I certainly won’t deny the power of world politics and social dynamics to influence the individual. But I recognize that the inner state of the individual is equally as powerful and perhaps even more influential upon our lives. The domain over which we all have the highest degree if sovereignty and authority is our own consciousness, our own minds or psyches.
Because our minds are so intertwined with our culture and the natural world, separating the two begins like a fish separating itself from the ocean in which it swims. But the human being is a unique organism. We all have the ability to choose how much separation exists between our conscious minds and our cultural programming, as well as our own unconscious, a domain as vast as all human culture. This takes time and great effort, but is the essence of all spiritual inner work. We are all potential astronauts of personal and collective consciousness. What we choose to do with our powers is up to us.
While certain eastern and indigenous cultures have extensive experience with the exploration of the mind, the West has more limited resources. This is partly due to the fact that our awareness tends to be outwardly focused. Our mastery of technology is an example of the benefits of our outward focus. Our extremely high instances of personal and cultural disease are to a great degree the effects of our alienation from our own inner states and our unfamiliarity with psychic journeying.