Do you feel powerless in the face of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak? Even those isolated from the world by rigorously practicing social distancing guidelines have observed the strain this pandemic and its secondary consequences have inflicted on individuals, communities and institutions around the world. Those who aren’t afraid of the virus feel anxious about the largest wealth transfer in human history and its subsequent assault on our civil liberties. Others are afraid that those who are cavalier about their lack of fear may be causing real harm.
What if there was a simple way to participate in a movement that could bring about order from all this chaos, and heal the pandemic of fear that now grips the world?
What if you could be part of that community from the comfort of your own home while also practicing all the prescribed social distancing protocols, but without relying on the technological crutch of smartphones and internet access?
And what if I told you it would cost you nothing but 20 minutes of your time, and that there is considerable scientific evidence to conclude that your effort would significantly contribute to the most effective possible cure to the many problems exacerbated by the global outbreak of CoViD-19?
Would you want to help?
To correct the critical imbalances that now threaten our very way of life, meditators the world over are participating in an unprecedented global meditation to project feelings of love and healing, uniting people across the globe with a common intention, thus synchronizing the human overmind. Millions will participate. Billions will benefit. Those who participate in prayer will likewise find this an optimal time for the practice. All that is required from you are 20 minutes of silent focus on health, peace, love and harmony for all beings on the planet.
What have you got to lose?
Whether you’ve participated in the practice of meditation or not, you’re doubtless aware of the numerous studies that confirm the personal health benefits of meditation. Even more incredible are the countless, peer-reviewed, scientific studies showing that group meditations, just like this one, have powerful and observable effects on the communities, cities and countries in which they take place.
Individual meditation is a method of processing individual anxieties, but group meditation can process the anxieties of entire communities.
Just so nobody accuses us of advocating unlawful assemblies, it’s important to emphasize that group meditation does not require physical congregation. All that matters is that people do it at the same time. Jose Arguelles’ 2012 global Rainbow Bridge meditations were conducted every Wednesday for several months, and though participants weren’t all physically near each other, the effect was the same. Far greater in fact, because the numbers were so large, and the nodes spread over so much of the globe.
We can accomplish much greater things as a group than we can as individuals. But what we’re talking about here transcends the physical limitations of our capabilities, as energy and consciousness determine literally everything about the world we see around us. And this is scientifically provable.
Scientifically engineered experiments using much smaller numbers of meditators (thousands instead of millions) have produced statistically significant effects on rates of conflict and violence all over the world. And the statistical correlation between focused group meditation and the drop in violence is so striking that the results are impossible to rule out as merely coincidental. As quantum physicist John Hagelin observed, group meditation reduces war and violence to such a an undeniable degree that “it is a scientific fact”.
For those who have never meditated before and are unfamiliar with the practice, rest assured that the method is unimportant. Only your intention matters. The fundamentals are simple, and perhaps best explained by renowned Tibetan master Sogyal Rinpoche:
“You just quietly sit, your body still, your speech silent, your mind at ease, and allow thoughts to come and go, without letting them play havoc on you.”
“If you do need something to do, then watch the breathing.”
“This is a very simple process. When you are breathing out, know that you are breathing out. When you breathe in, know that you are breathing in, without supplying any kind of extra commentary or internalized mental gossip, but just identifying with the breath.”
On an individual level, meditation is a critical component to your immune system. If you’re feeling a lot of anxiety about catching or spreading the Coronavirus, one way to strengthen your immune system is to start meditating today. You’ll also feel more emotionally balanced, since meditation is a powerful tool for processing the anxieties of the human condition.
Beyond that, it is also true that meditation can be a help to your neighbors as well. Besides the obvious fact that your own emotional balance allows for greater patience and empathy necessary for assisting others, meditation brings about other unintended and unexpected advantages.
When performed in groups, meditation lowers crime, stops open warfare, and prevents terrorism; scientifically measurable phenomena that are absolutely corroborated by an avalanche of highly rigorous and peer-reviewed evidence.
