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Nation Against Nation At the birth of the twenty-first century, the conditions appear to be in place for a great polarization of world powers, bringing the threat of a global war well within the realm of possibility. Countries that have previously been viewed as less of a factor in global strategies are taking on new and unexpected roles in the unfolding drama that is reshaping our world. The last two years of the twentieth century, for example, saw a number of new countries joining the exclusive ranks of those possessing nuclear arms.
Of particular note were the surprise weapons tests of India and Pakistan. In spite of adamant pleas for restraint by the United Nations Security CouncilRussiaand the United Statesthe two technological rivals have continued to test their weapons in the interest of national security. Though many scoff at the possibility of a global war, believing that the horrors of World War II are too fresh in our memory to allow such an event again, it is important to remain vigilant and discerning, and to recognize the significance of global events that, at first, may seem far away, with little relevance to home.
The late-century crisis in Kosovo offered an example of just such events. Though they appeared to casual observers to have “come out of nowhere,” the conflicts leading to the Kosovo crisis actually stem from centuries-old tensions in a portion of Eastern Europe that many analysts refer to as the “Balkan powder keg.
The intent, duration, and form of military intervention, however, were factors that divided even the allied forces attempting to intervene. The struggle for power in Eastern Europe offers a clear study on how regional strife may unexpectedly polarize the great powers of the world into precarious positions on opposite sides of the negotiating table.
The Balkan area is only one example of a political situation with vast military implications. As the United Nations monitors the events unfolding in Europe, it also continues to enforce an embargo and military restrictions on Iraq.
Threatened by the buildup of chemical and biological weapons, Iraq has been viewed as yet another powder keg, this one in the Middle East. During a time that many have considered relatively peaceful on a global scale, the last twenty years have, in fact, been a time of tragedy and tremendous suffering on a localized basis. The death toll resulting from separatist movements and religious and civil wars is estimated to be over four and a half million lives, a number representing the entire population of the state of Louisiana, or the entire country of Israel.
When the conflict in Tibet is factored in, the loss of human life escalates by at least another million, and possibly more. Locations of global tensions at the birth of the third millennium. These statistics certainly describe something other than a peaceful world! Until the late s, however, such conflicts appeared to be localized and, though tragic, less relevant in the daily lives of the people of the Western world.
Events late in and inhowever, changed our worldview, with mass media bringing the horror of regional conflicts and isolated wars into our homes and classrooms in a way never seen before.
The sheer number of conflicts presents a threat to global stability that becomes a greater possibility as tensions increase.
Mass Prayer and Mustard Seeds Recent studies into the effects of prayer offer new credibility to ancient propositions suggesting that we may “do something” about the horrors of our world, both present and future.
These studies add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that focused prayers, especially those offered on a large scale, have a predictable and measurable effect on the quality of life during the time of the prayer. Documenting statistical changes in daily life, such as specific crimes and traffic accidents, while prayers are offered, a series of studies show a direct relationship between the prayers and the statistics.
During the time of the prayers, the statistics drop. When the prayers end, the statistics return to previous levels.
Scientists suspect that the relationship between mass prayer and the activity of individuals in communities is due to a phenomenon known as the field effect of consciousness. Two scientists considered to have played a key role in the development of modern psychology clearly referenced such effects in studies offered nearly one hundred years ago. In a paper originally published infor example, William James suggested that. By using specific qualities of thought, feeling, and emotionwe may tap into this universal mind and share in its benefits.
The purpose of many prayers and meditative techniques is to achieve precisely such a condition. In bradn words of their day, ancient teachings suggest a similar field of consciousness, accessed by similar methods.
The Vedic traditionsfor example, speak of a unified field of ” pure consciousness ” that permeates all of creation. In such traditions, our experience of thought and perception are viewed as disturbances, interruptions in an otherwise motionless field.
At the same time, it is through our path of mastering perception and thought that we may find the unifying consciousness as individuals or as a group. This is where the application of such studies becomes crucial in global efforts to bradsn peace to our world. If we view conflict, aggression, and war vraden our outer world as indications of stress in our collective consciousness, then relieving collective stress should relieve global tensions. When the level of stress becomes sufficiently great, it bursts out into large-scale violence, war, and civil uprising necessitating military action.
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The beauty of the field effect is that when stress is relieved within a group, the effects are registered braaden the immediate group, into an even larger area. This is the thinking that led to studies of mass meditation and prayer during the Israeli-Lebanese War in the early s.
In Septemberstudies were conducted in Jerusalem to explore the relationship between prayer, meditation, and violence. Applying new technologies to test an ancient theory, individuals trained in the techniques of TM, considered to be a mode of prayer by prayer researchers, were placed in strategic locations within Jerusalem during the conflict with Lebanon. The purpose of the study was to determine if a reduction of stress in the localized populations would, in fact, be reflected as less violence and aggression on a regional basis.
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The studies followed earlier experiments indicating that as little as one percent of a mass population practicing unified forms of peaceful prayer and meditation was enough to reduce crime isaian, accidents, and suicides. Studies conducted in showed that twenty-four U. This became known as the ” Maharishi Effect. At the peak of the experiments, participants meditated and prayed in the study, a fraction of the population of greater Jerusalem.
The results of the study showed a direct relationship between the number of participants and the decrease of activity in the various categories of quality of life.
When the numbers of participants were high, the index of the various categories declined. Crime, fires greyg accidents increased as the number of people praying was reduced.
These studies demonstrated a high correlation between the number of people in prayer and the quality of life in the immediate vicinity. Similar studies conducted in major population centers of the United StatesIndiaand the Philippines found similar correlations.
Data from these cities between and verified decreases in crime rates that “could not have bradenn due to trends or cycles of crime, or to changes in police policies or procedures.
The Harvest Is Great, Though the Laborers Are Few Although these statistics may represent an optimum number to bring about change, the studies in Jerusalem and the other large population centers suggest that the numbers to initiate such change may be even smaller! In a braddn of one million people, for example, this value represents only one hundred individuals! Applying the localized findings grrgg the test cities to a larger population on a global scale offers powerful and perhaps unexpected results.
Clearly, this number represents only the minimum required for the effect to begin – a threshold of sorts. The greater the number participating, the greater the acceleration of the effect.
Such numbers remind us of ancient admonitions suggesting that a very few people may make a difference to an entire world. Perhaps this is the “mustard seed” of the parable that Jesus used to demonstrate the amount of faith required of his followers. Of such faith, we are reminded in the lost Gospel Q that “the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.
In a paper originally published infor example, William James suggested that, “there exists a continuum of consciousness uniting individual bradenn that could be directly experienced if the psychophysical threshold of perception were sufficiently lowered through refinement in the functioning nervous system.
In the words of Maharishi Mahesh Yogifounder of the Transcendental Meditation TM programs, “All occurrences of violence, negativity, conflict crisis, or problems in any society are just the expression of growth of stress in ecfect consciousness.