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The Hive Mind and The Invisible Thread

Flickr - Thread - GollyGforceMarc Oromaner, Contributor
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“We’re all connected.” It’s the ubiquitous mantra of new-agey types. Chances are if you’ve ever watched Oprah, were a fan of the TV show Lost, or have read just about anything I’ve written, you are very familiar with this concept. Along with its close cousin “everything happens for a reason,” it’s pretty much become a cliché that isn’t really given much thought. Yet, how exactly are we all connected?

Sure, we’re all made of the same elements, live on the same planet, and are plugged into the same Internet, but the phrase usually refers to the idea that all of our minds are somehow connected, that our lives are intertwined, that actions taken by you, now, could somehow affect a struggling shoe salesman living in Uzbekistan. I think it’s about time we explored this concept and saved it from the nether regions of trite, hackneyed banality. After all, if the idea that “we’re all connected” is a given, why doesn’t anyone (with the possible exception of Oprah herself) really believe it?

Back in September, 2010, Wired magazine published a discussion between two of its tech writers, Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson about where ideas come from. Despite the stereotype of the solitary genius toiling away in his basement, the duo argued that great discoveries typically come not from individual minds but from the hive mind, aka, the collective consciousness. History shows that the most game-changing innovations including calculus, the electric battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio, and thousands more, were all uncovered simultaneously by different inventors who had no knowledge of one another. As Malcolm Gladwell brought up in a 2008 New Yorker article titled “In The Air,” this phenomenon of simultaneous discovery, innovation, and invention is extremely common. So much so, historians even have a term for it—“multiples.” It’s almost as if all these breakthroughs come from the same, unseen information source, and anyone who’s tuned into it, can have access.

The concept reminds me of a lesson from one of my college anthropology classes that had been wedged somewhere deep within the recesses of my brain. It was about an isolated group of monkeys on some island that had learned to use sticks as tools to get at termites or wash sweet potatoes or something to that effect.  Despite no other group of monkeys on record having this knowledge, allegedly, after a critical mass of these monkeys had learned the technique, monkeys on other islands began to use the same technique, as if their minds were somehow all connected.

“Hive mind” experiments have also been done with humans to see if we are similarly connected. In the late 1980’s British biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s The Presence of the Past reported on experiments that he felt proved a collective human memory. In one, a difficult hidden figure puzzle was solved much faster by various groups around the world after its solution had been made known to millions during a British television broadcast. Even though these groups had not seen the broadcast, they were able to solve the puzzle much faster than earlier groups who’d tried before the solution had been aired. It’s as though they all somehow had access to the same info or were sharing one mind.

Sheldrake’s belief is that we are surrounded by morphic fields—a “universal database” of stored information that influences the bodies and brains of living things. This database enables minds to extend beyond the physical brain in both space and time, giving us all access to shared information. Morphic fields transfer information via morphic resonance, whereas the more similar certain fields are, the more easily information flows between them. This might explain why we are attracted to some people and not others, why a mother and her child often have a special, extra-sensory connection, and how mediums, prophets, artists, writers, and shaman get their divine inspiration.

These and similar observations all seem to point to some kind of uniting energy that binds us, connects us, and sounds an awful lot like The Force. As I mentioned in “Diary of A Layman #28: Fasten Your Safety Belt,” this energy may connect our minds using the magnetic field of the earth. It may also be able to slip through the illusion of time to connect to the minds of our past and future selves (you can’t get two fields any more similar than two of your own). Perhaps this time traveling resonance is responsible for our intuition or the myth of guardian angels or fairy godmothers. These various instincts could actually be strong energy frequencies transmitting from our mind in another time, connecting all of our selves into one moment. Perhaps, this even explains where I get the information to write this blog—it comes from a clear connection I have to my future self—a future where all this information is already common knowledge.

From “hive mind” and “collective consciousness” to morphic fields, the source field, or even The Force, this uniting energy may explain many mysteries of life including evolution, simultaneous innovation, animal migration, and most mysteriously, that creepy feeling you get when someone is looking at you before you see that they are (another of Sheldrake’s experiments). It may also explain a phenomenon I noticed in high school that served as my introduction to the collective conscious.

