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The Synergistic Effect: The Power of the Group

Updated on December 20, 2012

There is no denying the fact that our literature, whether it is scientific, spiritual, or even an article in one’s favorite magazine, that there is something magical and wonderful that happens when two or more are gathered. In fact, there are even accounts of miracles that have taken place! What we are actually seeing is that our individual intentions are being multiplied.

It is what I refer to as the Synergistic Effect.

This is when 1 + 1 = 5. And the beautiful thing about this is the fact that as the number of people increase so does the effect. According to Gregg Braden, the minimum number people that it will take to "jump start" this is the square root of one percent of the population. For example, a city with a population of 300,000 would require at least 54 participants in order to have a positive effect. Therefore, imagine 54 people in this city praying, meditating, or focusing their energy with positive intent. This is not a lot of people if you think about it. Of course, the larger the number of people the stronger the effect will be. In the literature, there are many examples of how acts of crime and terrorism were reduced when groups of individuals were engaged in prayer or mediation. Dr. John Hegelin, Ph.D, featured in the groundbreaking film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" relays an extraordinary message regarding the power of group meditation:

"There is far more evidence that group meditation can turn off war like a light switch, than there is evidence that aspirin reduces headache pain, for example. This is scientific fact!"

The Transcendental Meditation Program ( shares the incredible amount of scientific research that has been conducted over the years:

"More than 600 scientific studies verifying the wide-ranging benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique have been conducted at 250 independent unversities and medical schools in 33 countries during the past 40 years."

We can also see the synergistic effect work in a negative manner. An example of this would be the mob mentality. People seem to forget they are conscious beings when they take part in this unconscious behavior. They may destroy a city without thinking of the consequences. However, this type of behavior serves no purpose. It only makes matters worse. On the other hand, since we are powerful creative beings, we can use our wonderful imaginations to think of positive and constructive ways to bring about transformation. As I have already mentioned, prayer and meditation are powerful tools that we can all use. We can also join groups or even form our own. In addition, we may be drawn to certain organizations. Perhaps there is an organization that feeds the hungry. Or maybe you are drawn to individuals that want a “Green” world. It doesn’t matter. Whatever you feel drawn to that can make a positive difference in the world is what really counts.

Like Attracts Like

What is really amazing about groups is the fact that they attract people of a similar nature. Those that are very serious about their spiritual work will attract similar people. I am sure you are familiar with the expression “Two birds of a feather flock together.” It is much more difficult to work with individuals that operate on a different level of consciousness. If you are interested in forming a group that shares positive and uplifting messages, it would not make much sense to join a group that loves to put out negative and disempowering messages. Instead, it would seem much more logical to join a group that you resonate with. As Sting said in one of his songs, “Let your soul be your pilot.”

Gregg Braden - Measuring Human Consciousness

Groups Can Solve Problems

The wonderful thing about the group dynamic is that you have a number of people that bring a unique perspective to the table. For example, some might be experts in science and math, while others might be visionaries, or gifted speakers. The possibilities are endless.

What unique gifts and strengths do you bring to the table?

We can also change how we approach problems. Instead of thinking of them as problems, why not see them as opportunities for transformation. As Einstein has stated so beautifully and powerfully, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. However, the group can pool its talents together to rise above the so-called challenges and come up with several plausible solutions and act on them.

Groups Unite People

There is something powerful about the group in that it brings people together. Whether it is an AA Meeting, meditation group, or even a group that helps the less fortunate, these individuals love and support one another. I remember a time when my wife and I were required to check out an AA Meeting for a class project. I was absolutely blown away by the love and support that each and every one of the members showed to one another. Thinking about this has brought tears to my eyes. Groups can create a win-win situation.

When we help another, we are helping our self in the process.

Can group meditation bring World Peace?

Groups Can Transform the World

These last few years has seen a tremendous amount of change in the world. Large groups of citizens were able to overthrow dictators; stand up to corrupt corporations; educate and empower the people; support one another during times of crisis; and the list goes on. This is only the beginning, my friends. As more and more people wake up, the stronger the effect we can all have on the world. It is already clear that we are powerful creative beings. Plus, add in the factor of the group. Now we are talking Quantum Transformation!


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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      khmazz, thank you very much for the kind words. I also appreciate the vote up.

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Dan. How we can all make a difference in this world is definitely amazing and fascinating. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      Kristen Mazzola 5 years ago from South Florida

      Wonderfully written and easy to read with awesome inforamtion! Voted up!

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      Dan Barfield 5 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      This is absolutely fascinating!! I have read of this effect before and wondered how many people one would have to gather and get to engage in this effect before it had a measurable effect. Voted up and shared!!

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Marie, it was my pleasure to share this article. I'm glad to hear that you have seen those studies as well. :)

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I have seen those studies, and I wanted to write about this, but was too lazy to do it and do research. Glad you did! :)

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Marie, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Joe Vitale understands perfectly the power of group intention in bringing about positive change. I did some research today and was blown away by all the scientific studies that were conducted on the powerful effects of meditation. According to, there are 600 scientific studies that have been conducted over the last 40 years. I am well aware of the positive effects that meditation can have on the body and mind. However, it can also have a positive effect on the world as well, such as reducing crime and acts of violence.

      Thank you for the wonderful wishes and for voting it up and sharing. Blessings, dear friend. :)

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I mentioned to my s/o Phil last night, how I got a post from Joe Vitale asking for his readers to send positive thoughts to Newtown, CT and he shared how group intention was able to stop wildfires in Texas and affect other situations he asked for help with. All because a few people joined in intention. Your article is very well done and I hope it reaches many so it helps to put one more reader in a positive, empowered frame of mind and spirit.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Erishka, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it is very interesting how likeminded people are drawn together. I love the support and insights we share with one another. :)

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      Erishka Fridman-Catt 5 years ago

      Very well written Terry. I enjoyed it. It does make sense to for a group with likeminded people.

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Hi TK, thanks for stopping by. It is great to see you. I have heard of studies in which human emotion caused a spike on the earth's electromagnetic fields. I was actually trying to find the video interview in which Gregg Braden mentioned this. I was also looking for the video by the gentleman that was featured in the film "What the Bleep Do We Know" that spoke of a study in which crime was reduced in Washington, D.C. I also know of the many experiments by Dr. Emoto in which human thought and intentions effect the molecular structure of the water. I mentioned him in my previous article. You're right, I think it would be a wonderful idea to include a few examples. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. :)

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      Terry Fatland 5 years ago from Southern California

      Ashvina, thank you very much for your comment. Cheers to positive group energy! :)

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      TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

      Greetings, Terry

      Glad to have the opportunity to read some more of your wonderful insight. I haven't been around too much lately.

      I saw a show a while back in which researchers were able to measure the frequency the mass mind was generating. Similar to the experiment measuring the effects on different glasses of water that had either positive or negative statements written on them. This group was experimenting with taking on-going samples from instruments placed all across the country. As it turned out, their samples included readings during the 9-11 attacks which showed remarkable results. The few days prior to the 11th saw the largest spike in directed thought waves. Their assessment of this data indicated that, not only were people getting a premonition, but they were already starting to reach out and connect with each other telepathically.

      I really wish I could remember more of the information because it was a fascinating study which would completely support what you've written about here.

      Nonetheless, good job with your hub. The power of thought, consciously directed, and with the support of others is incredible.

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      Feline Prophet 5 years ago

      As usual, you've hit the nail on the head, Terry! Positive group energy can indeed achieve miracles...


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