Once we move past our “own” junk post-awakening, it becomes apparent that there is still lots of collective junk to clean up. As this cleaning or healing will improve quality of life for most everyone, it’s worthwhile.
However, I’ve observed that what one person cleans up can differ from someone else. We don’t clean up everything. Instead, we process and resolve those things we have an affinity for.
Say we’ve experienced and healed trauma associated with rejection. Even though healed, we now have an affinity or familiarity with that style of energy. Once we’re well awake, we can process collective rejection stress without taking it on, taking it personally, or getting caught by it. We just filter the river of experience flowing by.
This helps heal the collective experience of rejection, improving the quality of life for all. Deep enough and it also clears the collective memory too. When the charge is resolved, the memory becomes neutral.
It turns out what Eckhart Tolle called the “pain body” isn’t personal. It’s collective. Because energetic sludge and contraction is the mechanism for karma that also belongs to the collective. We experience it as personal only because of memory associations and identification with this form.
There never was personal junk. We’ve always been adding our baggage to the collective, energetically polluting the commons much as we trash our physical environment. When we expand the container of experience and take on a more universal vantage point, this becomes clear.
Happily, the collective isn’t cosmic. Most of creation exists beyond the crud of our unresolved mental and emotional churning. The heavens stand clear.
This points to another reason our challenges can become our strengths. And why it takes many to heal the whole. Not everyone, but with enough on clean-up duty, the experience of everyone rises and the flow of sludge is much reduced.