I’d begun to notice that many movies with similar themes would often come out at the same time. From 1987-89 a whole bunch of switcheroo movies came out— Like Father, Like Son; Vice VersaBig; 18 Againand Dream a Little Dream. While successful movies always have imitators, these films all came out within just months of each other—and the only successful one, Big, was pretty much in the middle of the bunch. A similar pattern emerged with the life-as-illusion movies like Dark City, The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floorand eXistenZ that all came out in 1998-99. It was almost as if the writers of these films were all tapped into the same energy or tuned into the same frequency, to come up with similar movies at around the same time. In fact, this is exactly what I think is happening.

Thanks to modern technology, more and more of the mysteries of our world are being understood because we have invented things that work in similar ways. While the concepts behind morphic fields and hive minds may seem convoluted, they actually become quite simple when you relate them to something we’re now all familiar with— cloud computing.

In the very near future, computers will no longer come with hard drives. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google are already pushing hard to get us all on the cloud. That’s because once we all have our personal accounts in their hands, their domination of us will be complete. They will completely own all of our data and can make up any monetary demands they wish for us to gain access to it. It’s a scary Orwellian scenario, which I believe is already our reality.

Much like The Matrixour brains are likely already all plugged into this cloud. In previous posts, I’ve brought up a lot of scientific evidence arguing why I believe we all live in a simulation, but literal belief of this scenario isn’t even necessary to buy the cloud concept. We could easily all be living in a real world, but sharing a single data source that our individual “accounts” (our minds) are all linked into. This is what gives us our thoughts, memories, and individual sense of self. As the cloud platform gets updated, we all follow suit. Voila! Evolution. Once this happens, those who have the best connections will have access to some of the newer features of the platform before others. This is the reason why many innovations and ideas come to multiple people at the same time—their similar connections (or morphic resonance) gave them more direct access to the data. To put it another way, our individual WiFi brain connections could allow for some bleed through, causing crossed frequencies between similar individual accounts.

Thanks to cloud technology, wireless airport connections, and WiFi, we all understand how individual computers can have access to both personal and shared accounts that aren’t physically located on their hard drives. In fact, it doesn’t matter where they’re located. So who’s to say that our minds are in our brains? Perhaps our memories, thoughts, and personalities are all filed in some hive mind hub that wirelessly connects to our individual body through the antenna that is our brain (likely from the pineal gland). That brain offers individual RAM memory only—just that which we need to access in order to do what we are doing at the moment. Everything else is stored on huge servers in the cloud, mythologically referred to as heaven. Getting creeped out yet? Just as souls that make up our essence reside in heaven, the data that makes up who we are is stored in the cloud.

If all this doesn’t seem too creepy, maybe that’s because it’s all just the ramblings of some guy with an overactive imagination. Surely, our brains are nothing like the WiFi connections to cloud platforms. There’s no real evidence that we’re connected to some invisible hub and therefore all have access to the same info. Actually, there’s plenty of evidence—and it’s coming from all different fields of science.

In the social sciences and fringe science, there have been all kinds of experiments related to and building on that of Rupert Sheldrake’s findings. Some of these experiments show how thoughts surrounding major world events can fly across space, and sometimes occur even before the events they’re reacting too (Random number generators around the world began showing statistically significant changes in randomness right before the events of 9/11). Then there are experiments in neuroscience, which have revealed what’s been called “mirror neurons.” These neurons fire both when we perform some action and observe it happening with someone else. In this way they enable us to directly feel what they are feeling.

For me, the most exciting findings, are coming from quantum physics, where research intoquantum entanglement is yielding results that continue to baffle physicists. What scientists are finding is that when subatomic particles interact but then become separated—even if by thousands of miles, measuring an aspect of one (revealing that it has a clockwise spin) will have an affect on the other (that it has a counterclockwise spin)—as though they were somehow still connected. And this connection happens instantaneously, even faster than the speed of light could travel. What all these and many more experiments are pointing to, is that somehow there is some kind of invisible web or thread that is making connections on a massive scale. A spiritual worldwide web if you will.

When I was working on the novels that this blog is based on—The Layman’s Answers to Everything, I felt like I was channeling some information that was beyond my conscious knowledge—almost as if I were tapping into something beyond myself. What I didn’t really think about at the time though, was that I wasn’t the only one who had access to this wisdom.

I figured it out soon enough however, when I began noticing that much of these revelations began showing up in newly released books, movies, and TV shows, like The Secret, Touch, Awake, Knowing, Avatar, The Source Codeand especially, Lost With Lost, even specific elements from my story appeared in some episodes—uncannily so. While there’s always room for mythic interpretations of universal truths, it made me realize that much like simultaneous discovery and invention, with simultaneous inspiration, the person who gets it out there first gets the credit, even if, as with Lost, what comes out was a bit half-baked. It reminds me of what Michael Jackson once said in an interview. He said that whenever he gets musical inspiration, he immediately writes it down or else, “Prince will get it.”

Since we’re all connected, none of this should matter of course. There is no room for ego if we’re all one. The point is to move humanity forward, regardless of who’s responsible for each stage of development. Should my fingers get the credit for writing this blog, my brain, my eyes, or my soul? They are all part of my body so what’s the difference? Similarly, if we truly believed that we’re all connected, it wouldn’t matter who got credit for what, just that a part of our oneness helped us all evolve a bit more, so that we might able to handle even more difficult challenges with greater ease—hooray us!

While I believe that we’ll eventually evolve to the point where we can truly feel this way, I think it’s still several leaps away from where we are now. Each new innovation will bring us closer to this realization, but since we’re not yet ready to hear it now, we won’t recognize it as truth.  As Kevin Kelly mentions in the Wired article, “ideas that leap too far ahead are almost never implemented—they aren’t even valuable. People can only absorb one advance, one small hop at a time.” He then goes on to talk about how Gregor Mendel’s genetics model was ignored for 35 years because it was too ahead of its time. Once the hive mind was finally ready for it, three different scientists independently rediscovered his work within a year of each other.

This being said, is it even possible for us to begin to accept that we’re truly all connected? That our minds are not in our brains? That everything we know is actually stored in “the cloud”? That we access our individual accounts through virtual WiFi connections enabled by the planet’s magnetic field? That our brains are simply antenna acting like wireless Apple AirPorts? That this reality is in fact a simulation…within a simulation…within a simulation. And that our God is simply the programmer of this universe? And that the original God simply created the first simulation just so that it could slowly experience everything it already knew?

I’ve discussed these and many more seemingly outlandish topics in this blog over the years. All of them have felt as though they’ve come to me from some other source. They’ve also always felt to be real truths of our world. The thing that’s really surprised me the most though, is how few people there are who feel the same way. But who knows? Maybe it’s all been a bit beyond the circle of what we’re ready to accept. Maybe in 35 years, three different scientists will independently validate many of the same principles I’ve written about here. Considering that these ideas are being channeled from some other source, I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad if I don’t get any recognition for trying to advance them years earlier. If the oversight annoys me in any way, it would be a sign that I didn’t fully believe my own writings and still see myself as separate and owning this wisdom. A conundrum to be sure.

I guess this is the reason why those who walk the enlightened path need to incorporate another bit of clichéd spiritual wisdom—to learn let go. Once you can unplug from your ego’s need to have an individual cloud account—with your own thoughts, memories and sense of self—you suddenly have much more storage space and quicker download speeds for even more advanced data. And that’s pretty cool—even if it means that you won’t able to share it until others update their older platforms… in about 35 years.

About the Author

Marc Oromaner is the author of The Myth of Lostwhich deciphers the hidden wisdom of the hit TV show and explains how we can use this wisdom to overcome challenges and uncover our destiny. His website, The Layman’s Answers To Everything, points out the patterns that run through all great stories including our own. These patterns are clues that are meant to guide us towards a life full of love, light, and fulfillment.

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  • Johan Hendrick

    were I a better writer I would have written much as you so clearly have..i have long been saying much the same..but I could never get in that lost show..indeed there is a collective mind that links to our mind..i have experienced it often..when synching my mind with the writer of words..i visit the vision the words recall into mind..via my physical eyes and brain into my mind into the hive mind or cloud mind..[so saying im over welmed by visioning of where to take it from there.]

    I don’t like the man made cloud..that isn’t built on farness but exclusivity..knowing all secrets..isn’t a thing that any man can be self censor the visions I communicate into words..but I like to help other..find their own way..

