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  • Living in a Harmonious World

    Last December, John and I enjoyed a mini holiday in Quebec City. It’s an absolutely beautiful town. While there, we decided to explore the Museum of Civilization and saw two fascinating exhibits. One is concerned with ecology and the environment, and the other with Hip Hop music. I learned a tremendous amount from both, but the one I want to explore this month is the one on ecology – Our Time on Earth. The Barbican, an arts, learning, and conference… Read more »

    Good News Awakening, Inspiration, Nature

  • Transitions and the 3-phases

    Welcome to November! This month I thought the topic “transitions” would be interesting to discuss. We all go through changes in  our lives. They can be stressful, life changing, and scary. They can cause anxieties, sleeplessness, and more.  They can also be fun and exhilarating. It seems to me that, somehow in life, the only thing that is constant is change. William Bridges (1933–2013), an authority on change and transition, describes transition as… “…the inner psychological process that people go… Read more »

    Healing Transformation, Self Help, Travel

  • Book Cover: The Physics of God

    The Physics of God: A Book Review

    The Physics of God: How the Deepest Theories of Science Explain Religion and How the Deepest Truths of Religion Explain Science by Joseph Selbie | New Page Books (October 1, 2021) 2nd Edition   I found The Physics of God by Joseph Selbie completely fascinating. The book addresses how the science of religion and the modern (quantum physics) science of reality are fully congruent with one another. His writing style is easy to read and understand. The examples he gives… Read more »

    Book Reviews, Enlightenment, Self Help

  • Travel Iowa photo: View this email in your browser The Power of Groups Meditating Dear all, I think you all know how I feel about meditation and how important it is for our wellbeing. All of us easily recognize the benefits of meditating for individuals. In Mayo Clinic’s article Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress, the Clinic states that “Meditation can wipe away the day's stress, bringing with it inner peace.” In the last few years there has been more and more research about group meditation. It shows that group meditation is an equally powerful tool. Small groups meditating for peace have reduced crime and stress in an area while increasing happiness. Yet, few government organizations take these peaceful efforts seriously. People understand the individual benefits but are having a hard time understanding that organized groups meditating for peace can make an enormous difference. Unfortunately, research shows that once the group stops meditating, it only takes about 12 weeks for the city or country to move back to baseline. Collective Consciousness One of the first documented experiences of collective consciousness happened in 1983 through Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field when groups agreed to meditate together for peace. Results were tracked in Israel and Lebanon using quality of life factors. They measured crime, accidents, and stock market results in Israel and Jerusalem. In Lebanon they also measured war effects like deaths and intensity. All areas used news publications to capture quality of life indicators. The results found that the group meditation effectively relieved some of the societal stress. You can find the research at International Peace Project in the Middle East: The Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field. Founded in 1998, the Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. It is based on noosphere which Meriam Webster describes as “the sphere of human consciousness and mental activity...” The word noosphere was first recorded in 1927. Based out of Princeton University, the Global Consciousness Project collects data continuously from a global network of sources. Research results can be found on their website and their current activity on Facebook. Most recently students at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky began a revival from February 8, 2023, that ended with the National Collegiate Day of Prayer on the 23rd. It drew tens of thousands of outside visitors to the town to be a part of the event and other students have started their own revivals on college campuses across the States. A Times’ article, What Asbury’s Christian Revival Says About America’s Need for Connection, quoted a professor who described the event prior to the public influx as “a long exhale taken by my anxious students” followed by “an infilling of a holy calm.” In the Cincinnati Inquirer Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater reported, “In addition to the economic spike, the city of Wilmore experienced zero arrests during the nonstop revival, Rainwater said. To his knowledge, no fights or altercations took place, either.” The world has been watching: How a small service at Asbury took the globe by storm Haadiza Ogwude Cincinnati Enquirer | Updated February 27, 2023 World Peace A 2001 Chicago Tribune article, Town sees mass meditation as way to world peace, introduced me to Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. This unusual town is built around transcendental meditation and the ancient Vedic principles of balance and harmony. According to the Tribune, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi whose followers founded Vedic City is the same Yogi who originally taught baby boomers transcendental meditation in the 1960’s and conducted the 1983 research project mentioned above. The city promotes group meditating among its residents and visitors. In addition, they’re establishing peace centers throughout the world hosting group meditating. Travel Iowa Photo: Observatory Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa Maharishi Vedic City’s open-air observatory

    Help us Build Peace on Earth ✌🌎

    The Power of Groups Meditating Dear all, I think you all know how I feel about meditation and how important it is for our wellbeing. All of us easily recognize the benefits of meditating for individuals. In Mayo Clinic’s article Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress, the Clinic states that “Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace.” In the last few years there has been more and more research about group meditation. It shows… Read more »

    Inspiration, Message, Self Help

  • Book cover: Living in a Mindful Universe

    Living in a Mindful Universe: A book review

    Living in a Mindful Universe A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness by Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell Imagine, being terribly ill and falling into a coma. Imagine feeling suspended in time for seven days. Now imagine, miraculously awakening and remembering everything that occurred during those seven days. Much to the astonishment of his doctors and colleagues, that is exactly what happened to American neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander, in 2008. This near-death experience led Dr. Alexander to change his… Read more »

    Book Reviews, Enlightenment

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