Quantum Physicist John Hagelin provides an especially eye-opening example of a peer-reviewed scientific study that reveals the power that group meditation has in influencing society for the better. The results are not only conclusive, but as Hagelin says, “unassailable”. The unavoidable conclusion of the academic research presented by Hagelin is that group meditation provably influences the behavior of society at large. As Hagelin asserts, “It is a scientific fact”:
“This is the first study, and I won’t go into it in great detail except to say that this experiment was performed in the Middle East during the peak of the Lebanon War in the early 1980’s. It was hypothesized, based on many previous, smaller experiments, that if enough people were collectively experiencing and stimulating this fundamental powerful field of peace within, that there would be a radiated influence of peace that would affect the behavior of people throughout society. People would wake up in the morning and they’d decide, “Hey! I don’t think I’m going to kill anybody today.” What a novel thought! That, with some expanded comprehension and less narrowly cramped, narrowly self-centered, acutely-stressed vision, that those desperate acts of terrorism simply don’t have a fertile field to fall on.
“So this chart shows the dotted line going up and down which is the rise and fall, on a daily basis, of the number of people who were meditating as a group in Jerusalem, about 1,000 people on average, sometimes more, sometimes less. And the solid line represents progress towards peace in the war in neighboring Lebanon. And even before the benefit of statistical analysis, you can almost see from the raw data, that progress towards peace – measured by reduced war deaths, reduced war injuries, reduced number of bombs – that progress towards peace goes up and down almost in lock-step with the number of people who were meditating as a group, radiating this influence of inner peace to become outer peace.
“When this was subject to mathematical analysis, the likelihood that this was simply due to some fluke, due to chance, is less than one part in ten-thousand To be able to say something with this certainty; that group meditation prevented war. That is a really remarkable finding.
“When this was published in the Yale University Journal, of conflict resolution, it conflicted a firestorm. First of all it took two years to publish the paper because the editors reviewed it, and reviewed it, and reviewed it. And they said in the end, ‘This paper is unassailable.’ This paper was performed at a status, a standard of scientific rigor, far beyond that required for publication in any journal.
“So they had to publish it, but they published it with a letter. And the letter in the journal said [that] the results of this experiment are so unexpected – that a thousand people could influence the behavior of a million – that they urged other scientists to go out and repeat the study. And that’s exactly what happened over the next two-and-a-quarter years. Seven other scientific collaborations went out and repeated the study, training and assembling groups of meditators practicing transcendental meditation.
“And in every one of these experiments, during this two-and-a-quarter year period, there was a marked reduction in violence and war; 80% drop in war deaths and war related injuries in comparison to all the other days during the two-and-a-quarter years where there were no meditating groups, when the situation grew slightly worse, as this chart shows, in comparison to seven highly positive bars, showing highly statistically significant progress towards peace, in every single experiment.
“If you put these together, the likelihood that this reduction of war was again, simply due to chance and not due to the meditating groups, was less than one part in ten million, million, million.
“There is far more evidence that group meditation can turn off war like a light switch, than there is evidence that aspirin reduces headache pain, for example.
“It is a scientific fact.”
Dr. John Hagelin
Hagelin is also one of the co-authors of another peer-reviewed study examining the effect of group meditation on preventing violent crime in Washington D.C., which also yielded remarkable, statistically relevant results. And the extraordinary power of group meditation remains a subject of vigorous investigation.
In 1978 a group of 7,000 individuals gathered over the course of 3 weeks to meditate in hopes of positively affecting the surrounding city. Demonstrating a phenomenon now known as the “Maharishi Effect”, they successfully transformed the collective energy of the city, which in-turn reduced global crime rates, violence, and casualties during the periods of their meditations by an average of 16%.
People who were not participating and had no idea that this experiment was happening were inexplicably impacted to such a degree that it caused a statistical change in their behavior.
Suicide rates and automobile accidents also were reduced, with all variables accounted for. And perhaps most astonishing of all, there was a 72% reduction in terrorist activity during the times at which this group was meditating.
A specific study published in Psychology, Crime & Law found that the crime rate dropped by 13% in Merseyside, Great Britain during times when people were meditating in large groups, whereas a control city where people where not meditating in large groups saw a steady crime rate.
As the study concluded:
“There were 255,000 fewer crimes in Merseyside from 1988 to 1992 than would have been expected had Merseyside continued to follow the national crime trend. Demographic changes, economic variables, police practice, and other factors could not account for the changes.”
The phenomenon of the Maharishi Effect is known in Physics as the Field Effect, that is, the effect of coherence and positivity produced from the field of infinite correlation – the field of Transcendental Consciousness – that permeates all life everywhere.
Meditation tunes your consciousness in to this field where intentions have consequential effects on explicit happenings that we interact with before they even manifest. All of existence emanates out of a field of universal consciousness, called the Unified Field or Super String Field, hence consciousness gives rise to the material.
