Further thoughts on The Million Dollar Experiment

After I finished my intention session today, a few thoughts came to mind. I wondered why I was so curious about the Million Dollar Experiment, and after letting my train of thought traverse itself I remembered a few things I thought you might find interesting.

In 1993 a study was done in Washington, D.C., that assembled 4,000 meditation practitioners together for a 8 week period to practice in the city. During this 8 week period, the rate of violent crime in Washington, D.C. dropped by 23 percent.

(Source here)

In July of 1998, the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco published a double-blind study: Forty healers around the U.S. were recruited to pray for the health of patients with advanced AIDS. The prayed-for group had significantly fewer illnesses than the control group.

The Global Consciousness Project is a research study that monitors 75 devices called random number generators. These machines generate numbers based on electronic noise to measure whether events that focus mass consciousness tip the random number generators toward significantly greater randomness or significantly greater coherence.

On September 11, 2001, a few hours before the World Trade Center was attacked, there was a large spike in the 37 generators being monitored at that time—a uniform rise.

(Source here)

These are just a few of the stories I remembered off the top of my head, and I’m sure you’ve also read of similiar stories or even heard some first or second-hand ones yourself.

The question is, could this just be mere coincidence?


The other question is, could there be something beyond coincidence at work here, something we might not yet understand but is there nevertheless (like electricity before we learnt how to harness and generate it)?

There might be.

At the cost of nothing but 60 seconds a day, could it be useful or at least interesting to participate in a massive group experiment around the world to tap into this ‘field of consciousness’ to see if it’s true we can consciously manipulate it as the stories above describe? And to manipulate it in a way that can bring more positivity into not just our lives, but in the lives of others?

That’s your question to answer.

To be honest, I’m not really expecting anything out of this subjective experiment, and I think that’s the most important part of it. Not to have a lot of emotional expectation riding on it, not to let it degenerate into wishing thinking by letting it substitute action, but to simply have an attitude of ‘Let’s test it out’.

Again, if you want to join Pete, Brenda, Yezhong and myself who have publicly declared our intention, leave a comment here and that’ll give us a chance to check up on each other and see how the experiment worked in our own experience.

Let’s see just how far down this rabbit hole goes.

7 Responses to “The Path”

  1. Lance
    June 13 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I like this approach, thanks for sharing it!

  2. Ramesh
    June 13 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    Nice approach. If you could give an concrete example of how one could follow the process it might help better though. For instance take the “Why can’t I forget him after so many years of relationships” or “Arrh.. This person makes me so frustrated!!!” and run through the process you take to let-go from it.

  3. Bill Cawley
    June 26 2008 at 1:03 am #

    I enjoyed your article. I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of it at first because I am not willing to drop it all to begin meditating and living in seculsion. I am happy with my life but like many of us trrying to find a good balance for myself. However, your ideas weren’t “to out there for me” and I really do believe thoughts and words lead to action. Action was the other part I relly liked. Making big changes in our lives require taking action and to often today people are beng told to just think it and believe it and everythig will comte to you. I am firm believer that action is required- I liked the kite analogy.

  4. Long Lost HS Friend
    August 21 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Three years???
    Sorry, I didn’t even know that you became a monk.
    I remember that I met you last time a little over three years ago when you came back to Thailand one weekend.

    At the time I knew only that you were training for a marathon and you were about to publish a book.

    Well, อนุโมทนาบุญด้วยครับ

    April 21 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Letting go, surrender. Come to think of it, people surrender to many things. Why can’t we surrender to happiness? :-)


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