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Join us in an experiment that will transform how
you view yourself in the world

Louisville, KY
September 11- September 21, 20
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When one string on an instrument is plucked, the rest of its strings vibrate. Heart cells resonate or sync when they are close to each other. Human beings share resonances as well. Human beings are living resonators.

Research studies have shown that violence is contagious, as are compassion and love. We resonate with each other, and our intentions influence those around us. Prayer magnifies our intentions into the atmosphere.

And this is important because?

Past experiments have demonstrated when a relatively small group of people (approximately 1 percent of a subject population) send intentions for peace to a location (and its inhabitants), there are measurable reductions in violence.  

Has this ever happened in Louisville?

While Louisville has never participated in these experiments, the loving spirit of Muhammed Ali resonated when he passed in 2016. Violent crime was almost non-existent in the weeks following his death. It could be said that crime did not “resonate” during those few weeks. 

What is our goal? 

We intend to test resonance theory with a practical, on-the-ground experiment in Louisville, Kentucky, by measuring changes in violence during these ten days. 

When would this take place?

This experiment will run from September 11, 2022, to September 21, 2022. September 21 is international peace day.

What location will be the focus of the intention?

The experiment will focus on an undisclosed location in Louisville that will be determined in the days before the experiment based on the number of meditation volunteers.  This study will be conducted as a double-blind study. The focus location will be disclosed after the research is completed. 

 What can I do to help? 

We are seeking peace “resonators”. “Resonators” are individuals who are willing to perform 20-minute meditations for personal, local, and global peace for ten consecutive days.  

These resonant peace meditations will be emailed to participants each day for ten days. We ask that people perform the meditations daily, preferably at 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM or 7:00 PM. If those times don’t workf for you, any time is good.

 Do I need experience to participate? 

No experience is necessary. The peace meditation resonations will be guided through audio links that will be emailed to them   All that is needed are good intentions and an open heart and mind. Peace resonators may be located anywhere in the globe.

How is “resonating” different than other forms of intention?

We have chosen the term “resonators” for this experiment. The spirit of prayer and meditation with a collective intention, object of the intention, and format. We are using the term “resonators” to describe the work more accurately, but the label is unimportant. 

Is this project meant to replace other violence reduction work, work for systemic change or justice work? 

We honor and respect everyone who does the difficult work of violence reduction. However, this experiment is not meant to replace any of that or imply that there are any simple fixes. Instead, the project is designed to complement the work being done, test a theory of violence reduction locally, and potentially provide another tool in the toolbox of violence reduction.

Who are the current members of the steering committee and lead partners? 

Bethany Gonyea,  
Founder of NUMINOUS, the sponsor of the Global Peaceful Cities Project
ConsciousnessAthlete.com
PeacefulCities.org

Thomas Williams
Thomas M. Williams – Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (skofirm.com)  

Harry Pickens
One Nation Under Love | Calling forth a vision of the U.S. that is grounded in, guided and governed by Love

The Earth and Spirit Center
https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ 

Unity of East Louisville – Rev. Valerie Mansfield
Unity of East Louisville
ValerieMansfield.com

Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
www.DrepungGomangUSA.org

We hope you will join this effort!  

P.S.  Here is a podcast on the power of resonance that the inspiration for this work..  The Emerald: On Resonance: Caves, Hooves, Hearts, Harps… and the Birth of Culture on Apple Podcasts

Former Peace Meditation Research

Is there scientific evidence that cultivating heart coherence while transmitting peaceful intentions improves the quality of life in a region as measured by the reduction of crime in the area?

Is there scientific evidence that individuals influence each other at a distance?

These questions are at the heart of the Global Peaceful Cities Project.

Research performed in the 80’s, and 90’s had shown the unexpected effectiveness of the meditation violence reduction approach to peace in preventing social violence when it was conducted in US cities and in preventing terrorism and war when conducted on behalf of cities affected by armed conflict. More than 23 scientific studies on the subject have been published in leading, peer-reviewed academic journals. The methodology of the central studies has been carefully evaluated by independent scholars, who’ve published their critical reviews. In every case, the researchers could answer the critics’ questions and offer additional analysis confirming positive findings. Nevertheless, the research is controversial because of the lack of research tools. There are so far no scientific tools to measure the effect of intention or the effect of meditation on a proposed “field of consciousness.” Just like astrophysicists look at the Doppler effect on stars to find the exoplanets we cannot see, researchers have looked at measures of violence to show, after accounting for other contributing variables, that meditation had an effect, producing statistically significant reductions of crime, social violence, terrorism, and war, and increased peace and positivity in society.