Simply put, consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe, and since all levels of reality arise out of consciousness, all levels of reality are affected by the frequency of vibration of the superstrings within this field of consciousness.
Dr. David Edwards, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, emphasizes the importance of this subject:
“I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of Conflict Resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike.”
The exceptional power of intention to influence outcomes is perhaps most elegantly demonstrated in the famous Emoto Rice Experiment. This experiment can easily be reproduced at home and the principle is extremely simple. In 1999 Dr. Masaru Emoto published his findings after cooking a small batch of rice that was split three ways between three identical jars which had been sterilized.
Each sealed jar of rice was then subjected to a separate emotional stimulus every day for two months. One jar received a regular “I love you”. The second was repeatedly told “You’re an idiot”. And the third was ignored completely.
Emoto reported that the “love” jar aged benignly, lightly fermenting and emitting a pleasant aroma when opened. The rice inside was resistant to mold and appeared edible. Conversely, the jar that was chastised with hateful intention was rotting. But the jar that was ignored exhibited the most grotesque contamination of all three.
Emoto concluded that the intention of the experimenter visibly influences the outcome of the rice over time. He extended this conclusion to suggest that emotional intention toward all other life forms could possibly have greater observable effects than previously thought possible; that the mere act of loving, hating or ignoring other organisms could have a powerful effect on their health and well-being.
Searching for Emoto’s rice experiment online will quickly reveal there are just as many skeptics claiming to have debunked the experiment as there are open-minded folks who contend they’ve reproduced his findings. The fact that this experiment is so easily reproduced may be its most exciting aspect, and with such a low bar for participation, the cacophony of results should all be taken with a grain of salt, per the scientific method.
But the only appropriate attitude for anyone who hasn’t yet attempted the experiment for themselves is healthy uncertainty; the very attitude that would be necessary to maintain should one seek to sincerely reproduce it, since the power of intention is the entire point.
Skeptics may laugh and scoff, but by doing so they only confirm the reality that our intentions are really the only thing that matters. They prove the results of their own skepticism unequivocally, by not even performing the experiment at all. To perform the experiment would necessitate an open mind willing to admit to the possibility of being surprised, as well as the prospect that perhaps we humans don’t quite know everything just yet. Even though for we humans, at every turn in our written history, the existing orthodox mode of consciousness was almost always assumed to be the correct one at the time, even if it wasn’t up to modern (and thus “correct”) standards.
While Emoto’s rice experiment and other intention research exist outside of the scientific mainstream and seem as lacking in scientific rigor, many other scientists whose credentials are beyond reproach have examined the observable and suspected effects of consciousness on reality. These academic behemoths include the great Carl Gustav Jung, who is often credited alongside Sigmund Freud as one of the foundational figures of Psychology as a scientific discipline.
In 1916 Jung first posited the concept of “Collective Unconscious” as representative of the deepest level of wisdom and self-knowledge:
“Our personal psychology is just a thin skin, a ripple on the ocean of collective psychology. The powerful factor, the factor which changes our whole life, which changes the surface of our known world, which makes history, is collective psychology, which moves forward entirely different from those of our individual consciousness.”
Jung’s research and writing on the human psyche and the collective unconscious blurred the lines between science and spiritualism in a way that scientists who are respected as foundational figures in their fields are seldom allowed to do. This is perhaps because while Jung’s contemporary, Sigmund Freud, chose to focus strongly on the workings of the individual psyche, Jung elected to focus on the comprehensive nature of human minds operating together, searching for ways to scientifically demonstrate the fundamental interconnectedness of all humans.
Jung’s theories continue to gain traction in the scientific world. And the “Crossword Puzzle Phenomenon” stands as one of the most notable displays of how collective consciousness functions. First conducted by a British graduate student named Monica England, the research was made popular by the 2001 Richard Linklater film Waking Life:
“England’s research essentially found that crossword puzzles were more easily solved by others once they had been published in a newspaper and completed by a large group of people. This research points to the existence of a collective consciousness – as the crossword puzzles are viewed and completed by a critical mass of people, that information becomes a part of the collective consciousness and can be transmitted from one mind to another. When such phenomena occur, there is no other explanation than a collective consciousness, or the idea that we are all linked by an underlying universal consciousness.”
