In this May Day writing we continue our exploration of the heart’s functions in the process of life.
The 2 prior Journal entries covered the foundational science of the heart’s more subtle functional processes which are not often considered in our day to day lives and interactions. These functional processes may be thought of as how the heart goes about being the organ of central organizing intelligence in our lives.
Current day science and spirituality have not yet fully found their way into each other’s arms, but their dance moves may be improving. The two were set apart from one another in Western thinking long ago in the 17th century when Rene Descartes and Isaac Newton brought forth the beginnings of reductionist thinking. The reductionists thought that anything can be reduced into its various parts and the whole can be known through the parted out reduction.
We seem to still be operating in many diverse reduced compartments. The holism of all forms of knowledge and experiential wisdom escapes us still. Perhaps it is time to put things back together again…back into the whole…and develop a kinder regard for the concept of the hologram which contains the whole in any and all of its myriad parts.
The full functional capacity of the heart beyond its neuromuscular pumping function is not yet widely known about and appreciated. And yet, whenever you ask someone to point to themselves, they will always point to the area of their chest where their heart resides, as if to signify the seat of their identity. People do not point to their head, or their abdomen, or other body areas. However, we all know some people who act as if their functional identity lies in some other part of the body than the chest.
I have yet to meet someone who, upon being requested to point to themselves, might gesture with a wide sweeping circular arc of both arms around their body through their auric field, allowing their hands to come to rest with palms together in front of their chest. It seems that simply pointing to one’s heart area with one hand is an adequate gesture which is universally acceptable and is performed by all people.
This Journal entry expands upon the concepts posed in “The Spiral of Life” where the heart’s role as a bi-directional antenna which functions via quantum field effects was introduced as the instrument of intercessory prayer, as well as being the organ responsible for our connection to the quantum field.
We’ll now consider some nice evidence to support the science and power of group prayer from the standpoint of heart based consciousness.
Experiments in Consciousness
The Journal of Conflict Resolution, founded in 1957, is a peer reviewed academic journal covering research on international conflict and conflict resolution. This publication comes out 8 times a year. In 1988 an important landmark study was published in the December edition, Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 776-812.
This study is entitled “International Peace Project in the Middle East, The Effects of the Maharishi Technology on the Unified Field.” The author of this study and article are David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., as well as 4 other colleagues. An abstract summary of the initial study appears in the References at the end of this Journal entry.
The study undertaken was the first to use collective prayer to promote peace in an attempt to mitigate the then ongoing war in Lebanon. During the peak of the war, hundreds of participants gathered in Jerusalem for 60 days, twice daily praying on producing an influence of peace that would have a spillover effect into the surrounding society.
I first heard about this study back in 2004, and then later I read about it in an article printed in the quarterly Light of Consciousness, Winter edition, Volume 18, #3, 2006. This article describes the prayer study and was written by the well known quantum physicist, John Hagelin, Ph.D. This particular writing was adapted from a presentation he gave in Boulder, CO, in that time period.
Dr. Hagelin is well regarded as an educator, author, and leading researcher on states of higher consciousness and quantum physics. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981. He is currently a professor of physics at Maharishi University. His scientific career and spiritual based efforts to bring peace to this planet have received deserved recognition. He is a visionary spiritual man and quantum physicist.
Dr. Hagelin’s article is entitled “Meditating for World Peace.” Much of the information shared below is adapted from this writing.
The premise for the Middle East prayer study lies in the consideration that Consciousness is a field which underlies, permeates, and connects all things. Each of us can be viewed as a different broadcasting antenna; each of us radiating and stimulating the electromagnetic field which envelops and permeates our lives. We broadcast waves from our hearts which travel infinitely and interdimensionally via the scalar wave effects which I covered in “The Spiral of Life” writing.
When we put coherent broadcasting antennae together, we get an enhanced combined waveform. When people and their heart antennae stimulate the underlying unbounded field of Consciousness, an effect is produced in the field of collective Consciousness which affects us all.
When groups of individuals collectively pray or meditate and collectively stimulate that field with coherent energies, a much bigger wave is produced. In physics, this effect is known as constructive interference.
In contrast, individuals whose energies are incongruent and divisive will create a destructive interference wave pattern with a net result of a partial or total degree of cancellation of the effort.
