100th Monkey Theory

We’ve all heard the story of the 100th Monkey Theory.  Basically the story tells of a thirty year study of some Japanese monkeys.  In 1952, the scientists began providing the monkeys with sweet potatoes.   They would drop the potatoes in the sand and observe the behavior of the monkeys.  The monkeys loved the sweet flavor of the potatoes, but found the dirt and sand unpleasant.  A female monkey named Imo found a solution.  She discovered she could wash the dirt off by holding and rubbing the potatoe  in a stream.   This made made eating the potatoes much more pleasant.  Imo taught her mother and her playmates how to clean the potatoes.  The playmates also taught their mothers to wash their potatoes.  Gradually other monkeys began cleaning their potatoes.  By 1958 all of the young monkeys had learned to wash their potatoes. In fact the only monkeys who did not wash their potatoes were older adults who did not interact with the young monkeys.  These older adults ate dirty potatoes.

In the autumn of 1958, a strange thing happened.  The new habit jumped across the river and monkeys who had never seen potatoes being washed began washing their sweet potatoes.  No one knows exactly how many monkeys were washing their potatoes, but it is believed when a critical mass is achieved, somehow information is transmuted and a new “norm” is accepted by all.  So, lets say 100 monkeys is a critical mass.  One day a total of 99 monkeys were washing their potatoes and the next day, the 100th monkey began the routine which created a critical mass and the new habit became the norm for all.

You may accept the 100th Monkey syndrome as truth, or you may not, but there is other evidence pointing to the fact of its truthfulness:  Rupert Sheldrake, an English scientist who wrote about the 100th monkey theory also told of a classic experiment where mice were separated into two groups.  Over the span of a half-dozen generations, one group was regularly put through a complicated maze.  The other group was caged nearby and was only tested occasionaly.  The results of this test showed that the new generation always started at the proficiency level that their predecessors had attained.  Also, when the untested mice were put into the maze, they also began at the proficiency level of the mice currently being tested.  This phenomenon is called the “Guru theory,” or the “Hundredth Monkey Theory.”

The 100th monkey theory applies to our earthly situation now.  We are at a point in the history of our world where we as a human race must evolve to a higher, more lovng state of being or risk annihilation.  I believe when enough of us begin to live our lives in tune with our heart, in tune with the heart of our universe and in tune with the God’s heart so that  we become LOVE, we will reach a critical mass and all of humanity will be raised to that  level spontaneously.

For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’;  “Love is and always has been the answer.”


About Earlynn

Earlynn is a spunky mother, grandmother and yes, even a great grandmother. I have always been drawn to things spiritual from the time I was very young. Over the years I have read, studied and prayed that God would use me to bring comfort to troubled minds. That is my purpose more than anything else, but along the way I have also lived a very happy life. I love my family....5 children, 5 inlaws, 18 grandkids and four great grandkids. I am a master cake decorator, I love gardening, I am passionate about health and nutrition. I love parties and gatherings of family and friends. I love cooking and at least twice each year I host dinner for 50. I love writing, teaching and public speaking. I love my sweetheart. We met when we were only 10 years old and will soon celebrate our 50th anniversary. Everything I do is centered on my spiritual beliefs and I know love is the answer to all of life's problems. Join me on my web site as we explore many ideas, laugh a little and love a lot.
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