by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D
For the first time since June 1913, there has been no sunspot activity for a whole month.
The zero sunspot activity for August 2008 was preceded by an average of only three sunspots for the first seven months of the year. This low solar activity contrasts with the average of a hundred or so sunspots per month when the sun enters its more active phases.
Mitch Battros and other solar researchers have been arguing that we are witnessing the calm before the storm of what will be the most powerful solar cycle on record.
What Battros and other like minded researchers fail to account for in their analyses of solar activity and its impact on Earth is the role of global consciousness. The zero sunspot count for August may therefore not be a cause for concern, but a sign that changes in global consciousness are influencing solar activity in a positive way.
Before examining the idea that low
sunspot activity up to this time is the proverbial calm before the
storm, it's worth briefly commenting on an alternative explanation.
During one thirty year period, only about 50 sunspots appeared as opposed to the typical 40,000-50,000 sunspots.
This resulted in a "Little Ice Age" that devastated food crops in Northern Europe, North America and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. This may happen again according to two scientists, William Livingston and Matthew Penn, from the National Solar Observatory (NSO), who claim that sunspots are likely to disappear altogether in the next ten years. They submitted a paper with their surprising arguments in 2005 to the journal Science, but it was declined on the grounds of being too controversial.
At a solar scientific conference at Montana State University in June 2008, Saku Tsuneta with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, said of the sun's solar activity:
Alternatively, other solar researchers claim we are witnessing the calm before the storm of what is predicted to be the most powerful solar cycle on record.
In 2006 a team of solar scientists led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) announced that the,
This has given credence to claims by
Mitch Battros that we are about to experience the most turbulent and
intense period of solar activity on record which will trigger
enormous Earth Changes and human disruption.
Basically, he argues that sunspots trigger solar events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that have an effect on the Earth's magnetosphere. CME's deliver vast amounts of electromagnetic energy that can have a great impact the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and mantle.
The result for high sunspot activity and
CMEs directed at the Earth are major weather disturbances such as
hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.; damage to
electrical systems and disruption of human physiology.
2012 occurs around
the peak of the Solar Cycle 24 which some claim began in July 2007
while others claim January 2008.
In one of his regular Earth Changes reports, he writes:
Battros agrees that sunspot activity impacts on human physiology and consciousness, and makes this one of the main planks of his basic equation:
As far as human disruption is concerned, Battros writes:
Battros argues that human disruption caused by solar activity ranges from a benign effect for some to a malignant effect for others.
Increased solar activity has the effect of either bringing out the best or worst in human behavior. So according to Battros, when we observe extremes in collective human behavior, we would do well to investigate solar activity as a causal agent.
This has led to Battros and others
making a strong correlation between Mayan prophecies of extreme
human behaviors associated with the end of the Mayan Calendar in
2012, with the upcoming solar maximum associated with Cycle 24.
Currently, his core equation is dominated by sun spot activity that ultimately influences human physiology and consciousness in a radial outward movement of solar activity from the sun. In contrast, there may be a yet unknown feedback loop whereby changes in human consciousness on Earth influence solar activity on the sun!
That means that the zero sunspot count for August and low average sunspot count for the first half of 2008 may not be signaling either a new "Little Ice Age" or pressure build up that is driven by the sun's own behavior.
The low sunspot activity may be caused
by positive changes in humanity's global consciousness.
The noosphere was an evolving composite
of humanity's thoughts, feelings and social relationships that
evolved steadily upward towards a fuller manifestation of human
potential. The concept of a global consciousness is physically
represented through the communications infrastructure of the
internet. The internet probably more than anything else physically
symbolizes the noosphere or 'global consciousness' that Chardin was
arguing to be a critical factor in the evolution of humanity.
If global consciousness is impacting on
sunspot activity, then this may diminish, retard or even negate the
massive Earth Changes that predicted by Battros and other solar
So if external events register or impact on global consciousness,
The idea that consciousness can alter physical reality is found in various mystical traditions such as the Hermetic principles that were practiced by the ancient Greeks. This idea was popularized for students of quantum physics by Fritjoff Capra who wrote the Tao of Physics in 1974.
quantum physicists were
discovering that the observer of sub-atomic behaviors was a factor
in understanding the behavior of these particles. This realization
opened the door to the idea that consciousness impacts on the
observed behavior of sub-atomic particles.
Lipton's views have gained
strong support among alternative health practitioners researching
the mind-body connection.
This creates a complex feedback loop
wherein individuals and the universe are interconnected, and can
influence one another. What one thinks and feels at an individual
level can and does influence larger external events. Bradden's work
firmly suggests that larger galactic phenomena such as solar
activity can be influenced by individual and group thoughts. In
short, global consciousness can influence sunspot activity.
In her book, The Intention Experiment (2008), she claims that through positive intention, groups of individuals can influence their environments and change their lives. She has conducted a series of intention experiments that help verify that positive intention of groups of individuals focusing their thoughts on particular outcomes, can dramatically influence events around the globe.
Again, her research leads firmly to the
conclusion that a complex feedback loop exists between solar events
and global consciousness.
So this leads to the question, if global
consciousness can influence sunspot activity, why the zero sunspot
count for August 2008?
So if there has recently been some dramatic shifts in
global consciousness, what might be driving this?
Solar Cycle 23 may have caused a rise in
global consciousness by virtue of the fact that millions of
individuals may have found themselves operating at a higher
capacity. The net effect of heightened sunspot activity on human
consciousness may have been a rise in global consciousness.
Other theorists have argued that the
plane of our solar system has come into
alignment with the galactic core of the Milky Way thereby
impacting on global consciousness. All these may be factors driving
changes in global consciousness, but the instrumental factor has
been the growth in instantaneous global communications.
The growth of internet social networks and discussion groups, has enabled individuals from around the planet to network with one other, establish new relationships, and create new identities that break down more local or national identities. More significantly, the internet has made it possible for communities to share information and take action to deal with global problems as they arose.
The internet has been a dramatic
technological development that has made possible rapid changes in
global consciousness. This change is unrivalled in human history and
perhaps only the establishment of the printing press in the 15th
century comes close to what is currently occurring.
This is a difficult question to answer, but it nevertheless points to the idea that changes in global consciousness are an important variable to take into account in analyzing the sun's behavior.
This is a variable that Mitch Battros
and other solar researchers ignore in their highly deterministic
accounts of sunspot activity influencing events on Earth.
As humanity continues to take large
steps forward in promoting planetary harmony through the global
cooperation and unity made possible by instantaneous global
communications, the impact will be evident in solar activity.
This means that Battros' and others predictions of highly destructive Earth changes resulting from a super active sunspot Cycle 24 will not emerge given the low sunspot count currently occurring.
What's more likely, as changes in global consciousness produce greater planetary cooperation and harmony, is that sunspot cycle 24 will be unremarkable. Neither a super active Cycle 24 causing massive Earth Changes, nor another Little Ice Age signifying extreme winter conditions.
The Zero sunspot count for August 2008 is therefore not a cause for concern, but something to be celebrated.