On June 7, 1993 in Washington DC, a scientific demonstration took place in which a group of four thousand transcendental meditators attempted to lower the city’s crime rate by 20 per cent simply by using the collective power of their thoughts. The DC police chief at the time ridiculed the proposition, asserting that the only thing that would generate such a dramatic drop in city crime would be twenty inches of snow.
The experiment ran over a period of seven weeks — and after just one week, incidences of homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults across the city began to decrease. By the end of the experiment the crime rate had dropped by a staggering 23.3 per cent. Furthermore, after the experiment disbanded, the city’s crime rate then went back up again.
So, could it true that the way we think can alter and determine events in the world? It seems crazy, but there are thousands of successful mind experiments like the Washington example that have been conducted all over the world, that suggest that human consciousness, in fact, human intention, has the power to project outside of our bodies and to effect events.
Furthermore, these researchers claim that group thought actually intensifies intention. A good example of this happened at Princeton University, where legend has it, the sun always shines on graduation day, even when rain is forecast. An analysis of decades of weather reports by Roger Nelson, a researcher and doctor of psychology at Princeton for over twenty years, revealed that over a thirty-year period graduation day had indeed been dry 72 per cent of the time, compared with a 67 per cent average in the surrounding towns. It was as if the collective intention of the entire university community for a sunny day effectively held back the rain on the big day.
Such effects have been proven to occur locally, nationally and even globally. Author and researcher Lynn McTaggart, in her book ‘The Field’, talks of the concept of a ‘world mind’, in which population group think can influence global movements within politics, art or culture.
Could this theory explain how Donald Trump was elected? According to its principles, if Americans, instead of thinking about a Clinton victory, were projecting their fears en masse about Trump winning, then this could have influenced the result of the vote. Is it possible, within the American sub conscious, that Trump’s opponents actually helped him to win simply by thinking about the possibility of him winning?
This may seem crazy, until one considers the now prophetic episode of the Simpsons, written by Dan Greaney and first broadcast in 2000, which predicted Trump as president. Did Greaney summon him into being by raising the question 16 years ago?
Conventional science struggles with theories such as these because they go against the belief that consciousness is exclusively contained within the body, and cannot operate outside it. But others disagree. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake for example claims to have conducted experiments in dogs that prove that they know when their owners are coming home — and that this ability to project or detect consciousness also occurs in humans.
If there is any truth in any of this it has potentially far reaching consequences, as it suggests that rather than being passive recipients of the things that happen around us, we are actually active participants, even creators of these events. We have President Trump because we brought him into existence using our minds. Collectively and as individuals, we may think we are powerless in the world, but in effect the opposite may be true.