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The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, has been observed in the wild for over 30 years. In 1952, on Koshima Island, scientists began providing these monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. While the monkeys enjoyed the taste, they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo discovered she could solve this problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother, and her playmates quickly learned and shared it with their mothers.

Gradually, more monkeys adopted this cultural innovation, all observed by the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Only the adults who imitated their children adopted this improvement, while others continued eating the dirty potatoes.

Then, in the autumn of 1958, something remarkable occurred. By that time, a number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes, but the exact number was unknown. Suppose there were 99 monkeys washing sweet potatoes one morning, and later that day, the hundredth monkey learned the trick. Suddenly, by evening, nearly all the monkeys on the island were washing their sweet potatoes.

This “hundredth monkey” phenomenon suggested that the addition of one more monkey created an ideological breakthrough. Surprisingly, the habit of washing sweet potatoes then spread across the sea.

Monkeys on other islands and on the mainland at Takasakiyama also began washing their sweet potatoes.

This phenomenon implies that when a critical number of individuals achieve a new awareness, it can spread from mind to mind. The exact number may vary, but the principle holds: once a new idea reaches a certain threshold, it can be adopted rapidly by the wider group.

Lyall Watson, who compiled this story from researchers’ testimonies, proposed that it took 99 monkeys to trigger this effect, with the hundredth monkey providing the critical mass necessary for widespread adoption.

However, not all monkeys adopted the new behaviour. Older monkeys, in particular, were resistant to change. When the behaviour appeared on other islands, only a few monkeys initially picked it up.

The most receptive monkeys imitated the new behaviour and demonstrated it to the younger ones, starting their own path towards the hundredth monkey effect.

The Hundredth Monkey Effect illustrates a mechanism for the transference of ideas that applies to all sentient beings. We exist within a global mind, constantly receiving and transmitting mental images and information.

This concept, akin to Jung’s collective unconscious, functions by passing information based on a shared frequency of consciousness. Just as progressive monkeys shared new ideas, humans also experience simultaneous inventions without direct contact, such as the simultaneous development of the solid-body electric guitar by Les Paul and Leo Fender in 1941.

This phenomenon reflects how global consciousness works. Have you ever had an idea, only to see others express or use it? This is the global mind at work, an atmosphere shared with other sentient beings, where we tune in to specific topics and frequencies that interest us.

The implication for humanity is profound. When enough people undergo a shift to a new consciousness, a critical mass will form, and suddenly, everyone will become aware of the New Reality and its heart-centered values.

This will mark a significant shift, where heart-centered values become the focus of everyday thinking for the majority, and humanity will look back and recognize the massive transformation that has occurred.

Might this evidence the existence of telepathy?

Graeme Dinnen

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