What we're about

This group is intended primarily for those who are interested in increasing consciousness, both individually and collectively. There is no set subject matter and topics well be eclectic.

We will meet at least once per month for social gatherings centered around discussion of a specific topic(s). Other larger social events will take place throughout the year.

Topics include, but are not limited to: consciousness, belief systems (animism, Christianity, etc.), social issues (race, LGBTQ+, mental health, etc.), politics, nature, philosophy, imagination, sustainability, esoteric information (psychedelics, lucid dreaming, ancient information, etc.), future , etc. etc. etc.

ABOUT:

We are individuals forming a collective of thinkers and seekers. Our goal is to spread awareness and evolve consciousness both individually and collectively through the sharing of ideas and truths. We carry no political or cultural affiliations. We believe in the truth.

DEFINITIONS:

Conscious: Aware of. Awake.

Party: A group gathered together for a purpose.

A Conscious Party: A group of people gathered together in order to become more conscious (individually and collectively) together, prompting an awakening.

Collective: The group of people who have become conscious members.

Reflection: A literary vessel used by A Conscious Party contributors to share thoughts, ideas, perspectives, etc.

Revolution: To turn, to generate, to activate.

Humanism: a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.

WHAT WE BELIEVE:

Within A Conscious Party, the core members, and everyone else involved, come from a profusion of different backgrounds and perspectives. Therefore, it is impossible to think that we could fit under any ideological, political, economic, or epistemological framework. Our diversity in ideas is one of our most important strengths. Our beliefs and ideas are constantly changing. In fact, it is our opinion that our beliefs and ideas should always be evolving and changing. At A Conscious Party, we are as proud of our inconsistencies, as we are of our consistencies. The sky's the limit with how far A Conscious Party can go.

CIRCLES > SQUARES

What if we looked at our world, less like a square, and more like a circle? Society, and the machine behind it, encourages us to put everyone and everything into a box. Think about it, we’re forced to draw straight lines around us for everything: race, class, gender, and even the fences people build around their property. We believe that circles are more inclusive, and more realistic.

The entire universe works in circles. The Earth is a circle. The sun is a circle. The solar system moves in circles. Instead of closing ourselves into boxes, we should surround ourselves with circles. Circles that can intersect with other circles. Squares are also stagnantly docile, and dormant. We are always changing. The world is always changing. In order to effectively meet our needs as the human species, we need to embrace the constant change, endlessly evolving .

Our path is not a straight line; it is a spiral, a circle. We continually come back to things we thought we understood in order to seek deeper truths.

HUMANISM > HUMANITARIANISM:

Humanitarianism aims to promote human welfare. Humanism is a mindset that emphasizes human agency, natural values, diversity, freedom and progress. Humanism encourages us to think critically, holistically and solve problems using rationality. A Conscious Party is not so much concerned about doing individual humanitarian acts as it is with creating a planet where we are concerned for all humanity. We are not a charity. We are a group of humans aiming to raise our collective consciousness.

RESISTANCE AND REBELLION

In George Orwell’s dystopian tale 1984, protagonist Winston reflects that: “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious”. Winston is expressing how he feels about the chances for societal change and that the likelihood of the party or the oppressors will ever be overthrown. The situation is paradoxical. The people cannot rebel until they are conscious, or until they realize that they are being oppressed. At the same time, they cannot understand that they are being oppressed until they have rebelled. Winston’s paradoxical reflection suggests that there is no hope for rebellion or consciousness.

While there are many ways in which our society differs and contrasts to that of Winston’s, they are similar in that both societies rely on the collective ignorance of the people. Through ignorance, gullibility, and therefore fear can easily be created. Anyone outside of the elite class, in today’s society, is considered inferior. Instead of rebelling, people revert to a style of inferior life that appears natural. The people are kept in a constant state of fear so that they can be kept under control. We are kept in subjugation, not unlike the way we treat animals used for mass consumption. We are fed simple lies that we believe, making many of us incapable of believing anything else.

We, collectively, don’t rebel because we don’t know that we can and we don’t think that we can. However, the elite (oppressors) only make up a very small fraction of the population, less than 10 percent. That means that 90 percent of the population is being oppressed to different degrees. It seems logical, and even reasonable, that the 90 percent should (and would) rebel and remove their metaphorical shackles to overthrow the oppressors.

