I think that by the end of the 1940s, the dreams of “Onward and Upward” were over! Human dreams of new lands and riches of development and a new and better life for all were not coming true. Happiness seemed out of reach for many. Yet, examples parents offered their children were missing the mark. The promise of happiness through the door of education would soon fade as young people found the promise wasn’t kept in many cases.
We could say that the collective mass-subconscious was gathering more unhappy emotions and ideas, including suspicion about who could be trusted. The promise of happiness through materialism was not kept either. Thus, the tendency to be unhappy was on its way up. Unhappy or “negative” emotions have been conditioned responses to our thoughts. Yet, unhappy emotions are a useful signal that our thoughts are “off purpose!” So, it is URGENT that, when we catch ourselves thinking thoughts that produce those negative emotions, and with that awareness, we must reach for another interpretation of what’s happening, or by reaching for a thought that will produce happiness or pleasure. This awareness is the business of Mindfulness, which has been more main stream as of late. Thus, the more people that get this idea, the more the tide will change in the mass-subconscious.
As mentioned in my last post, Quantum Psychics offers our basic understanding of this process. However, this is a two way street. Although, we may plant many wholesome seeds in the mass-subconscious, we must understand that it has been fed unwholesome ideas too. Yet, there is another very promising process at work. While, individuals feed seeds, some “positive, some “negative,” a more promising process is underway with many positive techniques, such as Mindfulness, being discovered, long ago. Researcher, Rupert Sheldrake, has suggested that the collective subconscious contains something like packages of ideas that become popular. He calls these “morphic fields.” We already have that morphic field for Mindfulness mediation, thus it is easier to learn now, than it was with Buddhist monks of long ago.
Decades ago, the story was told of monkeys on islands off the coast of Japan. It was customary for the Japanese to feed these monkeys with sweet potatoes. Apparently, one monkey decided to wash his/her sweet potato in the sea, as it was easier to eat without residual sand from being dug out of the ground.
The storey goes that the first monkey taught washing to his mate, and gradually at first, other’s monkeys picked up the technic until a “critical mass” were following the ritual of washing their potato first. Soon, after that, monkeys on distant but neighboring islands all picked up the idea. Thus, Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic field theory was substantiated.
Then, not to many years afterward, researchers devised an experiment to test human being’s capacity to learn from morphic fields. Two matched groups of non-Japanese speaking adults had equivalent tasks. The first group had to memorize a Japanese nursery rhyme. The second had an equivalent number of non-sense syllables. The experimenters kept close touch on both groups, but you can guess which group performed better. It was the “nursery rhyme group” who performed better than the other group, thus validating Sheldrake’s morphic field theory with human beings. So, even if you are not a Buddhist, you will have an easier time becoming proficient at Mindfulness meditation, which has been used to overcome depression, and other psychological problems, especially those that began in early childhood. I must also give Sheldrake credit for proposing morphic resonance, it’s what I have called Heart to Heart connection, in earlier Blog-posts.
Another contribution from Kelly McGonigal, PhD, mentioned in the last post, can be seen, this time, on YouTube for about an hour, dealing with a WILL POWER. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5BXuZL1HAg