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Collective ConsciousnessPosted Saturday, September 20, 2008, at 10:21 PM
In 1902, Dr. R. M. Burke wrote a book entitled COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS. According to Dr. Burke, human evolutionary development consists of three forms of consciousness.
1) Simple Consciousness -- instinct
2) Self Consciousness -- a self-awareness that an individual is a distinct entity
3) Cosmic Consciousness -- a clear conception of the meaning of the universe
Cosmic consciousness, the apex of human evolution, is an absolute certainty that the cosmos is in fact a living presence. It's a complete comprehension of "the whole" with an accompanying sense of immortality.
Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss psychiatrist, coined the term "Collective Unconscious" -- in essence the same ethereal object as Cosmic Consciousness, except most people are unaware of its existence. He believed the Collective Unconscious to be part of the evolutionary process and shared by all people, but not all people are able to tap into it.
Jung called it the foundational structure of the personality on which the ego is built.
A project was initiated in 1998 at Princeton University in an attempt to prove the existence of what they called a Global Consciousness, another term for Cosmic Consciousness. The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is an international effort set up to explore whether interconnected consciousness could be scientifically validated through objective measurement.
Research in this field started 40 years ago when a number of laboratory experiments demonstrated that human consciousness actually interacts with random event generators (REGs), causing them to produce non-random patterns.
In other words, thoughts were found to have the capacity to become actions that altered events.
Since electrical impulses transmitted between brain cells reflect patterns of activity that in turn generate consciousness, it then became a theoretical possibility that the same phenomena would be true for a global collective consciousness of the entire planet. Therefore, if individuals could create deviations from expected chance results simply through the thought process perhaps it could also be true on a global basis.
Dr. Roger Nelson, Director of Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research, a leading parapsychology institute, examined what happened to a REG when several people focused on a single event.
The results were impressive. Plus, the effects were clearly noticeable regardless of the generator's location.
There are now 75 networked computers in over 50 countries worldwide feeding a probabilistically random series of digits to a host computer. The system searches for periods when the random number series become slightly non-random.
Major world events seem to trigger non-randomness in widely isolated global locations. For example, the 9/11 tragedy produced a massive spike of non-randomness in the entire system.
The implications are astonishing.
Each person is an individual entity with a distinct consciousness. But the combined consciousness of all of humanity also appears to be an individual entity.
All is one.
This collective consciousness has been tapped into many times. A mother in Boston senses her son in Phoenix has had an accident that later turns out to be true. A man knows his old Army buddy is about to call him just before the phone rings. A little girl finds her lost purse where a dead grandparent told her it would be. A boy has an urgent feeling about going to a function where he meets his future wife. It happens all the time.
If there truly is such a thing as a collective consciousness, we as a human species are all interconnected in a metaphysical or even spiritual sense. Our individual thoughts affect the collective subconscious of all of mankind.
Thoughts become deeds.
If the human race ever evolves beyond its present state of greed and transgression, our collective consciousness will become a collective benevolence and mankind will flourish.
Until then, the collective consciousness will remain a collective headache.
Quote for the Day -- "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances -- if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Carl Jung
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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.