The idea that we are all connected and are part of a single global consciousness has generated a huge and often passionate debate between scientists and those who follow various spiritual traditions, with maybe one of the biggest stumbling blocks standing in the way of the scales of proof tipping one way or another being the challenges faced by science in attempting to actually measure global consciousness in the first place. But for the past 12 years, the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), affiliated with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (made famous by author Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Lost Symbol), has been quietly amassing a huge amount of data that many say goes a long way towards showing that we are indeed connected.
As the video below explains, The GPS uses random number generators in around 65 places across the world. These are basically devices that are like electronic coin tossers. Instead of throwing up heads or tails as happens when coins are flipped, however, the random number generators throw up zeros or ones 200 times a second. When you toss a coin, you would expect it to yield heads or tails in around a 50/50 ratio, and the results tracked over time do indeed show that the results of the random number generators hovers around this ratio and appear on a graph as a sort of wiggly line that stumbles around the average in what scientists call a ‘drunkards walk’.
Those scientists involved in the GPS say that the instruments actually measure global consciousness in the same way that electrodes placed on a person’s head would measure the amount of energy put out, a bit like an EEG or Electroencephologram.
In the beginning, they simply set out to measure whether the network was affected when a large number of people paid attention to the same thing.
Every so often something happens that claims the attention of a vast number of people across the entire world. Images of tragedies such as the horrific 9/11 attacks and, more recently, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, are flashed across the globe, generating an outpouring of powerful emotions. So those involved in the project decided to look at events that were likely to capture the attention of
the world and see if anything happened to the wiggly line around these.
The results over the past 12 (and counting!) years consistently show that when an event of global magnitude happens, the drunkards walk is replaced by a dramatic spike that lasts for a couple of days. The odds against that happening just by chance are huge.
Scientists involved in the project say that the spikes are down to the effect of interconnected human consciousness. Astonishingly, if you go to the GCP website
and take a look at further discussions about the work itself, results reveal that those events that are likely to generate strong feelings of compassion create bigger spikes than those that you might reasonably suppose would result in an outpouring of fear.
For me, not only does this experiment show that we are all connected, but it also suggests that the surges that flow around the whole when something dramatic happens also point towards the possibility of emotional contagion on a psychic level. It emphasises the importance of what we as individuals put out there as we can no
longer hide behind the notion that we are all separate and that what we do doesn’t affect other people. Also, as we know that we are all one and that compassion is stronger than fear, we can focus on putting out love and compassion with the intention that those emotions can be picked up by the sadly large number of people who are living in fear across the world or when tragedy strikes, so that we can reach out and offer our love and support even though we might live on the other side of the
world. We might be just one in our own skin, but at the level of consciousness, we are huge and we can make a difference.
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