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There are enough studies proving the benefits of meditation to individuals in improving the quality of life. My purpose of writing this piece is to go beyond the individuals and share the influence of meditation on the whole world collectively.
We have witnessed many times how a handful of people strongly unified by a common intent can profoundly influence a larger group of people. Great global movements for peace, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, have always begun with a coming together of people who want peace for the greater good.
When I heard that 3.5 million people from 155 countries meditating together for world-peace during World Cultural Festival (WCF) happening in New Delhi, India on March 11-13, 2016, I had a question- will it really create the impact? This is so much thrilling and worth the world's attention that I decided to talk to Bhanu Narasimhan, sister of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, the organizer of WCF. She shared some very thought-provoking insights. I researched further to satisfy my rational mind. Here are 3 strong science based reasons why a meditator should meditate for world peace in such massive gathering.
We are all ONE!
There are studies that prove the existence of a ripple effect of peace in surrounding environment when a group meditates together. Bhanu points out, "It is not about individuality or certain sections of society. It is all about recognizing that we are all connected and part of one universal being. We all are governed by vibrations. A happy person can make us happy and an unhappy person spreads unhappiness. When glaciers melt due to global warming, the water levels rise around the planet. Global warming is such a glaring reminder that we cannot isolate ourselves."
There is Power In Numbers
There are many scientific researches that have shown extremely positive social, political and economic results correlated to synchronized group meditations. In reporting on such unexpected findings, world-renown quantum physicist John Hagelin Ph.D. commented: "There is far more evidence that group meditation can turn off war like a light switch than that aspirin reduces headaches. It is a scientific fact."
Cellular biologist Bruce Lipton also states in his book Biology of Belief, that our consciousness can change the physical world around us by altering the energetic field.
An experiment conducted during the Lebanon war in 1980s showed that when 1,000 people in Jerusalem meditated on world peace, war deaths in Lebanon went down by over 75%. Not only did war deaths go down, but crime and other destructive happenings also went down on the days the group meditated.
Imagine what would be the effect when 3.5 million meditate together!!!
Talking about the power of group meditation, Bhanu states, "There is definite power in the numbers and collective intentions. When we meditate in a massive group, it has a much greater impact on our consciousness. Meditating together in a group lets us come together in shared intentions for change. We have experienced this in 2006, when 2.5 million people meditated together, the experience was magical, the chants created a wave of vibrations in and around ground! As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, "When thousands of people come together with the single intention of creating a more peaceful planet, it is certain to manifest."
The event will also demonstrate how diverse world cultures can coexist peacefully celebrating each other. In the midst of the widespread terror in the world, it's important for all the good people to stand united making the voice of peace louder and stronger. Global meditation will create a field of peaceful and positive vibrations spreading across the planet."
Group Mediation is like tug of war
According to the super-string theory in physics, waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe affecting the collective consciousness of others. Groups can enliven that field. Group meditation can be similar to a tug of war. You are all pulling on the same side, certain synergy of energy is created and a common goal is achieved. It is the same when you meditate together, collective consciousness raises, it acts like the 'rising tide that raises all boats.' And the peace that is created actually becomes palpable, which is a special, collective experience and accomplishment.
Let's join the Peace Synchrony!
WCF is a historic event, the first of its kind where spiritual leaders, politicians, business leaders, peacemakers, artist and common people will come together to spread the message of global peace and harmony in diversity. There will be 25,000 artists performing 30 global dance forms! Inviting everyone to be part of this momentous phenomena, Bhanu humbly asserts.
When I was in my twenties, I happened to read a book about Peace Pilgrim. Her life and message left a deep impression on me. I grew up visualizing about myself contributing for world peace. I am amazed to see how the universe is creating occasion for me to fulfill my cherished dream! For sure, I am going to be part of this largest and most spectacular gathering for peace in modern history.
"This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."
To join World Culture Festival and be a part of the peace making, click here.
Written by Sejal Shah (Mind-Body Wellness Program Facilitator, Art of Living Teacher/Volunteer, Yogi, Meditator, Writer, Believer in One World Family, World Peace).
Courtesy: Huffington Post