There are many similarities between the various conceptualisations of the non-visible realms as put forward by thinkers past and present. For example, from my understanding, André van Lysebeth uses the term “overmind” to refer to the transpersonal plane. “In Tantra, the concept of the overmind is an essential one […] the overmind refers to an autonomous mental level that includes and is greater than several individual sub-minds.” This tantric concept of the overmind seems to equate also to the collective unconscious as it “is the repository of all mankind’s memories […] the totality of mankind’s experience and knowledge, the senses, thoughts and abilities of every man and woman who lives today, or has ever lived.” Furthermore, these definitions of the overmind are very similar to the idea of the Akashic Records, a concept described by Rudolf Steiner (anthroposophy), the theosophist movement and Edgar Cayce, amongst others: “More than just a reservoir of events, the Akashic Records contain every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. […] these Akashic Records are interactive in that they have a tremendous influence upon our everyday lives, our relationships, our feelings and belief systems, and the potential realities we draw toward us.
Without wishing to go into any detail in comparing the terms transpersonal plane, overmind, collective unconscious and Akashic Records, suffice it to say that there are various theoretical frameworks, including Tantra, that put forward the hypothesis that all human beings are connected at an energetic level. Moreover, although we’re all unconsciously, and even perhaps unwittingly, part of an inter-linking energetic plane, it’s also in our power to access that interconnecting sphere with intention – through the medium of our thoughts, words and actions, for example – so that we impact it in a conscious and positive way. This ties in with the saying that energy follows thought i.e. what we’re thinking will, in some way and at some point in time, manifest physically. Energetic resonance through the transpersonal plane would also explain the power of prayer and distant healing, for example. I assume, without any evidence to back my claim, that as human beings we all have the same latent ability to work with the energies of the overmind/transpersonal plane, although some of us might be more attuned to working in this way than others. We’re all healers, even though perhaps certain people have a more developed capacity in this area – either as a random outcome of their life circumstances or because they’ve dedicated themselves to strengthening these particular skills.
Excerpt from “Looking for Tantra”, due out September/October 2015
 Van Lysebeth, A. (1995) Tantra – The Cult of the Feminine. Weiser Books: Boston, p.33.
 Kale, A & S. (1976) Tantra, the Secret Power of Sex. Jaico Publishing House: Bombay, p.27.
 Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/spiritualGrowth.aspx?id=2078 Accessed 10 May 2015.