We are living through tough times as the entire world faces the pandemic of COVID-19. It is natural for people to be in the grip of fear and anxiety. Words such as “quarantine” and “social distancing” are being recurrently used in conversations.
I can understand the reason of fear. Not all of us have the same level of immunity and the threat is real and large. However, we can also use this tough time as an opportunity to introspect and learn some important life lessons. Even though we are maintaining social distance, we are more connected with each other. We are staying apart to come together. Scientists from across the world are working together to find a vaccine and cure for this disease. We have forgotten our temporal divides of race, religion, class, or gender and are forming a formidable bond. Author Colum McCann refers to this phenomenon as ‘emergence’, as to how, out of necessity, species can come together for the common good.
McCann adds that numerous species have developed this ability to act collectively. It can be observed in the way, flocks of birds fly in unison through the sky, each changing direction far swiftly and seamlessly than the most skilled pilots. We, humans, are also developing rituals that bring us together and help create a new collective consciousness. For instance, the world over people are now practicing our Indian greeting of folding hands and saying “Namaste.” In Italian cities, people have begun to sing together from their balconies. This is how we as humans are acting collectively.
My dear readers, I wish that we all come out stronger and healthier. We human beings have limitless potential and we are capable of far more than we are often taught or conditioned to believe. The universe is constantly communicating with us by showing us synchronicities, signs, symbols and offering us a variety of subliminal messages to help fight this pandemic. Just remember, we are not alone, we are all one, and a part of the Collective Consciousness.
When I make a fist, it’s strong, and you can’t tear it apart. As long as there’s unity, there’s strength.