In the comments on an earlier post, we were discussing various attempts to monitor the positive effects which might be produced by mass meditation and prayer. People wanted to know if anyone had really proved that such things made a difference. In the course of this discussion, I mentioned the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton University, the purpose of which is to measure the effects of consciousness on physical systems. You can see the Wikipedia entry for the Global Consciousness Project here.
In another recent post, I wrote about Deeksha, a transfer of energy which is claimed to initiate an evolution in human consciousness. Deeksha, or the Oneness Blessing as it is now becoming known, has been brought into the world by Bhagavan and Amma, founders of the Oneness Movement, which is based at the Golden City in southern India. Their aim is to bring into being a new golden age for mankind.
Now, in an interesting piece of synchronicity, the Global Consciousness Project and the Oneness Movement are coming together for an exciting event called World Oneness Day, a Global Peace Meditation, on Sunday 20th May. On that day, many thousands of people worldwide will be coming together to meditate and pray on the theme of global peace and harmony with nature. There will be twelve main events, the largest of which, with an estimated attendance of 50,000, will be led by Bhagavan and Amma at the Oneness Temple in Golden City. The other main events will be at Mount Fuji, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Auroville, India; Lucknow, India; Tel Aviv, Israel; Budapest, Hungary; Damanhur Federation, Italy; Duluth, MN, USA; Hawaii, USA; Samoa; and online. The effects of this global meditation are to be monitored by the Global Consciousness Project and the results will be made public. Many of these events will also involve the giving of Deeksha. For details of all the above events, including contact information, plus some information on the measurements which are to be taken, please see here. For some other good articles about the events and the associated experiments, see here and here.
In addition to the above events, many smaller gatherings will also take place worldwide. It's not too late to organize your own! The best way to find the events is probably to do a google, but if anyone knows of an event they would like to publicize here, please leave the details in a comment on this post. Here are a few that I've found: California, USA; Virginia, USA; Bristol, England - contact Paul for details; Leeds, England - contact Heidi or Ed for details. My wife Chris and I, together with one or two Secret of Life readers, will be at the Leeds event all being well, so perhaps we will see you there?
Do have a read about Deeksha (Oneness Blessing) before you attend one of the events: follow the links above or take a look at the article on Deeksha in the latest edition of Kindred Spirit Magazine. There are also some interesting articles and DVDs on Deeksha available at Path To Oneness. If you can't make it to one of the events but would like to participate online, you can sign up here.