"Peace is first a state of mind."– Universal Peace Covenant

A Day Devoted to Higher Consciousness
prepare for the 20 hour, 15 minute Universal Hour of Peace Meditation, 2014-2015

Beginning at 5 AM CT on Wednesday December 31st, people around the world will be meditating for the following 20 hours and 15 minutes as we welcome the year 2015 in the Spirit of Peace.

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We invite all people to join us, wherever you are. And to record your thoughts and intentions here in the Peace Dome.

Meditate on This:
the Practice Can Heal You
in Less Than 11 Hours

"The sense of spiritual consciousness, connecting to something greater than oneself, is one of the most intoxicating realms a human can enter. Across the millennia, such experiences have shaped the lives of individuals and, upon occasion, whole cultures. The question for science is not to deny them, but to seek to understand the processes by which they occur and the domain into which they lead us. Central to these true stories is a special state of mindfulness, what the psychologist Charles Tart described in his classic 1972 Science paper as a state of consciousness...."

read the article at Huffington Post


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Blosser, Pam. Seven Steps to Deepen Meditation. Windyville, Missouri: SOM Publishing, 2001. 43. Print.
 
Condron, Barbara. Kundalini Rising: Mastering Creative Energies. Windyville, Missouri: SOM Publishing, 1992. 181. Print.
 
Condron, Barbara.  Spiritual Renaissance: Elevating Your Consciousness for the Common Good.  Windyville, Missouri: SOM Publishing, 1999. 98. Print.
 
Condron, Daniel R. Permanent Healing. Windyville, Missouri: SOM Publishing, 2005. 64, 74, 98. Print.
 
Condron, Daniel R. Superconscious Meditation: Kundalini and the Understanding of the Whole Mind. Windyville, Missouri: SOM Publishing, 1998. 88. Print.
 
Davidson, R. and Kabat-Zinn, F., et al, “Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation.” Psychosomatic Medicine 65 (2003): 564-570. Print.
 
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Notes
 
Seed Idea: Meditation feeds the whole Self with an abundance of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical evolutionary benefits, thus ushering in Intuitive Spiritual Man.
 
Intuitive, Spiritual Man is as an evolutionary step and how meditation is one means to still the mind to produce this new stage of mental consciousness.

What are "THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION
UPON GROUPS IN THE WORLD"
read Dr. Pam Blosser's article

In today’s age of technological advances, our world has become a smaller, more intimate community.  From the internet and its social media sites to cell phones, we can be in contact with and aware of what other people on the other side of the planet are doing in the exact same moment as us.  One evening on a Thanksgiving Day while riding home after seeing a movie with family, my uncle received a call on his cell phone.  The person calling was his son serving in the military near Baghdad, Iraq.  I was amazed that such a conversation could take place in real time on small, portable devices the size of an average human hand – no wires or phone cords, just the voice coming from the speaker in the box.
 
These and other technological advances are mere representations of a deeper, more mental and spiritual evolution that is occurring in our species.  We are moving from a consciousness that reasons to one that experiences the direct grasp of truth – intuition.  To experience being grounded and connected in this evolutionary transition, we have an incredible tool with multiple benefits on all levels – spiritual, mental, emotional and physical – for any individual who faithfully practices it.  This tool is meditation.  It is a means to still the mind, reduce stress and feel connected to a Higher Power, however viewed.  It will feed and produce this new stage of mental consciousness – the Intuitive, Spiritual Thinker – within you.
 
The root of the word Man comes from Sanskrit – Manu, which means thinker.  To illustrate what Intuitive, Spiritual Man is or will be, Dr. Barbara Condron, dreamologist and Governor of International Education at the School of Metaphysics, in her book, Spiritual Renaissance: Elevating Your Consciousness for the Common Good, describes where we have been and where we are going as a race.
 
The future of man does not rest in the past, in what has been, in even what is. The future of man is revealed in the imagination of the thinker.  It has yet to be created.  Imagination has caused every genetic change – from man’s adaptability to elements to the creation of faculties for everything from fine motor skills to the tendency toward genius.  In the animal kingdom, survival of the fittest reigns.  For man, that measure of fitness is no longer strength rooted in the physical and ruled by instinctual cunning.  Now, strength is determined by will power, the capacity to make and fulfill choices that transform animal instinct into a direct grasp of Truth known as intuition.  Intuitive knowledge and skill is our future.  The goal is no longer survival, it is wisdom.  For this reason we will increasingly find Man’s fittest is also the wisest among us. 
 
When anyone sits still and meditates, they are aligning their waking, conscious mind with their inner, subconscious mind and attuning them to superconscious mind.  Doing so daily produces a multitude of benefits, many of which are the qualities of Intuitive, Spiritual Man.  Many of these benefits are not physical in nature, they are mental and emotional; some are even mystical (School of Metaphysics. Lesson 6, 4).
 
The inner urge in Reasoning Man is ever-present encouraging progression up the evolutionary scale to Spiritual Man.  Each experience beyond the perimeters of the physical plane reinforces awareness of this destiny.  Never before in man’s evolution has it been so important for man to heed this inner urge and accelerate soul progression.  The onset of mystical experience is quickly becoming pronounced and prevalent as more and more individuals rise from sleeping consciousness (Condron, B. Kundalini Rising, 181).
 
Spiritual Evolutionary Benefits
 
Everyone born on planet Earth is familiar, to varying degrees, of the physical environment in which we live.  Therefore, spiritual benefits accelerating one’s evolution may not be as readily identified as physical ones.  In the book, Seven Steps to Deepen Meditation, Dr. Pam Blosser delineates in general, some of these spiritually elusive advantages to meditating.
 
As long as you are endeavoring to still your mind and listen something is happening.  You are settling into the silence and to the stillness, quietly letting go of all the rumble and chatter of your outer mind.  When you are very still for a period of time there is change affecting your brain waves, your consciousness and your total vibration.  This is accumulative.  In the stillness, you can know God.  One meditation builds on the next, and calmness increasingly flows out into your life.  Spiritual disciplines are accumulative with steps and plateaus of growth.  If you are conscientious, regular, attentive and alert in the silence there will be a deepening of consciousness in your life.
 
Since meditation is a receptive, empty state of consciousness, it is different from our day-to-day experiences in the Western World.  Meditating is a time for you.  It is time to slow down, be still and center in who you are and what life is really all about – learning and growing.  “As you are willing to pursue the state of stillness and receptivity you will come to know the truth.”
 
During meditation the meditator needs to quiet and still the thoughts of the mind.  To obtain stillness in the mind is not to have nothing in the mind, nor is it to stop the mind.  Rather it is to have a state of complete receptivity.
 
Concentration cures Attention Deficit Disorder.  Meditation is a form of concentration where the one meditating practices being still and receptive, and therefore promotes the healing of the common diagnosis referred to as ADD.  Dr. Daniel Condron goes on to advocate
“receptivity provides the self with many benefits.  By disciplining the mind one learns to:
 
1. Still the mind;
2. Listen to one’s inner desires; and
3. Respond according to one’s Inner Desires.”
 
By label and identification, Attention Deficit Disorder, is simply that – a deficiency or inability in the thinker to command their attention at will.  When one learns how to concentrate and meditate, they “relish the ability to receive.”  When you are able to receive then you can birth wisdom within yourself, personally evolve into Intuitive, Spiritual Man, and “become rich and wealthy in all ways” (Condron, D. Superconscious Meditation, 88).
 
Mental Evolutionary Benefits
 
All emotional and physical dis-eases are caused by thought.  Most people can see the relativity between procrastination and stress – both forms of mental pressure – and a headache, which is physical pressure felt in the head.  This relationship is no accident.  If one puts off action on a goal and then thinks about what they don’t want to have happen in relationship to that goal long enough, it will stress them out and the body will respond in like kind.
 
For nearly 40 years, School of Metaphysics Intuitive Reporter and Conductor teams have provided Intuitive Health Analyses for people requesting them.  The analyses are given while the Intuitive Reporter’s conscious mind is ‘set aside’ similar to a mild form of hypnosis where she is not consciously present.  An Intuitive Health Analysis verbalizes the individual’s present, primary mental attitude, its emotional expression and how it is manifesting in the physical body. 
 
For example, research has shown that “meditation lowers blood pressure to levels comparable to prescription drugs for those who are normal to moderately hypertensive” (Murphy and Donovan). Intuitive Health Analyses have shown that high blood pressure is caused by a mental attitude of having “expectations that are not being lived up to, whether these are one’s own or expectations of others.”  Thinking you are responsible for others, like having an attitude of “I should” also contributes to high blood pressure.  Meditation enables the practitioner to develop a sense of purpose and respond to the inner desires of Self.  This state of mind lowers blood pressure because it centers one in who they are and what they are here to do or be, which counteracts the fear that one is not fulfilling the expectations (Condron, D. Permanent Healing, 74).
 
For those who, at night can’t let go of what they didn’t do during the day, and counting sheep is of no avail, Dr. Gregg Jacobs with the Harvard Medical School found that “75% of long-term insomniacs who have been trained in relaxation, meditation and simple lifestyle changes can fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.”
 
Studies have also shown that meditation enables people to have more joy in life. 
“Brain scans show that meditation shifts activity in the prefrontal cortex (behind the forehead) from the right hemisphere to the left.  People who have a negative disposition tend to be right-prefrontal oriented; left-prefrontals have more enthusiasms, more interests, relax more, and tend to be happier” (Davidson and Kabat-Zinn, 564-570).
 
