The notion of a collective unconscious was first conceived in the western world in 1916 by Carl Jung, a swiss psychologist. According to Jung, there is an innate personality which is common to every human being, quite apart from the aspects of an individual which are built as a reaction to their environment. He describes a process of individuation, whereby an individual’s personality develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious and the experiences of a person’s life become part of a well-functioning whole. In other words, an individual’s personality and actions become unconsciously guided by an all-pervading force which is innate and accessible to everyone.
The central channel is instrumental in tapping into this collective unconscious. Through the raising of the kundalini up the central channel until it passes through our seventh chakra on the top of our head, the Sahasrara, we are brought into a state of true meditation, without thought. Here, although one is completely aware (as opposed to in any kind of trance) there is silence within. In this state, one goes beyond the conscious mind and becomes connected to the collective unconscious.
The process called ‘individuation’ is in fact what an individual experiences through Self Realisation, when the kundalini is awakened. In this way, meditation allows the individual to grow into a personality which is truly part and parcel of one great whole.