The term ‘collective unconscious’ appeared in 1916 when Carl Jung theorized that besides humans having an immediate or personal consciousness, that there is a shared consciousness inherent to all individuals of the same species. He argues that this is a shared psychic system that is the same for all human beings and in his own words, ‘It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.’ This collective realm is where many mystics tread and learn to use for personal empowerment. To elaborate on this concept we can look again to both scientific findings and spiritual teachings, as both may provide insight into this phenomena.
There is a very fine line if any at all, between our concept of what we can consider as being living or dead. What is alive and what is inanimate in the case of what we consider being conscious. It is easy to try and understand that an animal is conscious in its own way, but what about plants, crystals or the earth? What evidence have we collected to state that they could be conscious or in any way could label them as alive? In this article I will provide some evidence of this claim and try to convince you that the lines between life and death are blurred are best. Humans can be separated into their own kingdom, both scientifically and spiritually, but we are not the only ones that are awake.