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Updated: Jun 25







Linda Sechrist


from Natural Awakenings magazine November 2018




Call it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, but beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have lived in this exalted state. Yet, an unprecedented awakening has been underway since the 19th century.


Modern-Day Advances


Humanity’s collective consciousness took an unexpected turn in 1968 after The Beatles captured the world stage. The iconic British group became agents of change in more ways than music when their search for answers to life’s big questions led them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual center in Rishikesh, India. Their interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM) sparked a surge of interest in enlightenment and meditation, providing the West with a popular means of cultivating higher states of awareness.


A movement to bring about global awakening has been growing ever since. Fresh impetus, in the form of quantum physics, the science of yoga and spiritual practices rooted in ancient cultures, disseminated by books, teachings by spiritual luminaries and websites such as Conscious.TV, has exposed millions to the concept of consciously participating in the evolution of humanity to bring about a world that works for all.


Attaining Critical Mass


In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, provided a ray of hope for the estimated 50 million individuals involved in the world enlightenment movement by introducing the concept of critical mass. This occurs when an unshakable belief is held by 10 percent of the population. Scientists that tested the phenomenon at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in upstate New York, discovered, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”


Mahesh predicted that only 1 percent of humanity is needed to create enough good vibrations to usher in world peace. While the figures required to reach this critical mass can be debated, it’s certain that the old ways no longer work, and we are quickly running out of time to adopt viable solutions to mounting global crises.


Despite this sense of urgency, we have no clear idea of where we are on the scale of transformation. Yet leading voices point to promising signs of progress in a developing collective awareness that acknowledges life’s interconnectedness and embodies life-affirming beliefs and values.


Global Consciousness Accountants


Deepak Chopra, a physician, pioneering author and co-founder of Jiyo.com living in California and New York, believes that we may be in a phase of the necessary transformational shift, experiencing disruption along with the emergence of a new paradigm. “The ultimate goal with our Jiyo.com community, a collective well-being project, is to build a critical mass of people that will create a more peaceful, just and harmonious inner and outer world,” says Chopra.


It begins with personal transformation through yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, nutrition, sleep, personal growth and relationships that enhance awareness. “Evolution should be gradual and comfortable,” he says.


Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Beverly Hills, believes humanity is in the midst of an emerging renaissance of kindness, love and compassion, with millions embracing the planet as a living being. “This isn’t making news because mainstream journalists are still reporting from an old worldview,” he says.


Beckwith, a renowned minister and teacher for 40 years, leads a 9,000-strong trans-denominational spiritual community. He remarks, “Those of us focused on adding our energy to the global enlightenment movement see aspects of it emerging in changes such as health care rather than sick care, businesses adopting multiple bottom lines of people, planet and purpose—rather than only profit—and the shift from a me to we consciousness.”


Truth is what we are.

It is our essential nature and Being. It is the pure Self, the limitless

One, the ultimate reality—it is awareness itself.

But we have become unaware of the magnificence of our true

nature on account of our upbringing, conditioning and education,

which paint a very different picture of who we are—and all of

which we believe.

~Mooji


Dianne Collins, author of Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking that Will Rock Your World, in Miami, suggests it’s time to wake up to the fact that we are living in a quantum age and still using thought and language shaped by the Industrial Age. She discovered a burgeoning underground culture that she calls the “consciousness crowd” while researching her book tour audience.


“These individuals are using new thinking and recognizing the worldview of interconnectedness based on modern science. The media doesn’t recognize that thinkers such as these represent the new mainstream, and no one realizes the tipping point is already here,” she says.


Cate Montana, author of The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials, in Hawaii, likewise is convinced the movement has reached critical mass and is hopeful the perceived tipping point is closer than we think. “Every moment we’re awake, we’re being conditioned to believe in our limited physical nature and separation from everyone and everything around us. This is why we must re-educate ourselves regarding our full nature,” she says.


News headlines of global conflicts and ecological decimation make it appear that we are regressing, Montana says, but we are not going backwards. “The nature of life is growth, expansion and evolution. As one example, some among the medical community now accept the validity of energy practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and reiki. None of these words were even being bandied about in the U.S. 50 years ago.”


Coming Together


Today, an estimated 5 million people practice TM, which has been incorporated into some schools, universities, corporations and prison programs in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and India. “Those learning this meditation practice number as many as 30,000 to 40,000 a year, which significantly contributes a positive effect to the collective consciousness,” says John Hagelin, a leader of the TM movement in the U.S.


Hagelin, president and professor of physics at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness for 25 years. He’s one of the world’s preeminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development. “I think that we are much closer to a global spiritual tipping point than ever before,” he says.


