How many minds are there on this planet? Some would say the same number as people! They would be wrong.
There is only One Mind in the universe: a universal consciousness.
The Sufi poet-saint Kabir told us this hundreds of years ago when he said, “Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray”. (Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy, (New York: Harper & Row, 1970), 10).
Larry Dossey has a similar message today with his new book, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters, New York: Hay House, 2013. Dossey argues that the universal consciousness of One Mind is a reality and he supports this contention in his book with hundreds of scientific examples.
But how is One Mind possible? Surely people have solitary and private minds?
A hologram is an explanatory tool that can help us to understand how each individual mind is an integrated part of the fabric of our collective and cosmic consciousness.
A hologram is a three-dimensional image that is imprinted on to a photographic plate. When a laser beam illuminates the plate it reveals the three-dimensional image, almost identical to the original object. When a small region of the plate is cut off and is illuminated again by a laser beam, what we see is not a piece of the image but the whole image. This is extraordinary for it means that the whole of the three-dimensional image has been recorded in every part of the plate.
The whole is replicated in every point on the plate while at the same time, every point has contributed to the creation of the whole image. This exchange symmetry-of part-to-whole and whole-to-part-gives the hologram its undivided interconnectedness or wholeness and represents a general explanation for how a multiplicity of things always has an underlying unity.
One Mind is like a universal hologram of consciousness that incorporates each individual’s mind. Within this system each person’s mind represents a points or part of the whole fabric of cosmic consciousness. In this manner each individual mind represents a small non-physical prism through which the larger (whole) of heaven shines; a local flash point in the divine ferment.
There is some scientific evidence for a global mind but none in support of separate, private and solo minds.
If we had separate, private minds we would be unable to communicate with each other as meaning exchanges would be impossible and therefore, communication would also be impossible. In contrast, we communicate by exchanging the common codes of meaning that are freely given and inherently available to each one of us whatever our culture or ethnicity. We are able to communicate to others simply because our minds and our communications share a basic software system and that is the codes and relationships of meaning.
For an experiment to disprove the reality of One Mind it would simply have to show one instance where some form of communication took place that was not structured by the relations of meaning and did not exchange the codes of meaning. For this to happen such a communication would have to rely upon a basic software structure and coding that did not come from meaning. A communication of this nature is simply impossible.
What scientific evidence is there for a global mind ?
1: Global Consciousness Project:
Some scientific evidence for a global mind comes from the experiments run by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP) a project that began in the early 1990s by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) team. The experiments were based on the behaviour of machines that randomly generate numbers. In the lab a person tries to change the behaviour of the machines by wishing or willing them to change.
For the GCP the machines made up a permanent network around the planet and were designed to detect a group ‘consciousness field’. One difference of the GCP from the lab experiments was the lack of individual or group intention to change the behaviour of the machines. The purpose of the field experiment was to simply monitor major public events on a world stage and then to see if there was any correlation with the behaviour of the machines.
On September 11, 2001 the world watched in horror as the World Trade Towers collapsed in New York, destroyed by terrorists. It was an episode of strong emotion that reverberated around the world. This collective emotion registered clearly in the data of the GCP.
The results of more than ten years of experiments involving millions of data runs confirm a correlation between major events of importance and the data from the GCP. Overall statistics for the project show about 1 in 20 million that these correlations are due to chance fluctuations.
These results are extraordinary for they indicate that human minds in different societies around the globe can affect the random workings of machines. The results also point us in the direction of a single unified global consciousness; an interconnected one-ness that is fundamental for ecological life to exist on this planet. (The Global Consciousness Project website is at: http://noosphere.princeton.edu )
2: Formative causation:
When laboratory rats in one place have learned how to navigate a new maze, why do rats elsewhere in the world seem to learn it more easily? Rupert Sheldrake describes this process as morphic resonance: the past forms and behaviors of organisms, he argues, influence organisms in the present through direct connections across time and space. (See, A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance, by Rupert Sheldrake)
Sheldrake’s morphic resonance arises from a non-physical organisational fields (morphic field). This is a field in which structures and behaviour of past generations and systems affect subsequent similar systems and forms and this influence operates across both time and space. Results for experiments with rats learning mazes support Sheldrake’s hypothesis of morphic resonance.
