This seed is from Katja Otter
We humans think our way of communicating is unique, but the more we study other species, we realize they are communicating on a deeper level than we know. There is a theory about the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”, based on a study of monkeys conducted in the 1950s by Japanese scientists on Koshima Island.
The monkeys were observed eating sweet potatoes dug from the ground, still dirty, until one day, one monkey washed her potato in the ocean. Other monkeys saw this and followed that example and within a short time every monkey in that tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.
But the most surprising thing observed by the scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes jumped over the sea and colonies of monkeys on other islands farther away began washing their potatoes.
This provoked the idea of there being a powerful level of awareness that could be tapped into to change ways of thinking.
The conclusion of this study is 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 easy to spread by a more subtle way of communication.
Some visionaries, like Ken Keyes, have used this monkey study to show the powerful possibility to change the world’s focus from war to peace, from nuclear to nonnuclear world.
The hope is, if more people think about peace, then the “thought energy” of shared awareness could pervade the world, and someday become reality.
So, when we look around us and feel hopelessness about the situation, there really is no reason for it. Be mindful about your own thoughts and emotions, take responsibility for yourself. After all, you might be the hundredth monkey.
Inspired by the Yoga sutras: We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities, and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.
Same principle applies to a positive message, it is contagious and will start to spread as a seed and might grow into a beautiful story that might help someone being inspired on the other side of the world who faces a difficult time. In a way we are all connected!
By sharing our seeds of positivity we can try to contribute to an increased level of awareness.
A positive comment, a warm gesture, a loving attitude and a smile, they are all contagious and inspiring. All it needs is an open heart and mind!
Sources: “The Hundredth Monkey” by Ken Keyes, Jr.;
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
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