Originally published 10/26/2017
It’s nothing new to my seasoned clients when I ask them to be aware of their thoughts. Especially when they mention a situation with another person that they feel it causing them some level of discomfort. I’m using the word discomfort very generically here, and it could be a person annoyed with their roommate, their family members, partners, etc. It could be anything that is causing them to become judgmental, having unkind thoughts towards the other person, feel irritated, feel disconnected, or whatever else they may be feeling towards another person.
And so I ask them, “what have your thoughts been towards this person?” Honestly.
What I consistently hear is that they’ve been having judgmental thoughts, making conclusions without asking, or simply doing what I call the B & M thoughts (bitching and moaning). All directed towards another person. Once they can acknowledge this, I then ask them what the other persons behavior has been towards them that mirrors their thoughts. Again, the typical answer is that the other person’s behavior is, in fact, mirroring their thoughts.
I then encourage them to re-direct their thoughts (their attention) to thinking only thoughts of gratitude regarding this other person. To find as many things about that person that they really like, or even remember situations with that person that endeared them, and move into a space of gratitude instead. I then encourage them to do this for a whole week.
In our subsequent call, I then ask them if they did do this exercise, and if they did, did the other persons behavior towards them change? What I hear consistently is that it did in fact change, and the relationship (whatever kind of relationship it may be) has been going much better.
Once again, I bring their attention to the fact that once “they” changed their thoughts, the situation changed. So, although we can’t change other people’s behavior, we do have a degree of control over our relationships and interactions with others by way of our own thoughts and what “we” create. The other person will respond to that. So, we are not “controlling” the other person, they are “responding” to our thoughts unconsciously. And whether we realize it or not, we are all “unconsciously” responding to each other’s thoughts.
Today, more than ever, we live in a very interconnected world due to the use of the internet and technology. And although this has greatly increased our connections with others and our awareness of what’s going on around the world, it has actually given us a tangible metaphor that can be easily understood as an outward manifestation of what occurs on subtle levels. In other words, we’ve always been connected. What we call the internet today, is the metaphorical equivalent to all the unseen communication that’s always been occurring on a subtle level. That communication is called “thoughts” or “Telepathy.” We could actually call this the “intranet.” The communication that happens within outward communication. And not only do we each respond to this intranet communication, but so does the world.
This larger scale of communication, or intranet, has been a part of the Global Consciousness Project since August of 1998. The project, in essence, has approximately 60 “random event generators” (REG's) positioned throughout the world. A random event generator basically generates a sequence of 0’s and 1’s. Statistically, the REG should produce a 50/50 outcome. In other words, like flipping a coin, statistically, you should get heads 50 times and tails 50 times. Or, in this case, 0's 50 times and 1's 50 times out of 100. What they have been observing however, is that these REG’s generate statistically different outcomes during global and local events that seem to reflect the overall consciousness surrounding that event. They observe that “periods of collective attention or emotion in widely distributed populations will correlate with deviations from expectation in a global network of physical random number generators.”* Simply put, when a large number of people experience similar thoughts and/or emotions, the REG’s begin to act differently – they deviate from the expectation of 50/50.
After years of observing this phenomenon, the researchers can actually visually see the graphs of what the REG’s generate, and recognize that something occurred where populations were unhappy (I’m using this word in general to describe any negative thought or emotion), and when they’re happy (again, I’m using this word to describe any positive thought or emotion). What this project seems to demonstrate is that consciousness does seem to have an effect on the larger environment.
Lynn McTaggar’ts work, with her intention experiments, are another example of collective consciousness having an external effect. The difference, however, is that her intention experiments utilize the possibility that consciousness does effect the environment and using that with the conscious intent to create a more positive outcome. She’s done her intention experiments with as little as 12 people and as large at 10,000. These intention experiments have consistently produced interesting results that support the observations that collective consciousness does have outward effects in a good or bad way, depending on the thoughts and emotions of the collective.
Researchers don’t have an explanation as to why this is possible; they simply observe that it does happen.
I remember reading in Swami Kriyananda’s original 1988 book, The Path, about an experience he had while at the hermitage in California with Paramhansa Yogananda. This occurred while World War 2 was raging in Europe. That day, the winds were blowing very intensely. When Kriyananda asked his Guru about the winds, Yoganada tells him that the high winds were the result of all the negativity that was happening in Europe. In other words, he is implying here that the collective negative consciousness (all the negative thoughts/emotions) in Europe, was affecting the weather and creating damaging winds. I always found that story particularly interesting, especially because the war was going on in Europe, yet the implied weather effects were happening in California.
Can our thoughts affect the world and even the weather? Well, for those who are more spiritually minded, the answer has always been a yes. For the more scientifically minded, the Global Consciousness Project, and other experiments seem to support that same answer – yes it does.
How does this awareness affect each of us? What this potentially means is that each of us has a choice about what “collective” we choose to be a part of. Do we choose the negative thought and emotion or do we choose the positive? After all, a “collective” is only strong if each part is coherently in sync with the same emotion and/or thought.
So, the “collective consciousness” is what I term as the intranet, while individually, we can simply call it unconscious telepathy. Therefore, whether you are choosing to consciously create your relationships, or the world and/or weather, the point of power is always within each individual……..you and me.
Here are links to both the Global Consciousness Project and Lynn McTaggart’s Intention Experiments, and more, if you’d like to do more reading on the subject of consciousness and the implications of what individual and collective consciousness can do.
*The Global Consciousness Project
YouTube: Prof. Roger Nelson on the Global Consciousness Project
Lynn McTaggart’s Intention Experiments
Lynn McTaggart’s Book, The Field, that I highly recommend. It’s one of my top 10 books of all time.
The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
IONS: The Institute for Noetic Sciences: A great resource for some of the latest research on consciousness and human potential.
I sincerely hope you found this helpful, or at the very least, it has peaked your interest in questioning how valid can this be? I invite you to test this theory, by consciously choosing a relationship you’d like to improve, and choose to change YOUR thoughts about the other person first, to more loving and grateful ones, and then observe how the other person is responding.
I encourage you to leave a comment about your own observations in consciously and sincerely applying this.
© Judy Garrido/Innately Resourceful LLC