2019 is just around the corner and for most of us Change-Makers, every January feels like a new beginning.
In America, Change-Makers now represents an astounding 38% of adult Americans – with estimates that the number may rise to 50% by 2020. This group is spreading globally in similar percentages. How Can We Collectively Create a Better World and Success for 2019?
The ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu said: “If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. Truly the greatest gift you have to give is that of Your own self-transformation.”
100th Monkey – Macaca Fuscata
Have you heard about the 100th Monkey Effect? This is an excerpt from the book by Ken Keyes Jr., The Hundredth Monkey:
“The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952 scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant. A female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too. This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known.”
Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let’s further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes. THEN IT HAPPENED! By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea. Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
When a certain critical number achieves an 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 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! Penny Gillespie, who was married to Ken Keyes and participated in his work and writing said, “After our book was printed, there was some question about whether the study was authentic. Ken presented the story as a phenomenon; the concepts of morphogenetic fields and critical mass are very true, and the story serves to illustrate them. In conclusion, with morphogenetic fields and critical mass, there is a point at which if only one more person tunes into a new awareness, the field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone.”
Could YOU be the 100th monkey?
You deserve success in 2019, so plan your new you NOW!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this 3-part series this time next week!