An egregore (pronounced egg’ gree gore) is a group thought-form. It can be created either intentionally or unintentionally, and becomes an autonomous entity with the power to influence. A group with a common purpose like a family, a club, a political party, a church, or a country can create an egregore, for better or worse depending upon the type of thought that created it. – Wikipedia
The concept is ancient and found in esoteric literature and in the practices of mystery schools. With the thoughts of many people thinking the same positive affirmation simultaneously at the same moment, or at planned times during the day, there can be beneficial outcomes, often indirect, in the world or the community. I especially like Rummer Godden’s description of an abbey in her 1969 novel In This House of Brede as a powerhouse. The nuns’ meditations impact the world via an egregore in addition to their value as prayers.
Mystery schools create egregores intentionally and create meditative ways for achieving a “higher level of thought” at specified contact times to enhance the power of the group’s intent of manifesting something positive for humanity.
Many groups have used this technique, asking members to meditate upon positive outcomes based on the groups’ philosophy/goals–world peace, the end of discrimination, the feeding of the hungry, and other causes. Since the benefits are usually indirect, it’s difficult for groups to persuade their members to hold their meditations for a long period of time. So many people become discouraged when they don’t see immediate and overt results.
When this happens, the egregore fades away like a fire starving for oxygen. As it begins to fade, participants are less likely to see positive change, and so they stop meditating and the whole thing becomes like a helium balloon with a leak in it.
Some of the nasty things we see in society, I think, occur when multiple people think of the same criminal, hateful, and spiteful things simultaneously–it’s like mob rule but on a thinking/speaking basis. Recent increases in white supremacy, racism, and Nazism may well have begun from overt causes–events, speeches, books–but they sustain themselves via the power of multiple people thinking the same thing. None of these people realize they have created an egregore, a thought-form that multiplies the power of the individuals many times over: they simply think what they think.
The results can be catastrophic. They can lead to more books, more unseemly events and speeches, and violence on the streets, all of which serve to create more people thinking in concert with the mess they’ve been creating.
Sending “thoughts and prayers” has become rather a joke when people suggest doing it as a response to street violence, school shootings, terrorism, and genocide. Most people believe thoughts have no impact on events, so the first thing they do instead is to ask Congress for more laws, advocate sending in SWAT teams and the National Guard, and jailing the leaders. The last thing they believe is to believe that–rather than sitting at home frustrated as they read the latest news–they can have an impact on events through their church, club, website, or other community groups. If an anti-Nazi/racism website went viral with the idea of meditating for peaceful times, then what would happen if a million people thought about a positive alternative to white supremacy and racism simultaneously, we would probably see a positive outcome.
Doing this is counterintuitive. So we lose the powerhouse of good people doing their best to counteract the bad people.
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of the three novels in the Florida Folk Magic Series, “Conjure Woman’s Cat,” “Eulalie and Washerwoman,” and “Lena,” all of which show the power of the individual (or group) in combatting the evils of the times.
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