Besides the individual function, the mind also has a social function: it enables separation between souls, but also re-connection through an exchange of structured energy (no mind exists in isolation, but interacts with other minds). So, the others matter in every domain of material life, for both existence and agency:
1. In the physical domain others are important to maintain and perpetuate physical existence (cooperation, reproduction). Clearly, agency is dominant here, although others, of course, have a role regarding existence too (e.g. protection and help).
2. In the public domain others are important to create, maintain and confirm the image of the world and our own image through the process of socialisation. This is not to say that perception of reality is the product of a consensus. It does relate to something real, and cultural differences are not completely arbitrary variations. Shared reality is based on a similar range of sensory inputs and experiences, common language, etc. Existence dominates here, although agency also plays a role (e.g. creative expressions within the established paradigms through art, mythology, religion, literature etc.).
3. In the personal domain others are important to stimulate, to initiate energy shifts. A direct exchange of energy hardly ever occurs. Normally, energy first passes through the heavier filters, the body and mind. The rings act as shields, so others are rarely the cause of a shift, but they can be a trigger for the restructuring of existing energy (through our reactions). So, to what extent and what shift will happen, mainly depends on the person shimself, not on others (e.g. they do not upset us, upsetness is our chosen reaction that has become habituated). Obviously, agency dominates here again, although others may also serve as a mirror, to confirm one's existence.
4. Regarding the transcendent domain there is now mounting evidence supporting the commonly accepted wisdom that individuals and even whole groups can resonate, producing measurable effects at the time of heightened attention (see, for example, McTaggart, 2001, p.197-214). Expressions, such as ‘being on the same wave-length' or ‘feeling in tune' may be more than just metaphors. All this can have harmonising effects, linking the interaction in this domain to existence. However, in what way and to what extent agency can be affected is unclear. If there is any effect, it must be subtle so that freedom of choice can still be preserved.
- . This should not be confused with a collective consciousness. That individual wave patterns may converge does not means that they create a new consciousness.