Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Hundredth Monkey; the Millionth Circle

I first heard about The Hundredth Monkey in the '60s while a student at Michigan. It's a story about a few monkeys who started washing their sweet potatoes before eating them so that they wouldn't taste the dirt. Before long, monkeys everywhere were washing their sweet potatoes:

"Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!"

Today the story is about The Millionth Circle and the hypothesis is that when a critical number of people change how they think and behave, a new era will begin:

"A proliferation of circles with a spiritual center becomes a worldwide healing force by bringing feminine values of relationship, nurturing, and interdependency into a global culture in which hierarchy, conflict and competition, power over others and exploitation of the earth's resources are dominant values."

There's a lot of reading these days about what coulda, woulda, shoulda happened differently in the New Orleans fiasco. Blame flying all around!

Enough already! Isn't it time for the hundredth person and the millionth circle to "tip the scales and shift planetary consciousness!"

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead