The struggle between the police and minorities, especially African Americans, continues. We need to develop a new perspective to better deal with it. When two people interact, there is a lot more communication besides what is heard or seen. On a subconscious level, the body reacts to subtle communications that come from fear, a feeling of being more powerful and the feeling of not respecting the other person. It is that level of communication that triggers the fight/flight response. When that trigger happens and both individuals have a fight response, unconscious interactions can happen.
To change from two fight reactions interacting, change has to happen on a level that goes deeper than logical thinking. Habits need to develop so calm interactions happen. When an interaction happens from an anxious mind, poor subconscious communication happens. The ego can identify with poor subconscious communication, like the police having a superior attitude towards African Americans. On the other hand, a black man can have a resistance to authority figures. You can see that to solve this problem, the solution is for both people to become more conscious in the moment.
In the moment of real combat, one would automatically fall back on conditioned habits or become conscious in the moment. To accomplish that conscious state of mind, one has to let go of the ego they identify with. This may be asking people too much, but it is possible for everyone to accomplish that goal–at least to attempt to do that. In many police and minorities, the desire to serve and become more conscious can override that attachment to their past conditioning.
Here are several examples of ordinary people becoming selfless in the moment. When a person deals with a life-threatening illness, this can happen, if it helps them to heal better. It happens when athletes enter the zone to perform better and it even happens in a sincere loving moment. It can happen in religious or spiritual moments or even for women in childbirth; there are many examples of ordinary people going beyond oneself and entering a conscious moment.
It is understandable that police have to be super-aware in every interaction. The previous examples happen naturally, without the individuals thinking about going beyond themselves. Even though the police have to be super-conscious in the moment and ready to react to any threat, they can develop habits that make them aware of what they communicate. Individuals in the minority communities that react to authority figures also need to be conscious of what they communicate.
Police need to learn this when they are training and individuals need to learn this from childhood. When people realize these subtle communications are as important as what they say or do, the art of communicating would benefit everybody. I use the word ‘subtle’ here to represent non-verbal communication, but when you are only focused on thinking, it is easily ignored.
There are many ways to consciously condition the subconscious mind, but the first step is you need to “want to do it.” We trust what is important to us. If you see this as being important, you will trust you can accomplish this goal. If you see your conditioned ego is more important than becoming conscious, change is impossible.
To communicate this to the police, it has to originate from their commander. It has to be presented to them in a way that would not limit their awareness, but would actually make them more aware of the subtleties they encounter. In minority communities, this has to be presented at an early age, so they grow up being sensitive to how they communicate. When both sides see how they could benefit from conscious communication, they would be more open to develop this subtle awareness.