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Collective Intention

There are many, many amazing and wonderful things that could be said (and have been said) about the PATHS modules that are geared for individual results. I have had outstanding personal results myself, and have had feedback from multiple customers saying the same thing. Now that I have studied the esm training material, I realize that the intricacies of the PATHS program are fascinating.


In addition to applying PATHS towards personal development, we are in an exiting time now, utilizing a PATHS module to harness collective intention in order to bring about a global goal.


Project 1 World is a module that uses the collective intent of multiple people and is designed to support a mutually decided upon goal.


One of the things that this module is based on is a study done by Princeton University called the PEAR program (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research). This is described as a “Scientific Study of Consciousness-Related Physical Phenomena.”


(Actually the PEAR study relates to personal PATHS modules as well, but I will keep my discussion here focused on its relation to the collective module, as personal PATHS modules are in a wide variety and the scope of this paper would not permit as meaningful of a discussion of these.)


What the description of the PEAR project means is that it is a study about how our conscious thoughts (alone, devoid of physically doing anything) affect our realities in direct physical ways.


The study utilized machines which would generate random events, and then it would study if peoples’s intents alone could cause a change in what the machines would generate.


According to the PEARS study[1] the role of human consciousness was central to Egyptian and Greek philosophy and studied by scientists such as Francis Bacon, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, and Isaac Newton.


Later well known physicists such as J.J. Thompson, William Crooks, Lord Rayleigh, and Marie and Pierre Curie felt the topic relevant to their studies.


In early interpretations of quantum mechanics scientists such as Bohr, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, and Einstein posed questions related to the topic.


There are some current physicists who study consciousness.


(I am also aware of a current biologist, Bruce Lipton[2], who shows that a cell’s environment - namely the thoughts of the brain, as all body cells “defer” to a central intelligence the way people in a society “defer” to a common legal system - has profoundly affects on how that cell will behave.


As Lipton states on p. 3 of his article The Wisdom of Your Cells[3] “Our thoughts are real and tangible. They influence our physiology. Physicists are now beginning to recognize that the universe is a mental construct.”)


From 1959-1987 more than 800 studies by some 68 researchers revealed a small but consistent effect of anomalies (to chance) of humans influencing random event generators.[4]


The PEAR study meant to provide a body of new evidence on the subject. And it did just that.

Most of the study involved humans interacting with machines. (There were also some studies about remote perception involving one person trying to determine the environment of another person in a separate location in a “telepathic” manner.)


PEAR studies took place over 12 years and involved about 100 unselected study participants.


Like the prior studies, the results of the study showed a small but consistent effect of anomalies (to chance) of humans influencing random event generators.


Some secondary parameters were tested, but none of them resulted in significant changes in the outcomes (except with studies using fully deterministic hard-wired or algorithmic sources).


In one secondary parameter study, participants were physically removed from the random machine generators, up to several thousand miles. They were also told to exert their efforts at times other than those of the machine operations, up to several hours before or after.


The results were similar to when the people exerted their efforts in the same location and at the same times that the machines where operated.


In February, 2007 there was a press release issued stating that the project had closed.


Taken from the press release : “The enormous databases produced by PEAR provide clear evidence that human thought and emotion can produce measureable influences on physical reality.”


Some interesting observations were made that could be studied in future experiments. For example it seemed that there may be a difference in outcome according to gender.


Also it was observed that operators used different methods of “intending” to influence the machine results.


For example, some used simple uncomplicated attempts while others used more concentrated meditative techniques.


Any commonality that researchers found in this regard was that the most effective operators spoke of the devices in frankly anthropomorphic terms and associated their success with some kind of bond or kinship with the device. This would be perhaps similar to people who name their cars or have a fondness for a certain piece of clothing which goes beyond liking the looks of it, a “lucky jersey” or the like.

It was also observed that when using multiple people to intend the same result in the random machine generators, the influence seemed to be stronger when the people had a kind of bond between them.


One can use the information from the PEAR project to understand how effective the PATHS collective Project 1 World module must be.

The current Project 1 World topic is world wide and, as such, it would be difficult to take scientific measurements of the results.


However, I think it would be very powerful if we were to undertake a regional project which could demonstrate in a scientific way how powerful PATHS can be.


This could be accomplished by modeling the study on some of the TM (transcendental meditation) projects.


TM is a style of meditation introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Maharishi Yogi. On the TM website (www.tm.org) it says :


The Transcendental Meditation technique is a practical, proven procedure for developing more energy, creativity, and intelligence—for awakening the unlimited potential of your mind and body and enjoying greater health, happiness, and success in life.

There is support from experiments done using TM showing that it can raise an individual’s intelligence and memory, as well as being able to decrease high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, anxiety, and depression.[5]


There is also support showing that :


Cities in which one per cent of the population were instructed in the Transcendental Meditation program showed decreased crime rate the following year in contrast to matched control cities. Reference: Journal of Crime and Justice 4: 25–45, 1981.

Because Project 1 World is always ongoing, I think it would be most convincing if we were to pick a particular region and tried to decrease the crime rate.


It would be very convincing if we could successfully replicate a previous TM study, like the one written up in on the web site of the Institution of Science, Technology and Public Policy.


This study was done on TM’s effect on the crime rate in Washington, D.C. It was very detailed, and took into account many factors such as crime rates in prior years and “additional data used for control purposes [which] included weather variables (temperature, precipitation, humidity), daylight hours, changes in police and community anti-crime activities, prior crime trends in the District of Columbia, and concurrent crime trends in neighboring cities.”[6]


Below is a graph of the results:



The write-up concludes :


Based on the results of the study, the steady state gain (long-term effect) associated with a permanent group of 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs was calculated as a 48% reduction in HRA crimes in the District of Columbia.

Given the strength of these results, their consistency with the positive results of previous research, the grave human and financial costs of violent crime, and the lack of other effective and scientific methods to reduce crime, policy makers are urged to apply this approach on a large scale for the benefit of society.

How can it possibly be true that intent, thoughts, meditations alone without physical action change our realities?


We must look into the concept of a dine matrix, or as Carl Jung would call it the “collective unconscious.”


According to Dr. C. George Boeree, Jung’s collective unconscious is, “the reservoir of our experiences as a species, a kind of knowledge we are all born with. And yet we can never be directly conscious of it. It influences all of our experiences and behaviors, most especially the emotional ones, but we only know about it indirectly, by looking at those influences.” [7]


In the esm course material, the collective unconscious is referred to as a body containing all knowledge, past present and future.


Our relationship to this collective unconscious is shown below :




In the diagram, the opening between our subconscious and the collective conscious is wide.


There is also an opening, although it is small, between our conscious and our subconscious. This allows information to pass through, but not so much as to overwhelm us.


Through our subconscious, information is passed between the collective unconscious to our conscious.


This model explains how our thoughts can affect the collective unconscious and thereby affect reality.


PATHS allows our subconscious minds to overcome the limitations of our conscious minds, which then allows our intentions to pass uninhibited to the collective unconscious.


Jessica Miller


[1] http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/pdfs/correlations.pdf

[2] http://www.brucelipton.com/

[3] http://www.brucelipton.com/article/the-wisdom-of-your-cells-part-3?pg=3

[4] Radin, D.I. & Nelson, R.D. (1989). Evidence for consciousness-related anomalies in random physical systems. Foundations of Physics vol. 19, No, 12, p. 1499

[5] http://www.tm.org/discover/research/charts/index.html

[6] http://www.istpp.org/crime_prevention/

[7] http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

[8] http://www.esmhome.org/library/synchronicity.html

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