The Global Coherence Initiative
by Sandy Simpson, 3/17/09
I'm sorry but you cannot see this stuff all over the web and not get a little punchy.
On the heels of my discovery of The Zeitgeist Movement I was alerted to another global movement called The Global Coherence Initiative while listening to George Nori (a radio show that is a laugh a minute though intended to be serious). My first thought was: you have to be "coherant" in order to understand that this is the opposite of cohearnce ... it is incoherence, incongruity ... nonsense. If those who buy into these things would become coherant they would learn a thing or two. Any group of people who think that that science will be able to "observe changes in the earth’s magnetic field and test the hypothesis that the earth’s field is affected by mass human emotion, positive or negative" have got a collective serious screw loose.
Here is what they are about on their "about" page:
About The Global Coherence InitiativeUh oh! New Age retardation alert! This kind of diaprax, when they want to "educate" people into this silly idea, may actually work in our Obamanation and the postmodern world. There are enough mindnumbed people out there who have already been taught to believe that we can all "save the planet" to take it to the next stage ... just radiate positive thoughts and you will change the planet! Why stop there? Why not change the universe? That these kinds of ideas are filtering into the churches by way of Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, the Emerging Church and other "positive thinker" teachers is certainly a sign that the end is near.
The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based initiative uniting millions of people in heart-focused care and intention, to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.
This project has been launched by the Institute of HeartMath®, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), a recognized global leader in researching emotional physiology, heart-brain interactions and the physiology of optimal health and performance.
The Global Coherence Initiative is designed to help individuals and groups work together, synchronistically and strategically to increase the impact of their efforts to create positive global change.
Together we will:
* Increase personal coherence for the benefit of ourselves and the planet
* Help shift the planetary consciousness baseline from self-centeredness to wholeness care
* Increase connection and social harmony
* Empower our ability to navigate through global changes with less stress and more ease
* Empower environmental responsibility and stewardship of the planet
This project has been initiated because millions of people sense that this is an extraordinary time; that a paradigm shift of human consciousness is now under way; that we are at the crossroads of change and must move toward the healing of ourselves and our planet. Many people are feeling a strong desire to help change our present and future conditions and are looking for ways to use their heart, spirit-aligned wisdom and care to make a meaningful difference.
The Global Coherence Initiative is one of many care and compassion initiatives taking place on the planet. Each year, an increasing number of groups and online communities are radiating compassion and care to the planet in these times of need. We and others feel that these collective heart-based initiatives, rather than being a trend, represent the proactive consciousness platform of the future, in which individuals and communities take responsibility for shaping a new world by increasing love, care and compassion for the global whole.
Many people recognize that their meditations, prayers, affirmations and intentions can and do affect the world. Researchers suggest that these activities can have even more transformative and lasting impact by adding heart coherence to the process. Heart coherence is a distinct mode of synchronized psycho-physical functioning associated with sustained positive emotion. It is a state of energetic alignment and cooperation between heart, mind, body and spirit. In coherence, energy is accumulated, not wasted, leaving you more energy to manifest intention and harmonious outcomes.
Adding heart coherence to meditation, prayer and intention practices is an important aspect of the Global Coherence Initiative. It adds order and increased effectiveness to whatever form of practice you are doing.
The Global Coherence Initiative offers education and technology on how to increase individual heart coherence. As groups of people in the Global Coherence community intentionally send coherent love and care to the world, a more powerful heart-filled environment is created. This helps to build a reservoir of positive energy that benefits the planet. This reservoir can then be utilized to help bring balance and stabilization to people, thereby making it easier to find solutions to problems like climate change, the destruction of the rain forests, poverty, war, hunger and other global issues. In addition, by sending coherent heart energy to the planet, you benefit personally. Practicing coherence has a carryover effect that helps to cushion you through stressors and challenges that occur day to day.
The Global Coherence Initiative will include an important scientific measurement component. Advanced sensing technology, now being developed at the Institute of HeartMath, will allow us to observe changes in the earth’s magnetic field and test the hypothesis that the earth’s field is affected by mass human emotion, positive or negative. The Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS) will consist of approximately 100 sensors strategically located around the world. This system will enable a new level of scientific inquiry into the relationship between the earth’s magnetic field, collective human emotions and behaviors, and planetary changes.
