The Evolving Communal Mind by Martha Love

Martha LoveWe may hear some people complain that our propensity toward using social networking and cell phones, particularly when we are in a public or social situation, are signs that we modern humans are a bunch of disassociated people who don’t know how to sit in the same room together and relate to each other anymore. But wouldn’t it be a calming thought to think of this behavior as also being indicative of a new human skill we are fervently developing through the use of such devices—the ability to bond with others from a distance—as taking baby steps toward telepathy and intuitional intelligence that could bring us all even closer together than we currently imagine. Let’s explore this!

Just a couple of weeks ago, I happened on a discussion on my Facebook feed among some of my “friends”—one of which is a prominent author—who were all rather puzzled at the fact that they had so many feelings for “internet friends” they had known for a couple of years but never actually met in person and how they felt sad with a heavy feeling of loss because one of them had deceased. It was a virtual communication cluster of humans who had never met in physical form but were sharing an actual experience of mourning, grief, and were comforting each other over the loss of another someone they also had never met in physical form. Something very important around bonding from a distance had been learned by these friends. As far as social scientists know or have recorded, this type of skill in relating with intimacy from a distance is a fairly new species behavior in modern human history that is growing globally in occurrence with our advances in telecommunications and social networking. To a social scientist like myself, it is worthy of noting and speculating upon where it could take us and how it could affect our human condition.

If we are learning that we do not need to be in the same locality together, that we do not need a close proximity and physical relationship in order to feel close and to share thoughts and feelings, to comfort each other emotionally and feel intimate in that sense, and to feel accepted by and care for each other, then is this fundamentally changing us and our psychological competencies and functions as human beings? Of course it most likely is, even if it is a very slow, almost unrecognizable, transformation of our species. So perhaps we can speculate where it is taking us in the long run and just relax and enjoy the ride.

We could speculate that the internet and cell phones are our training wheels for learning to connect to the Noosophere and then develop telepathy in the further future as a species. And if so, will we one day develop telepathy through the use of something kin to implantable cell phones and/or eventually make structural adaptations more naturally by learning to use our higher faculties that are already within our potential consciousness? Professor Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University has recently announced that his lab has created in rats the first brain-to-brain internet communication called “organic“ computing as a precursor to telepathy. The potential of this discovery may all sound horrid to us now, cell phones in our heads and with telepathy we could be so transparent that people know everything that we think and feel. But many of us remember also when the idea of just having a cell phone seemed horrid—the idea that by carrying a cell phone and people could call you anytime anywhere you went, seemed for many of us like it would be a completely unwanted invasion of privacy (and I still leave mine home on peaceful walks to the park or beach).

To explore these questions of our telepathic future, we first need to look at how telepathy could be a progressive necessity for us as a species and what value it would have to us psychologically. It would surely alter the nature of human interactions and relationships as we know it today and, in fact, the leanings we have toward becoming telepathic appear to already be doing so.

Many of our families of origin have spread themselves all over the globe with a common scenario of grandma in Ohio and her children in Seattle, Tampa, and Houston, with her grandchildren now in Bangkok, New York City and Hawaii. We have scattered our seeds and diversified, stepping into new environments spread wide apart, surrounding the globe. We now have so much to hold together in relationships and it is so much work to stay connected as a family of origin, to keep in communication. We have needed to diversify our families and adopt more local extended family members in order to have immediate community to fill our human need for intimacy. And some of our adopted, extended family members are not local but are ones we have never actually meet in the flesh, only in virtual time through social networking.