    [it is true that invention comes as a result of other realm suggestioning..whenever we fixate our mind on something [anything]..or other that attracts like minded spirits interested [even obsessive].about the thing upon which our mind is so reflecting..upon and the minds meld in synchronised vibe..that like michael says is there for the harvesting..those who know know it doesn’t come from within ..again jesus had much to say about it in the acim..and I cant say it better than him without laying pearl before whine

    • Johan Hendrick

      I should add a caution..that angels as much as demons get attracted to our minds be careful about the min imagery you are projecting..there are those in the other realms who love to bring you right down to their hell..[its worth pointing out more clearly the warnings [or promise]..of jesus..that more of the same will be a guides advice that its vital that other law..[our spirit most holy belongs to god but..real demons can make claim upon your soul..and that’s the big worry about the media/movies have become vile projections/possessions and other sick obsessions..we are flooded under by in these times…

      many writers have liter-ally in literarily have sold their very own souls..[by writing the imagery of the demonic [sic*]..into their life reflected by the movie scripts and music they chose to live under..if its not good love grace and mercy be carefull what you ask a mind image they will come..then say you owe them..thus they own you..

      take the mind melding seriously…see no owe them truth they owe you for bringing their vile into this not be fooled..its either all good thus of god..[good true merciful]..or its of men or demon..and most likely wrong ..again jesus says much about how wrongness isn’t real..its only our ego that allows the error/falsity any reality

  • Le Chat Noir

    An article about hive minds and whilst reading a pop up advert appears for ‘liking’ this article on facebook……priceless 🙂

  • Pretty cool idea. What occurs to me is that, as with everything mystical, words necessarily fail to describe what is unseen and unknowable. Your Programmer/Cloud/Wifi paradigm is more techno-contemporary description for the traditional Father/Heaven/Holy Spirit model. But I’m glad people like you are re-conceptualizing the mystical using contemporary language and concepts… we’ve been relying on antiquated language, and primitive paradigms for far too long.

  • Annie

    About six months before Avatar came out, I wrote 3 highly inspired chapters of a book I was going to call MacroCosMiA, which turned out to be way to similiar to Avatar, so I scrapped it. I wrote the 3 chapters in overdrive for 3 days. It was like the information for what I was writing was streaming into my consciousness.

    I believe, in addition to the 100th Monkey, that that is the link to why so many are here on earth today: our thoughts are shaping the global consciousness of reality. Every thought and action does count. If you are thinking it, chances are MANY are thinking it, all coming from one source that some are able to tap into. Myself, always being way ahead of the masses, simply because I choose to enter into the unknown field.

  • Anonymous

    I like to term it in another way, our bodies are connected to the whole, hive mind. But our souls are not necessarily part of that, although they too are connected its way back to the source. Our soul can chose to be connect, or not. But our organs will “donate” what we think, feel and do anonymously whether we like it or not. So perhaps pushing ourselves to share our knowledge and experience is not that much of a problem, since others will be able to see it once they tune into that frequency too. It might be better to be exposed to it once on that level, instead of trying to comprehend it in a different state. It just pops into the mind once your “there”.

    It’s only valid that our organs recognize each others frequency and have a field like the web where it too can evolve by how souls deal with them. If my soul, or i, am to leave this planet. I would be more than happy for sharing how i dealt with earth life so others may learn from it.

    In that perspective, i sort of want to do better, be happier, stronger, not judging myself as much. Getting into the idea that i am, as we all are, a role model for how humans can live. If at the end of my life i meet the earth spirit and she asks what she needs to improve in her world, i would probably end up blaming myself for most of the mistakes i made. Because i had the tools to heal myself, i just….never got around to…

  • Eric

    Hi Marc Oromaner,
    I’m Eric and have many of the same ideas as you stated here. I want to write a book called “How I Solved The Riddle Of The Universe!” The problem I have is the amount of material I would need to dig up would be massive, and I’m not a writer anyway. I guess I need a co-writer or something.
    Thanks for Listening!

    • My blog, “The Layman’s Answers to Everything” is based on a three-part novel of the same name. At over 1,000 single-spaced pages long, it’s badly in need of an editor. For you, I’d suggest you start a blog and see what organically evolves from there. Writing in metaphor helps condense the truths, since many interpretations can be gleaned from reading between the lines. As for the material you’d need to dig up, let your gut guide you. In this day and age, the shorter, the better.

