The Middle Eastern Peace Intention Experiment ran yesterday, and what a historic event it was. We started late, largely because we had to wait 10-15 minute for Smart Ways Studios to reload their server, but once we did, there on nine screens were people from all over the Middle East – Arabs and Israelis – for the first time.
By some amazing fortuitous synchronicity, we held the experiment during the time that Dr. Salah Al-Rashed was running a Middle Eastern summit from his studios in southern England. There he has created a studio with the extraordinary capacity to beam out a teacher or facilitator to eight different screens. He had an audience in hotel rooms in eight countries – including several cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait City, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain Tunisia – plus an audience of Jews in Israel. All this was beamed to all our other participants from all over the world, watching on my YouTube channel.
All of us came together to send intention to the Old City of Jerusalem, which has four sections – Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenia. It’s a symbolic gesture of peace because it is a place that truly belongs to the entire world. We chose Damascus Gate because it has suffered increased violence after new security measures were put in place.
Many of our participants cried during the event, but the most amazing part of all was what happened afterward. Through the ingenuity of Dr. Al-Rashed’s technical team, each group from the different countries were able to speak to me and to the people in the other eight windows.
This was more than a historic first as many Arabs and Israelis have never seen images of each other before, let alone had an opportunity to communicate. Their only knowledge of ‘the other’ was what the politicians and the press have fed them.
Arabs from Saudi Arabia sent love to the Jews in the audience in Jerusalem. An Israeli woman there send love back and said it was high time the women from all countries got together. ‘Your God is my God,’ said an Arab from Abu Dhabi. People on both sides were crying and laughing as they recognized the common humanity in each other.
Salah and I looked at each other in near disbelief. This was truly history unfolding before our eyes.
Last night we proved one simple truism. To solve a seemingly intractable political situation, you don’t need politicians. You don’t need violence or guns. All you need is people coming together as a group and praying as one.