We know through science that nature in its workings, including our human nature, is conservative, and it does not waste energy. Nature does not try an experiment or make a change in a species without a necessity or survival reason for an adaptation and without an underlying principle to follow. It has been my life work in psychology to explore the intelligence of our human nature, and in doing so I have discovered that we human beings have two instinctual needs—acceptance (intimacy, attention, security and containment) and freedom (control of our own responses to life) that we strive to keep in balance from moment-to-moment. If we accept that we have an innate striving toward the balance for our needs of acceptance and freedom, then we can view this new skill in bonding and intimacy at a distance as an attempt of our nature to bring ourselves into balance of these two needs. Working off this theory of inner needs, it would seem logical that we would have reason and motive to learn telepathic skills as an adaptation to the isolation of the social environment we have created, with families spread out in distance around the globe. Telepathy would undoubtedly increase our communications and intimacy with others and be one way we could balance our need for acceptance with the vast freedoms we have already taken or may take as a species in even further reaches interstellar.

Throughout history, a species, plant or animal life, will assure its continued existence and arrest its very extinction by biologically diversifying and by adaptation to the changing environment in which it inhabits. Seeds cast themselves into the wind to spread and diversify and must adapt to sometimes hitherto uninhabited territories. This causes necessary changes in the species. If you accept science, then the history of humankind shows we are no different than other animals in this adaptation process (although note that both our reasoning ability and spirituality distinguishes us), as we are not the same humans in our biological functioning abilities that we were thousands of years ago. Even if you agree with those scientists who view humans and Neanderthals as possibly two separate species, you can see that humans have adapted and changed in their communication skills and consciousness through the ages. Taking into account the need for this adaptation process, it is perhaps then no accident that we have created and embraced technology on all fronts to include the ensuring of the accessibility of international air travel and the use of computers and telephones to a point that we have widened our worldview to include all people. And we are still working on widening this worldview to include a more complete global consciousness.

Perhaps the growth of becoming more telepathic as a species is a necessary tool to help us break down the communication barriers on the path to our real Human destiny of truly becoming conscious of the fact that we are one Human Family. For now I leave you to think on this, but then if I am asking these questions then maybe the communal mind or Noosophere has communicated through the global electromagnetic field and you too are already pondering these possibilities.

“We reflect upon the vastness within us but like the outer universe, cannot know it’s parameters…”

Martha Char Love, author of “What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct”

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29 thoughts on “The Evolving Communal Mind by Martha Love

  1. Kenneth Weene

    One of the great things for me has been actually meeting people whom I have first met on line. Amazingly, most of them have been delightful. Some I now see often. Has my consciousness of humanity increased? I think so.

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    1. Martha Love

      Ken, I know exactly what you mean by it being trilling to actually meet someone in person that we have gotten to know first online. Because we have already shared time on the internet, it has often felt like to me that I am meeting a relative or close friend.

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  2. Cynthia B Ainsworthe

    Social media has expanded my online exposure to new people, cultures and ideologies. Most people I’m in contact with, in this online sphere, are willing to help are are polite. Social media has enriched my life and broadened my horizons.

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  3. Trish Jackson

    I consider several people I’ve never met in person to be some of my closest friends, and would most certainly mourn with them if they had a tragic loss. The author’s introspection into the potential evolutionary effect of the information age is quite mind-boggling!

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    1. Martha Love

      Trish, my mind is boggled too! We can all see that something very new and interesting is going on with our fervor to communicate and relate from a distance, but just how it will play out, which path it will take us down, opens up a myriad of possibilities—telepathy being just one possibility.

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  4. Clayton Bye

    Three of my best friends live at a distance and we communicate only online. Yet the relationships are rich and meaningful. I must say, though, I had never considered social media as the forerunner of telepathy. An interesting thought I intend to explore more.

    Thank you, Martha. Very Interesting.

    Clayton

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  5. Linda Hales

    The sheer diversity of topics on this blogsite is mind blowing. We’ve all heard that social media has an isolating effect that will ultimately replace one on one relationships at least to some extent and even more so with youth with their reliance on gadgets, texting, facebook and more. Marth, what you have done is to show us the flip side of this picture with its most optimistic potential. Now that’s enlightening!

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    1. Martha Love

      I’m sure we could even flip this topic around a few more times, Linda. Looking at where we are headed as a humanity can be hard to predict. Who would have known that one of the outcomes of Rock and Roll would have been to unleash some wild creativity that would usher in the Age of Communication.