The GCMS will allow us to test the hypotheses that:
* Strong collective human emotions are reflected in the earth’s field.
* Groups of people in heart coherence can affect the earth’s field.
* Changes in the earth’s field predict earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and similar planetary scale events, in order to give people advance warning.
Our long-term goal is to correlate the following: coherence-level data collected from the GCI community with changes in the earth’s magnetic field, along with changes in various social, environmental and health outcomes.
The Global Coherence Initiative is perhaps the greatest experiment in the history of the world.
—Jack Canfield, Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® Series, Co-author of The Success Principles™, and founder of the Transformational Leadership Council.
This Web site will be the focal point for the GCI community. Here members will receive updates, instruction, audio and video communications, connection with other members in the Global Coherence community and more. We invite you to explore the other sections of the site to learn more about how you can participate, resources for increasing heart coherence, and our sponsors, supporters and Advisory Board.
Click here to download the Global Coherence Initiative brochure.
What You Can Do Now
You can start now by becoming a member and learning how to increase your heart coherence and tracking your progress. While the monitoring system continues to be developed and the GCI community and activities continue to grow, the world needs your participation. You can play an important part in building this community.
Global Coherence Initiative Summary:
Connects—people globally who are committed to making a difference by contributing coherent heart energy to planetary needs
Educates—by providing resources for increasing individual and collective coherence
Guides—through providing information and suggestions on when and where to focus your energetic contributions
Monitors—by tracking coherence and measuring changes in the earth’s geomagnetic field and the potential effects of heart-coherent intentions on the field.
Earth is our responsibility, now is the time.
(Global Coherance Initiative, Aboute GHI, http://www.glcoherence.org/about-us/about.html)
The working title for this book was “Forget the Vision Thing: It’s All About VOICE.” Beginning in the early 90s, Sweet began talking about the power of “voice,” the need to “hear a vision,” and “vibrational leaders.” Summoned to Lead is the culmination of thoughts that began surfacing in A Cup of Coffee at the Soul Cafe, AquaChurch, and are now circulating in Stephen Covey’s recent “discovery” of a forgotten “8th Habit” that marks the “key to greatness:” the “power of voice.” (Summoned To Lead, Leonard Sweet, book ad, http://www.leonardsweet.com/sweetened/books.asp)News flash! Nothing human beings can summon up can save the planet, solve poverty, disease or bring in a Utopian perfect society by all "vibrating" together. Nothing will stop what God has ordained in end time events which are revealed in His written Word. If this Global Coherence Initiative is the "greatest experiment in the history of the world" then there are a number of us who are apparently living in an alternate universe.
"I think of Len Sweet as the icebreaker for the 21st-century-church - breaking a path through frozen ideas and methods to the new realities that are shaping the world to come." (Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network (Carpe Manana, Leonard Sweet, book endorsement, http://www.leonardsweet.com/sweetened/books.asp)
"The first of these five untheorized observations is that New Light embodiment means to be "in connection" and 'in-formation' with other Christians. Deeper feeling and higher relating go together. The church is fundamentally one being, one person, a comm-union whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness." (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 122)
The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people "in-phase" with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another. ((Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 147)
New Lights offer up themselves as the cosmions of a mind-of-Christ consciousness. As a cosmion incarnating the cells of a new body, New Lights will function as transitional vessels through which transforming energy can renew the divine image in the world, moving postmoderns from one state of embodiment to another. (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 48)
Through the synergy of the divine-human exchange of energies, an unbelievable field of healing and transforming energy is rounded up and released in the universe. Humans are constructed out of mutually attracting energy particles with positive and negative charges. Negative or neutral charges too often dominate human contacts. Positive charges in the church are about as rare as “strange matter”--positively charged lumps of quarks know as “quarknuggets”--is in the quantum world. “Consciousness is catching,” psychologist/medical scholar/professor Frances E. Vaughan reminds us. Destructive, negative, constricting states of consciousness are caught as readily as creative, positive, expanding states of consciousness. All energy states are contagious. (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 62)
