Meditation En Masse Will Change the World
How a group meditation reduced crime exponentially and how it can transform the world.
- The Washington Experiment
- The implications of mass meditation
- Repeating the experiment
- World Meditation Day
- A critical time
The Washington Experiment
On June 7, 1993, four thousand people from 81 different countries descended on Washington, D. C. to begin a mass meditation experiment which was to last eight weeks, through July 13th of that year. They were housed in hotels, dormitories and private residences across the city. The experiment was designed to ascertain whether a mass meditation, undertaken every day by all four thousand participants, could have the effect of lowering the capital city's very high crime rate.
Researchers from the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, had predicted that the D. C. violent crime rate would be reduced by at least twenty percent over the time period of the experiment. The results in fact showed that the crime rate in Washington dropped by a whopping 23 percent over the course of the eight weeks the meditations took place.
Dr. John Hagelin, lead author of the study and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University, states that the meditations "create a state of deep relaxation and coherence in the individual and simultaneously appear to produce an effect that spreads into the environment, influencing people who are not practicing the techniques and who have no knowledge of the experiments themselves."
Hagelin, who is eminent in the field of physics, calls this a field effect of consciousness. He states: "It's analogous to the way that a magnet creates an invisible field that causes iron filings to arrange themselves into an orderly pattern. Similarly, these meditation techniques have been shown to create high levels of coherence in EEG brain wave patterns of individual practitioners. This increased coherence and orderliness in individual consciousness appears to spill over into society and can be measured indirectly via changes in social indices, such as reductions in the rate of violent crime.
Thus, what Hagelin calls "field of consciousness" has enormous implications.
The implications of mass meditation
If four thousand people meditating daily for eight weeks has the result of reducing violent crime by 23 percent in Washington, D. C., can we not imagine what would happen if more and more people began to meditate every day? Quantum physics has proven that thoughts materialize, and that everything is connected to everything else. The electro-magnetic field of the heart is something like five thousand times stronger than the electro-magnetic field of the brain. Loving thoughts, which come from the heart, are very powerful. Loving thoughts move outward and have a calming effect on others. Negative thoughts do just the opposite.
Repeating the experiment
Since 1993, this experiment has been repeated in many other places in the world, and always the results have been the same or better than they were in Washington. This has led to the creation of World Meditation Day.
World Meditation Day
World Meditation Day is actually a monthly mass meditation that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, and also the day of the new moon each month, between 7 and 8 PM, local time, through all of the world's time zones. In that way, there is a mass meditation occuring during every hour of that day.
You can join in this meditation by gathering with friends at a home, a church, a mosque, a meeting hall, outdoors - anywhere. And if you are unable to gather with a group you can meditate alone, knowing many thousands of others are meditating with you during that hour. If you know nothing about meditating it doesn't matter. You can spend the time sending thoughts and feelings of love into your environs.
A critical time
This is a critical time, probably the most critical in at least the last five thousand years. We have an opportunity that cannot be missed - the chance to bring an era of peace and prosperity to every living soul on the planet. It can happen and it must, if we are to transform our civilization.
We must not get caught up in all of the negativity that seems to reign in the world. We need to see it for what it is - the washing away of the old order to make way for the new.
Decrying injustice, greed, crime and other negative behaviors feeds the very things we deplore. Loving thoughts are the only force that will eliminate those patterns.
For those who have never meditated, the following is a basic "how to" video.
We Are all One: Part 2
World Meditation Day
100 Benefits of Meditation
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