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  6. Cherrye Vasquez

    Wow! This is a highly rich and deep thought topic.
    I love the idealistic content and reflective thought of how futuristic we may become.

    Thanks for taking us there and making us think.

    Cherrye

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  7. bob ruppert

    The idea of telepathy is a scary one and I prefer to leave that to future generations to ponder. A selfish stance but one that will allow me to keep my sanity.

    I, too, have had close relationships online. I think the very barriers that people criticize are actually ways to develop a closer relationship because a certain amount of vulnerability is absent that face to face nascent relationships produce.

    Consider one of the primary benefits of online dating. The initial arms-length connection, based on common interests, allows people to explore those interests deeper without the distractions of appearance and misinterpreted body language.

    Similarly, online relationships are formed in forums of mutual interest that are explored more deeply. before any real personal information is exchanged (one would hope, anyway)

    Finally, along the lines of Martha’s insights regarding diversity, I think this type of communication brings more people into the conversation that are than just uncomfortable with face to face connections. There is a world of people that are averse to it, or simply do not have the time for it, and they have something to add to the global conversation.

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  8. E. J. Ruek

    While telepathy is already an established sense and skill for some, perhaps you are correct in your posit that social media is a training mechanism for the rest. Personally, within my chosen circles, most of the interactive communication is relatively palatable…when I wish to partake. Then there’s the blathersphere–the talking heads, the mindless chatter, the incessant insanity of perpetual mouth- and text- noise. That I can sorely do without, especially when it manages to invade my quiet space.

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  9. patgarcia

    Hi,

    Living as an Expat for some years outside of the USA, I can only say your article is perfectly timed and that it has certainly touched the deep well of my own perceptions of relationships. I have experienced a closeness with some people whom I relate to on the internet that go much deeper than my own relationships with the family that I was born into. These relationships have increased my perception of what family really is. However, I don’t find this surprising, and it definitely doesn’t shock me, because I made up my mind as a young adult to explore and research the world.

    I like your statements in the second to last paragraph and let me quote these sentences here:

    “Throughout history, a species, plant or animal life, will assure its continued existence and arrest its very extinction by biologically diversifying and by adaptation to the changing environment in which it inhabits. Seeds cast themselves into the wind to spread and diversify and must adapt to sometimes hitherto uninhabited territories. This causes necessary changes in the species. If you accept science, then the history of humankind shows we are no different than other animals in this adaptation process (although note that both our reasoning ability and spirituality distinguishes us), as we are not the same humans in our biological functioning abilities that we were thousands of years ago.”

    I believe that mankind, that people are supposed to evolve. We were made to developed into and become more than what we are. As you have written before, nothing remains the same. Those animals, plants or whatever living thing there is that is unwilling to adapt to change dies.

    May I also say that I am a Christian and I know many Christians that have problems with what you have pointed out in your view of evolving, but your theory supports my own faith in a Creative Creator who has given us the ability to move beyond the smallness that we adopt in our lives and change.

    This spirit of evolving broaden our views on life and I say again, that it increases our perception of who family really is, and it makes us richer in our relationships because it forces us to stretch and change.

    Thank you Silver for a daring article. It was an enjoyment to read.

    Ciao,
    Patti

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    1. Martha Love

      It was a pleasure to read your response, Patti, and to find that this article both has meaning in your life and that it echoes your experiences in your journey to broaden your human family connection. And in my way of thinking, I agree with you that this idea of evolving in communication skills does not conflict with religious thought. The road to telepathy is learning to use more of our natural abilities, yet does not change who we are (or were created to be), as we become more aware of ourselves.

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  10. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

    Each of the logical steps leading to the conclusion of this essay could branch out into as many different essays. Your ideas challenge naive beliefs about having developed our human condition to the full; such beliefs were systematically entertained by our species before big adaptive leaps and/or imperceptible transitions. Thank you for drawing attention to the much despised telepathic ability. It remains to be seen whether social media will play a part in further stages of human evolution, yet it seems a fact that it encourages empathy across boundaries, languages, and other features of diversity.
    Looking forward to a second part!

