In the 1950s, scientists on an island in Japan were doing a research project involving monkeys. While they were there, the scientists fed the monkeys sweet potatoes by dropping them in the sand in front of the monkeys. While the monkeys liked the sweet potatoes, they didn’t like the sand that covered them. One of the monkeys discovered that she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in water. Some of her monkey friends observed this and then adopted the same habit. Before long, more and more monkeys on the island were washing the potatoes.
At some point, all the monkeys on the island began washing them. But this was not the amazing part. Soon monkeys in other areas that had no physical contact with the monkeys on the island starting doing the same thing. It was like the knowledge was now spreading purely from mind to mind.
We often see the Hundredth Monkey Effect in our day-to-day lives. If there is a traumatic event somewhere in the world, it can affect everyone, just as this is true, acts of love and kindness can also affect all of us, no matter how small they may seem to be.
Many of us who are serious about transforming human consciousness are excited about the potential of the Hundredth Monkey Effect.
In the base of my own consciousness, I’ve discovered an element that is intrinsic to my perception of reality. In fact, I’ve learned that the core of my perception itself is actually comprised entirely of this element. This element can be viewed as a unifying force that allows me to perceive, through direct experience, how interconnected I am with everyone and everything in this world. The more I develop my perception of this force, essentially by focusing on it, the greater my understanding of its unifying nature grows.
With this greater understanding I’m able to recognize the potential outcome that is possible when enough individuals spend time focusing on this unifying force that exists within their own consciousness. The more that individuals wake up to realize this innate intelligence of their inner-self, the more they begin to experience how interconnected we all are.
When one uses this expanded awareness it becomes self-evident that hurting or mistreating another ultimately results in you hurting yourself because you are empathetically experiencing your interconnectedness with recipient of your intent. Why would you want to hurt them if you know that there is a part of them that is energetically connected to a part of you? It is an amazing feeling when you recognize that you are also the recipient of your malevolence or benevolence towards others, not just the one who you thought was on the receiving end.
This element exists in my own consciousness and I know it exists in yours. At our core none of us are really that different from each other. We have just been conditioned to believe we are by focusing on the way things appear to be, and how our individual cultures have taught us to think, not how they really are.
As my own perception of base consciousness is free from worldly conditioning, I find the Hundredth Monkey Effect one of the most exciting phenomena there is. It speaks to the direct possibility of a critical mass whereby the masses themselves begin awakening to this unifying force within themselves. This would change the world, very quickly for the better.
Right now, the human species is in the midst of a pivotal dilemma. We are far into the beginning stages of a mass extinction that we are the cause of. Paradoxically, we are also on the cusp of a critical mass of great collective awakening.
It all comes down to each and every individual making a choice: am I going to take responsibility for understanding the innate intelligence that resides in my own consciousness and learn how to think from that place? Or am I going to focus on the problems that exist in the world with the hopes that ‘someone’ else will fix them?
If you chose the first one, then maybe you are the hundredth monkey who will tip the scales towards a critical mass of great awakening!
Seth Leaf Pruzansky is editor of the blog www.areturntoenlightenment.com, a website devoted to globally awakening people to the power residing in their own consciousness.