Ron Dalrymple, Ph.D., a quantum field psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida, believes the threshold is close and that his quantum unified field theory explained in his film, The Endless Question, can win over skeptics. “I use mathematics, science and storytellers that have studied consciousness to explain in lay language my theory, which proposes that the mind is an energy field that extends beyond the brain, and its nucleus is the superconscious. Viewers are led to the undeniable reality of what we all are and to the need for creating a culture of enlightenment where we encourage and inspire one another to greatness,” says Dalrymple, author of Quantum Field Psychology: The Thoton Particle Theory.


Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, founders of the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND), agree that individual awakening and the collective movement toward the understanding of our fundamental oneness is crucial to social transformation. Their nonprofit organization is designed to foster a new relationship with spirituality that is both based on timeless wisdom traditions and informed by cuttingedge science.


For 10 years, biannual SAND conferences have energized the global enlightenment movement. Early audiences of 300 individuals now number from 800 to 1,000, and often include business people and trainers developing programs for workplaces.


“Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality can change what it means to be human, as well as possibly make violence and economic, social and political crises things of the past,” says Zaya.


Thus, the spread of awareness and the harmonic convergence of science, psychology and spiritual thought seem to be bringing humanity closer to the enlightenment that has been elusive for millennia.


“Tremendous progress is being made, and I am confident that within a year or two, we’ll see a victory for the enlightened evolutionary forces already present on the planet,” says Hagelin.



Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Let’s Measure Fields Filled with Love

by Sharon Joy Kleitsch September 2005


The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) has been measuring global consciousness since 1998. Dean Radin, now senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, suggested that a team set up REGs (also called Random Number Generators – RNGs) at sites around the globe to find out what happens when the attention of many is focused on a particular event. The GCP explores whether mind and matter interact at a global level. The “matter” consists of a worldwide network of these special electronic circuits (RNGs) and the “mind” is the synchronous attention of millions of people focused on newsworthy, meaningful and/or numinous events, such as Princess Diana’s death or September 11th.


In 1979, Robert Jahn, dean emeritus of the Princeton University engineering school and a leader in aerospace, designed a devise, about the size of a microwave oven, to “flip” 200 coins and tabulate how many heads came up when a volunteer concentrated on more or less heads to surface. The experiment showed that individuals could influence the number of heads that came up, and the Random Event Generator was born. Much later, as computer technology became available, REGs became the size of a cell phone.


Over two decades of experiments indicate that anomalous physical phenomena are indeed correlated with subjective (not so much objective) human interactions, particularly those that are emotionally meaningful, such as joy, wonder, creativity and love. The impact is greater when shared by a group deeply engrossed in fully interactive communication, yet where there is fun and humor. People who are emotionally connected have greater influence than individuals.


Biologist Rupert Sheldrake studied group fields among insects, birds and animals, concluding that they co-create a field of intelligence where communication takes place, such as when a flock of birds suddenly changes direction. This theory, called morphic resonance, can be extended to human thought, where collective fields impact other groups engaged in similar activity. One project took place in Washington DC, where Transcendental Meditators focused on a safe city. The crime rate went down. As mass mind moves, so does matter. Fetzer Institute has recently put a significant emphasis in researching collective consciousness


Why not hold an intention of a morphic field filled with love? Lots of people and organizations can be part of it. We know the power of intention and our emotions. We have extraordinary powers, particularly when we come together with our hearts. It’s time to start measuring what can happen in a community, a city and state.

Updated: Jul 23, 2019


Carl Jung woke me up in Psych 101 to such fascinating concepts as synchronicity and collective intelligence. Then came Teilhard de Chardin, whose relationship to the environment is what Jung’s is to psychology.


The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) labs were described in the New York Times Magazine in the late 1980s as researching consciousness, and I imagined taking off from Citi to visit.


However my basic education in the new sciences came from listening to New Dimensions Radio every Sunday on WNYC, recording them and listening till they made sense – digesting what resonated at some other level of knowing.


Finally, it was time to dis-engage from a very rewarding and supportive lifestyle to explore that re-occurring call to follow the questions. It was Willis Harman’s classic book, Global Mind Change, which pointed a direction. I discovered the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Matthew Fox program at Holy Names College. They represented creditable and rich academic resources in consciousness and living systems. BINGO!


I decided to become my first experiment to see what would happen, if I chose love instead of fear, in making decisions – small and major. That was in 1990. Over twenty years later, I live in an emergent field of love – a heartfield. The exploration of ‘global mind change’ and what that means in my life continues, sometimes daily.


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