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The Pull of the Tribal Mindset

Aisling FitzGibbon

“You are the average of the five people you spend most time with.” Jim Rohn.png

All of us are born into tribes-  we have families, ethnicity, nationality, friends, and other social groupings. The tribe creates the rules for living and the structure of our reality, telling us who we are within it and how to behave. To feel safe and accepted people follow tribal rules as by nature we are tribal and we long to belong.  

Some people embrace the tribal mindset all their lives, never imagining anything else beyond its values, and established limitations. I didn’t embrace the tribal mindset due to my upbringing with my Mother who always encouraged me to foster my dreams and think outside the box.

In my years of campaigning to end water fluoridation in Ireland I challenged the tribal mindset and it wasn’t easy. It was one of my greatest learning experiences as the tribe closed ranks using their protective mechanisms of anger, cognitive dissonance, rejection and resistance. Who was I to oppose the medical system who upheld the water fluoridation policy? Who was I to challenge the law that had been in place since the 60’s, ethically approved by the Catholic church and supported by Ireland’s conservative parties? I was someone who had stepped outside the tribe and brought awareness to their unjust, undemocratic law that was damaging people’s long term health.  

When we challenge the rules of the tribe we challenge people’s sense of safety and their source of validation. The thought of any change makes the ego feel like it’s going to be annihilated as people’s sense of identity is tied into the system they uphold. It took time for my extended family to listen to the issue, but this was after multiple exposures to the information, mostly gleaned from magazines and newspapers- the reference points that reflect their reality. It took even more time for others to switch over to filtered water so great is the pull of the collective tribal mindset.

What I learned from my years as an active campaigner is that change does not happen overnight and that it can only arise from a certain level of awareness and consciousness. Coming up strongly against the system, I was met with a backlash of resistance as the medical system and the legal system closed ranks to ensure the protection of the water fluoridation policy.

There were and still are some wonderful brave hearts who stood with me, outside Leinster House, outside Chemifloc (the company that supplies fluoridation chemicals to Ireland's drinking water), outside the Department of Health and at other awareness raising events in the country.

We believed that we were going to make a difference. We believed that we were the ones who were going to make the government see the error of their ways. Yet the purest of intent fell on deaf ears because the majority preferred to stay within the safety of the tribe and to abdicate their responsibility to it.  It didn’t matter that we had the science and truth on our side.

After much reflection I began to realise that what we need is an alternative tribe of people who want to learn to master their energy and health on all levels. It is necessary to extricate ourselves from the tribe to follow our own evolutionary journey. The more mastery we can achieve in our own energy and the more we raise our own consciousness the more we begin to radiate that energy outwards, affecting those we live with, work with and people in our community.

The internal shifts we make eventually creates external change. Releasing one’s belief of obligation to the tribe opens up the energy pathways (chakras) to enter the unknown where all new possibilities come. We disconnect from the tribe so that in time we can reconnect at a higher level of interconnectedness, rather than codependency where we need to be uniform to fit in. 

If we want to create a new reality, then we need to evacuate from the unevolved tribal mentality that is clinging to the old system. Familiarity may make us feel safe, but it can also stifle growth as sameness leads to stagnation. We cannot change the current system. We can only transcend it. The only people who can do this is you and I who are called to do this work from a place of joy, mutual support and a deep inner knowing that we are here to lift the planet to a higher reality. It is not easy to step away from the mainstream without support which is why I have decided to create a membership for a community of like-minded individuals who are on the path of self discovery.

What to expect from my Energy is Your Currency Membership: 

I intend that the membership will be a sanctuary for you to receive guidance on your evolutionary journey.

It will be a space for you to learn the tools of energy mastery within a community of people working towards similiar goals. When you see the practices and techniques role modelled, you can easily integrate the changes into your life with confidence and ease. 

Each month I will have a themed monthly master class with a follow up How- to Video to implement the theme of the month into your life. First month is centred on clarity of intentions to create the space and clarity you need to integrate change into your life. Plus some surprises that will help to create a beautiful foundation in 2018. 

There will be a monthly Live Q&A where you will get a chance to ask questions related to the monthly theme. 

There will be an option for you to become accountability buddies to one another in the group to keep you focused on your path. 

It will be a place to share and to learn from one another as other people’s stories and experiences can ignite the parts of us that are dormant and waiting to be awakened. 

There will be a Private Facebook Community where you can share and connect each week. 

The cost is 15.99 euros a month. Doors open on the 31st January and close on 7th February.

Members are entitled to discounts on courses being offered throughout the year.   

If you would like to get on the waitlist for when the doors open on the 31st January sign up at this link: Energy is Your Currency Monthly Membership