I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that, one of these days, governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.Dwight D. Eisenhower
The intention for my site Permanent Prayer 4 Peace
is to create just that - a permanent online prayer for peace. Focusing on spirituality rather than any religion or creed this ‘prayer’ is universal.
The following words, and the words in Choosing to Bless
, are my inspiration ~
One of the most powerful examples of group feeling and belief affecting a broad geographic area was documented as a daring experiment during the war between Lebanon and Israel that began in 1982. It was during that time that researchers trained a group of people to “feel” peace in their bodies while believing that it was already present within them, rather than simply thinking about it in their minds or praying “for” it to occur. For this particular experiment, those involved used a form of meditation known as TM (Transcendental Meditation) to achieve that feeling.
At appointed times on specific days of the month, these people were positioned throughout the war-torn areas of the Middle East. During the window of time when they were feeling peace, terrorist activities cease, the rate of crimes against people went down, the number of emergency-room visits declined, and the incidence of traffic accidents dropped. When the participants’ feeling changed the statistics were reversed. This study confirmed earlier findings. When a small percentage of the population achieved peace within themselves, it was reflected in the world around them.
The experiments took into account the days of the week, holidays, and even lunar cycles; and the data was so consistent that the researchers were able to identify how many people are needed to share the experience of peace before it’s mirrored in their world. The number is the square root of one percent of the population. This formula produces figures that are smaller than we might expect. For example, in a city of one million people, the number is about 100. In a world of 6 billion it’s just under 8,000. This calculation represents only the minimum needed to begin the process. The more people involved in feeling peace the faster the effect is created. The study became known as the International Peace Project in the Middle East and the results were eventually published in the ‘The Journal of Conflict Resolution’ in 1988.
The Spontaneous Healing of Belief
If living in the heart and at peace can have such startling results over a short period of time I realised, if this were done by large numbers of us creating a permanent, online prayer for peace, we can make a huge difference in the world.
Together we can make a difference!
With my blessings and love