The Overview Effect [video]

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Today, you may hear more about people “waking up” and others “sleeping” or being sheep. What does that all mean? Well, it seems that some people have a perspective and understanding of the world that others may not have recognized yet or that’s just different. It’s usually triggered by a certain experience a person has, similar to the Overview Effect. Despite an astronaut knowing what earth looks like from space through the viewing of many pictures, they still state that they could never have been prepared for the emotional explosion they experienced when they actually went in space.

Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species. They see how we are all interconnected. That is when you know you are “awake

Wikipedia describes the The overview effect as “a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.

It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.”

Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man on the moon and he stated the following:

“There was a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I had been taught… I not only saw the connectedness, I felt it.… I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos. I realized that this was a biological response of my brain attempting to reorganize and give meaning to information about the wonderful and awesome processes that I was privileged to view.”

You can read more quotes here.

In this very cool book, The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution , interviews and writings from 29 astronauts are discussed to demonstrate the profound experiences they had.

Watch this great video and hear first hand about the experience

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