The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect -- Reiki For Inner Peace

Marcus in his Alameda, California healing center.

The Overview Effect is 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 us 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.

The whole earth perspective is the key to our survival.  We have to act as one species with one destiny, rather than killing each other over for territorial conquest or tribal supremacy.   If the earth becomes sick, we become sick.  If it dies, we die.  It is a basic worldview, a basic understanding of who we are.  Hopefully, the Overview Effect will lead to a shift in behavior, to a sustainable approach to civilization rather than the destructive approach that our species is presently following.

The Overview Effect is the recognition and increased realization that we all in it here, on this Spaceship Earth, together. It is the concept of One World.  It is a cognitive shift that produces a kind of meditative experience.   It is the unity of all life on Earth, with one consciousness and awareness. It is a visceral emotional experience, a sense of total unity, ecstasy and oneness.  It is samadhi.  An excellent explanation of samadhi is contained in the following words of Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy:

Visceral powerful feelings of total unity, ecstasy and oneness with the universe and the divine are at times experienced by my Reiki and Reconnective Healing clients, while receiving in person or distant healing sessions.  Often these feelings continue to a greater or lesser extent long after the session is continued, and are more easily accessed the more often they are attained.   Hence, a healing session can contribute to a person’s spiritual growth and inner peace, in some very profound ways.

Earthrise The Overview Effect Reiki For Inner Peace

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.  From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty.”
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut

For the good of ourselves, humanity, planet Earth and all of its inhabitants, everyone should watch this 19 minute short film called Overview, produced by Planetary Collective:

For more information on Overview and the Overview Effect, see:

For more photos of the Earth from space, please see our Reiki For Inner Peace Pinterest page:

The ISS Image Frontier – “Making the invisible visible” from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.

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