This brings us back to Winston’s reflection that “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious”. We can rebel by using our creativity and imagination. Together, we can rebel, consciously.

CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION:

Paulo Freire told us that “there is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom--the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

At A Conscious Party we believe that the best way to change our future, is to use creativity and imagination. We will not find true change if we seek it within the current system. Imagining a different, better future is one of the only ways to find answers.

If you believe that prisons should be abolished, what would that look like? What would we do with those currently incarcerated for violent or sexual crimes? How would we handle violence in the future? Prisons, like many other negative features of our society, have become so normal that it’s hard to imagine a world without them.

So, what if we could get rid of prisons? Let’s use our creative imagination to see how that landscape might look. Let’s use our imagination to paint a better future for our children.

We believe that we (humans) have the ability to choose to act consciously, and collectively using foresight to choose our own revolutionary path. We cannot leave the next step in human (society and culture) evolution to chance. We must plan for it. We must imagine it, consciously and purposely. We must provide human minds with the image to create a better world!

REFLECTION:

We believe that reflection is essential for action. There is no call to action, no movement, no revolution, that is truly liberating, without reflection. Most online content providers treat their readers as consumers or objects, for whom they provide material they want them to consume and emulate. We want our members, our readers, our contributors, to all be their own examples of redemption, through reflection. Only through personal, and then collective, reflection, can we truly become conscious of ourselves; of our place in this world.

Constructive dialogue is highly encouraged at A Conscious Party. Visit just about any news article or opinion piece, read the comments, and you will almost always be confronted with a barrage of negativity. We aim to revolutionize the way we communicate, through mutual respect, love, care, and commitment. Each one of us must question what she or he knows, and realize that the only path to real change and new knowledge, is through sharing our thoughts through dialogue.

Written material that is published on the webpage will be coined as: reflections. The reflections should almost always pose questions and encourage dialogue among readers. One of our primary goals is to revolutionize the way we communicate. To do this, we need to facilitate constructive reflection and dialogue in the comments.

CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS:

Also known as conscientization, critical consciousness is a social concept developed by Paulo Freire. It focuses on attaining an extensive comprehension of the world, through a process of developing a critical awareness of one’s social reality through reflection and action. Basically, in order to take action and change reality, one must be critically aware of their current reality. We all grow up in society, acquiring social myths that dominate our opinions and perspectives, and so learning is a critical process which depends upon uncovering real problems and actual needs.

POLITICS:

A Conscious Party has zero political affiliations. American (and other) politics, as currently constructed, counteracts the very idea of being conscious and in many cases works to suppress it. This is not to say that our individual members cannot carry certain political values. On the other hand, as a collective group, the only time political ideology will be appropriate is when there is complete consensus among the group, and when there is substantial evidence validating its legitimacy. If politics were, somehow, revolutionized and a new political party emerged, we believe that it should be A Conscious Party (either or both literally and figuratively).

ECONOMICS:

A Conscious Party does not have any direct, or collective, opinion on economic ideology, structure, or theory. We do, however, believe that some aspects of economics should be discussed and evaluated through dialogue. It is impossible for us ever to come to a conclusion or consensus regarding a correct economic design. Yet, we should be able to entertain different thoughts and contribute to a more creative understanding of how economic structures affect our realities.

EPISTEMOLOGY:

This is the branch of philosophy associated with truth. A Conscious Party’s slogan says that “…we believe in the truth.” What exactly does that mean? How do you determine the truth? A Conscious Party is much too diverse in its membership, to follow any one epistemological construct or framework. If anything, the group should be considered multidisciplinary.

REVOLUTIONARY INSPIRATION:

Isaac Newton is reported to have said: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

Revolutionizing the way we think is a lofty goal. Those of us at A Conscious Party know that we need to stand tall, and see far and wide, with such towering aspirations. The burden is lessened when we are able to stand upon the backs of giants. Giants like Paulo Freire. Or Carl Sagan. Angela Davis. Yuri Kochiyama etc. etc. Maybe, just maybe, when we put all of that knowledge together, combine it with our own evolving perspectives, we can create a revolution within and amongst ourselves. John Africa said that “revolution simply means to turn, to generate, to activate. Revolution is not a word but an application; it is not war but peace; it does not weaken, but strengthens. Revolution does not cause separation, it generates togetherness.” It’s a process. And and it starts inside of you.

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