Change is easy. Not something we hear very often, is it?! I mentioned before that perhaps seeing the changes we’d like to see in the world may not be as hard as we thought. The notion is not a new one. ”…for centuries, prophets and sages have suggested that one tenth of one percent of humanity, working together in a unified effort, may shift the consciousness of the entire world (Gregg Braden, Isaiah Effect, p.237).” When I see news of the bad things people seem to be up to, at times, this idea is quite heartening! In today’s world of approximately 6 billion people, one-tenth of one percent is about 6 million people—just about ¾ of the population of Los Angeles.
Even more exciting, according to some studies in Jerusalem and other large population centers, the number needed may be much smaller! According to these studies of mass meditation/prayer, effects became noticeable when the number of people involved was just over the square root of one percent of the population (Braden, p. 237)! What effects are we talking about? A statistically measurable reduction in crime. To apply this globally, it would mean only 8,000 people are needed to be in prayer or meditation for there to be a noticeable reduction in violence…or, as I prefer to see it, more widespread peace!
Change is easy! With global communication such that it is with the internet etc…achieving this number is certainly feasible. This effect became known as the “Maharashi Effect” (Braden, p. 236). Gahndi’s words to “be the change we want to see in the world” take on new meaning as we see that peaceful minds in prayer and meditation actually result in more peace “out there.”
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There is another phenomenon, that, if true, is also encouraging as far as it being possible to see big changes in the world because of a relatively small number of people. It’s called the 101st monkey phenomenon and is described well on this blog I found online:
“There is a phenomenon that scientists observed in the 1950s, called the ”Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon.” Scientists observed that a certain Japanese monkey, named Imo, began to wash her sweet potatoes to remove sand. She taught this trick to her mother and her playmates on Koshima Island. Her playmates taught it to their mothers. When about 100 monkeys on the island began to do this, there was a shift: all of the monkeys began washing their sweet potatoes. Then, the practice jumped over the sea, and monkeys everywhere were washing their sweet potatoes!” http://namastewholistic.blogspot.com/2008/02/dont-be-101st-monkey.html
However, in trying to determine if this was an actual scientific fact, I was unable to corroborate the study. An article on Wikipedia says it’s a myth. However, I could swear I saw a documentary about this once upon a time when my son was young and we watched loads of nature shows?! While it would be more convincing if I was able to document its veracity, I think the premise is easily supported–at least in part– by common sense. We’ve all likely been around someone who has either brightened or darkened a room with their mood…we might even know someone who has lifted or weighed down a whole family or other group…and maybe for an extended time. So, it’s apparent that our moods and ways of being impact those in our surroundings. Given all the new physics discussed in the Life is Beautiful section of this web-site, it’s not that big a stretch in my mind that such an effect could reach beyond our immediate contacts.
Regardless, we have documented studies (the “Maharashi Effect”) and our common experience to remind us to see, as it says in the lost Gospel Q, that the harvest [can be] abundant, though the laborers are few (Braden, p.238). As more and more of us become “laborers” for peace and love and well-being, the more abundant these ideals will become in our world! What are you waiting for?! Change is easy!
Life is good 🙂
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.