Is it too good to be true? Is the world actually becoming more peaceful? With the advancement in technology and the rise of alternative media continuing to spread, we are now witness to many things we previously were not. With that, some might reject the statement that the world is becoming a more peaceful place. However, it is simply that we are now catching on camera and video some acts of violence that then spread on social and alternative media.
We see that it is not that the world is becoming more hostile and violent, it is just that we are now catching these things on camera more than ever. As Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker says, “The news is a systematically misleading way of viewing the world.”
In fact, there is statistical and real-world evidence to support the statement that the world is becoming a more peaceful place.
As we can see in the image below, the amount of deaths around the world due to war has trended downward for quite some time, outside of the small uptick in the past couple years.
In his 2011 book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker states that the decline of violence is, “the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species.”
He also stated that between 1945 and 1990 there were 30 wars that killed over 100,000 people each, which included wars in Tibet, Uganda, Greece, China, Mozambique, Algeria and Guatemala.
Pinker adds, “With the exception of last year’s small wars in Ukraine, the zone of war has contracted to a crescent from Central Africa through the Middle East into South Asia.”
The Harvard psychologist also said that in his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, he has proven statistically that other forms of violence has also declined, including murder, capital punishment, torture and domestic violence.
Recent Examples of Peace
In somewhat recent years, wars in Iran, Peru, Chad, Angola, Sri Lanka and Lebanon have ended, which is another positive and continuing trend. While it is on shaky grounds, there also still exists a ceasefire in Ukraine.
Additionally, the Afghanistan government in late September of 2016 signed a peace deal with Hezb-i-Islami, which is the first peace deal signed by the Afghanistan government since war with the Taliban broke out in 2001.
In October of 2016, thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women marched together for two weeks on a peace march which they called March of Hope. The march ended in front of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem, which was done in attempt to get peaceful dialogue started again between Israel and Palestine.
In the fall of 2016, a United Nations resolution was passed in which 123 nations voted for (38 against) a ban on destructive nuclear weapons, which will be discussed starting in March of 2017. As Kate Hudson, the chairwomen for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said, “It’s very encouraging to see so many countries say loud and clear it’s time for the world to move on from nuclear weapons.”
As of July 9th, 2017, the treaty in in final preparations of being signed and implemented.
Also, in November of 2016, the Colombian government and the FARC Rebels signed a revised peace treaty, which is ending a war that has been occurring there for over the past 50 years.
At the time of editing this article in July of 2017, the situation in Syria is coming to a close, with ISIL fighters barely maintaining one stronghold. Mosul, Iraq was also just recently liberated from ISIL, which occurred in early July. While the loss of life in the middle east may continue for a short period of time ahead, things are looking much better than in previous months and years. Peace is coming.
Another positive sign of the times for generating peace is a movement being created by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and former CIA spy Robert Steele, which is titled #UNRIG: Summer of Peace. Their campaign seeks to transform the political, financial and social systems in the U.S. and around the world to ultimately help create a world of peace, abundance, respect and equality.
What We Can Do
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”
One way to “effectively organize” is to participate in synchronized meditations, which is meditating with other people at the same time. Before this is dismissed as fantasy and wishful thinking, let us look at a major study that brought this topic into wider acceptance and awareness.
In 1974 an experimental study observed three different gatherings of over 7,000 people meditating each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks. The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985). The results were astounding. According to the Rand Corporation, a think-tank based in California, “acts of global terrorism resulting in fatalities and injuries were reduced by 72%.” Time series analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-existing trends, drifts in data or cycles.
Scientists believe this is due to a coherent resonance being created in the unified quantum field by those meditating.
How then does this spread to an entire group from one localized position?
Think of a laser. Its coherent light is established by what is known in physics as the Field Effect. The Field Effect’s principle, according to the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy is“that it is not necessary to act individually on each individual constituent of a system, but that the system can be handled in one stroke at the collective level.”
The 7,000 people meditating created a Field Effect of harmonious coherence that spread throughout the collective–which in turn helped to reduce acts of terrorism (incoherent, disruptive energy).
This effect, which has also been called the “Maharishi Effect,” has been published in over 600 scientific articles, has been conducted in 33 countries and by over 250 independent research institutions. The evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having extremely positive social, political and economic benefits to the world. Positive correlations for numerous health benefits to the individual were also observed and confirmed.
Today this structured and coherent energy is being calculated by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), whose logistical home is the well-known Institute of Noetic Sciences. The GCP has been collecting data for over 15 years, with up to 70 host sites worldwide, using random number generators.
The GCP notes that, “Random number generators (RNGs) based on quantum tunneling produce completely unpredictable sequences of zeroes and ones. But when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, our network of RNGs becomes subtly structured. We calculate one in a trillion odds that the effect is due to chance. The evidence suggests an emerging noosphere or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures.”
Major world events, such as the 9/11 attack, Princess Diana’s passing and worldwide meditations, along with many other events, have been recorded by the GCP and has shown that synchronization of the RNG’s has occurred when the minds of many people from around the world were involved.
While there are numerous things we can do to cultivate more peace in our lives and the world around us, such as studying and using non-violent communication (as taught by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg), smiling more often, gardening, connecting with ourselves in a deeper way, or being more grateful, synchronized meditations are an extremely beautiful and powerful way for people to organize and create ripples of peace in the fabric of our world.
What can we do in our lives right now that creates more peace within ourselves and with the world around us? Who in our life can we treat better? How can we communicate with others that fosters more peace? Are there things we can do at home or in our local community that creates more peace?
Peace starts within each of us. We each have the power to directly affect how events play out in our world. More people each day are reclaiming the power of their minds to directly create and affect the world.
Peace is spreading.