In essence, a defining quality of Intuitive, Spiritual Man is the ability to choose one’s thoughts, thus being the mental creator of one’s life and experiences.  Commanding the will and the attention to create purpose for any situation, go to sleep at night and find the good in any situation (resulting in happiness) is enhanced as the individual meditates.  Since meditation aligns the individual internally with who they are and what their mission in life is, from the inside out, the mental attitude of those who practice it is of a higher caliber than those who do not.
 
Emotional Evolutionary Benefits
 
When anyone willingly practices a mental and spiritual discipline such as meditation on a daily basis, they will be more fulfilled emotionally.  For example, “a group of inner-city residents suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, diabetes and hypertension were trained in meditation.  They experienced a 50% reduction in overall psychiatric symptoms, a 70% decrease in anxiety, and a 44% reduction in medical symptoms” (Roth and Crease, 150-2, 154, 157).
 
The meditation practice of these inner-city residents gave them direction and a purpose in life to move their attention toward.  From the Intuitive Health Analyses, depression is caused by “all of the attention on what the Self does not have, without creating goals, desires, or purposes.”  This would also include the suppression of goals and desires as well as refusing to act and use the will to move on and toward these desires – basically a lack of purpose.  As has already been demonstrated, meditating gives people a sense of purpose, a reason to live because it creates an interior alignment between the conscious, waking mind and the subconscious soul of the individual.  Someone who is connected inside will make the connections in the outer life to set goals and act upon them with hope and expectation of their completion (Condron, D. Permanent Healing, 98).
 
“Meditators notice more, but react more calmly than non-meditators to emotionally arousing stimuli” (Murphy and Donovan).  Anxiety is caused by scattered attention – thinking too much and easily distracted.  Since meditation is a form of concentration, meditators are more mentally focused, which creates an expansion of attention on the environment.  Therefore they are capable of handling unexpected emotional reactions from others and within themselves in a calmer, more peaceful manner (Condron, D. Permanent Healing, 64).
 
A hallmark of the evolving Intuitive, Spiritual Man or Thinker is the ability to create purpose for undesirable circumstances and subsequently learn any time, anywhere and from any one.  This will greatly accelerate the rate of personal soul growth and even spiritual development.  The foundation of this is how the thinker uses his or her attention.  As more people on our planet practice concentration and meditation, we will begin to see greater peace on earth, one person at a time.  Peace, then will be an idea whose time has come (School of Metaphysics. Universal Peace Covenant).
 
Physical Evolutionary Benefits
 
Using meditation to improve the mental and emotional areas of life has natural and almost immediate physical benefits.  “In a study of health insurance statistics, meditators had 87% fewer hospitalizations for heart disease, 55% fewer for benign and malignant tumors, and 30% fewer for infectious diseases.  The meditators had more than 50% fewer doctor visits than did non-meditators.”  Given the figures, meditation even saves money on health care costs  (Orme-Johnson, 493-507).
 
Also, “those with smoking, alcohol, and eating addictions who have been trained in meditation break their addictions with significantly lower relapse rates than those receiving standard therapies.”  Students at the School of Metaphysics are asked to abstain from drugs and alcohol during their studies.  Many students leave these habits behind after just one week of practicing a simple concentration exercise.  Though not an illegal drug, many School of Metaphysics students continue to smoke nicotine.  One long-term teacher at the School of Metaphysics spoke of an epiphany one day in seeing how continuing to smoke was hypocritical of her in light of asking her students to practice mental and emotional discipline when she was still addicted to cigarettes.  Her daily practice of meditation built her will and contributed to her forever leaving smoking behind (Royer-Bounouar, 3428).
 
For a society that worships youth and beauty, many will be pleased to know that “meditation appears to slow aging.  Those meditating five years or more were 12 years younger than their chronological age.”  Meditation and Life Force practices are common among students of the School of Metaphysics, who are often commented with amazement as looking younger and healthier than their chronological age.  Many people remark on not knowing how old someone from the Orient is, a region on earth where meditation and Tai Chi are commonly practiced in open city squares and public parks (Wallace and Dillbeck, 53-58).
 
Living Meditatively
 
“Consider that wherever you are in your thinking is your meditation” (Blosser, 4).
 
Though meditation may be that 15-45 minute (or longer) practice of sitting still each day, meditation ultimately is the sum total of all the thoughts one thinks and the mental posture or state of mind one lives in each and every moment.  Examine the following quote from an Intuitive Meditation Evaluation given in the same manner as an Intuitive Health Analysis:
 
Would suggest that this one begin to perceive meditation as the thoughts that populate this one’s thinking.  It is where this one lives moment to moment as much as it is where this on might go to (MED 10-09-1999-BGC-05).
 
Intuitive, Spiritual Man isn’t just a human being or a human doer.  This next stage of evolutionary development is and will be discerned by the very consciousness that one is – the thoughts, the attitudes.
 
For the Intuitive, Spiritual Man, meditation then isn’t just something one does; meditation becomes who you are.
 –from 20'12" Meditation: Practice for Evolution by Jesse A Kern
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