Why, some of you have asked, should you devote a half hour of the next six days, starting tomorrow, sending intention to some city in America for the American Peace Intention Experiment?
The short answer? It could heal your own life.
Let me tell you about the participants who got involved in my first Peace Intention Experiment in 2008, a giant experiment to lower violence and restore peace in Sri Lanka, which was in the midst of a 25-year civil war. We sent intention for just 10 minutes each day for eight days, and afterward a team of scientists, including a professor of statistics at the University of California, measured the effect after studying all the deaths and injuries from two years before our experiment until a few months afterwards.
The results showed that we’d bucked the trend; violence had plummeted to well below what the model predicted should have occurred during the weeks after the experiment.
Of course, that is compelling, but it’s not the interesting part of the story.
The interesting part came when I surveyed my 15,000 participants about their experiences a few weeks later.
A spiritual orgasm
‘It’s as if my brain is wired to a bigger network,’ wrote one of the experiment’s participants on his survey.
Thousands more had described a similar phenomenon:
‘I felt like I stepped into a palpable stream of energy along my arms and hands which felt like it had direction and force and mass.’
‘My whole body was tingling and I was having goose bumps.’
‘Sort of like what I imagine it would be like to be locked in a tractor beam like is described on Star Trek.’
‘The first day I started sobbing,’ wrote Diana from New Orleans, ‘not from sadness but how overwhelming it felt to be connected to so many people. It was POWERFUL.’
Most participants had entered an ‘intense altered state’, ‘set up and ready to be accessed’, ‘a channel for a higher, spiritual power’, according to Shyama of New York.
Thousands of Peace Intention Experiment participants described a similar palpable sense of oneness. They’d experienced an overwhelming sense of unity with each other and the Sri Lankans. They’d been plunged into an altered state of consciousness, simply by holding on to the power of a collective thought.
Powerful, permanent change
But something about praying in a group also caused deep, possibly permanent psychological transformation in many participants, and improvements in their daily lives. And for the majority of the participants, this experience appeared to carry on long after the experiment was over, as though they had been touched by something deeply profound.
Many of them described changing major things in their lives. Nearly half reported that they felt more peaceful than usual, and this feeling of peace most affected their dealings with other people.
More than two-thirds noted some change in their relationships: more than a quarter felt more love for their loved ones, and another quarter said they were getting along better with people they normally dislike or argue with.
Almost half claimed to feel more love for everyone with whom they came into contact, and this connection just seemed to carry on after the experiment was over.
Essentially, my participants were hugging strangers.
I could accept that people were moved, even changed, by the experience, and felt connected to the other people and the target, but then I also began reading answers like these:
‘I had very specific healing experiences on all days.’
‘I’ve been feeling grounded and even-tempered lately. More productive and self-determining.’
People were experiencing healing in their own lives.
The ripple effect of peace
Imagine if you are more tolerant of and loving toward more people, and so are the tens of thousands of other participants. Your own peacefulness and healing will ripple out into the world.
And that’s why I want you to participate. The ultimate effect of your intention might not only heal your life; it could create peace in the lives of everyone you come in contact with.
This is not just a nice thing to do; this is something, like a near-death experience, that could change you forever.
The American Peace Intention Experiment starts tomorrow, Sept 30 and runs through October 5. Each webcast will be available from 9 am Pacific/12 noon Eastern/5 pm UK time, NS each episode will be available to watch for 24 hours from that time.
If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so now. www.americanintentionexperiment.com You’ll receive URLs every day several hours before the webcast is shown.
Do it for America, but also do it for yourself and everyone around you.