Eggregore and group consciences
Birth of a collective identity – Birth of a popular Divinity –
Mass cultures and suggestions
Birth of a collective identity
A physical identity is distinguished from a subtle one by the clearness and
quality of thoughts. The latter are not only individual aspects, because there
are ideas shared by groups of individuals that make up the identity of peoples
and nations. Collective identities have the common denominator of men’s
and women’s conscience; their differences are mainly due to the collective
imagination (habits, particular beliefs and local cultures). Popular cultures
become social models resistant to outside influences when they become combat-hardened
forms of cultural isolationism.
Birth of a popular Divinity
A strong association of ideas (mass conventions) develops a common identity
called eggregore. The eggregore of a group, a nation or a people is an idea,
or a whole of ideas, that surround the community like an aura. It is a collective
and shared conscience that pervades the participants with its emotional colors.
There are different qualities of eggregore. The most common and less qualified
are astral eggregore. An astral eggregore is a concentration
of emotional force emitted continuously by the participants to the idea. Since
man has many emotional activities, we have a wide range of astral eggregore,
both war and peace ones.
Special attention must be given to the astral eggregore whose concentration
has eventually become so powerful, that they appear to be the guiding
spirits of peoples and nations; they are continuously confused
with God. Because of this mistake the religions of many groups,
peoples and nations think they ‘have’ a special and exclusive God,
that follows and cares about them. We all know the dramatic consequences of
As it happens among individuals, national identities as well could operate
to acknowledge each other’s rights and duties. They talk about it in theory,
but this is still a utopia.
Reciprocal acknowledgment of a collective identity, rather than of the right
to exist, would lead to experiment a kind of universal conscience.
The project of religion and therefore of universal conscience is hampered by
the selfishness of astral eggregore. The latter, in order to survive, are able
to cause bigger hindrance than what man has to go through in order to face his
astrality (see descent in hell).
Mass cultures and suggestions
Processes of good will occur all the time, but they are limited by prejudices
guided by strong powers, which curb the development of peoples in order to keep
their conscience dormant.
The torpor of the conscience brings illusions that exalt mass suggestions (astral
eggregore). Human identities are surrounded by the mirages of
imagination and they follow closely the dreams of cultures that created very
resistant illusory series (totem), especially when
the latter are raised to the role of sacred and inviolable values. Imagination
is inborn in man, but we must be able to free ourselves from illusion if we
want to free the mind. Particular dreams and personal illusions are easy to
discover; it is not so for collective imagination, though, which turns into
rites so common that they become invisible.
In a general sense many traditions are attractive when they play the
role of popular memory. If they abandon the field of folklore, though,
to take up the role of truth, the ‘traditional joy’
turns into fanaticism. We need to beware of it, even before wondering
about its authenticity.
Traditional elements are filled with sacredness; therefore they excite
the popular pride and strengthen the idea of participating to an indubitable
‘truth’ that prevents the mutual acknowledgment of different
realities. This creates situations of isolation, where the pride for an
alleged uniqueness ends up by trapping the participants in a closed
system, where dominates the idea of being the best representatives
of ‘true’ and ‘right’ (*).
(*) A closed system is a thesis built to resist denials
(Karl Popper). Closed systems are made of totally abstract thesis, ideological
statements or religious dogmas that are confirmed only inside their structures
and through their instruments. Therefore they can’t be denied. Ideological
statements and dogmas are said to be self-immunizing, because they are based
on reasonable modules, supported without being questioned. This makes them immune
from any kind of denial deriving by a dialectic debate or an intellectual confrontation.
Furthermore, as part of a closed system are also considered ideological thesis
or beliefs that declare themselves absolute, that is all-inclusive propositions,
where there is an explanation of and for everything.
A closed conscience ends up by considering all that is different worse than
itself; it acts in an attitude of conflict and rejects and fights it. In order
to ‘open’ a ‘closed’ mind we must find the courage to
abandon the safety of pre-constituted truths and question
everything, starting from ourselves, our habits and opinions. Critical analysis
is the keystone for mental opening because it is the condition which the expansion
of physical conscience depends on. We must also remember the obstacles of their
growth. For example, mental submissiveness hampers
intellectual self-government. It is necessary then to avoid unconditional
adhesion to a particular ideology or culture, if we want to reach
a clear judgment. Learning by itself is not the ideal condition to have clear
judgment. The fundament of learning is not passive storage of ideas, but their
critical comprehension. Through the lens of critical sense,
mind and conscience overcome the appearance of what they know, freeing the meanings
from the idols of pre-established truths.
A critical mind (but not skeptical) and
the intellect form extraordinary instruments for research, able
to make the deep meaning of every circumstance, word or idea resound
interiorly (intuitive intelligence).
A shared forma mentis is a group conscience
but its value is given by the quality of its thoughts, just like for individuals.
This means that consistency is not enough to guarantee for the quality of the
group (eggregore); we can be united and solid in our mediocrity.
Collective conscience must be matured according to a process of development
similar to the individual one, using critical sense (discrimination), ability
of mental elaboration and intuitive intelligence (intuitiveness as a permanent,
rather than occasional, phenomenon) to annul falsehood and smoothen disagreements.
Bad interpretations are not the worst evil, but their antagonism
The antagonism among notions creates disorder inside the conscience and therefore
discord among men. Culture and faith antagonisms originate from the
desire to be protagonist in believing in an absolute uniqueness,
invalidating the relationships between individuals belonging to the same cultural
root. The worst conflicts originate from traditional desires to be protagonist
and therefore it is our duty to question their authenticity. By filtering imagination
we can discern reality from metaphors and their symbolical simulacra,
giving our preference to the clearness of a common conscience rather than to
dreams of superiority.
Athos A. Altomonte