  • Itika

    Like the chicken and the egg: either a consciousness manifested in many, or many consciousnesses expressed through the concept of unity (otherwise, they do not perceive each other).

  • kara

    I think what’s being said here is that an energy field, is what is connecting us, which would imply that we are not ONE, but instead are MANY, that have the ability to connect and share thoughts. I don’t see that the similarities in movies and movie writers focus and story lines have much to do with synchrony.. just simply an idea that grows. On a deeper spiritual level I can wrap my head around the idea that we are all one. That we come from one source, but here in this reality, even though it may be an illusion we play it out separately, we are here as fractals of the One, or individual drops of water out of the One Ocean. I refuse to believe that I personally AM THE ONE, starting wars, torturing, killing, starving, poisoning others on this planet.

  • Hazel

    Oprah… ahhh…. Oprah is far from being connected to the layman. The only thing she is connected to is the elite.

    As a big Oprah fan for 20yrs followed by my own 3 year awakening…It is as clear as night and day….ALL SHE EVER WAS,… WAS A TOOL TO push agendas, concepts & desensitize the American people. She is a Sagittarian magician all about growth and expansion (Jupiter at its finest) …but….with a secret twist!

  • David McElroy

    I’m with you, Marc Oromaner. Synchronicity, simultaneous inspirations and perceptions, multiple manifestations of the same kind, all support your theory. Theological implications should not be ignored. We, our mindful spirits, are not bound within our flesh. As Christ said, we should love even our enemies. We are connected by a spiritual thread, the “silver chord” connecting us to the “cloud of witnesses”in the Bible and other ancient texts.

  • dimitri ledkovsky

    Isn’t it ironic that this very issue of WT has a lengthy article dealing with the many guises of propaganda? Much of the entertainment industry’s product has been “proved” to be predictive programming. Jules Verne’s novels were predictive programming. The secret of control is to strategize not the next step, but many steps ahead. Thus the “hive mind” and “invisible thread” memes serve to attack individuality and liberty. Demonizing “evil ego” is but one tool used in that attack. And that tool was articulated by Papa Freud, uncle of the Father of Propaganda, Bernays.

    • K.D.

      I’m so glad someone said it; Thank you! I noticed a few years ago that whatever “synchronicity” I experienced pretty much boiled down to a lifetime of exposure to clever social engineering and pop culture propaganda.

    • My understanding of ego is the exact opposite of individuality. It is the reactionary programming of the mind and body to do what is best for its pleasure and survival. To me, this manipulation by cravings and desires is on par with animalistic behavior and akin to being controlled like a puppet, by the thoughts and fears that have been passed down to us from society. Rising above these inclinations is challenging and for me usually coincides with feeling lighter and clearer–more able to drift off the path that society says we ought to travel on for happiness.

  • ISO

    Communistic Paradise.

  • cen3k

    Wow, this article was extremely profound for me as I have also experienced tapping into some sort of collective consciousness at times. I find your analogies to be very meaningful and really spoke to me.

    One question; I have experienced that feeling of serenity/divinity however it was drug induced. You mentioned this had to do with the pineal gland. Just after reading this article alone do I feel like that wisdom/intellect is slowly returning…can’t explain it. Thanks for the great read.

    • I believe that through meditation, proper diet, and chakra balancing, the feeling you describe can be reached without drugs. I sometimes wonder if fluoride was put in our drinking water in order to calcify the pineal gland, making it more challenging for us to use its mind-altering properties. Combine that with drugs being made illegal and there is little means the masses have to be able to expand their minds. Most of todays “illegal drugs” are so far removed from their natural state that they tend to bring one further, not closer to this collective state, and instead cause us to withdraw into our mind. Glad to hear that your experience was the exception, though, I would recommend trying natural means before going that route.

  • The Urantia Book describes the morphic field(s) as the Cosmic Mind; the sum total of all human mind that has ever existed on planet Earth. Mind is a phenomenon beyond electro magnetics; mind is a spiritual phenomenon, made up of mind spirits. In the human mind there are seven mind spirits, like circuits. In an amoeba there is one. The Urantia Book is on line. Look up mind spirits and they are all listed there. The Cosmic MInd is also explained and why some people experience past lives. The are simply picking up vivid pieces of someone else’s life transcript out of the Cosmic Mind, into which our minds are all ‘hard wired’.

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