The collective has a special quality: When separate people unite into “one whole,” they reveal the unity of their opposites.
This holds within it a completely new quality, since none of the individuals have unity within them. This new quality is formed among them, or above them, and each member of the collective participates in creating it. If a person doesn’t make efforts and doesn’t give of himself to this unity, then he doesn’t exist in it.
It turns out that every person tunes into this unity and acquires it to the fullest extent without it splitting into parts. And thanks to one’s contribution to this common field, common desire or aspiration, through the integration each person begins to sense unity and a new level of perception.
Perception through integration is completely opposite to the egoistic, individual perception. A person who has it feels and perceives the world in a slightly different way.
As he becomes included in others, it’s as if he consists of them. He feels them within him and experiences the common unity. He also feels the world within him, and the perception of the world depends on his qualities, inclinations, state, mood, attitude toward the world, and toward himself. That is, he suddenly starts to understand that the world doesn’t exist on the outside, but within him.
This happens completely naturally, a result of the uniting his friends’ opposite qualities within him. Together, they form one common desire that becomes the platform upon which he feels a new, integral world, while at the same time becoming an integral vessel himself, an organ of perception.
A person already understands that the world does not exist externally. But when he begins to see the world’s total dependence on him, a psychological shift occurs in him.
However, the world depended on him even before that. It’s just that he was immersed in his individualism and could not perceive reality as anything but existing outside of him. Yet, this was a false picture of the world.
Now, having come out of individualism into the integral perception of the world, he understands that everything was that way before as well, and that perception occurs only in this way. We perceive the world inside of us, in our qualities. Under the influence of society or the environment, we gain the abilities to change these qualities, to somehow alter them. Now a person does not see the world only through the quality that seems to him as his own, but also through all the other, external qualities, which he now perceives as his own.
If we take a child—as opposed to an adult who has a load of impressions and perceptions from his previous life—and completely isolate him, the child will feel the world within him. Everything depends on which impressions a person receives during his life.