Scientific Support for Collective Meditation-Prayer

The following is an excerpt for Dr. Cousen’s book Creating Peace by Being Peace

The Peace Every Day Initiative has been deeply inspired and validated by many scientific research projects that clearly demonstrate the power and effectiveness of group meditation-prayer for creating peace. The idea that a critical mass of meditators being peace in a specific population area can create positive social change has been supported by more than 300 studies. For example, in 1973, Dilbeck and Associates found in twenty-two similar cities,with populations of approximately 25,000, in half of those cities, where 1 percent of the population was practicing Transcendental Meditation™, there was an average of 16 percent less crime. In a similar study, 350 TM meditators were brought in for a period of three months in the state of Rhode Island. Researchers observed that there was a more than 43 percent drop in social disorder, including suicides, homicides, divorce, traffic fatalities, rapes, robbery, aggravated assaults, and larceny, and even a drop in beer and cigarette sales. After the meditators left, the statistics for social disorder went back to “normal.” In order to prove that this drop of 43 percent was not a fluke, the TM meditators repeated the same experiment the next summer, and found a similar drop in the statistics of social disorder.

Group prayer and meditation not only affect the consciousness of people toward peace, but research by Dr. Buryl Payne, on the solar effects of the Peace the 21st world peace meditations each equinox and solstice, shows that we even affect the whole solar system. In studying sunspot activity around the time of the Peace the 21st meditations, he found an average of 36 percent decrease in sunspot activity for the following four days after each meditation. His previous statistical research points out that a decrease in sunspot activity is associated with more social harmony on earth.

Physicists have discovered, also, that the principle of critical mass is seen in nature. They have found that in the use of laser technology,when eight of sixty-four random photons become synchronized, the other fiftysix random photons spontaneously become synchronized in a laser form. Again we see support for the principle that when the square root is coherent it brings coherence to the larger whole.

Two sets of research done at the HeartMath Institute have further clarified the power of the feeling-based prayer. Their researchers found two sets of information: (1) When DNA is placed in a vacuum, it creates a subtle energy field template that organizes the photon patterns, and even when the DNA is taken away, the photon pattern remains. (2) Researchers found that our emotional state creates an electromagnetic field that extends at least fifty feet, affecting leaves, trees, and all of nature. This research clearly documents the relationship between feelings and the physical world. In other words, human thought and emotion create a feeling that literally organizes the arrangement and frequency of our cellular DNA.Our DNA gives off a frequency that arranges and affects the molecular structures, both inside our body, creating health or illness, and outside our body. Therefore, as we change our emotions and thoughts, we create a feeling that changes the DNA. This change in DNA changes the consciousness pattern outside of ourselves in all of nature, including us human beings and our consciousness, as we are a part of nature. By this state of our consciousness we have the opportunity to create a social matrix of peace that can heal the planet.

As pointed out by the Peace Every Day Initiative (PEDI) founder, Gabriel Cousens,MD, in his book Spiritual Nutrition: Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini, we are living human crystals, and the heart and brain are huge liquid crystals that give off powerful electromagnetic fields. Researchers have since found that there is a five- to eight-foot electromagnetic field extending from the human body around the heart that they have measured. It may actually extend for miles. The heart gives off a field that regulates the brain, and the brain then sends the message to our DNA, which transmits to all of creation.As illustrated by Buryl Payne’s research, this field goes beyond fifty feet to literally affect at least the solar system. It has long been known that electromagnetic fields in nature can affect barometric pressure, and that the electromagnetic fields of humans in group prayer can create rain or tornadoes. Once, with Swami Muktananda in South Fallsburg,New York, there was a concern about a drought in Texas. The group, including Gabriel, meditated for it to rain in Texas.Well, first it rained on us, which was not exactly what we expected, and then it rained the next day in Texas.We can create rain and we can create a reign of peace.

The “Silent Minute”

There are many testaments to the powerful effects of collective meditation- prayer. The “Silent Minute” is a historic example of the victory of this effort. The concept of the Silent Minute each day was developed in Britain during World War II. People were asked to devote one minute of prayer for peace at nine o’clock each evening. This dedicated minute received the support of King George, Sir Winston Churchill, and his Cabinet. It was also recognized by President Roosevelt and observed on land and sea, on battlefields, in air raid shelters, and in hospitals.With Churchill’s support, the BBC, on Sunday, November 10, 1940, began to play the bells of Big Ben on the radio as a signal for the Silent Minute. This continued daily from 1942 to the end of the war, totaling millions of people.

An interesting anecdote emphasizes the profound power of the group meditation of the Silent Minute. In 1945, a British intelligence officer was interrogating a high Nazi official.He asked him why he thought Germany lost the war.His reply was,“During the war, you had a secret weapon for which we could find no countermeasure, which we did not understand, but it was very powerful. It was associated with the striking of the Big Ben each evening. I believe you called it the ‘Silent Minute.’”

The Need for a Daily Commitment

The question one asks as a peaceworker is, “Why haven’t our collective peace efforts created a lasting shift . . . yet?” Research on this question by the Transcendental Meditation organization was that the effect of group meditation begins to fade approximately three weeks after the critical mass is no longer actively meditating in an area. This is why it is necessary at this point to go beyond a single worldwide event, four big events a year, monthly events, and even weekly meditation groups, to bring the process of inner and outer peace to a daily experience of creating peace by being peace.