Beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing. There is a Field. I will meet you there. – Rumi

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Sharon Joy’s Personal Adventure with Consciousness

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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The Consciousness section of The Connection Partners site will develop over time. In the meantime, check out these groups, some of the books and articles.

Institute of Noetic Sciences
International Consciousness Research Laboratories
Global Consciousness Project
Rupert Sheldrake
Ervin Lazlo
Fetzer Institute
Institute of HeartMath
John Templeton Foundation
Greater Good Science Center
Institute for Research on Unlimited Love
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Brahma Kumaris World  Spiritual Organization 
Fritjof Capra
Joanna Macy


Here’s some of what I’ve learned about the power of love to transform my life:

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.


BOOKS:

Global Mind Change Willis Harman
The Way of the Explorer Edgar Mitchell
Power of Myth Moyers and Flowers
Phenomenon of Man Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Cultural Creatives  Paul Ray
Leadership and the New Sciences   Margaret Wheatley
The Web of Life  Fritjof Capra
The Systems View of Life Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi
Morphic Resonance, The Sense of Being Stared At, The Physics of Angels Rupert Sheldrake
Holographic Universe Michael Talbot
Thinking in Systems Donella Meadows
Complexity: A Guided Tour Melanie Mitchell
Dark Night: Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, The Living Classroom: Teaching & Collective Consciousness Chris Bache
Entangled Minds Dean Radin
The Field, The Bond, The Intention Experiment  Lynne McTaggart
The Anthropic Principles John Freeman
Biodiversity E O Wilson
The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder Richard Louv
Power of Peace Harrison Owen
Presence Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski, Flowers
Leading from an Emergent Future Otto Scharmer
Love 2.0 Barbara Fredrickson
The Trojan Horse of Love Susan Davis
Power of Pull John Hagel et al
Balancing Entropy and Syntropy: The Quantum Paradigm Ulisse di Corp, Antonella Vannini
Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity Peggy Holman
Transformational Scenario Planning Adam Kahane
Power and Love Adam Kahane
Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges Zaid Hassan
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement David Brooks
Community, Abundant Community  Peter Block
Linked: The New Science of Networks Albert-Laszlo Barbabasi
FLOW  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth and the Trickster Allan Combs, Mark Holland
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership Joseph Jaworski
The Tipping Point, The Outlier Malcomb Gladwell
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler
Cultivating Peace   James O’Dea
Deep Truth, Divine Matrix, The Turning Point    Gregg Braden
Power of Myth  Bill Moyers and Betty Sue Flowers



ARTICLES / VIDEOS:

Institute of Noetic Sciences Library and Research
Global Consciousness Dean Radin
Research Fetzer Institute
Various Articles Berkana Institute
Dancing with Shiva (or Sandy, or Katrina) Harrison Owen on Open Space Technology
Joanna Macy The Holonic Shift and How to Take Part in It
Network Navigator Simon Terry March 2014
“The Science of Love” Barbara Fredrickson
A Physicist Solves the City New York Times Magazine Dec 19, 2010
Bob Stilger
Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science Michael Schneider
The New Science of Living Systems is Making a Difference in Tampa Bay Linda Sechrist
Toward a Psychology of Hope
Science of Love  Barbara Fredrickson