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    1. Martha Love

      Marta, whatever the outcome of our experiences with the internet and social media may be, you have said it perfectly that it has encouraged empathy and that is the base of a hopeful future for all. If we are indeed moving toward telepathy, there is most likely much we will learn on that path that will make the transition to it seem natural.

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  11. Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

    Martha I thank you for taking my entire attention away from other topics as I ponder exactly what it is you have said to me.

    I have been criticized by many that know I spend endless hours on the social medias promoting and getting to know so many people. My usual response is that my life has expanded to parts of the world I may never see but am now able to do so through the eyes of a new friend. I find myself growing excited about vacations to those many areas just to meet my new connections and share even more.

    At the very least, social media has filled many lonely parts of my life and allowed me to learn more about people first. Never mind the first impressions you may get when meeting that person judging them by their style, color, background or personal appearance. All that artificial “stuff” makes no difference.

    Actually I believe that you meet the real person in most cases stripping away the “fluff” and encountering relationships that are quite meaningful. If you have the opportunity to meet them, then thats a bonus! By that time, they have become like family and the anticipation is great.

    Thank you for this grand post so that we have an opportunity to stop and listen!

    Mamie

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    1. Martha Love

      You bring up such an important point, Mamie, that having a relationship on the internet can discard all the glamour we often get caught up in with physical relationships. This can give us a chance to share our introspection and helps us achieve levels of social intimacy we may not feel safe to do so in physical person. This lack of sharing space and the emphasis on sharing time is most likely the key to the sharing of feelings that builds empathy between persons despite the distance.

      You mentioned that you had people being critical of you spending a lot of time being on the internet. That is one reason I decided to write this article, because I wanted people to think about how our connections and interactions through social networking is possibly part of a transition to higher forms of communication of our species. It is important to universalize what we are going through and what we are doing with our time, so that we understand that we are a part of moving the human life in hopeful directions.

      Thank you for thinking and feeling through this fascinating topic with me. I much agree that my internet friends feel like family long before I meet them and that makes the meeting so much the better.

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  12. Micki Peluso

    Martha, thanks for a fascinating topic. I’ve believed for some time that the technology that keep increasing at lightning speed will/are changing us as people and a society. As illogical as it seems, children born today display inate abilities to grasp computer skills that adults can’t without years of practice. When a two year old can take a smart phone, pick out the apps he wants and then get impatient and say, “yucky Wi-fi”, that is mind blowing to me.

    I’ve experienced the telepathy but never quite made the deep connection you’ve stated. it used to be I could empath people I know in a physical, human way, but now that extends to “my friends who live in a computer tower”. I can think of someone 3000 miles away and they will contact me through the internet sometimes within moments and If one of them is sick I can sense/feel their distress, something I could only do with people I’m physically in contact with. I agree this may lead the way to “one’ society” and taken further to a oneness with the creator of the Universes. it remains to be seen if this will–due to our human tendency to self-destruct–be a good thing, or a “Big Brother” society where, as the latest scandal has shown, all we do on the internet is watched and monitored briefly. Whatever happens, one thing is certain; we are evolving and it’s too late to turn back. I’d like to hear more on this subject. Bravo!!

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  13. Martha Love

    It is so difficult, Micki, to look in the future from where we are and say that our ability to have empathy and intimacy at a distance on the internet is part of the ground work to something as far from the reach of most of us as telepathy. But you bring up a very important ingredient for making leaps in human species transitions and that is the growing abilities of each new generation. There seems to be an exponential growth in learning certain skills with each new generation and you are so right that 2 year olds can be absolutely mind boggling and make us feel anything is possible!

