Tonight is the eve of the most anticipated Peace Weekend in my 42 year history, well, for me personally at least. Tomorrow morning I’m waking up early to go set up a World Peace Meditation tent at Peace in the Park in Hastings and I was so excited last night that I couldn’t fall asleep until 2am. Sunday is the International Day of Peace which feels like Christmas to me – and it is, isn’t it? Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All. At 3pm we are gathering in front of the Lightner Museum in historic St Augustine to meditate for World Peace simultaneously with over over 100,000 people around the globe. It is all I can think about. I feel like a teenage girl in the 60’s going to a Beatles concert. Peace is what makes my heart go pitter patter.
15 years ago when I had followed my spiritual path out to California and I felt I had outgrown my birth name, I chose the name Shanti. It means Peace.
9 months ago when I was leaving California and looking for my next home on earth I drove here to St Augustine one evening thinking I would tune in to see if it felt right. I checked in at my hotel and woke up the next morning with an open mind and lo and behold, across the street is the local Farmer’s Market. I walk over and walk straight up to a booth and the first person in St. Augustine that I talk to is a very nice lady, and though I didn’t know it at the time, she happens to have a local non-profit called Unity & Peace.
Many more wondrous things happened on that first day in St Augustine, which I won’t go into now, but when I was driving out of town on my way back to my sister’s house I started day dreaming about starting an Inner Peace Outer Peace website and putting together a Peace in the Park day. My heart was soaring as I dreamed up ways that I could share my passion for Inner Peace and my deep belief that it is what will truly bring us Outer Peace.
A couple of months later when I have moved in to my little miracle house I go to my first meeting of Compassionate St Augustine and come to find out – there is already a Peace in the Park day in the works. And when I have lunch with one of the organizers to find out more we discover that she is the nice lady from the Farmer’s Market who was the very first person I spoke to in town. And Unity & Peace needs someone to redo their website. Wow.
Did I start day dreaming about making a peace website and putting together a Peace in the Park because I met this nice lady and I picked up the thoughts subconsciously from her without speaking? Or did I already have the seeds of those dreams in my heart and that is what led me directly to her table at the Farmer’s Market?
I don’t know. It’s too much to think about. But this is how Peace is following me around. Or maybe I am following where Peace leads me. I’m not sure which. Maybe both. But when I hear that there is more scientific evidence that Peace Meditation lessens was and violence than there is that aspirin lessens headache pain – I get excited. So excited that I can hardly sleep. I want to make some Peace already.
So, as I continue on my path to embody my name, I invite you all to join me from wherever you are – and I say: World Peace is the Bee’s Knees. Om Shanti. I Am Peace.
International Day of Peace ~ Sunday, Sept. 21st 3:00pm
In front of Lightner Museum / City Hall
I have always known intuitively in my heart that our prayers matters, that the quality of the energy we put out into the world makes a difference and that World Peace is about a shift in consciousness. And when I read and hear about the scientific research that is proving this again and again I get very excited. Let’s go! Wow! If group meditation can literally save lives – which is shown in several studies published in peer-reviewed publications – then let’s do something. And if the energy, thoughts and emotions I am “feeding the field” each day with my own mind and heart impacts life all around me, I can do something about that, too.
In the videos below it’s explained that there have been so many studies done on how Group Meditation or Feeling Prayer creates Peace that it’s a scientific fact. There is more scientific evidence that Group meditation lessens war, terrorism and violent crime than there is that Aspirin lessens headache pain. They have even been able to mathematically calculate the number of people needed to start having a measurable impact of Peace on the surrounding area – it is the square root of 1% of the population. For a city of 1 million people, that is about 100 people meditating for peace to create a measurable decline in violent crime. And of course, the more the merrier. As they found in the Washington D.C. study, as the meditators increased in number, the violence decreased even more.
When you apply this math to World Peace, with a population of 6 billion people, the square root of 1% is only about 8,000 people. Think about that. It only takes 8,000 you’s and me’s to start to have an impact of Peace on a world scale. That is exciting. That is inspiring. That is hopeful. That is Peace on Earth. That is real science.