“What am I doing here?” I asked myself as I sat in a cushioned chair with some 50 other people early this morning on the last day of 2015. I was here at the invitation of a woman I hardly knew, a minister, that enticed me to join the world in a planet-wide prayer for peace.
All gathered at the same time of the Greenwich Time Zone. In my group, there were ten white-gowned women, who greeted me before the early hour of 7 am. That’s seven in the morning! I had to get up at five o’clock to get here, which is Wilmington, Delaware, 45 minutes from my Philadelphia area home.
Hearing the sound of “Om” being played on a loudspeaker, I slowly entered into a meditative state, closing my eyes and resting in the moment. I didn’t care about anything . . . I didn’t even try to answer my first question.
I am . . . I seemed to understand.
I am peace . . .
I am calm . . .
I am the light of the world.
Unbeknownst to me, I had joined with hundreds of thousands of others meditating at that exact same time. We offered the world a vision of what peace and harmony could provide the planet at the “World Healing Meditation Service.” The Center for Joyful Living (http://www.centerforjoyfulliving.net/) sponsored this nearly two hour gathering which included a hearty pot-luck breakfast and sincere wishes for a new year.
It was labeled “World Healing Day, the Wold Instant of Cooperation, World Peace Day — a moment of Oneness to dissolve the sense of separation and return human kind to Godkind.”
Several speakers requested us to envision a world of healing through visions for the environment, wellness, prosperity and peace, as well as for the earth’s children and my favorite one, a vision for relationships. Afterwards, I approached the woman who spoke for relationships, thanking her for mentioning how some relationships eventually end, and that we can continue with new ones throughout our lives. She spoke directly to my soul right then and I felt my spirit being uplifted with her magical words.
Periods of silence followed each vision as we meditated. All sought loving kindness and compassion and the highest good.
Some two million participants were expected to meet and see the world in such an enlightened state of being. I know that I did.
That is, see the light. See the world through the light.
It reminded me of what occurred years go in Washington DC, the nation’s capital, when hundreds gathered to meditate. The organizers contemplated peace and calm there. Police scoffed at the idea that such a practice could achieve anything in the crime-laden city.
Yet, statistics from the police’s own records showed that the crime rate had decreased by 23 percent while the meditation spread from the participants in the hall to those outside on the city streets.
Perhaps my sitting today might have a similar effect on the world.
One can only hope!
sam davies says:
01/01/2016 at 01:59 (Edit)
Is it weird if I give thanks for that meditation since I couldn’t be there myself? Happy New Year, Michael J!
01/01/2016 at 21:38 (Edit)
No, it’s not weird and I am sure the rest of the world would welcome your thanks!
Michael, Happy New Year … Thanks for your contribution… There is a movement here called The Albany Peace Project using a similar practice to lower crime rates and improve the city … Namaste
Peace is calling out to us all over the planet. All we have to do is be open to it in any shape or form that it materializes!
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How inspiring and beautiful. I’m sure it was incredible and special. Thanks for sharing this experience with us!
I didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy such an event. I truly felt one with everyone at the Wilmington site as well as the rest of those throughout the world meeting at that exact time envisioning what Peace would be like for everyone . . .
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