The Crossword Puzzle Phenomenon by Monica England

One major example of the way collective consciousness functions is the crossword puzzle phenomenon. The research on this subject was first conducted by Monica England, a graduate student in Britain, and it was popularized by Waking Life, the 2001 film by Richard Linklater. England’s research essentially found that crossword puzzles were more easily solved by others once they had been published in a newspaper and completed by a large group of people.

This research points to the existence of a collective consciousness – as the crossword puzzles are viewed and completed by a critical mass of people, that information becomes a part of the collective consciousness and can be transmitted from one mind to another. When such phenomena occur, there is no other explanation than a collective consciousness, or the idea that we are all linked by an underlying universal consciousness.

Monica England’s Research

In the August 1991 issue of Noetic Sciences Bulletin, Monica England published her research on crossword puzzles. A graduate student at the University of Nottingham, Monica England’s work never made it into a more traditional academic journal. As David Wilcock discusses in The Source Field Investigations, England decided to conduct this research because of the commonly heard folklore amongst people dedicated to solving the most difficult newspaper crossword puzzles. They believe that these puzzles become easier in the evening or the next day after publication.

Monica England studied crossword puzzles found in the February 15th, 1990 issue of the Evening Standard, a London newspaper. England’s experiments consisted of multiple test groups, which she studied both before and after these crossword puzzles were published. England also had each group complete a crossword puzzle from the issue of theEvening Standard that had been published 10 days before as her control. Ultimately, Monica England found that her test subjects had a 5% increase in their relative scores after the crossword puzzle was published in London.

Richard Linklater’s Waking Life

While Monica England’s research was never widely read, information about these experiments was popularized in Waking Life, a film directed by Richard Linklater in 2001. Waking Life is an animated drama focused on not only consciousness but also dreams and existentialist theory. The film contains many such discussions that touch upon philosophy and the conversations of various existentialist theorists.

In Waking Life, two characters discuss England’s experiment in relation to the idea of a collective memory. The fact that the test subjects were able to score much higher on the crossword puzzles after thousands of other people had already finished them proves that we are able to access this collective memory when a critical mass of people shares the same skill, behavior, or thought. Furthermore, the characters in the film add that this idea of collective consciousness is a viable explanation for various scientific and technological discoveries across the world.

The Connection to Collective Consciousness

Monica England’s research on the crossword puzzle phenomenon is a clear argument for the existence of collective consciousness. What other reason could there be for this and other proven phenomena of a mental connection between all human beings? With the hundredth monkey effect, researchers saw a transmission of knowledge between colonies of monkeys on one island to colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland. Furthermore, the hidden face experiment found that individuals had an easier time finding a face hidden within a picture after many other people had learned where the face was located.

In this line of experiments, England’s research on crossword puzzles clearly points to the existence of collective consciousness. With collective consciousness, not only can a critical mass of human beings share skills and behaviors through a mental connection, but we also have the power to improve our society. If we acknowledge the existence of our collective consciousness and work for greater coherence across the world, we will be able to create and maintain a more peaceful society.

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