On Egregores: Strange Matters of the Mind

Manifestations of group consciousness?

An egregore is a thoughtform, a creation of the human mind.

But unlike tulpas or servitors, an egregore is a manifestation of a group consciousness, which can become powerful enough to take on a life of its own. It becomes driven by the collective (and often unintentional) willpower of large numbers of people.

We’re not simply talking about spooky ghosts and evanescent poltergeists here, though (like Philip Aylesford, a rather popular tulpa experiment).

No, egregores can manifest in the form of nations, corporations, memes, and ideas. Concepts invented by the human mind.

The more these ideas are called upon or repeated or reinforced, the more powerful they grow, and the more likely they will become something beyond mere thought.

Examples of (possible) egregores include:

  • Corporations – brands, logos
  • Shared ideas  – memes, urban legends, the Internet
  • Nations – flags, culture, patriotism
  • Spiritual or other group beliefs
  • Paranormal entities and experiences – it’s possible that many of the paranormal experiences people have, such as NDEs and alien abductions, may very well be the result of a collective consciousness thoughtform

As you can see, egregores don’t need to be “conjured.” They can manifest over time through sheer awareness and acknowledgement by large groups of people. You need not be consciously aware to participate in the creation of an egregore.

Between What Is Real And What Is Not

Obviously, this is just the metaphysical point-of-view. You don’t have to believe the human mind can conjure ideas into anything physical.

But you do have to wonder: in this Information Age, in this connected world of constant media feedback, the Internet, and memes, at what point do our silly stories and shared beliefs become something…real?

Something out of our control?

The human mind is capable of extraordinary things. In the future, we’ll look at some of the stranger aspects of human consciousness, scientific explanations, and the possible formation of new egregores and thoughtforms. Stay tuned.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.