The science of group work
The science of group work
Have you ever noticed that when you get together with a group of people, interesting ideas can come through that no one would have thought of when alone?
A few years ago, a small number of friends who love science came together to have regular meetings to talk about anything scientific that interested us. We just let it flow and were amazed at the connections between the subjects that arose, such as things happening in our daily lives and in the world. We also had deeper insights than we would normally experience. You could call it synergy, or the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Something about being together seems to expand the access of the group, not just to information, but to a knowing and wisdom that one person alone doesn't usually access.
Is this something we can explore that will give us insight not only into this group, but into group work in general?
Let's look at physics, specifically quantum physics, which in essence tells us that everything is one. At the quantum level everything and everyone is connected, and all information is everywhere at once. Therefore, everything and everyone has access to all the information stored in the quantum field, past, present and future. It’s just a matter of getting to it. In my experience it seems as if a group of people who are willing to be in harmony together can access it more easily than one person on their own. How might this be?
Could it be like a radio or television set? When you dial to receive one channel there is one antenna vibrating to that channel but not to any of the others, even though all the channels are everywhere at once through space. If you add a few more antennas then you can pick up more information from space. However, with people it goes a bit beyond the antenna analogy because there is something about the interaction between the people that affects the access they have.
Could it be that it’s more like a hall of mirrors, where each mirror is set at a different angle and is reflecting the other mirrors, so that the total picture or experience is actually much greater and more multidimensional than just adding up what each mirror would see alone?
We have some common expressions: “look at it from many different angles”, and “many heads are better than one”, and “let’s put our heads together and come up with something”. Could these expressions, which reflect our experiences, be a clue to what happens with a group compared with an individual person?
It is as if combining all of the angles represented by all the people gives the group access to a greater volume of space and the information that it contains.
For a long time we have been locked into the view that our consciousness is merely a by-product of individual organic brains. We think the knowledge we hold is confined to the brain and can only be shared by expressing it outwardly (e.g. by speaking or writing it) for other people to take in and make their own. This idea has become very entrenched in modern science, to the point where no other view is accepted. However, an ever-increasing number of scientists are waking up to a greater possibility and are beginning to research human consciousness as something greater than individual brains, something more like a field in space, perhaps existing at the quantum level where everything is connected in oneness.
With this way of understanding our consciousness, it would make sense that a group of people working together, being like a set of antennas or a group of mirrors set at different angles, have a group consciousness that can access more of the information contained in space; essentially a greater volume of space becomes available to a group which is acting as one.
Of course, if a group of people is in a state of individuality and/or emotion or discord, they have less access to the information in space – the signal is being interfered with by waves of disharmony and separation. This is the state humanity has been in for thousands upon thousands of years. We fight with ourselves and each other, jostling for power, control and possessions, including information, whereas if we were to be in harmony can you imagine the power of the wisdom and knowledge we could access as a group? Can you imagine the volume of space and the information it contains that could be accessed? Can you imagine the deep insights about life, the universe and everything that we would come to together? Is it possible that there would be no going back into the old miserable, separative, conflicted way of being when we come to one ultimate truth together?
The power of group work can be witnessed while driving a car in the rain, when one raindrop that is streaming along the windshield coalesces with another and the combined droplets suddenly accelerate and zoom towards their next meeting with another individual (droplet), gathering momentum and power as they continue this process. There is a lot of symbolism in this simple observation, as it shows us how there is much more power and volume when we come together as a group, and a potential for accelerating our evolution by working together.
As with the raindrops, there is a way for us to move and live in harmony with ourselves and with each other that allows us to access the consciousness, the quantum field, that is the vast intelligence of space. There is a science to this way, that first honours the particles of our bodies and the truth they represent. By living in a way that honours our bodies, not just as the vehicles that carry our heads around but as vessels with an intelligence of their own, that is far greater than the head-centred intelligence we have come to rely on, we can access deeper and deeper levels of the intelligence that truly powers the universe. And when a group of us living this way come together, we can access an even greater depth of the quantum field. The more we open up to each other and let each other in, the more we are held in space and the deeper in space we can go.
We are like stars in the Heavens, each shining bright and lighting the way for others, and as we constellate together we shine even brighter and light the way for all.
That is the power of group work and the beginning of our return to knowing and living True Science.