Social Change, or How Awareness Spreads: What do biological self assembly and the 100th monkey theory have in common?
I was in a meeting with a remarkable group of women the other day, talking about the implications of ascension, this “shift” which we believe humanity is currently undergoing (if you’re not familiar with these terms as I use them, please see Chapter 11. Ascension). The fearless leader of our discussion asked the question, how do we transfer this awareness to other groups [paraphrased]? I took it to mean, how do we transfer the realization of our spiritual selves, our creative powers, and our times to others?
I am extremely fortunate that in the local area of the country that I live in, there are others who share my views on the spiritual and creative nature of humanity, and I am able to connect with them in physical space. I wonder what the actual percentage of people is, in the country, in the world, who are truly living their lives in the awareness of our energy nature. Anyway, it made me think about how awareness of any topic spreads. I don’t mean bits of news about celebrities, which seems to be able to spread through the general population like wildfire, but truly revolutionary and fundamental changes in the way the global society thinks. When and how does the thinking held by the global population, the whole of humanity, change?
I think of this change in the terms described in Chapter 16. Consciously Creating Our World. It starts with very small groups of people here and there, who share a common belief. Each of these groups grows, and starts overlapping with other small growing groups in their commonalities till eventually, they all overlap.
I realized how similar in many ways this process is to the “self assembly” of biological molecules. Self assembly is the coming together of components into an organized structure through the information contained within each component. The components themselves contain the information to “assemble themselves.” This is the process used by many biological structures– DNA, proteins like microtubules, and viruses like the tobacco mosaic virus– to build themselves. It is a process being actively explored in nanotechnology in the efforts to build tiny “molecular machines.” These machines are so tiny that rather than trying to use teeny-tiny tools to put together the teeny-tiny components by hand, it would be easier to start with components that can assemble themselves through their inherent design.
The classic self assembly is marked by cooperativity. The nucleation of the first few components is difficult- it takes a lot of energy- but the addition of subsequent components gets easier and easier. It takes progressively less energy as growth occurs. For example, in the “zipping up” of the two strands of DNA to make a double-stranded DNA helix, the pairing of the first few bases takes a lot of energy, but then it becomes energetically easier and easier to zip up with each additional base pairing. This is how I see awareness growing within a population: first, the high-energy nucleations, then the cooperative growth.
An interesting observation is that for the first nucleations to start and take off, there has to be a certain critical concentration of the components. A certain threshold in the concentration of the components has to be met. Below that concentration, there can be no nucleation, no growth, no assembly.
Kryon has mentioned something along this line in regard to our shift. He has repeatedly said that it takes less than one half of one percent of this planet’s population to fully change our planet. Less than one half of one percent of us has to awaken to make a difference in the vibration for all. That is all that it takes to illuminate the whole planet.
This “critical threshold” also shows up in the 100th monkey theory, which refers to a spontaneous leap of consciousness achieved when a critical mass point is reached. One of the earliest sources of this material is from Dr. Lyall Watson’s recounting of studies done by Japanese primatologists on the Japanese macaque monkeys living on Koshima Island. According to the story, over a six-year period in the 1950‘s, Japanese scientists observed that the behavior of washing sweet potatoes before eating them, after being learned by the first few monkeys, spread through the rest of the macaque population on the island by the usual learning method of observation and repetition. But after a certain critical number of monkeys– the “100th monkey”– had learned to wash the sweet potatoes, this awareness instantly spread to monkeys on the other islands separated by the sea, without any physical contact. All of a sudden, colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland were washing their sweet potatoes. (There is controversy about the validity of this story because Watson gathered it from anecdotal conversations.)
One half of one percent of the population… We’re almost 7 billion now, so that means 35 million of us need to wake up. That is approximately the population of the Tokyo metropolitan area or not quite the state of California…
Are we getting there?