How the Hundredth Monkey Effect Works

by Owen K Waters

In 1981, author Ken Keyes popularized a concept which had been introduced a little earlier by biologist Lyall Watson. The “Hundredth Monkey” effect postulated that, when enough monkeys – or people – catch on to a better way of doing things, then the idea suddenly spreads into the awareness of many others.

The most remarkable aspect of this concept is that no physical contact or proximity is required for a new idea to travel from one group of people to another.

The story began when Japanese primatologists, who were studying Macaque monkeys in the wild in the 1950s, stumbled upon a surprising phenomenon. On the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

A young female monkey found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

Gradually, between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys and some of the adults learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.

Then, suddenly in the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes. The exact number is not known, but as Lyall Watson speculated, suppose that there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Then further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.

That’s when it happened! That day, almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this “hundredth” monkey surmounted the tipping point.

Then, we get to the really interesting part. The habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea! Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But, there is a point at which if only one more person tunes into a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone.

The mechanism for this transference of ideas works the same way for monkeys as it does for all sentient beings. We exist within a global atmosphere of consciousness – a mind belt. The human brain is constantly receiving and transmitting mental pictures and information to and from that mental atmosphere in which we are immersed.

The mind belt, otherwise known as Jung’s collective unconscious, does not cease to function because a few skeptics don’t like its effects. It functions just like it always has, passing information from one individual to another based upon their common frequency of consciousness. If progressive monkeys had a new idea, then so did other progressive monkeys on other islands. They resonated at the same frequency of consciousness.

Given enough mental support, a new concept telepathically jumps to other groups via the mind belt.

When enough people have gone through their personal version of The Shift to the new consciousness, then a critical mass will form and suddenly everyone will become aware of the New Reality and its heart-centered values.

That is the day when heart-centered values will become the focus of everyday thinking for the vast majority of people. That is the day when humanity will begin to look back on what has changed and realize that a massive shift has occurred, one that will be simply referred to as The Shift.

You can speed up the day when the big “Hundredth Monkey” effect takes place and, in the meantime, you can make your life – and the world – a more peaceful and fulfilling place by practicing the Love and Light technique.

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2 thoughts on “How the Hundredth Monkey Effect Works

  1. Owen K Waters Post author

    Yes, in relation to Bill Urzen’s post below, the “desperate to be top dog” meme is dying away. It was intense during World War II. It resonates to the lower face of the solar plexus chakra. I refer to that as Lower 3D in my book, “The Shift.” At the same time, the intellectual focus of Upper 3D was producing an era of great inventiveness and innovation.
    Today, the Upper 3D mindset is entering an even bigger wave of creative innovation and the 4D mindset of heart-centered consciousness is becoming more inhabited by each passing day. We do live in exciting times.

  2. Bill Urzen

    Owen, I believe understand and agree with all of your teachings. Recently I have been using the hundredth monkey example to spread the meme of no competition. Competition serves no higher or for mater positive purpose .The concept of competition always separates divides and destroys wherever and whenever it exist . For example ones body consist of trillions of cells cooperating , when cells decide to compete with others instead of cooperating we call this cancer or autoimmune disease either way the outcome is not beneficial. One more example we are all taught from infants on through adulthood that we must win do our best to be the best either getting good grades or excelling at the arts or sports. It is driven deep into our subconscious which runs approx. 97% or our waking moments. So when 50,000 people run in a marathon or any other sporting event where there is only one winner we are left with 49,999 subconscious entities feeding the MIND BELT with we are losers the subconscious always trumps the conscious mind.
    In conclusion, people feel that they in some way deserve the right to superiority and suppression of others because of the misguided belief in winning instead of cooperating . If we just ignore the meme of competition and deny it’s existence a utopian world is an instant away.

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