By way of an analogy, 2 loudspeakers broadcasting the same music (same wavelength and frequency), placed in close proximity, produce 4 times the sound of one loudspeaker. Three loudspeakers will produce 9 times the sound of one loudspeaker. The waves add together in an augmentation, and the power of the wave grows as the square of the number of radiating sources of individual waves.
If Consciousness is a field that we are radiating in, and if we begin to radiate a coherent heart based emanation from more than one source, then only a small number of people should be able to establish a much larger coherent radiation to produce an effect in the field. Such is the premise of the study reported by Dr. Orme-Johnson, et al…How many coherently meditating/praying people does it take to influence a specific target population?
During the study, the quality of life in Jerusalem and neighboring Lebanon was recorded, particularly the number of war deaths, war injuries, bombs dropped, small arms ammunition spent, and other such ways of measuring mayhem, murder, suffering, and destruction. Progress towards peace among rival factions was also considered and quantified.
Even before the study was put through the rigors of statistical analysis it was obvious that there was a significant co-variation between the size of the meditating group and the improved progress towards peace in the Middle East. In consideration of the variables of the experiment, such as temperature and other factors which are known to influence violence, crime, and war; a powerful statistical significance was noted. The probability that the observed outcome was happenstance is less than one part in about one hundred thousand, which is quite an acceptable standard in the study of social sciences.
This study was published after 2 years of scrutiny via a process of anonymous peer review. The editor of the journal wrote an accompanying letter of merit testifying to the arduous scrutiny process.
Over the next 2 years and 3 months, seven different scientific collaborations repeated the study. The groups looked at using different sized groups located at different distances from the conflict, some in Lebanon, and some much farther away. Each of these efforts produced results which were highly significant in terms of progress towards peace, reduced war deaths, war injuries, and other outcome points, when compared with all other periods during the same 2 years and 3 months.
When there was no meditating group in place, there was violent deterioration. When meditating groups were in place, there was statistically significant improvement in circumstances. A combined report of these studies was published in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality after yet another couple of years of even more peer review. Now we are out into 1992. According to this report, the likelihood that the combined results were a statistical mistake is less than one part in ten million million million.
The Results of the Meditation Studies
How many people, engaged in a coherent thought/feeling prayer offering, does it take to influence the activity of a population of people?
The studies showed that it takes the square root of 1% of the population under consideration.
In consideration of the population of humans currently inhabiting the planet, this number is the square root of 1% of 7,500,000,000 people, or about 8660 people. According to the results of the study, less than 9000 people, unified in coherent prayer, could help bring peace to this planet.
I’ll quote Dr. Hagelin’s conclusions: “The phenomenon of reducing war, terrorism, and social violence by defusing the social stress that fuels violence and conflict, by defusing the acute religious and political and ethnic tensions that drive terrorism and violence, and by defusing these tensions through collective meditation, has been more thoroughly studied now and more rigorously confirmed than any phenomenon in the history of the social sciences.”
Prayer or Meditation?
A variety of types of prayer have been practiced over time. Prayers of faith, worship, supplication, intercession, thanksgiving, consecration, agreement, and imprecation are described in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. I should make note…the last form of prayer on this list, imprecation, is not going to help anything get better.
In prayer, the brain mind is often strongly in play creating the word constructs of the prayer to appeal to the higher Power. If the one who is praying can achieve heart resonant frequency of 0.1 cycles per second, then the brain mind can sync in with the heart’s frequency with a state of calm and higher emotional states, which is more conducive to the prayer experience.
Meditation is a different kind of experience in which the participant is seeking a state of mindfulness and immersion in a higher consciousness where brain mind chatter and activity slow down and cease into quietude. This allows for the development of more heart based consciousness, which a healthy and happy way to live.
Deep prayer, or contemplation, tends to merge into meditation over time. The heart is the instrument of facilitation in both prayer and meditation. Because of this fact and for the purposes of this Journal writing, I consider prayer and meditation to be very similar experiences in consciousness.
As long as the heart has reached a state of resonant frequency of 0.1 cycles per second, as was described in “The Pulse of Life” writing, then it matters little if we consider ourselves to be in prayer or meditation. Some kind of intention from the heart of the participant is going to be announced to the field of the Mind of God in both of these contemplative endeavors.