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  14. Sharla

    Martha, it is interesting while at the same time totally amazing that I have come to a time in my life where my ‘best friends’ are in the virtual world. In fact, I dare to say that the friends I have now are probably closer than those experienced in person earlier in life. There is an overarching feeling of camaraderie which cannot be denied. This has been proven over and over in the past few months during my husband’s illness. The communication has been overwhelming with emails, cards, phone calls filled with hope, prayer and get well wishes! Willingness to share and caring from the heart are the best descriptors I know for the multitude of worldwide online connections.

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  15. Loriel

    Hi Martha,
    I find your blog intriguing! I tend to be more on the private side in regards to FB and online communication. And yet, I can really appreciate how humanity’s collective consciousness and telepathic rapport would be enhanced by our virtual connections. Thanks for stimulating my neural pathways!

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  16. James L. Secor

    I couldn’t agree with you less. Personal is face to face. I’ve made 3 friends online in 25 yrs all via e-mail and in response to something I’d written. Nobody mails any more; they e-mail–often enough, not in any depth. I keep in contact with people via e-mail, but my e-mails are very rarely short. I am reminded of the commercial on TV of the girl who believes everything she sees/reads on the Internet, including that her date is a French journalist; despite the obvious lie, she still believes the doh-olt who shows up. As for mating sites. . .if there were ever a place where face, PR and “how I see myself” vs actuality ever could abound unimpeded, this is it; similarities are all surface.
    Give me a real person every time!

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    1. Martha Love

      I certainly agree with you, James, that in person relationships are still best. As many people have responded on their comments here, it is a wonderful experience to meet people in person after having had an internet long distance relationship with them first. But you see my piece is on the idea that the relationships on the internet that many people are forming (certainly not all as you have experienced) is giving us the opportunity to care from a distance without getting caught up in our physical differences and this is perhaps the first step toward learning to be telepathic as a species.

      Welcome, by the way, to this internet authors group blog and I do hope our relationships will be deeper and more caring than some you purport to have experienced so far.

      Aloha,
      Martha

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  17. Sonya Lakes

    Aloha Martha,
    Your onto something special and love what you’ve written!
    There’s so much to be said/shared as we are all doing it right here, right now!!
    Thank you social media!!

    I love this topic and have a strong belief that social media is propelling us towards rediscovering our ancient gift of telepathy.
    It is an innate gift we have suppressed generations ago when we converted from human beings (using all our senses including the kinaesthetic sense) to human doings (we now live totally in our heads). Initially the brain was the organ for memory, to help us survive as cavemen, so in hindsight always in defence mode. Currently, we sit in it 100%, allowing us to believe all sorts of stories we’ve invented along the way, through environmental conditioning, DNA, propensities, throwing us into a tailspin, stressing and unbalancing our physical being at varying degrees.
    Redeveloping our telephathic power allows us to consolidate our energy, and regain our inner peace and power through listening and understanding messages that help bringing in such clarity and direction.
    It allows us to connect to anyone anywhere, depending on the frequency one vibrates at, as we tap into a realm that’s far greater then the physical world.
    With this in mind, it is easy to notice the similarities between both the Internet realm and the telepathic realm.

    Telephathys physical counterpart I feel is the internet.
    There is a greater energy force controlling all the data traveling in and out through undersea cables to 4G LTE networks.
    Also, it is important to note that if one vibrates at a low vibration, like radio transmission, will connect to others that vibrate on the same frequency.
    The higher the frequency, the higher the vibration e.g. 100= fear, frustration etc, 400=understanding, happiness. 600 = peace, serendipity love.

    Social media has spurred on people of all ages, linking us up all around the globe, forming endearing friendships, reconnecting with family and friends, and loved ones, so from a collective consciousness view stand a very powerful loving vibration.
    It also has benefitted the financial market place driving sales to new heights globally another positive, plus personal growth and education through sharing info. with one another and so on.
    The truth of the matter is that we are unconsciously moving forward with the help of the internet through social media, while at the same time are all a part of this greater force, aligning us with everything on this planet, unconsciously connecting to each other 24/7 invoking emotions towards each other and all things that surround us, here, there and absolutely everywhere.

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