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Collective Anxiety vs Compassion – How to Live With Both

This week is under the influence of the full moon which occurs on February 16, but the lessons of this week echo far into the future. What would the wise people of ancient times, who were so in tune with the cosmos, see in the night’s sky? And what would they make of it? They would see the most luminous part of the moon’s cycle, and would feel inspired and surging with personal power to manifest what they wanted. This would be the time for grounding rituals that helped them take decisive steps in the direction of their highest destiny and overcome fear that was holding them back.

But they wouldn’t stop with the moon. They’d study the whole cosmos, analyzing the celestial configurations and interpreting the symbolism they contained as it pertained to human behavior and evolution. They would pay attention to the moon being in the constellation Leo, and its opposition to the sun in Aquarius, as it is for us this week. This configuration indicates a specific archetype relating to empathy and compassion. Aquarius allows us to perceive humanity as one sisterhood/brotherhood/family and understand that we are all one. And Leo empowers us to do something about it. This can help us find answers to the conundrum of collective anxiety vs compassion – how to live with both.

We are all one

Spiritually, the collective was perceived in ancient traditions as a united family in which we are all one. Praying, or conscious positive thought, was for the benefit of all, protecting people people against dark waves that could bubble up from the collective subconscious. They exerted conscious effort to not be trapped or limited in low frequencies from others which had nothing to do with them and how they wanted to live their life.

In India, this phenomenon was known and put into practice in spiritual groups that continue to this day. Many people gather to chant mantras with a specific beneficial intention which affects the collective subconscious positively and elevates the frequency of everyone. They exert conscious effort to not be trapped or limited in low frequencies from others which have nothing to do with them and how they want to live their life. This is especially necessary when the weight of collective anxiety is felt deeply as if it were one’s own, and is the definition of compassion.

Compassion vs. collective anxiety

Compassion is essential in life and binds us to each other. Compassion requires that we be open and vulnerable, and in return we are nourished and replenished. The question is, how can we remain open and vulnerable without being subsumed by collective anxiety and disfunction?

With all the chaos in the world, and our media access to it at an all-time high, it’s often easier to separate ourselves from others as a way to protect ourselves. Barricade ourselves in our own worlds as much as possible. But try as we might, we may still feel the anxiety of uncertain times ahead. We may worry about the future of humanity. We may feel the anguish of those who are suffering around the world or on our block. We’ve tried ignoring it, pushing it down, piling distractions on top of it … but it shows up as insomnia, a soup of emotional disturbances, physical ailments, and problems at work, at home, and with others.

The invisible prison of the moon

Fear or paralyzing anxiety can be a major impediment to our human expression and progress, so it’s important to distinguish your own anxiety from that of the collective. In other words, the anxiety you feel may not be coming from you. Maybe what you feel is part of the collective subconscious’ anxiety, a subtle and powerful force that permeates everything. The Toltec called this energy the invisible prison of the moon.

To better understand the phenomenon of other people influencing our states of mind, it can help to understand what magnetic fields are and how they affect us on the deepest levels. The blog post How Does the Moon Affect the Earth?, part 3 of the Powers of the Moon series, addresses magnetic fields’ impact on our lives. Magnetic fields show us how as more people worry about the future, fear about the destiny of humanity tends to become generalized.

Right-brain vs left-brain

Science often talks about right-brain vs. left-brain people. Right-brain people are considered artistic and sensitive, and they tend to feel things more strongly than left-brain people. If anyone’s going to feel bombarded by collective anxiety, it’s right-brain people. Left-brain people don’t generally feel things as strongly, may not even be in touch with their feelings, and aren’t as compelled to explore the sources of unresolved feelings as right-brain people are. So if you’re right-brain and feeling it, ancient traditions may help you navigate this challenging time.

What can sensitive people do?

What can right-brain and other hypersensitive people do to protect ourselves from other people’s energy and dark waves coming from the collective subconscious? And how can we retain our connection to, and empathy with, the collective while not getting run over by collective anxiety?

While the ancients believed that the moon in Leo gives you extra power to take individual action for the betterment of yourself and the collective this week, you can take action any time and receive positive results.

First, observe in your daily interactions if your mood and energy level changes according to the location you are in or the people you are with. If you have empathic qualities, meaning the ability to feel what another person is experiencing, you may be in tune with your environment to the point of matching the mood and ambient atmosphere around you without even knowing it.

Scientifically, we are talking about entrainment, a principle in which two independent systems naturally tend to become in sync. This is a subconscious phenomenon so you may not be aware of it happening. Falling into step with someone is one of the most obvious examples of this concept of entrainment. For example, when dancing you might be concentrating on your partner and not realize that your breathing rates are also syncing up.

Researchers have shown that humans have magnetic sensory systems, and changes in magnetic fields can trigger fluctuations in the subtle body (also known as aura) to which some people are sensitive. By beginning with observation, you can learn if your aura is porous or defined.

The collective power of meditation

The second thing that sensitive people can do is meditate and chant mantras with a specific beneficial intention to positively affect the collective subconscious and elevate their own and the collective’s frequency. When we meditate and send out good thoughts, we are no longer victims of the collective subconscious but instead become empowered.

Auras are porous and meditation allows you to define the boundaries of your aura. When you meditate, your aura becomes cohesive, coherent, like a fractal, that makes you feel connected to everyone but without suffering. The image at the top of this post is a symbol of this cohesion. In the painting you can see the seated person’s aura emanating a fractal-like energy of peace and love.

For a sensitive person, the most important work you can do is to send good thoughts to the collective. If you are someone who is sensitive to your environment, cultivate the intention to keep your joy and love of life no matter what. And do this by sending peace and love into the collective from the deepest sources inside yourself.

Life is the playground in which you experiment and improve your own being. You are not alone and changing yourself means that you contribute to the betterment of the collective. After all, compassion is not reserve to saints but is an absolute necessity for our beautiful planet to thrive.


To learn more about the benefits of collective meditation, read The Undeniable Power of Mass Meditation: 3 Top Reasons You Wanna Try It at Thrive Global. #thriveglobal

To learn more about collective consciousness, read Collective Consciousness And Meditation: Are We All Interconnected by an Underlying Field? at HuffPost. 

To learn more about the science behind subtle energy and auras, and what you can do to strength your aura, read Subtle Energy Fields, part 4 of the Powers of the Moon series.

Learn about how to take charge of your own healing in the course Self-Healing in Times of Change and the blog post Meditation Script for Chakras Journey – Part 1 – Your Foundation.

To learn more about the moon’s influence and what you can do to live in alignment with the moon’s natural rhythm, watch the six lessons in the 28-Day Moon Meditation Essential Program. If you want a short (15-minute) daily practice designed around the phases of the moon, check out the daily practice videos for this program.

Learn more about healing and consciousness at Inner Treasure Hunt. If you liked this post, you can subscribe to the Inner Treasure Hunt newsletter to stay informed about new posts, programs, and events. #innertreasurehunt

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