French worker and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, writing in the 1930s at the time of the Scopes Monkey Trial, observed that the issue of when human consciousness began created far too much contention between those who believed humanity emerged from a Garden of Eden versus those who believed humans evolved from monkeys.
Chardin observed that there was no disagreement amongst anyone that at some point human consciousness began. He called that the Alpha Point, as in the first letter of the Greek alphabet. He further observed that the more interesting question would be: at what point does human consciousness end? He called that point the Omega Point, or the last letter of the Greek alphabet.
The definition of Omega Point, as Chardin saw it, is the point at which human consciousness, in a collective Jungian sense, turns in upon itself. Not a single enlightened being like Christ or Buddha, but all of human consciousness perceives that it is divine, and in that flash instant of recognition of human divinity, human consciousness no longer exists. All that is left is divine consciousness.
The charter of the Omega Point Institute is to utilize its limited resources to leverage the likelihood that human civilization can arrive at Omega Point as quickly as possible. In doing this, the Omega Point Institute evaluates a vast array of potential fund recipients, to whom it supplies free consulting services, cash grants, and other supportive efforts.