Promoting a sense of connectedness among individuals by scientifically demonstrating the existence of a planetary consciousness?

Altern Ther Health Med. 1996 May;2(3):39-45.


The subjective experience of feeling consciously connected with others and our environment-to that which is larger than ourselves-has been found to promote physical and mental health, or well-being. Various ways of evaluating this sense of connectedness have been studied under controlled scientific conditions. Through these studies, more has been learned about the effect of connectedness, ways of facilitating a sense of connection, and how to approach some objective understanding of its physical basis and human value. Evidently, we do share a interconnected rapport with others and with nature. However, we may have formed the contrary habit of dissociating and repressing a sense of connectedness for reasons strategic to their individual survival. Nevertheless, individual and global health could depend on therapeutically confronting these choices-both personally and socially.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consciousness*
  • Culture
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Religion
  • Survival