SEATTLE PEACE PROJECT

A 1993 meditation for peace experiment in Washington, D.C., led to a 23% reduction in violent crime.  This project involved some 4,000 meditation experts, and obtained statistically significant results. This amazing discovery was not followed up with any further large-scale experimentation, until now.

The Seattle Peace Project is enlisting volunteers to spend time each day praying or focusing intently for peace and harmony in Seattle from June through September 2018.  Those who want the camaraderie of a community meditation or prayer event are welcome to attend one, but there is no requirement; a person can also be a part of this project from the privacy of their own home, for a part of their daily commute, or in their favorite coffee shop.   The violent crime records will be examined to see if there is a clear reduction, and statistical analysis used to calculate the possibility that any reduction is due to chance alone.  (Click here to see the crime statistics: select one or more recent years, for the drop-down menu labelled “group,” select “person crime,” then scroll down to the chart below)

If we can prove that the power of prayer and focused intention can effect an entire city, it would have enormous implications for the future.  Our project could make people everywhere re-prioritize their lives, and start setting aside a daily time for prayer and meditation.  This could lead to a blossoming of further holistic experimentation, deeper understanding of our true potential, and a true cultural shift in the direction of wisdom and peace.

This experiment will rely entirely on volunteer effort; it is our intent not to use a penny of donated funds.  We are asking for everyone to join in this project, regardless of a person’s particular religious affiliation, or lack of any religious affiliation.  You do not have to be in Seattle proper to participate.  Please use the link below to log in your times of prayer or meditation for peace from June 1 – September 30 so we can record the level of involvement.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1. Share the idea with all your friends.

2. E-mail us your name or the name of your business and pledge your support/participation.  We would be happy to add your name or the name of your business to our honor roll.

3. Promote the project – like us on Facebook, sign up for the newsletter (below), subscribe to our YouTube channel, and please tell others about it.  Ask local papers, magazines, and news organizations to cover the story.

4. If you belong to a religious group, please spread the word with other members and get involved.

5. Watch this site for upcoming events and join us.

6. Sign up for our newsletter (at the bottom of this page) to stay in the loop.

7. Log in through the link above to record your prayer/concentration times.

HOW A CHURCH, TEMPLE, OR OTHER ORGANIZATION CAN JOIN:

1. Support our cause and encourage all your members to participate

2. Contact us and let us know you are on board with the project

IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

If you think this project is a good idea, please take the initiative yourself and spread the word among others.  Sometimes if you want something done, you have to take the lead yourself.  If Holistic Health Research waited for someone else to take the lead, there wouldn’t even be a Seattle Peace Project.  Notice that Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” not “Don’t get involved; wait for someone else to do it first.”  Life is not a spectator sport.  Ask yourself: what part of “pray for peace” don’t you agree with?  He who hesitates is lost!  World peace starts right here, right now.

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Most people understand prayer as a kind of request to a higher power, and intention is understood as an attempt to make something be a certain way, but meditation is a more controversial term, and a more difficult one to define.  There are many types of meditation, but for this project we are obviously not referring to a cessation of thoughts (as in dhyana, chan, or zen) but to a concentrated intention, a visualization, or what could be called a “guided meditation,” or a “meditation on loving-kindness.”  In the 1993 experiment, the word “meditation” was used to describe the intervention.   You may prefer to call it a blessing.  It is our belief that these concentrated wishes for peace (whatever one calls them) all have the potential to change the world in a real, measurable way.  A few minutes of your time can make a huge difference; it doesn’t have to be a major commitment.  If many people do a little bit every day, the cumulative effect will be tremendous.

For those without religious affiliation, and with no idea how to focused their intention on peace and harmony, here is a simple, non-denominational instruction.

Besides the stated goal of reducing the crime rate in our city, we hope to build a lasting interfaith community of spiritual friends.  We are creating a forum where people of all religions can join as brothers and sisters, find common ground, and work together for the greater good.  Toward this end we have created two new types of gatherings.  One of these is the monthly Peace Circle (practiced at certain locations), which connects people together for meaningful spiritual sharing.  The other is the Pot-Luck Gathering, where members of our friendship network come together to break bread, share stories, get to know each other, and brainstorm for the future (click the buttons below for complete details on either of these gatherings).

Beyond even these ambitious goals for greater Seattle, we have a longer-term global vision as well.  We see the Seattle Peace Project as a prototype grassroots movement to remake the world in a more spiritual image.  We want to arouse the interest of people everywhere who have never thought seriously about the power of intention, keep increasing the proportion of the population involved, spark more research into this important subject, and inspire others to begin similar projects in cities all around the world.  We want to change modern culture to make people focus more on their inner development, and less on materialism and shallow entertainment.   We want to re-establish the lost low-tech connections that make us whole, make life meaningful, and forge real community.  We want to grow the solid person-to-person relationships we need to develop bonds of friendship between all the peoples of the world.  We want to make violence, crime, hate, and war into impossibilities.  The New Age of Peace has to start somewhere, and we choose to start it right here in Seattle.  Please join us!

IF YOU HAVE FAITH AS SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED YOU CAN SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN "MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE" AND IT WILL MOVE. NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU. - JESUS (MATTHEW 17:20) WE ARE WHAT WE THINK. ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS. WITH OUR THOUGHTS, WE MAKE THE WORLD. - THE BUDDHA (DHAMMAPADA) . . . WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL DO THE WORKS I HAVE BEEN DOING, AND THEY WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS THAN THESE . . . - JESUS (JOHN 14:12) HOWEVER MANY HOLY WORDS YOU READ HOWEVER MANY YOU SPEAK WHAT GOOD WILL THEY DO YOU IF YOU DO NOT ACT ON THEM? - THE BUDDHA . . . SEEK HELP THROUGH PATIENCE AND PRAYER . . . - QURAN CH. 2, VERSE 153