Collective Consciousness: The Power of One

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of collective consciousness. The idea that we are all energetically connected and can “mind meld” so to speak and use the power of our collective thinking to influence the actual state of things.

Coined by David Émile Durkheim (1858-1917), a famed French sociologist, collective consciousness referred to the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as an unifying force within society. The key phase for our modern use is “shared beliefs operating as a unifying force.”

Dr. Robert Jahn, an aerospace scientist working on jet propulsion systems and former Dean at Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton, was appointed to lead the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program in 1979. Dr. Jahn and colleague Brenda Dunne spent more than a decade collecting scientific data addressing the effects of consciousness on random physical systems and processes; and remote perception, wherein people attempt to acquire information about distant locations and events.

The enormous databases produced by PEAR provide clear evidence that human thought and emotion can produce measurable influences on physical reality. The researchers have also developed several theoretical models that attempt to accommodate the empirical results, which cannot be explained by any currently recognized scientific model.

Yet, even the most stringent of scientific experiments are met with skepticism. In this fifteen minute video about the PEAR program, Dunne shares that many scientists refuse to listen to the theoretical models because they “wouldn’t even believe it if it were true.”

Skeptics aside, this body of work moves forward through the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), a non-profit organization established in 1996 to promote quality research, educational initiatives and practical applications of consciousness-related anomalies ICRL members represent 20 countries and a broad range of professional backgrounds. With a shared commitment to collaborative exploration of the role of consciousness in physical reality, ICRL scholars will tackle some of the important questions left behind from Jahn and Dunne’s work.

Then there is the whole notion that the substance of the universe is not matter; rather, consciousness. That consciousness is actually the programming language of the universe and the reality that we observe is the collective result of our own consciousness. What I really appreciate about this theory is the notion that, if you have a golf ball sized consciousness or awareness then that’s what you get out of the world. In other words, the more open you are to the possibilities of the universe, the more possibilities of the universe you will experience.

Deep, I know. Really deep.

This ten minute video does a much better job of explaining the theory!

Finally, there’s my favorite experiment: Masaru Emoto’s water crystals. Emoto claims that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. He has documented molecular changes in a number of experiments with before and after photographs. I first learned about Emoto’s work when a friend gifted me one of his beautiful books, Love Thyself: The Message from Water, III. You can see some of his photos in this three minute video or check out his website for more information.

For me, there have been many times I’ve sat on my meditation cushion and reached out in my mind to all the other beings sitting on their cushions. I know that when I lift my consciousness to a higher field of awareness at any given time there are countless others doing the same thing. When I seek to connect with these like-minded beings I feel a difference. I know it is real. I believe it whether or not it can be explained. And, according to one theory, if I think it and feel it and believe it to be true — so it is!

What are your thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Collective Consciousness: The Power of One

  1. Jane

    I feel these things, too, and therefore believe them to be true.
    I want it to inform my writing, but how?

    For me, as a writer of fiction, I want to answer –
    Can we move away from using violence to entertain?
    What a difference that could make!

    1. Sheila Callaham Post author

      Hi Jane, how wonderful to hear that you share these feelings and are looking for ways to express them through your writing. I believe so strongly in collective consciousness that I feel certain “looking inward” is the answer. I can’t tell you how many times when my writing slowed that I closed my eyes, quieted my mind and simply asked the universe, “What comes next?” The answers always came and sometimes in ways I found very surprising. My first book is a murder mystery and my second is spiritual non-fiction. Very different books indeed with one citing acts of violence and the other encouraging deep meditation. Yet for me, both books are spiritual because in the mystery I have woven a subtle message — one that reveals itself ever so slowly so as not to turn a reader away.

      We have to work together to shift the world, each in our own way. But we can embrace and support each other in a common message of love, acceptance and gratitude. I wish you the very best in your writing and know that you will find the answer to your question in your own way. I’ll bet that it comes from your very own spirit in communion with the soul of the universe! Namaste!


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