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Seeking to better understand several personal group experiences in which a kind of “magic” occurred, Renee Levi focused her doctoral research on examining felt aspects of this phenomenon, especially the energetic, intuitive, physical and spiritual ones. The study, called Group Magic: An Inquiry Into Experiences of Collective Resonance, described the phenomenon as collective resonance because of its relationship to certain laws of physics such as rhythm entrainment. For one year Renee interviewed individuals from 32 diverse group contexts ranging from military units, football teams, and police arrest situations to professional work groups, leisure gatherings, and educational environments to ascertain:
Renee found striking similarities in the constructs of collective resonance experiences, especially significant because of the wide range of group situations described. The following two maps summarize in visual form her findings from the first two inquiries, the elements or constructs of the collective resonance experience and the shifting factors identified. The stars or arrows in pink were themes identified by over two-thirds of the participants, the ones in yellow were mentioned by one-third to two-thirds of them, and those in green by at least one-third.
With this deeper understanding of an unexplored phenomenon, Renee hopes to invite other stories of collective resonance to come forward and join a growing database of such experiences and to develop practices to more consciously cultivate collective resonance within working groups. This is important, she believes, to mankind’s collective future in forms that sustain individual, organizational, and global health, spirit, and life.