The origin of consciousness is debated between a phenomenon that occurs within our bodies and is unique to human beings, on one hand, to the possibility that there is an ever-present, universal consciousness which binds and influences all matter to which we connect, download, and upload energy and data, on the other hand. Scientifically, the concept of humans tapping into a shared consciousness emanated from quantum physics, whose fathers were Niels Bohr and Max Planck, each of whom won a Nobel Prize in Physics. Quantum physics is the study of the interconnectivity of matter and energy at an atomic and subatomic level where particles can be in two states at the same time and where one object can influence the other without respect to time and distance.
Everyone can achieve their goals. First we must build images in our mind of what we want to achieve. Then we need to broadcast that vision to the universe and act to fulfill the ambition. Edison and Marconi saw a world lit by electricity. Gates and Jobs envisioned an electronically connected world. Musk imagined clean energy transportation. Mother Theresa saw a world without poverty, homelessness, and food for everyone. Mandela saw a South Africa without racial segregation. Henry Dunant created the Red Cross. There is a theme in all of these intentional humans: their goals and ambitions create a better world. Act intentionally and selflessly and your own energy will radiate brilliantly. This is slightly different that “The Secret” which promotes the law of attraction – ask and receive. The greatest use of our energy is to help humanity and our environment to thrive.
In a fascinating and inspirational study by scientist Rene Peoc’h (Peoc’h, 1995), a group of chicks psychokinetically influenced the direction of a robot. A robot was programmed to move within a square, half the time north-south and one half the time east-west. The robot performed this task repeatedly, as evidenced in the control group. When 15 caged chicks in a dark room were placed on the east side of the square, and a candle was placed on top of the robot, the chicks cried when the light moved away from them and stopped crying with the light returned. In 71% of the 80 experiments conducted, the robot spent more time near the chicks. In one experiment, the robot remained near the chicks throughout the experiment. Peoc’h’s experiment powerfully shows the influence of mind on matter, or psychokinesis because the robot responded to the simple, clear intention transmitted by the chicks: move the light closer. If a simple living system like a baby chicken can influence a robot, can a more complex living system such as a human being affect another live system, perhaps even another human being?
Quantum theory is a description of our world and universe based in physics and elegant mathematics. The phenomena that occur in a quantum world are eerily similar to those occurrences known as psychic phenomena or “psi” which include telepathy (mind to mind), precognition (foreknowledge of events), clairvoyance (information gained through extrasensory perception), and psychokinesis (mind to matter) (Radin, 2006). The original conceptualization of psi was created by British psychologist Robert Thouless to explain an occurrence without a framework of origins or methods (Thouless, 1964). Psi is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and is pronounced “sigh.” The Greek word psyche, according to Online Etymological Dictionary (www.etymonline.com) is the invisible animating principle that occupies and directs the physical body, the soul, mind, or spirit. There are psi experiences in every culture and throughout history. Quantum theory is relevant to understanding psi phenomena because our individual consciousness to connected to the universe, the quantum field.
Bernard Grad of McGill University researched the psychokinetic effect of intention on the chemical composition of water (Grad, 1979). Specifically, Grad gave water to shamans and asked them to enable the water to enhance the growth of seeds to productive plants. Grad used chemical spectroscopy to analyze the ‘growth water’ he received from the healers. There was a significant change in the bonding of oxygen and hydrogen. The shamans only used their intention, and in so doing emitted healing energy. In separate experiment by Stanford University professor William Tiller, a shaman’s emitted energy when attempting to manifest an intention was measured to be 100,000 times the normal level of human energy emitted (Tiller, 2003).
Management and organizational design transform alongside human evolution. Our pre-historic selves were focused on very basic needs, then cognitive needs, and now our modern selves seek self-actualization and transcendence (Maslow, 1943). Human consciousness evolved from an archaic, instinctual, state of survival, to power gods where the strong succeed and the weak serve, to a scientific, pragmatic, truth seeking state, and ultimately to the sensitive being who believe in community and the relationship between all human beings, and there is a common purpose (Wilber, 2017). “Throughout history, the types of organizations we have invented were tied to the prevailing worldview and consciousness” from early mankind’s family kinships to more modern accountable meritocracies to the latest evolution of organizations where empowerment and decentralization thrive within a networked organization that expresses an inspirational purpose and exemplifies a values-driven culture (Laloux, 2014).