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Boldly Going Nowhere

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Collective Consciousness

In 1902, Dr. R.M. Burke wrote a book entitled Cosmic

Consciousness. According to Dr. Burke, human

evolutionary development consists of three forms of


* Simple Consciousness -- instinct

* Self Consciousness -- a self-awareness that an

individual is a distinct entity

* 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. He 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 35 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. 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. 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


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.

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.

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Bret Burquest is the author of The Dogman of Topanga,

Goomba in Montana, A Bad Run of Fate and The

Eleventh Sage. Available at Amazon.com & elsewhere.