With, and Power Within.
In my current writing, I think this does the best job of discussing the concepts of locality and nonlocality. I have included the information on Mass Consciousness so that you can have a clearer understanding of the context within which I discuss these two topics.
Disconnection Within Mass Consciousness
Mass Consciousness uses the inherent interconnection of humanity as a tool of manipulation and coercion to enforce the belief that personal truth is only found through external authority.
Everything is energy. All energy is connected. Awareness, consciousness, and knowing are present and flowing through all energetic connection. Energetic connection is both universal and individual.
Universal connection is the exchange of energy and awareness between and within all flows of energy both physical and non-physical. This connection is supportive and beneficial as the intention of the flow is to provide unlimited connection without exerting influence or judgment. Universal connection is non-local, connected locally.
Individual connection is awareness of the flow of energy within all levels of self, body, mind, heart, and soul. Individual connection is interconnected universally and has the capacity to perceive and connect with all other flows of energy. Individual connection is local flow connected non-locally.
In contrast, as an energetic alteration of universal connection, Mass Consciousness is the energetic aggregate of awareness and knowing gathered from every human experience on Earth over time. Serving multiple agendas, Mass Consciousness is intentionally, and sometimes unconsciously, employed to manipulate, coerce, and dominate individual connection.
The word “mass” is important here. There is not just one face or one direction. Mass Consciousness contains many utilization vectors which shift over time reflecting the many shifting intentions and multiple agendas of Power-Over within the social and cultural expressions of humanity.
Mass Consciousness also behaves as a persistent feedback loop which is manipulated and primed with selfish beliefs and detrimental mistruths, absorbing all reaction, all awareness, and all belief, whether real or true. Power-Over supports Mass Consciousness to establish the belief that the only real, dependable truth is that of external authority.
As a conduit of Power-Over, fear, anger, hysteria, hatred, and more flow through and are fed into the numerous channels of Mass Consciousness. For example, this coercive flow uses fear to dominate. Various actors foment fear through all the many channels of communication. As fear increases within individuals, fear increases within Mass Consciousness. The returning reverberation of fear within Mass Consciousness influences individual awareness, again increasing the intensity of fear within its energetic flow. Mass Consciousness continues this feedback system creating more fear, uncertainty, and divisive feelings which spiral and affect large numbers of people.
Leaning towards self-absence, this flow encourages agreement with whatever is being perpetuated within Mass Consciousness. Within self-presence, the continual flow pressures the individual to doubt personal truth in favor of the push by Mass Consciousness.
Within the worst damage, connection to personal truth is lost, and the individual relinquishes personal truth to the external beliefs propagated by Mass Consciousness as truth. Within successful exertion of influence, Mass Consciousness becomes the accepted source of truth.
Robbed of assurance that truth resides within the individual, the purported truth of Mass Consciousness manipulates, eroding the belief in personal power and self-choice, diminishing the inner sense of personal efficacy.
Without the direction of an inner compass, there is no sense of personal agency or capacity. With personal presence in the shadows, personal absence is the norm. Human experience becomes riddled with depressed, angry automatons separated from self-truth and self-choice with no other awareness but to follow the dictums of Power-Over. Many are left to what feels like futile effort to feel confident and capable to live a meaningful life.
Contrary to the motion of Mass Consciousness, personal agency and connection to personal truth is inherent within all individuals. Because the effects of Mass Consciousness begin in early childhood, the process of maturity and the benefit of personal learning are required to dampen and exclude the effects of Mass Consciousness.
Within the balance of self-presence, truth is an internal, very real human experience. To move away from the impact of Mass Consciousness:
Listen to your heart to hear your truth.
Exploring Local and Nonlocal
Emerging from the Latin locus, local means place, location, a physical space designation. Thus, local is typically perceived to be a physical place or location.
In contrast non-local, at first glance, would seem to refer to that which is not connected to a particular physical place or location. A stranger, the unknown, the out-of-town are not physically local and, thus, not perceived to be connected locally. The non-local is the physically unknown.
Within human experience, peace is believed to be found in what is known and understood. Historically, the unknown raises fear and worry. Within the unknown is fear and mistrust. The unknown, and thus the non-local, must be defended against.
