This is taken from an article by a friend of ours Sharon Joy Kleitsch entitled Global Consiousness Starts With Me in New Times Naturally Jan/Feb 2005
Those of you have been at a meetup have an experience of the heart field. More information is below and at www.heartmath.org
At Princeton University in 1977, Robert Jahn, dean emeritus of the engineering school and a leader in aerospace, was considered ?bonkers? by his colleagues when he became excited about the results of one of his student?s experiments in psychokinesis ? mind over matter. Using computer technology, she designed a devise, about the size of a personal computer, 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 (REG) was born. Jahn believed this was the first hard evidence of mind over matter and fangled space in the engineering building, where the Princeton Engineering Anomaly Research (PEAR) lab has been researching the paranormal ever since. www.princeton.edu/~pear
Dean Radin, now senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, suggested that the 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 Global Consciousness Project, launched in 1998, 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. Even skeptic Carl Sagan acknowledged that the phenomenon deserved serious study. www.noetic.org , http://noosphere.princeton.edu
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.
Daniel Goleman, who coined the term Emotional Intelligence (EQ), has found that feelings come before thought and that experiences shape our brains, even prenatal events. There is cutting-edge research on EQ and how the heart interacts with the brain. The direction in which we focus our thoughts and our hearts makes a difference in our performance and stress levels as well as our relationships with family, school and community. www.eiconsortium.org/members/goleman
Developmental psychology shows that minds develop in relation to other minds and the larger social field, and that we learn even more about ourselves in relationship. Physicist David Bohm, business consultant Peter Senge and author M. Scott Peck discovered that a higher order of complexity emerges when individuals come together. We create fields of intelligence in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has studied group fields among insects, birds and animals, concluding that they co-create a field of intelligence where communication takes place, such as what happens 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. www.collectivewisdominitiative.org .
In working with educational/parent consultant Jennifer Day and neurocardiologist Alan Watkins, I am learning more about the science of the heart and the physiology of emotions. The body radiates several electromagnetic fields. Significantly, the electromagnetic field coming from the heart is 40 -60 times more powerful than that radiating from the brain. The results of a government funded project in the UK indicate that by choosing to ?think? through their hearts, students and teachers lower stress and improve their overall well being. The more emotional intelligence skills they learn, the more classroom and school behaviors improve. When we consciously open our hearts and fill our electromagnetic field with appreciation, other fields respond and a pattern of coherence occurs, just like waves and ripples. www.appliedemotionmastery.com , www.cardiac-coherence.com