“Universalism is not as bankrupt of biblical support as some suggest,” (Brian McLaren, The Last Word and the Word After That, ( San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003), pp. 103 (cf. pp. 182-183)
Spirituality refers first of all to the universal gift of aliveness that exists within all religions and outside of religions. It breathes out the air that “inspires.” Those who have been in-spired with aliveness by the kiss of God will “con-spire” to kiss others into coming alive to the spiritual dimensions of existence. “In-spire” means to breathe in. “Con-spire” means to breathe together. “Conspiracy” enters by the same door as “spirituality.” A world gagging on smog and smut needs a breath of fresh air. The New Light movement begins as a fresh air conspiracy of “aliveness.” But it is more than that. Spiritual consciousness can be something greater than aesthetics or aliveness. The Bible tells us that the human species has been twice kissed by the divine. (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 253)
"The cultural mandate, which some refer to as Christian social responsibility goes as far back as the Garden of Eden. After God created Adam and Eve, He said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing... Both the cultural mandate and the evangelistic mandate are essential parts of biblical mission, in my opinion. Neither is optional. There is a growing consensus on this point in Evangelical circles. This was not true as early as twenty-two years ago when the Berlin World 'Congress on Evangelism was held in 1966. One of the first Evangelicals to stress the cultural mandate in a public forum was Horace Fenton of the Latin America Mission at the Wheaton Congress on the Church's Worldwide Mission, also held in 1966. Following that, the social consciousness generated by the social upheavals of the 1960's brought the cultural mandate to prominence until it was given a relatively high profile on the platform of the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne in 1974." (C. Peter Wagner, "On the Cutting Edge of Mission Strategy," Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, A Reader, Revised Edition (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1981,1992), pp. D-45-46.)
1988 - SCHULLER/MAHARISHI: In "Peace of Mind Through Possibility Thinking," Rev. Robert Schuller endorsed Maharishi's TM mantra as a means of spiritual satisfaction, opening the door to Hinduism's "Christ-consciousness" for the Church. Schuller's speaking appearances at Unity churches and his promotion of Napoleon Hill's "invisible counselors " get-rich system furthered the New Age s infiltration into Christianity. (http://users.stargate.net/~ejt/ages9.htm)
In an article in The Orange County Register, Schuller berated preachers "who spew forth their angry, hate-filled sermons of fire and brimstone." Explaining that the way to "tell the good religion from the bad religion" is whether it is "positive," Schuller exhorted "religious leaders ... whatever their theology ... to articulate their faith in positive terms." He then called for a "massive, united effort by leaders of all religions" to proclaim "the positive power ... of world-community-building religious values." (http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/schuller/general.htm)
For Schuller, then, "faith" is a power of the mind and "God" is merely a placebo that helps one "believe" and thereby activate mind power. For example, on an Amway tape, Schuller exults, "You don't know the power you have within you! ... You make the world into anything you choose." (6/93, The Berean Call).
JOEL OSTEEN: That we would really be able to help change the culture and not just a Christian or a church group of people. Let’s start affecting our whole city, and maybe we can affect the whole nation, the whole world. I’d like to affect it with the fact that God is a good God and He’s on your side and He’s got a good plan for you and when you put your hand in His, great things can happen. (700 Club interview, http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/interviews/osteens_022205.aspx)
“Your circumstances will line up with your words.” “Words are like seeds, they have creative power.” “The more you talk about it the more you call it in.” “Your words will give life to what you are saying.” “You can change your world by simply changing your words.” “You can use your words to bless your life or curse your life” (Joel Osteen, “Speaking Faith Filled Words,” Tape # 223. Daystar Television, May 2, 2004)
During the five weekends of November, we'lll teach five messages on the P.E.A.C.E. plan: a strategy to have every small group in our church, and then tens of thousands of small groups in other churches, become engaged in solving the five biggest problems in the world: Spiritual Lostness, Lack of Godly Leaders, Poverty, Disease, and Lack of Education. (Rick Warren "P.E.A.C.E. plam", http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/warrenquotes.html)