It’s been eight days since our historic Middle Eastern Peace Intention Experiment, and shock waves are rippling across the Middle East, as well in the hearts of our participants.
For those of you who haven’t heard, we targeted the Old City of Jerusalem, largely because it is the spiritual heart of most of the world’s inhabitants of the three main religions, a place that belongs to everyone, but that can be possessed by no single faith.
We sent intention through my YouTube channel, as thousands of people from around the world joined the Arabs from eight countries and hundreds of Jews from Jerusalem at the Gerard Bechar Theatre in Jerusalem, both of whom were lit up on my screen.
I ran the experiment from Smarts Way Studio, owned by Dr. Salah Al-Rashed, the Deepak Chopra of the Middle East. The studio has the capability of simultaneously connecting screens from nine different locations. We connected Arabs from eight cities – in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia –and also an auditorium of Israelis in Jerusalem, who were attending a special peace event, all to my other screen, where everyone could see me running the experiment.
No horns in sight
The experiment itself was amazing, but even more amazing was the reaction of the Arabs and Jews, who began sending love, forgiveness to each other.
‘You have no idea how revolutionary this is,’ said one Saudi woman to me. ‘We have never seen Israelis. We’ve been taught to believe that they have horns coming out of their heads.’
After our experiment, the Jerusalem event carried on, with Dr. Noga Gazit, speaking about how inner peace leads to global peace; Imad Telhami, discussing the principles in business that support social ethics; and Lilian Weisberger, of the Women Wage Peace Steering Committee, and The March of Hope and The Journey to Peace – two projects that attracted more than 60,000 participants.
A rabbi and a sheikh spoke about biblical precedents for this coming together, and both Arabs and Israeli families shared their stories about how the conflict had impacted them, and offered solutions for lasting peace.
The story breaks
The story about the experiment broke immediately all across the Middle East. Dr. Al-Rashed showed me the Twitter feed from a prominent MP in Kuwait, who acknowledged the experiment as a wonderful mechanism for promoting peaceful relations.
Israeli press and television was also awash in the story. As Time Out Israel wrote, ‘While peace in the Middle East is neither black nor white, it's the small efforts like this meditation event that slowly start to make a difference.’
And then there was the reaction of our thousands of participants on YouTube. They came from all over the US, from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and the UK, most of Europe, the Arab countries and Jerusalem, but also more exotic, far-flung places: Australia, Brazil, Tokyo, Bangkok, Budapest, Finland, Columbia, South Africa.
Once again, about half the audience registered a mirror effect. Relationships were healing, participants felt more love for the entire world.
As Ross Watts wrote: The Middle East Peace Intention ‘energy’ is still affecting me today – smiles and LOVE Bombs just flowin- and glowin’ – doing acts of kindness without any thought – they just happen. MERCY Lynne McTaggart, the ‘rebound effect’ is AWESOME!”
‘I experienced personal release of deeply held, old, old patterns dating back to my earliest childhood that subsequently came up into awareness, for acceptance and clearing out,’ wrote another. ‘Probably my deepest healing ever, and it has made a huge (HUGE!) difference to my relationship to my partner, which was already deeply powerful. Now it is a totally connected union.’
Healing the healers
People experienced their own physical healings: ‘After the meditation I experienced a severe headache, which I normally never have... I went to bed. It was the beginning of a realignment process in my neck vertebrae... my neck is getting better and better than years before!’
Now that we have this capability to connect audiences around the globe and allow them to interact, Dr. Al-Rashed and I are planning larger Peace Experiments involving every continent on the planet.
The powerfully transformational mechanisms at work in my healing intention groups appeared to be the unique power of group prayer coupled with an amazing mirror effect. Focusing on healing someone else brings on a mirrored healing.
And that’s the real point of all of this. Yes, we might lower violence in Damascus Gate, and I hope we do. But most of all, what we will have created is a ripple effect of peace in the hearts of the participants that extends out to the entire world.