Thursday, January 28, 2010


ECP (extreme collective paranoia) - ekhart tolle

argument: when two people dis-agree with each other.

ECP: when large groups of people bond together against each other. ..this is seductive, because the "bonding together" often feels good (for the moment), in a unifying kind of way. ..un-fortunately, unification against is simply the ego, demonstrating the urge to attack/defend -- further propagating the illusion of separation.

here's how it expresses:

* "let's vote them all out!"
* "send in the marines!"
* "we need to use the bomb, and turn that place into a parking lot!"
* "we're number one!"
* "our way (or city, or country, or church, or team, or God) is better than yours."

...surely, you can think of other ways that ECP expresses, even on a small scale. 

(can we say "gossip"?)

tolle notes how people can defend an opinion as if it were life itself, and how arguments can turn into collective pathologies, like crowd violence, prejudice, and war.

click here for a way to alleviate ECP.


  1. ECP will probably keep on happening, as duality is the nature of the appearance, manifested reality, whatever ya wanna call it, and there can't be unity without something to compare it to.

    I think there's more true unity around than we've been led to believe by the media. We are healing. Spread the word! We are NOT going down the toilet. Pass it along!

  2. sue,

    i wish that the Whole world could read your comment.

    all too often, we hear about how "bad" our world is. it would be easy to focus on the negatives, and (as you know) we could not NOT get more and more and more of that which we pay attention to.

    Healing IS! Love IS! Beauty IS! Connection IS! Peace IS! Compassion IS! Perfection IS!

    the IS, uh... IS!

    of course, any individual could see the world differently, at any time. some people are happy being miserable, but that doesn't take away from the fact that (deep down) they are HAPPY to do so.

    in a Uni-Verse that (literally) IS Love, Love-ing, wIe are Whole-ness -- healing.

    some would say that we are already "saved." others might say "duh... how could we NOT be saved, when there was never a threat in the first place?"

    einstein (and many other quantum-type physicists) were (in Essence) very Wise guys who (in Reality) were busy chasing God... a fish chasing the very water that IS It-Self.

    this world is beauty-full! color-full! delicious! diversified! dramatic! fun!

    we ARE healing/healed.

    ...and no one in particular is Everyone, Uni-Verse-All,

    ...and Everything is All-Right,

    ...and let there be Light!


  3. In his 1841 book "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds", Charles Mackay says, "Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."

  4. Hey Lenny, the whole world IS my comment. That'll do!

  5. yes, sue!

    and a beauty-full world, it is!

  6. good stuff, anonymous!

    group behavior is an interesting phenomenon, indeed!

  7. I have, on many, many occaisions been lucky enough to experience what I refer to as this "collective conciousness" to which I believe you all are referring. It is my belief that while a group of individuals CAN create negatively...MUCH, MUCH more often we co-create with love, and when that happens my friends, we are SO much more than the sum of our parts.
    We make miracles.

    Love and Light,

  8. "we are soooooooooooo much more than the some of our parts"

    "we make miracles"


    this, my friends, is my kind of language.