Harnessing Collective Power
You know the feeling, you walk into a group of people and suddenly your light bulb goes on and you are feeling energized and ready to go. You are tapping into the collective energies.
On the flip side you may have noticed times when you felt drained by hanging out with someone. If you are draining your friends or they are draining you, you are drawing off their finite energies and not collective energy – obviously not what you want to do.
To harness the collective power, you must tap into your inner intentions and connect it with the collective goal. For example, a party is to have fun and hang out. Tap into the energy of the group intention rather than who is going to be there to give you energy. Focus on the collective group, not just individuals.
Five tips on how to do this effectively.
Clarify your intentions beforehand
Before you leave the house (or have the crowd come to you) clarify your intentions. Why did you choose this group? Why are you going? How does it fill you up? How are you contributing to the energy you wish to receive from the group?
Try and let the experience unfold. Let it show you its potential rather than trying to predict how it is going to go and who is going to do what. We often manifest stories in our head before we even get to the collective event and then make it happen the way our mind predicted it would. Don't have the conversations with yourself before you even have the conversations with others.
Choose the right events to attend, groups to be part of and causes to support.
When you are contributing energy to a group, make sure it is one that fills you up as much as you fill it up. If it drains you, neither you or the group are getting a fair deal. You can only contribute to a group that you are already feeling good about, and you should be able to walk away from it still feeling good. This doesn't mean you won't be physically drained after contributing energy to the group, but it should not drain your spirit.
Bring your best self.
If you are tired, unhappy, or just plain miserable, it is going to be hard for the group to rise to meet you (or even lower to meet you). If we bring an empty glass to the party and nothing else, we are going to have trouble being in the collective giving and receiving space. Do your best to fill yourself up before you go. Besides putting on nice clothes, put on some nice energy as well. Positive emotions, a clear mind and an understanding of your contribution to the group is a good place to start.
The playfulness factor always helps with collective energies, even when the topic is "serious." Keep the mood as light as possible. When it is hard to do that, try and find a memory that makes you smile or an idea that lights up your passion. Bring that feeling up in yourself for a minute before proceeding back into the group.
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