26 Jan

Hello E Moto

Have you heard of the experiments that Japanese Scientist, Masaru Emoto, has conducted with water?  He took samples of water from two different sources, one from a clear clean lake, and another from a lake that had been polluted.  He then froze each sample and studied the ice crystals under high magnification.  The crystaline structures from the pure water source were beautiful, symmetric, and complete while the crystals from the polluted source were ugly, without symmetry, and incomplete.  He then took water from the same clean source, labeled one “love” and the other “hate.”  The “love” crystals again were beautiful, symmetric, and complete while the “hate” crystals showed the same deformed crystaline structures as the polluted water source.  He tried many other labels, positive and negative and came up with similar results with positive labels associated with beautiful crystals and negative labels resulting in ugly crystals.  The implication is that since humans are between 50 – 80% water they may affect us as well.  What do you think?  You can learn more about his research in any of his books or DVDs, the most prominent being The Message from Water.  His research also appeared in the movie, What the Bleep Do We Know.

Now, there are those who are calling his science into question, stating that he didn’t follow certain protocols and thus his results and conclusions cannot be accepted as definitive proof that thoughts have an impact on the environment.  I’m not sure if his science was pure and that if you don’t use double blind random studies, research isn’t conclusive.  While his science may not be pure his conclusions about the impact of water on the environment may be completely accurate.  One conclusion not addressed by his critics is the fact that science may not have the tools or technologies to adequately test this theory.  After all, at one point science believed that the world was flat, the sun revolved around the earth, and that there was no such force in nature as gravity.  We didn’t have the scientific wherewithal to prove these now tacitly accepted theories.  Does God exist?  We can’t prove it.  We also can’t prove that God does not exist.   Our science doesn’t let us test the theory.  In fact, we can’t even prove we exist.  Test subjects can’t define the research methodology by which they are studied.

All I know is that many experts agree that thoughts, spoken or not, have an impact.  Just ask such people like Dale Carnegie, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Zig Zigler, Napolean Hill, and Anthony Robbins.  They’ll all tell you that if you want to change your life you must first change your thoughts.  Quantum Physics and the Noetic Sciences argue that thoughts have mass and act consistently with particle theory and wave theory.  All particles have mass and produce a gravitational pull on their environment regardless of how infinitesimally small the mass.  Thoughts also may act like radio waves and be picked up by receivers (in this case human beings) that are on the same wavelength as the transmitter (again human beings).  I first learned about this in a book by Claude M. Bristol, entitled, “The Magic of Believing”, first published in 1948.  Today, there is much more research into the effects of thoughts on our internal and external environments.

Is this science accurate?  I’m not sure.   While we may not yet be able to demonstrate the exact mechanism for the effects of thoughts on the environment we do know that words have power.  They have the power to change society.  And they have the power to affect our individual experiences of happiness, productivity, and success.  Do what you can to change your thoughts to change your experiences and then just wait till the magic happens.

This is the final installment of the first key to successful living.  Nest time, we will explore the second key, which is Changing Your Inner Reality.  Till next time, let me leave you with a quote by Samuel Johnson about constantly conveying your misfortunes to others:

“Depend upon it that if man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there is never any recourse to the mention of it.”

24 Jan

The Hundredth Monkey

Have you heard of the Hundredth Monkey phenomenon?  Well it appears scientists were studying one type of Japanese monkey in the wild for over 30 years.  In 1952, on a remote Japanese Island, scientists fed monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but didn’t like the sand.  A young female solved the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this to her mother. Her playmates also learned to do this and they taught their mothers.  Eventually all the young monkeys learned to wash the sweet potatoes to get rid of the sand. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this behavior. Other adults kept eating sandy sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. After a number of monkeys learned to wash their sweet potatoes before eating them, let’s say 100 (the exact number is not known), all the monkeys on the island began washing their potatoes without being trained.  The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created a change in group consciousness.  What’s more astounding the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea.  Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland also began washing their sweet potatoes with absolutely no training.  Thus, when a certain critical number achieves awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

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 comes a point at which if only one more person tunes-in, the field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone and there is a change in the social paradigm!  You can learn more about social change in the book, “The Hundredth Monkey” by Ken Keyes, Jr.  And you can download it for free. 

Do we need to continue to kill people who want to kill us in an effort to stop them trying to kill us?  Do we need to legislate change?  Do we need to use force and violence to end violence?  Evidentially not!  All we have to do is “become the change we want to see in the world.” Believe, think, speak, and act in ways that are consistent with the change we want to see in others and as they see the inner peace and happiness expressed through us they will long for what we have.  Eventually (and this requires patience because who knows what the minimum threshold is) a critical mass will be achieved and the entire planet will change its violent consciousness en masse.  It’s already happening.  Even though there is a lot of resistance to this change more and more people are growing tired of the old ways and taking up the banner of peace and love. 

Can we wait for this change?  Well, I’ll tell you one thing.  The old paradigm of war and violence hasn’t worked.  The First World War was supposed to be the war to end all wars. It didn’t work.  We had another world conflict in just a few decades and many more wars since then. Maybe, if it worked for monkeys, this same phenomenon can work for humans.  Will you be the Hundredth Monkey?

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