Meditating for Peace in war conflict zones: The following are the leading research studies that showed TM meditation had a significant effect in reducing the index of violence (created independently by the Rand corporation) in armed conflict zones, in chronological order:1Orme-Johnson, D. W., C. N. Alexander, J. L. Davies, H. M. Chandler, and W. E. Larimore. “International peace project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 32(4) (1988); 776–812.

2Orme-Johnson, D. W., C. N. Alexander, and J. L. Davies. “The effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field: Reply to a methodological critique.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 34 (1990); 34:756–768.

3Orme-Johnson, D. W., M. C. Dillbeck, C. N. Alexander, H. M. Chandler, and R. W. Cranson. “Effects of large assemblies of participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program on reducing international conflict and terrorism.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 36 (2003); 283-302.

4Davies, J. L. and C. N. Alexander. “Alleviating political violence through reducing collective tension: Impact Assessment analysis of the Lebanon war.” Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 17 (2005), 17: 285-338.

These articles address a study conducted during the peak of the Lebanon war, 1983-85. They showed that, on days when the number of participants was high, war deaths in neighboring Lebanon dropped by 76% (p = .0006). For more information about the results, please visit: https://www.gusp.org/defusing-world-crises/scientific-research/

What was interesting about this study is that groups of people were meditating around the world for peace in Lebanon. This would indicate that people could be located anywhere in the world and still have a measurable effect on the intended area.

Meditation Effect on Cities: The following are the leading research studies that we’re able to show that TM meditation had a significant effect on reducing crime in the city they meditated, in chronological order:

1 Iowa 1982-1985: Dillbeck, M. C. “Test of a field theory of consciousness and social change: Time series analysis of participation in the TM-Sidhi program and reduction of violent death in the U.S.” Social Indicators Research, 22 (1990); 399–418.

2 Canada 1972-1986: Assimakis P., and M. C. Dillbeck. “Time series analysis of improved quality of life in Canada:  Social change, collective consciousness, and the TM-Sidhi program.” Psychological Reports  76 (1995); 1171-1193.

3 Merseyside, England, 1978-1991: Hatchard, G. D., A. J. Deans, K. L. Cavanaugh, and D. W. Orme-Johnson. “The Maharishi Effect: A model for social improvement. Time series analysis of a phase transition to reduced crime in Merseyside metropolitan area.” Psychology, Crime & Law , 2 (3)  (1996); 165-174.

4 Washington DC 1993: Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K.L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., et al. “Effects of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington, DC: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June–July 1993.” Social Indicators Research, 47(2) (1999); 153-201.

For a more complete list of research papers, visit:

https://www.mum.edu/pdf_msvs/v06/orme-johnson.pdf

Defusing World Crises – Selected References

http://www.truthabouttm.org/truth/SocietalEffects/index.cfm

The Global Peaceful Cities Project in Albany, NY

The Global Peaceful Cities Project, sponsored by NUMINOUS is an independent organization seeking to offer research that similarly replicates the current public studies. We are not affiliated with the Transcendental Meditation Institute. We use different techniques:

  • Anchoring the mind in the body
  • Entering a state of heart coherence
  • Intending for peace in the city,

The questions we seek to address in our studies are:

Is there scientific evidence that other forms of meditation also improve the quality of life in a region, as measured by the reduction of crime in the area?

Can participants apply the coherence with intention method at different times and locations and still achieve similar results?

Does the “dosage” – the number of participants needed in the study to have an effect – change if we use the coherence with intention technique and participants do not meditate in the same place simultaneously?

