The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is one of the most fascinating, revolutionary, and useful research initiatives being carried out in the world today. Its potential to improve the quality of our life is infinite, with the scientific method being its only hindrance – to prove beyond reasonable doubt that we are all one.
GCP is the brainchild of Dr. Roger D. Nelson, a professor at Princeton University who holds a PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He has the distinction of being the first scientist to find a way of measuring with mathematical models what ancient spiritual traditions have always claimed: we are all one. Nelson has devised a way to measure the field of global consciousness, a field that unites us, and in doing so has revealed that we are the cells of a single body. That body is humanity.
The scientific name given to this phenomenon is Electrogaiagram (EGG). It is measured through a network of one hundred computers in many different parts of the world that operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, emitting ones and zeros in a predefined random pattern.
The data released from each of these computers are sent to a supercomputer at the University of Princeton for analysis. What this giant computer is looking for are anomalies in the behavior of the network.
A data stream is signified as an anomaly if its behavior cannot be explained and yet it is a statistically significant diversion from the normal pattern. The fact is that each computer in the network is programmed to exhibit a series of 0s and 1s.
Therefore, it can’t make an error on its own unless something electrically significant, like a tangible thought, interacts with its processing capability. This results in glitches. So in a perfect scenario there shouldn’t be any of them, right? Turns out that these anomalies exist and become very marked when major events of our times are unfolding. What such events have in common is that they focus the attention of millions of people to a single point, a common focus such as meditation.
The investigators at GCP associate these anomalies to the effect of the human mind on matter beyond the frontiers of its normal sphere of influence. It might be that our brains are communicating on invisible pathways all the time. But this electrical activity becomes more profound when the collective consciousness of millions of people is focused on a single event. This results in a field of consciousness that is strong enough to affect artificial intelligence within its vicinity.
However, what is even more baffling is that these anomalies are mostly predictive, often happening hours before the original event takes place. Researchers found one such significant irregularity 4 hours prior to the September 11 attacks, where the mathematical analysis of the data showed that the New York computer broke the 1 to 0 ratio of 50:50 to 1:35!
Similar incongruities were observed prior to the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005, along with the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia and the election of President Obama. So, does this mean that our collective, global consciousness knows of a major event before our individual consciousness does?
There still might be a long time before these findings are scientifically corroborated. But this research is very promising in the aspect that, once proven, could be instrumental in breaking down the barriers that divide us humans.
If we are but cells in one single body then we would rid all evil doings because we would know that anything that affects one cell is bound to affect the whole body on some scale.
In short, the world would become an extremely better place to live in.
While consciousness may be difficult to explain many common references to consciousness outline it is a combination of an individual’s state of awareness of thoughts, feelings and external experiences that give us some form of recognition of self. The word itself is derived from the Latin, meaning joint or common knowledge. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”(1) Our conscious experiences are always changing; our consciousness may shift from moment to moment, this constant state of flux alters our state of awareness in a ongoing dance of the mind. In totality we know that our conscious mind is the controlling influence, the control system of everything we do, say, think, feel and experience. We know so little about our state of consciousness. The one thing we do know is it truly is an amazing and powerful thing we can utilise to make change. Some say that our consciousness is our direct connection to God or our soul, enabling us to connect with the universe.
Our World Is A Reflection Of Everyone’s Consciousness
What we see as a global consciousness manifests itself in reality. As Arjun wrote in one of his articles entitled, 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World consciousness can have a very profound influence on what occurs in the physical world. What do the following tell us about our current global consciousness?
- Fish stocks have been reduced by approximately seventy percent with most in irreversible decline.
- Global rainforests have been destroyed by over fifty percent.
- We are losing biodiversity in excess of two hundred plant, animal and insect species each day due to deforestation.
- Extinction rates are over one thousand times the natural rate.
- Widespread habitat destruction has wiped out thousands of natural ecosystems.
- Overgrazing and the use of toxic chemicals are contributing to salinity, aridity and soil loss.
- One third of the worlds topsoil has been lost due to overgrazing and poor farming practices, while water tables are disappearing due to over use and increasing demand.
Is this a consciousness of self-interest or one of connectedness? Why are we in denial? Is it because we are all too comfortable and think that it is someone else’s problem? Who is going to solve the problem?
It’s Time to Wake Up
While many of us have been asleep, it is now time to wake up and everyone is welcome. Our global consciousness has been dimmed by our focus on self-interests and distraction. This lack of awareness and understanding of how all is interrelated is the essence of our predicament. If we see war-mongering and the control of natural resources as the norm, then this is what we get. If we see the world as a peaceful loving and connected place then this is what we will get. If we see the world as a place to grow and develop a more altruistic view of the universe, then this is what we will get. In the end the choice is ours. There is no one to blame and no one to judge, for the issues and problems of the world, they are of our collective making.
Jeremy Rifkin president of the Foundation on Economic Trends suggests in his book, ‘The Empathetic Civilisation’ that empathy is a critical aspect that will determine our future. Rifkin holds that developing an empathetic consciousness is what is needed in order to deal with our global challenges. We must work together and understand each others plights. If we develop a global consciousness of loving kindness and compassion as Buddha suggested two and a half thousand years ago, we would be in a very different situation today.
The Tipping Point
We can see from the German experience how Hitler, one man, influenced so many people to do things they wouldn’t have otherwise done. His power, or perceived power, charisma, along with his visions and articulation as well as some effective propaganda, influenced the masses to go along with his ideologies. There was a ‘tipping point’ that allowed Hitler to do what he wanted. If he did not have the support of the masses then he would have been just another mad man shouting from his soap box. Malcolm Gladwell author of ‘The Tipping Point,’ emphasizes how ideas, thoughts and people can influence trends in society. Once there is enough of the right mix of people sharing the same ideas, things start to change, or ‘tip’ on a large scale. As consciousness shifts and disperses throughout communities, momentum takes hold forcing a rapid change in the way things are done. It is interesting to note that it does not require a majority to influence or change the overall consciousness of large groups. There only needs to be enough key influencers that are respected in certain circles to influence and persuade others. Once the wheels are in motion and a change in consciousness gains traction, anything is possible. There are many people striving to put an end to hostility, wars, suffering, poverty, environmental concerns and inequality. These people are paving the way for a collective shift for the good of all, we can all help them expedite the process.
Communication & Social Networks Can Help
Simply becoming conscious of the way we live is the first step towards sustainability. Technology and communications are starting to play a significant role in the global community. These technologies are providing greater transparency in business, community and government. The Internet and social media networks have been facilitators for change and will continue to break down long established media controlled access to information. Reduced barriers to entry have made online communication affordable to most people who have access to a computer. New alliances and communities are forming and people are acting together to create positive change. This movement toward a new collective consciousness will help us redefine our lives. By being conscious and letting our consciousness expand we will free ourselves from a life of misery, suffering and separateness. What can you do? Share with your friends and family stories, articles, documentaries and sites like this that might just be the impetus to get them to awaken and help add to the collective consciousness. We all fall asleep at times so it doesn’t hurt to get a gentle nudge from time to time to wake people up.
Studies have shown when significant global events occur there are correlating shifts in the way people are thinking at that moment in time. The unlimited power of the conscious mind has not yet been fully explored, yet we know that subtle changes in the way we think can make huge differences in the way we live. If we change the way we think as individuals and this has positive impacts, imagine what would happen if we came together as one united conscious entity. Let’s move toward this, let’s move towards our natural state of oneness, so spread the word…