Last weekend I spent a blissful 2.5 days at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur on the beautiful California coast with my ITP (Integral Transformative Practice) Mastery community. As you can see from the picture above, we were literally glowing from the experience. If you’ve been to Esalen, you know what I’m talking about. If you have not, I highly recommend you go.
One of our objectives for the weekend was to activate and explore the “unified field of practice.” This is a basic concept of Gestalt theory, best described as a “web of interconnection between person and situation, self and others, organism and environment, the individual and the communal.[i]
There is more and more evidence being produced which indicates everything is connected – literally! And some of the experimental evidence indicates that these connections can be strengthened or weakened in various ways. We intuitively know and experience this; the more time you spend with someone the more connected you become. However, this is happening in a far more profound way than we might at first imagine.
There are far-reaching implications involved in really grasping the knowledge that we are literally connected to all things. All things are truly affecting one another. With a deep knowing and experience of this invisible truth, your life can be transformed in the most beautiful ways.
In this blog Major Good Mojo we’ll explore this unfolding reality and knowledge of our deep connection to all things. Coming to know and experience this connection for yourself is a major outcome of the Major Good Mojo System.
Read on and enjoy!
We are all connected! Literally!
“The most definitive experimental support so far for the idea of nonlocality in human brain-minds was performed by neurophysiologist Jacobo Grinbert-Zylberbaum and his collaborators. In this experiment two subjects are instructed to interact for a period of thirty or forty minutes until they start feeling a “direct communication.” They then enter separate Faraday cages (metallic enclosures that block all electromagnetic signals). Unbeknownst to his or her partner, one of the subjects is now shown a flickering light signal that produces an evoked potential (an electrophysiological response produced by a sensory stimulus and measured by an EEG) in the light-stimulated brain. But amazingly, as long as the partners in the experiment maintain their direct communication, the unstimulated brain also shows an electrophysiological activity, called a transfer potential, quite similar in shape and strength to the evoked potential of the stimulated brain. (In contrast, control subjects do not show any transfer potential). The straightforward explanation is quantum nonlocality: The two brain-minds act as a nonlocally correlated system – the correlation established and maintained through nonlocal consciousness – by virtue of the quantum nature of the brains.”
The Self Aware Universe ~ Amit Goswami
The Self Aware Universe was published in 1993. At that time this experimental evidence was ridiculed and dismissed by some as random chance and trivial. However, in the time since then, the study has been replicated by other research centers lending far more credibility to the results. This data indicates we truly are connected in a metaphysical reality beyond our normal senses and everyday awareness.
As a Licensed HeartMath Provider I am well aware of the scientific data indicating our connections to one another via an electromagnetic field. This field has been measured up to 10 feet away from the body. And, when two people are together their heart and brain waves (measured by EKG and EEG) become synchronized; they become entrained. This alone is an amazing fact and it’s powerful to realize the power of your heart and its effect on your environment.
However, the data presented by Amit Goswami points to an even more stunning revelation of connection, a field of connection we have not measured, a field of connection where we see only effects indicating its existence. This is a field beyond our sense capacities, yet impacting our normal day-to-day lives. As a species, we are only just now beginning to comprehend this reality and grapple with its far-reaching implications.
In ITP, when community members are not together, we say they are in the “long body.” The long body is a concept indicating we are all connected through a larger entity of which we are all a part, a body if you will, a long body that covers any distance that may be between us. And, as connected practitioners, how we are (or are not) practicing, affects everyone in our community, through this long body. Others benefit from my strong practice, and I benefit from theirs. And this applies vice versa, with respect to not practicing.
To make this more vivid, consider the analogy of white-water rafting. Think of a raft with eight people in it, navigating frothy, fast-moving, white water. Everyone in the boat benefits from each person’s active paddling. Each person contributes. AND everyone suffers when even just one person stops paddling and “goes along for the ride.”
As George Leonard so eloquently wrote in his book, The Silent Pulse: “A world of connectedness, potential, and evolution turns us toward a vivid sense of community along with the acceptance of personal responsibility; toward a de-emphasis on competing and winning along with reemphasis on participating and experiencing; from aggression toward gentleness and enjoyment; from dominance of nature to blending with nature; from exponential growth in production and consumption to a more moderate, more ecological standard of living along with a powerful intentionality toward social justice throughout the world.
Perhaps more than anything else, the new world offers us the thrill of novelty and surprise. Can we call it Transformation?”
To develop your knowing and felt sense of connectedness to all things, I invite you to engage The Major Good Mojo System.
Your Major Good Mojo Assignment:
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and sense into your connectedness with all things. If it’s true that you are connected, literally connected, to all things (and experimental evidence is demonstrating this is so), what does this mean for your life? How might you live differently? Jot down a few notes and continue to contemplate and live into this new reality for the next few days (or the rest of your life if you so choose J)
Congratulations, you are one step closer to Major Good Mojo!