Modern day versions of intentional heart based prayer stipulate a requirement for the petitioner of the prayer to bring themselves into emotional alignment with what it is that they are asking for. For instance, if one is seeking some form of abundance in their life, then they should not pray with a feeling and vibration of scarcity in their heart.
We can’t want more of anything if we are focused on not having enough. Life is meant to be abundant in all areas. There is more than enough to go around for everyone. This abundance comes through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature. It is said that the Universe is listening to the heart, not so much to the brain words.
We become the co-creator in our own reality. A three step process in this type of heart based prayer is:
- Ask for what you want. The Universe is responding to your request at the level of the quality of your heart frequency.
- Answer…The Universe (Mind of God) does this part for you. The Universe literally starts to rearrange itself to make your desire manifest for you.
- Receive…You become receptive by bringing yourself into alignment with what you are asking for. Your feeling state lets you know if you are in alignment. When you feel good, then you are in alignment. Generate the feeling of what it will feel like when what you have asked for has become manifest. The most trustworthy feeling to generate here is the feeling of gratitude.
Offer your thoughts deliberately through the field pulsation of your heart. This is described and illustrated in The Pulse of Life. You should get to know your own heart. Decide what you want and focus on that with a gratitude as if what you desire has already arrived in your life.
Do not continue to focus on any residual from the past which brings you negative feelings. If you find yourself being bombarded by terrorist automatic negative thoughts (ANTs), then you must find some therapeutic means by which you can negotiate these ANTs into at least a neutral state.
Everything is made of energy and everything in the Universe exists in an infinitely abundant and interconnected energy field. We exist as the infinite field of unfolding energy extensions of Source energy. We cannot be separate from the Divinity which lives within us as us.
Please see the Reading list below for more recommendations for good prayer from Franciscan priest Richard Rohr.
Dr. Hagelin calls for the establishment in our government of a Department of Peace. Dr. Hagelin’s vision is correct. In consideration of the current aggressive level of military and imperialistic insanity, the window of time for us to establish this agenda seems to be closing fast.
When will we be ready to establish a Department of Peace in our government that the military industrial and security complex will not try to possess and rule? As I have written so often…Einstein’s famous quote applies…we cannot solve a problem from the same state of consciousness which created the problem.
We all possess the power of One, and we should be figuring out how to use this gift and spiritual technology in a collaborative union to save humanity from succumbing to the current negative and alarming geopolitical, socioeconomic, and geophysical trends which have befallen the globe, and all of its inhabitants. We are entangled in an all-encompassing global environmental catastrophe in the making.
Just consider a few of our issues… the world financial system being on the verge of a currency collapse, diseases of pandemic threat, multiple global wars going on, 2 billion people living on less than a few dollars a day, many thousands of children starving to death daily, and a human population expanding to the point of extinguishing many forms of other life on our planet home, not to mention its own life in the process.
We need a new form of government. We need to negotiate these global ANTs into neutrality. We need a Government of Peace. The current government for war does not hold any good promise whatsoever. America now has military bases in 171 of the world’s 192 countries. This is an appalling and alarming misuse of economy and technological resources.
In the course of world history all empires have gone bankrupt or have crumbled from within or without. Here is a listing of those empires in our history. Curiously, the United States Empire is currently not on the list.
We will have to evolve past these difficult and problematic forms of militaristic human expression. The current methods of destruction and mayhem run the gamut from “conventional” warfare to chemical-biological warfare to thermonuclear warfare. There is also economic warfare, psychological warfare, information (propaganda) warfare, and cyber-warfare.
War is not normal. We have been desensitized and conditioned to think that war is normal. We are human beings with the potential for full access to the field of consciousness, wherein lies our infinite potential. It is time for us to learn how to access this field and change our violent trends into pursuits for peace and prosperity.
I’ll leave you with some words to contemplate from yesterday’s writing by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr who was writing about the scapegoat mechanism that is often used by us when we feel the need to project our individual or collective shadow onto some other person or group…
“Sadly, the history of violence and the history of religion are almost the same history. When religion remains at the immature level, it tends to create very violent people who ensconce themselves on the side of the good, the worthy, the pure, the saved. They project all their evil somewhere else and attack it over there. At this level, they export the natural death instinct onto others, as though it’s someone else who has to die.”
