Do you know what the “Overview Effect” is? It is something very powerful and it is something that triggers a soul memory or emotion. Typically this happens to astronauts during spaceflight and often while viewing the Earth from orbit or the lunar surface.
What this refers to is the experience of observing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space. It is as if it is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void of space and nothingness, shielded and nourished by a paper thin atmosphere. It is recognized.
No matter what language or where the astronaut is from they ALL agree that in the first moments all National boundaries vanish. All conflicts that separate us become insignificant, the desire to create a planetary society with the united will to protect each other and to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes obvious, imperative and vital to our existence.
Each of us experiences this from time to time but for just a second, when we witness something astounding and moving in a way. We have it within each of us to develop an instant global consciousness, a human orientation and an extreme discontent with the state of our world and of humanity. We have, for just a second, a burning desire to do something about it. From this view point our “problems” look so very petty!
Imagine if we could all feel this “Overview Effect” at the same moment. What would happen, what would we do and would humanity awaken from its deep sleep and move forward for the better of all humankind?
Would this not be a grand thing? Just a thought of course.