The Global Consciousness Project

What is the nature of Global Consciousness?

A Planetary Smile

image of a baby smile
When you put a thing in order, and give it a name, and you are all in accord, it becomes. — From the Navajo, Masked Gods, Waters, 1950

Written some years ago after conversations with Barbara Marx Hubbard, this page now sees the gathering of gatherings is in full swing. A center for this delightful development is Birth 2012, which brings Barbara's energies together with Stephen Dinan's and The Shift Network. And these links are just parts of a large and growing chain. It is happening, folks.

Suggestions and Possibilities

It seems that a global consciousness, like any of us individually, might profit from some good feeling. Most of us know how powerful a smile can be. Walking down the street, we meet someone who is smiling and the natural inclination is to smile back. Let us extend this delightful experience to the simple and elegant metaphor of a Planetary Smile. It is vision that can work for any group organizing to meditate or pray for peace and for the earth. An intent to image, create, and be instrumental in a Planetary Smile symbolizes our potential for conscious evolution toward universal humanity.

What would it be like to gradually recruit pretty much every person on the planet to join in a planet-wide smile? I can imagine the Earth herself would feel that, and it is easy to imagine that we all might be changed just a little, for the better, by such a shared experience. What is amazing to consider is that we can aspire to accomplish the organization and inspiration to do such a thing.

Peace starts with a smile.

    — Mother Teresa


A smile is like a plant
that is seeded in the heart,
love and joy grow it up
and it blossoms in the face.

For the happiness to grow,
seed a smile every day,
share your love with those around
and more smiles you will collect.

Let's all bring a smile
to light up our mother Earth.
Let's set up an inner garden,
smiling flowers everywhere!

— Silvia Martínez, 5 January 2006

Peace is the marriage of the people and the planet, with all the attendant vows.

— Anonymous

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

— John F. Kennedy

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

— from Leisure, by W.H. Davies

When the power of love becomes stronger than the love of power, we will have peace.

— Jimi Hendrix

Our story is a birth. It is the birth of humankind as one body ... We are one body, born into this universe.
It was a planetary smile — like the smile of a new born baby .... Now for the first time, we were seeing it together. Ecstatic joy rippled through the planetary body — and through me as one of its billions of members.

— Barbara Marx Hubbard

Framing the Idea

Barbara Marx Hubbard suggests that there will come a time when:

... an uncontrollable joy will ripple through the thinking layer of the earth. The co-creative systems, which are lying psychologically dormant in humanity will be activated. From within, all sensitive persons will feel the joy of the force, flooding their systems with love and attraction ... as this joy flashes through the nervous systems of the most sensitive peoples on earth, it will create a psycho magnetic field of empathy, which will align the next wave of people in synchrony, everywhere on Earth. This massive, sudden empathic alignment will cause a shift in the consciousness of Earth.

For a longer exposition of this idea, check out A message of hope.