We all know about the power of intention: One person’s focused intention can influence events, especially when the intention is “in the flow” of overall evolution as well as serving the individual’s needs or desires. Many would agree that when large numbers of people focus on a common intention, this power to effect change in the world is magnified.
People have been praying and meditating together for millennia. In today’s globally connected world, many groups are regularly practicing synchronized prayers, meditations and intention-sharing events, connecting thousands across the globe at the same moment in time. While such practices are widely regarded as religious in nature, there is a growing body of scientific research that indicates effects beyond what we understand as measurable “cause and effect.”
David Nicol of the Center for Subtle Activism at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco defines the term “subtle activism” as “the use of spiritual or consciousness-based practices, such as prayer, meditation, or ritual, to support collective healing and social change.” He describes subtle activism as a “bridge between the paths of inner and outer transformation” which can introduce a spirit of unity and hope into the often highly polarized environment of social and political affairs. The Center for Subtle Activism is one of many organizations, including several that are collaborating on ONE The Event (see Organizations), that actively coordinate synchronized intention events.
These groups are carrying out their own forms of research, but also often reference the remarkable data of The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) founded by Dean Radin and Roger Nelson in 1998 at Princeton. An international collaboration via the Internet, the GCP records data sequences from a network of random number generators from over 60 locations around the world. The resulting database is analyzed for correlations with physical and social variables during certain timeframes. The project explores whether major world events that engage the attention of large numbers of people correspond to unexplained periods of variance (order vs. disorder) in the aggregated random number streams, and whether these correlations can be interpreted as effects of an operationally defined global consciousness. According to standard physical theory, there should be no structure at all in these random data. Yet, many of the global events examined are associated with striking patterns (statistical aberrations) in the data. Special times like the celebrations of New Year’s Eve, great natural disasters, and tragic events like the attacks on September 11, 2001, tend to show changes. They are correlated with the periods of shared deep engagement or widespread emotional reaction. (See the GCP website for more information)