“As long as you can deal with evil by some means other than forgiveness, you will never experience the real meaning of evil and sin. You will keep projecting, fearing, and attacking it over there, instead of ‘gazing’ on it within and ‘weeping’ over it within yourself and all of us. The longer you gaze, the more you will see your own complicity in and profitability from the sin of others, even if it is the satisfaction of feeling you are on higher moral ground. Forgiveness demands three new simultaneous ‘seeings’: I must see God in the other; I must access God in myself; and I must experience God in a new way that is larger than an ‘Enforcer.'”
May Peace and every good attend you…and emanate from your heart in these times.
Signing off from Crestone and Beyond.
References and Reading:
- Abstract summary of the original consciousness experiment to promote peace in the Middle East.
- John Hagelin’s website
- New Illuminati…A new-age-like website that references this study, the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), and the ongoing efforts at the HeartMath Institute.
- The Maharishi Effect…a 2 minute video.
- The Maharishi Effect: The Most Powerful Thing We can do to Calm Ourselves & the World…an article from March, 19, 2017, published in Elephant Journal.
- Societal Effects: Scholarly Exchanges on the Maharishi Effect…critiques and rebuttals with the lead author of the original study, David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., and is posted on his website.
- Minding your Meditation…an earlier Journal on this website from 2014, where I describe aspects of meditation.
- A Post Election Day Commentary…Spiritual and Social Perspectives…a recent Journal on this website posted on the 53rd anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy which prompted me to start writing these 3 Journals about the heart and its important functions.
- On Life, Heart, and Life after Life…the earliest writing on this website about the heart…and also how fear affects it.
- Global Coherence Initiative (GCI)…This ambitious project seeks to further our understanding and practice of assisting the evolution of human consciousness and world peace by helping humanity understand how the heart and heart resonant frequency can positively affect population groups as well as global society. The GCI project researches the interconnection between humanity and the Earth’s magnetic fields and energetics using 6 magnetometers which are located around the world. The current locations are in California, Canada (Alberta), Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
- Monthly Global Coherence Initiative Synchronized Care Focus…occurs every full moon…a collective heart awakening to the need to get along with each other for the greater good.
- Smart Brain Wise Heart Social Emotional Program…a new e-Learning program from HeartMath for young people ages 9-16 which draws on the best of young people’s hearts and brains, empowering them to make smarter decisions and improve self-control, academic success, and social skills. Programs like this will lead to a more peaceful society and world.
- 12 Prayers for these times, and all other times.…words to use in prayer practice to shift to heart coherence, joining with many others who pray in the field of intention.
- Here is some great prayer commentary from Franciscan priest, writer, and teacher Richard Rohr. As you read this you will probably see how prayer is an immersive and contemplative process.
“First, you must begin with the positive, with gratitude (which might take your whole prayer time). Second, you need to pray as long it takes you to find ‘peace,’ to get to a place beyond agitation (whether five minutes or five hours or five days). Third, note that Paul says this is a place beyond ‘knowledge,’ beyond processing information or ideas. Fourth, you must learn how to stand guard, which is what many call ‘creating the inner witness’ or the witnessing presence that calmly watches your flow of thoughts (mind) and feelings (heart). Finally, you must know what the goal is: your egoic thoughts can actually be replaced with living inside the very mind of Christ (en Christo). This is not self-generated knowing, but knowing by participation—consciousness itself (con-scire, to know with).
Paul then goes on to suggest that we fill our minds ‘with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good, everything that we love and honor, everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise’ (Philippians 4:8). Norman Vincent Peale called this ‘the power of positive thinking.’ I call it ‘replacement therapy.’ If we don’t choose love and compassion, the human mind naturally goes in the other direction, and we risk joining a vast majority of people who live their later years trapped in a sense of victimhood, entitlement, and bitterness.
We are not free until we are free from our own compulsiveness, our own resentments, our own complaining, and our own obsessive patterns of thinking. We have to catch these patterns early in their development and nip them in the bud. And where’s the bud? It’s in the mind. That’s the primary place where we sin, as Jesus himself says (Matthew 5:21-48). Any later behaviors are just a response to the way our minds work. We can’t walk around all day writing negative, hateful mental commentaries about other people, or we will become hate itself.”
14) The Peace Prayer, commonly ascribed to St. Francis, is also a good one…millions of people use this prayer. Maybe we should join them.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.