The Albany Peace Project, precursor to the Global Peaceful Cities Project, started in 2014, with people coming into coherence and intending peace for a specific number of days, with the intention of a peaceful City of Albany. The number of participants every year has fluctuated between 200 and 350. This is a good start but not enough to have a significant effect. According to predictions from prior research (Borland and Landreth, 1976) when the number of participants practicing meditation at home is about 1% of the population, they have the same effect as groups of the square root 1% of the population meditating together in the same place, with cities showing significantly reduced crime during the next year compared to matched control cities. During those years we only achieved a .004 % participation rate.

However, when we made our focus area smaller and achieved an approximate 1% ratio of meditators to population size, we measured the positive outcomes that inspired this work.

In 2018, we witnessed a 25% reduction of violence in Schenectady, NY, and a 30% reduction in crime during 2019 in Albany, NY.

Researchers aim for science to be replicable. Therefore, we intend to perform a total of 10 research studies with the appropriate meditator-to-resident ratio, but we can’t do this work without you! Please consider participating in the resonant peace meditations and sharing this work with others. Register on this page by clicking on the buttons to the right.

Let’s leave empowering research for future generations to remember who we all really are!

The Global Peaceful Cities Project.

As we grow, other cities are joining us in the effort to bring peace to different areas in the country and around the world. This project intends that participants in each city will participate in their city events and events organized by other cities. Uniting efforts among all persons interested in demonstrating that the coherence with intention is effective in promoting peace in a region, we will be able to achieve a sufficiently large number of participants to demonstrate statistically and independently the efficacy of the coherence with intention approach to peace.

How can you help?

Your participation in this historical study will contribute to peace in the world and help you become more peaceful yourself. Furthermore, you will help us to demonstrate that by being peaceful and intending peace for a city or the world produces a measurable effect.

As you participate, you will be showing the world that a simple 20-minute coherence-based meditation, with intention, not only works by promoting greater states of well-being within yourself but also you would be helping this research gather the necessary data for this replication study. Together we hope to reach a significant group size that would validate the study with the pregnant possibility of showing that this technique does have a measurable effect and that it is equally effective as transcendental meditation in bringing peace to the intended area by positively impacting the local quality of life indicators.

Imagine how empowered common citizens will feel when a committed group of peaceful participants makes a significant, measurable impact on decreasing violence in our cities and the world. Join us in making a difference. Join us in helping the world as you help yourself, “Meditating for World Peace, One City at a Time”

Change your life and together, let’s change the world, “One Peaceful City At A Time”!

 

Is there a personal benefit to participating?

How Happy Can you Be?
Find out by participating

Absolutely! There are three main benefits!

1) Our prior study results say you may become statistically happier!

We are energetically connected to the whole, so when we broaden our sense of awareness to include the whole, we become more aware of a more significant part of “ourselves.” This “remembering” of who we are and expansion of our energy field generates greater happiness.

Former participants have experienced an increase in happiness up to a measured 84% in eight days of performing peace resonance projects.

How much happier could you be? Find out by taking the pre-happiness happiness quiz that will be emailed to you when you register.

2) People enjoy feeling a newfound sense of agency as we no longer feel victims to external circumstances. We feel a greater sense of order as we raise vibrations for peace for ourselves and serve as our brother’s keeper. As we invoke the infinite intelligence of Divine Love, beautiful experiences that would have stayed in the dark come forward. As a Course In Miracles states, we need to “begin the miracle.” Beginning the miracle in the collective for peace empowers us all.

3) Learn how to apply intention to your own life.

The peace resonance protocol is designed to teach you how to apply intention to your own life. You become your own scientist to discover whether you think this work works!

Does it? Participate and find out!

How to get involved

MEDITATE FOR YOUR CITY

Groups and individuals can sign up to be notified of the next local meditation event in your city. Groups can also request a meditation leader from the Peace Project to come to your organization and lead a group meditation while both groups and individuals can participate online from home.

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MEDITATION LEADER

Learn how to facilitate mediations in your city by taking our meditation leader program. This course will teach you everything you need to know.

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Do City Outreach

If you are a people person we need a lot of people to help with local community outreach.

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BECOME A CITY VOLUNTEER

We need help with tech, operations and much more and can offer volunteering with purpose! Bring your skills into an organization that is pushing the boundaries of intentional research and practice.

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