Similar anecdotal examples abound, displaying the uncanny ability of organisms to absorb knowledge intuitively, without being taught by a physically present instructor. One well known and highly illustrative example is the famous “100th monkey experiment” in which a group of Japanese researchers observed a troop of monkeys on an isolated Pacific island.
Researchers airdropped sweet potatoes onto the island from planes and observed the monkeys reactions. The monkeys liked the taste of the sweet potatoes but the sand and dirt that got smashed into them when dropped from the air made for a less palatable meal. One young monkey figured out that she could wash the dirt off in a nearby stream. Once she had figured this out, she took on the role of an instructor, directly teaching the technique to her mother and other young monkeys in her immediate circle.
The knowledge spread rapidly around the island, but older monkeys that weren’t in contact with the young monkeys never learned the technique and continued tolerating the bits of sand that accompanied the meal.
These observations all seemed fairly benign. But then something remarkable happened.
When a critical mass of these monkeys collectively understood how to wash their potatoes, the technique suddenly became available to monkeys on nearby islands who had no way of directly communicating with the members of their species who cracked the code in the first place. As the knowledge spread out through the collective unconscious of the species, monkeys separated by great distances suddenly became aware of the technique and promptly began putting it into practice.
That is to say, once a certain critical mass of consciousnesses was reached, it spread outward in lieu of conventional limitations until the practice became widespread.
Another highly respected figure in the scientific community who has managed to maintain his credibility in the face of otherwise dismissible “pseudoscience” is Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a man whose scientific credentials couldn’t be more impressive. In addition to holding a PhD in biochemistry from Cambridge, he has authored more than 80 technical papers and 10 books. He was a Fellow of Clare College as well as Cambridge where he was director of Studies in cell biology, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human abilities, and is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake
A sort of Collective Unconscious for all living things and natural systems, Sheldrake’s Morphic Resonance theory posits that natural systems inherit a collective memory from all things of their kind.
“According to the hypothesis of morphic resonance, similar processes occur at all levels of organization, including biological morphogenesis. As a carrot seed develops into a carrot plant, it is shaped by its morphogenetic fields, inherited from previous carrot plants by morphic resonance. These morphogenetic fields contain the attractors and chreodes that channel its development towards the form of a mature plant. Neither inherited habits nor future goals are material structures in the plant; instead they are patterns of goal-directed activity. In a similar way neither memories nor purposes are contained in brains, although they influence brain activity.
“Most of our mental activity is habitual and unconscious. Conscious mental activity is largely concerned with possible actions, including speaking. Our conscious minds inhabit the realm of possibility, and languages greatly expanded the possibilities they can entertain. Think of hearing a story. Our minds can embrace possibilities that go far beyond our own experience. Conscious minds choose among possibilities, and their choices collapse possibilities into actions that are objectively observable in the physical world. The arrow of causation is from the virtual future, going “backwards” in time. In this sense minds act as final causes, setting goals and purposes.
“In order to make choices, minds must contain alternative possibilities: coexisting at the same time. In the language of quantum physics these possibilities are “superimposed”. The physicist Freeman Dyson wrote, ‘The processes of human consciousness differ only in degree but not in kind from the processes of choice between quantum states which we call “chance” when made by electrons.’
“According to the hypothesis of morphic resonance, all self-organizing systems, including protein molecules, Acetabularia cells, carrot plants, human embryos and flocks of birds, are shaped by memory from previous similar systems transmitted by morphic resonance and drawn towards attractors through chreodes. Their very being involves an invisible presence of both past and future. Minds are extended in time not because they are miraculously different from ordinary matter, but because they are self-organizing systems. All self-organizing systems are extended in time, shaped by morphic resonance from the past, and drawn towards attractors in the future.”
Sheldrake’s criticism of scientific dogmatism has made him a popular target for dismissal as a pseudoscientist, despite his extensive academic credentials. His works focus heavily on seeking scientific explanation for otherwise unexplainable phenomena. Such phenomena include parapsychological experiences such as our apparent ability to sense being watched.
