TEDx talks: Interconnectedness and Collective Consciousness, ideas worth spreading indeed!

Cassandra Vieten, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of Research, Institute of Noetic Sciences, spoke at TEDx Napa Valley in December, talking about “The Science of Interconnectedness”. She started with an overview of how interconnectedness has inspired people in important ways throughout history and then shared some of what modern science is telling us about interconnectedness:

In another TEDx talk (Black Rock City, for Burning Man 2012), Cassandra worked on an experiment in collective consciousness – with very interesting results:

These are good news from the Institute of Noetic Sciences newsletter. Happy 2013!

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

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That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and
snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn – world
serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs. Feed
it off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, the Ladder
start to clatter with fear fight down height. Wire
in a fire, representing seven games, and a government
for hire at a combat site. Left of west and coming in
a hurry with the furys breathing down your neck. Team
by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing. Fine, then. Uh oh,
overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do to Save
yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
the revered and the right, right. You vitriolic,
patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty
psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign
towers. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself
churn. Lock it in, uniforming, book burning, blood
letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a motive. Step down, step down.
Watch your heel crush, crushed, uh-oh, this means no
fear cavalier. Renegade steer clear! A tournament,
tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions,
offer me alternatives and I decline.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

The other night I dreamt of knives, continental
drift divide. Mountains sit in a line, Leonard
Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester
Bangs. Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You
symbiotic, patriotic, slam bug net, right? Right.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel
fine…fine…

Worldwide meditation for a better world on 12/12/12

Next Wednesday, December 12, at exactly the same moment, the entire world will be uniting in a global meditation to uplift humanity and bring about a positive shift as we enter a new age.

There will be two worldwide, synchronous guided mediations on the The Master Shift website to wish goodness and happiness for the world. The first meditation is set to 9:30 pm Tokyo (JST), the second set to 9:30 pm New York (EST).

On 12.12.12 we are asking the entire world to be a part of a global meditation where everyone can focus on positive thoughts for our planet and ourselves at the EXACT SAME MOMENT.

The entire world will slow down for a moment to share in love and peace for the planet and each other. Anyone can participate. There’s no special discipline required nor is any specific religious belief or philosophy. All that is asked is that you be present.

You too are just stardust

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

“When we look down at the Earth from space we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet – it looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.”

– Ron Garan (quote from the film)

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

“This view of the Earth from space – the whole Earth perspective – is, I think, the true symbol of this age. I believe … there’s going to be a greater and greater interest in communicating this idea because, after all, it’s key to our survival. We have to start acting as one species with one destiny. We are not going to survive if we don’t do that.”- Frank White (quote from the film)

‘Overview’ is a stand-alone short film, but also serves a prelude to Planetary Collective’s forthcoming feature documentary ‘Continuum’, due for release in 2013.

‘Continuum’ will explore this worldview even further, weaving together perspectives and ideas from some of the key theorists and thinkers in the fields of cosmology, environmentalism, sustainability, social theory and anthropology, telling the story of where we have come from, where we are now, and the possibilities for our future.