In 2015 there was an escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine,  which prompted me to write this article. Now, in 2024 the situation has become unbearable.   

When just 1 per cent of the population practised this, it significantly reduced violence and crime in that area of population.

You don’t have to be a brilliant scholar to know that violence and unrest is escalating. We are constantly involved in one war or another. If governments are not sending in troops to battle, they are sending in armed troops to maintain peace. We have to ask ourselves, at what cost?

Many western countries are struggling to take care of their own citizens, with poverty on the rise, but yet there’s always money to be found for sending in the troops. These troops are not numbers, but men and women, sons and daughters. For those who don’t make it home alive, there are many more who return home injured in some way, either physically, mentally, emotionally spiritually or all of the above.

Albert Einstein said that, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” It’s time for a different approach.

“Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1914–2008), a master of transcendental meditation, claimed that when just 1 per cent of the population practised his specific meditation techniques, it would significantly reduce violence and crime in that area of population. This has been named the Maharishi Effect.

In the early 1980s, during the Israeli and Lebanese war, a study which put this claim to the test confirmed that when a percentage of people in a community meditated and experienced peace within, their inner peace was reflected in their community.*” (p 87, 2012 from here to eternity).

I wonder what would happen if instead of sending in troops to battle, we sent in troops to pray? At the very least we have nothing to lose with the possibility of much to gain. Can you see your government doing this? Perhaps not yet, but there is an opportunity here for religious leaders to step it up.

“Evolve or die” (E. Tolle) applies as much to religious leaders and the organisations they lead, as it does to you and me. Imagine what can be accomplished when these leaders work together for peace, when they work together in equipping, preparing and deploying new missionaries, prayer group missionaries, to places where peace is most needed.

Imagine… for you must first imagine this to be possible, if it is to become reality.



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