“Most people claim to have had telepathic experiences. Numerous statistical experiments have shown that information can be transmitted from person to person in a way that cannot be explained in terms of the normal senses. Telepathy typically happens between people who are closely bonded, like mothers and children, spouses and close friends. Many nursing mothers seem to be able to detect when their babies are in distress when they are miles away. The commonest kind of telepathy in the modern world occurs in connection with telephone calls, when people think of someone who then rings, or just know who’s calling. Numerous experimental tests have shown that this is a real phenomenon. It does not fall off with distance. Social animals seem to be able to keep in touch with members of their group at a distance telepathically, and domesticated animals, like dogs, cats, horses and parrots, often pick up their owners’ emotions and intentions at a distance, as shown in experiments with dogs and parrots. Other psychic abilities include premonitions and precognitions, as shown by animals’ anticipation of earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters. Human premonitions usually occur in dreams or through intuitions. In experimental research in human presentiments, future emotional events seem able to work “backwards” in time to produce detectable physiological effects.”
Sheldrake’s theories dovetail elegantly with the previous discussion of the Maharishi Effect and John Hagelin’s work, providing an academically credentialed foundation for the study of parapsychology. Though both regularly draw criticism from the scientific fields their trajectories originated from, their work nevertheless inspired many otherwise skeptical individuals to study and examine the tangible effects from group meditation and other consciousness experiments.
But Sheldrake and Hagelin aren’t alone in their attempts to study and catalogue the phenomena of parapsychology. Founded in 1998 by Roger Nelson, The Global Consciousness Project is an international collaboration of scientists and engineers based at Princeton University that tests the feasibility of a unified field of human consciousness. The project collects data from a global network of random number generators in an attempt to discern patterns and statistically significant effects on seemingly random data that correlate to traceable focal points in humanity’s collective attention. And their results have proven mind-boggling significant.
“In one of the most extreme and best known test cases, a statistically significant spike was found in data around the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, in which a similar protocol was used, that covered a period of four hours and ten minutes beginning just before the first plane hit. Because the emotional reactions were so powerful and long-lasting, analysis was also made of a longer time period. It showed that the strong deviations continued for more than two days, and that multiple measures indicated robust effects.”
The lessons and theories of the collective unconscious seem essential to addressing the social and psychological issues of the day. As actor Jim Carrey said in his commencement speech at Hagelin’s Maharishi University of Management:
“When I say life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you, I really don’t know if that’s true. I’m just making a conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial so that I can deal with them in the most productive way. You’ll come up with your own style, that’s part of the fun.
“Oh, and why not take a chance on faith, as well? Take a chance on faith. Not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope, hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire, and faith leaps over it.”
In the end, it’s up to you to create your own reality. You’ll finish reading this and choose to believe whatever you want to believe. And in the end, whatever you think is right. Because your thoughts are actively creating the world around you, whether you know it or not, whether you accept it or not, whether you like it or not. But it certainly seems clear enough from the copious evidence available to us that your intentions have measurable impacts on the world around you. The only question that remains is, are you willing to accept the responsibility?
Whether you’re an experienced meditator or a determined skeptic, we invite you to join the millions all over the world who are faithfully “jumping over the fire.”
In the United States the global group meditation will take place on the evening of April 4th.
Meditation begins in the United States on Saturday, 04 April 2020 at 10:45 PM Eastern Time; 9:45 PM Central; 8:45 PM Mountain; 7:45 PM Pacific.
Across the pond, Londoners will be commence the spectacle at 3:45 AM on what will for them be April 5th, and in Tokyo, in the same moment, at 11:45 AM.
Regardless of time zone, you’ll be joining alongside mindful people all over the world in a 20 minute session of silent intention focused on the singular goal of healing this nightmare currently plaguing the planet. There is a great disturbance in the force, and the world needs the Jedi more than ever.
Individual meditation can tune us in to reality, but group meditation can alter reality. And collectively we can carry the world forward into a brighter, healthier, more loving future. The world is sick, it’s up to us to heal it, and your intentions matter more than you may realize.
We hope to feel your presence this weekend. May our eternal vigilance help liberate all beings from the smoke-and-mirrors deceptions of the Samsaric Panopticon and help to realize universal peace, health, happiness and abundance for all sentient beings on this planet. May our collective exertion of consciousness into the present moment unlock previously unimaginable outcomes for the greatest good. May happiness and the causes of happiness be granted to all beings who are tossed about helplessly by the waves of birth, aging, illness and death in the ocean of becoming.
Gabrielle Lafayette is the executive producer for the Outer Limits Radio Show.
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UPDATE: Another globally-synchronized meditation occurs on 21 May 2020, this time with some promotion from highly influential movers-and-shakers like Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Sadhguru, among many others. Meditation begins at 11 AM Pacific Time, Noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern, 7 PM London, and 3 AM Tokyo the following morning, on 22 May.