Such experimental results supports the notion of the global or universal mind. If rats in London learn to navigate a new maze and this learning helps the learning of rats in New York then this influence is entirely understandable in terms of only One mind in the universe. In contrast, these results are not comprehensible if each individual rat has a totally separate and private learning capacity (mind).
Sheldrake says these organisational fields of influence operate on the basis of like upon like, which is a repetitive process that builds up resonance and creates habits of behaviour. In terms of meaning, a non-physical organisational field of influence that operates on the basis of like upon like is a collective field of meaning and in addition, like upon like is another phrase for exchanges of implicit meaning.
For communication and thus learning to occur participants, (whether rats or humans or viruses) must have a shared basic software language. This basic universal software is made up of the codes and relationships of meaning. If there was no underlying global software there could be no learning, no communication and no interactions or exchanges of meaning by any organism, humans included.
3: Quantum mechanics
In quantum physics where subatomic interactions are observed it is impossible to separate the observer from the observed. This impossibility has been difficult to accept by scientists trained in classical mechanics because it means that the mind of the observer is always an integrated feature of the experiment. Under these condition there is no ground on which the objective scientist can stand.
Normally we see the world about us as a place full of separate objects, like tables, houses, cars, trees and so on. Yet at a subatomic level the universe of separate objects does not exist. In this universe of the super small every object is intimately connected to every other object. Actually, there are no ‘objects’ in this universe at all, only energetic relationships.
In terms of meaning, relationships are always relationships of meaning. The universe of the subatomic is therefore, a universe of meaning. As this universe is infinite and as meaning is another term for mind, these terms (infinite meaning) represent some of the characteristics of the singular global mind; a cosmic consciousness.
We normally see a world of separate objects but that does not mean in this universe of the every-day large objects there are no relationships or interconnections. There are, and just as many as at the subatomic level. What is going on in this every-day world of large objects is a cultural inhibition against seeing relationships and connections.
It boils down to the question of how we make meaning. When we favour implicit meaning we create broad perspectives and we are more able to see relationships and connections. When our culture favours explicit meaning we tend to create narrow views that appear to separate and divide our world and therefore inhibit our ability to make connections or see relationships.
4: The implicate order
The renowned theoretical physicist David Bohm spent a lifetime of research in physics and philosophy. in his book, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Bohm introduces a new model of reality involving his two great orders of the universe: the implicate and the explicate orders.
For Bohm the implicate and explicate orders are orders of the universe that could also relate to human subjective consciousness. Yet these two universal orders are essentially identical to the two codes of implicit and explicit meaning. For example, the explicate order is composed of explicit meaning containing the every-day world of large object that we perceive. Bohm’s implicate order involves meaning that is implicit and represents the same infinite holistic totality.
Like the two codes of meaning, Bohm’a orders are applicable to every level of reality, from micro to macro, from particles to the entire universe. The implicate order is the first order in that it enfolds information and structures from the physical world within itself. The explicate order is secondary in that the visible, explicit physical universe unfolds from the primary implicate order.
When we understand that Bohm’s model is identical to the codes of meaning his model becomes a model of the mind – involving individual minds that unfold from the implicate global mind of cosmic consciousness. The implicate order thus represents the global mind while the explicate order involves the unfolding of the physical world through perception as well as the unfolding of individual minds of organisms who are then able to perceive in some way the explicit object that make up the physical world.
Bohm’s theory of the implicate and explicate orders is thus a theory of how ordinary minds interrelate and work within the context of the global or universal mind. The implicate order is a singular order as the global mind is a singular One.