Critical mass or the Hundredth Monkey phenomenon had been recorded while researching the Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata. These species had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, 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. An 18-month-old female named Imo 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.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.
Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement
Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes. Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known.
Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let’s further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.
Then it happened
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that 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.
When a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind
Our awareness is always a result of what has been created in the collective mind. Our collective mind and multitudes of thought forms exist on an astral dimensional landscape right near us. These thought forms and collective thought trends, like ocean waves strongly affect our time space reality. These thought forms become trends, and the trends become events.
The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon creates a critical mass point
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way—a new horizon,—it may remain the conscious property of these people.
But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone! A critical mass is reached, and from that moment on there is no turning back.
~Based on an article by Ken Keyes, Jr.