How Connected We Are
Just ask the elephants!
Published: August 16, 2012
Tapping in to collective wisdom.
“A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving.”
—Rob Kirby, reporting on the death of the “Elephant Whisperer”
A solemn procession of wild elephants arrived at the home of Laurence Anthony, the “elephant whisperer,” to pay homage to their dear friend shortly after his death. How did these elephants know that Anthony had just died?
None had visited his house for over a year and a half, yet somehow, knowingly, they journeyed for over 12 hours to pay their tribute to a man who had lovingly saved their lives.
This story shows incredible interconnectedness.
There’s a concept called multiple discovery where inventions, stories, ideas and discoveries are made by an individual, working on their own, who is totally unaware that others are making the same discovery. For examples, Nobel laureates are given to two or three people who, unknown to each other, have all come to the same conclusion, each on their own and at the same time.
'Mathematician Farkas Bolyai pleaded to his son to hurry and post his new geometry discovery because “When the time is ripe for certain things, they appear at different places in the manner of violets coming to the light in early spring.”
Or, have you noticed how a slew of Hollywood movies come out with almost the same theme at the same time?
Is this gaining access to one’s subconscious mind, or tuning into this interconnectedness? Or is the subconscious part of this interconnectedness?
Einstein discussed how brain waves can instantly travel across the globe. Are ideas floating around you there for your easy access? How can you tap into this interconnectedness for answers and solutions you seek?
One way is to not try so hard.
John Lennon claimed, “When I am creating, the creating is the joy. The song coming, oh my God, what’s this doing? It is writing itself . . . All songs came like that; I was not trying. As soon as I tried, it went away.”
Mozart composed his masterpieces by taking breaks to play billiards. It was a way to give his conscious mind a break and possibly tap into this field of intelligence.
Other ways to draw on your interconnectedness to allow and make things easier are:
- Playtime and downtime can be effective to let things unfold for you. Philosopher Osho states, “Life’s door, love’s door, God’s door—they all open when you are playful. They all become closed when you become serious.” When asked when he realized his writing was great, writer Stephen King responded, “I just knew I was having fun.”
- Take short naps with a specific intention to come up with a solution. Thomas Edison took a nap when he felt stuck. He usually woke refreshed with new answers.
- Pose a question or intention before you go to bed. Let yourself marinate in the possibility of answers while you sleep. When you wake up immediately start writing, or speaking into a tape recorder of what answers you’ve received. Like a dream, the longer you wait, the more you forget.
- Don’t check your emails first thing in the morning. Emails can get your mind off target accessing so many parts of your brain in such a short time. Instead, use the early morning time for your subconscious mind to access this connectedness.
- When you take breaks, keep distractions to a minimum so your subconscious can work on an answer. Or as George Washington Carver states, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
- Instead of saying “I don’t know what to do.” Get still. Take three deep breaths and pretend to access the wisdom all around you. Now see if you have new answers.
- Stay in the present. Being the in the past or future takes you out of the magic that’s happening now. Remember the sign at a bingo parlor, “You must be present to win.”
- Consider the possibility that your solutions and answers are all around you—hidden in plain sight.
How do you think the elephants knew of Anthony’s death? Have you experienced a “knowing” that transcends time and distance? How do you access wisdom, tap into this connectedness, or allow for things to be easier? We’d love to read your views!
Elaine Wilkes delivers innovative, fun lectures and coaching on integrating nature’s intuitive genius with our spiritual, physical, mental, and environmental well-being.