Within this perception of local and non-local, US versus THEM emerges. US are the people connected to my local. THEM are those who are non-local and thus not connected. THEM, as non-local and unconnected, needs to be watched and encouraged to move on to their local so that US is unbothered and protected from the threats of the non-local THEM. The Mass Consciousness fear is that THEM will claim connection where there is believed to be none and use that claim to over-power US.
This preference for all that is local also prefers the limits of linear time and physical space. Local is defined within the known aspects of past, present, and future and within the depth, length, and width of physical location. This location can be anything from a house to a neighborhood, a town, a state, or a country. The primary requirement is that US clearly define and designate what is local to their group.
When life is geographically constrained, fear of the unknown beyond the physical border of experience is the result. When experience is limited to a village or town or state, and when the habitual response is to question outsiders as possible dangers or threats to life, US versus THEM creates the pattern to maintain safety, and protect the weak, and encourage the polarity of Power-Over.
However, if connection is perceived as existing beyond physical location, the possibility of positive interaction with the unknown expands. No longer constrained by physical geography, human connection can be re-envisioned and experienced non-locally.
For example, within the view of quantum physics, non-locality perceives the effect of action and connection beyond physical place. This seems to be a paradox and extends connection beyond the local.
Universally, non-locality provides unlimited connection. Universal connection is energetic, creating a web-like interweaving of all existence on Earth. Thus, the limitation of physical space connection is merely limited perception of the nature of our world.
To see that connection exists beyond the borders of local experience, opens the door to the universal connection of WE. WE transcends fear, entertains the unknown as opportunity, and embraces connection beyond physical location.
Non-local connection is entangled. Think of a spiderweb. Each location of the web is connected with all other locations of the web. Yet opposite sides are at a distance and are not adjacent yet are connected by the nature of the web itself. Human existence is also a web of energetic connection which exists beyond the constraints of time and space.
Mass consciousness would have you fear this web of connection to maintain the Power-Over dynamics of US versus THEM. Mass Consciousness benefits when human experience is limited to the linear, local perception.
However, as experience of universal connection, WE expands beyond the horizon of our physical space and open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to the opportunity of non-local connection. In the embrace of that which seems to not be local, the nonlocal is no longer the scary unknown. Instead the nonlocal becomes the possibility of new learning, the foundation of interconnected human life.
I acknowledge for myself the truth and joy which is inherent in every human being. This experience of personal truth changed my life. Rising above the enforced separation of US and THEM, every day I experience the universal human connection of WE.
In my journey away from self-absence to self-presence, I learned that many personal misconceptions, erroneous beliefs, and hateful illusions are reinforced by the critical voice which is powered by Mass Consciousness. The most detrimental effect is eroding confidence in my personal truth – or more specifically, the erosion of my capacity to believe self-truth especially in the face of what feels like a huge opposing force.
In contrast to Mass Consciousness, there is the supportive aspect of Universal Connection. As an energetic channel of awareness from, to, and between all people, Universal Connection is beyond the control of Power-Over manipulation. Universal Connection is peaceful, nonlocal, and has no intentionally harmful agenda.
The motion of Universal Connection in this perspective supports self-awareness and self-trust. Rather than beat people down with negativity, Universal Connection has the inherent capacity to reinforce the best of humanity and the worth of each individual. Leaving the enforcement of Mass Consciousness behind gives space to hear self, to explore inward, to expand self-awareness, and connect in balance with all.
Without the push of outside agendas, personal truth is found within each individual. With a firm, trustworthy inner foundation, awareness of what is said outside of self is not replacement, rather an opportunity to realize the beauty and strength of personal truth found within. The outer dialogue of WE need not be feared. The habitual mistrust of the unknown can be released in favor of the excitement to learn and grow. By rejecting the Mass Consciousness falseness of US vs. THEM, the nonlocal connection of WE opens our hearts to the inherent beauty of everyone. Leaving fear behind, human life steps into a new existence ready to embrace a new non-local world.
Local and Nonlocal is from my in-progress book To Do Your Work.
The concept is related to my overall understanding of Soul Energy Dynamics.