December 31

by Helen on December 27th, 2009

“What if I told you that a thought. . .any tiny idea that forms in your mind. . .actually has mass? What if I told you that a thought is an actual thing, a measurable entity, with measurable mass? A minuscule mass, of course, but mass nonetheless. What are the implications?. . . .

“Now take it a step further. What happens if many people start focusing on the same thought? All the occurrences of that same thought begin to merge into one, and the cumulative mass of this thought begins to grow. And therefore, its gravity grows. . . .

“If enough people begin thinking the same thing, then the gravitational force of that thought becomes tangible. . .and it exerts actual force. . . .And it can have a measurable effect in our physical world.”

–Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

When I read these words a few days ago, they reminded me of an old project of mine.

After John Lennon was killed in 1980 people assembled around the world in a mass vigil that culminated, at Yoko Ono’s request, in ten minutes of silent prayer. I watched on my parents’ TV in Connecticut as the camera played over the faces of people in New York’s Central Park. On national television there was total silence for ten minutes as people joined all over the world in an outpouring of love and gratitude for the life of this peace-loving man.

As I sat and watched my TV screen and wept for the end of an era, I could feel the combined energy of all those thousands of people praying and meditating simultaneously passing through my body like an electrical current. The sensation took me beyond grief to a kind of exaltation, for I knew that this energy was real, that it was a powerful force for good, and that it was there, waiting to be harnessed.

In 1986 I heard about a group of people down in Texas called the Quartus Foundation who were organizing a worldwide healing meditation scheduled for the morning of December 31.

I tuned in on that meditation, and almost fell off my cushion from the power of the energy. Afterwards I noticed that I became motivated to be more active in promoting my favorite causes, environmentalism and animal rights.

I heard about other synchronized meditations organized by other groups. I put out a newsletter whose sole function was to inform as many people as possible of the timing of these meditations for world healing and peace. I called it The Light Weaver and I dedicated it to the Peace Prayer Network of Planet Earth.

When the Berlin wall fell in 1989 I was tempted to believe that the massed power of all that loving intention had played a part.

Putting out a newsletter in those pre-computer days was labor intensive, and after a couple of years I had to let it go. But when I read those words in Dan Brown’s book, it reminded me of The Light Weaver.

I googled the Quartus Foundation and learned that they are still on the job. The twenty-fourth annual World Healing Day meditation is scheduled for Thursday, December 31, at 7 am EST. That’s 6 am CST, 5 am MST, and those poor buggers on the coast will have to be up and at it by 4 am.

Some of the countries that are involved through Quartus and other groups include Austria, Canada, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and Russia.

You don’t have to be part of a group or someone who meditates or prays regularly to take part. You don’t even have to believe in God. You only have to believe that collective, positive human thought in the form of prayer, meditation, or visualization is a powerful tool for healing and transformation. Any prayer or meditation is fine, as long as your intention is helpful and loving. The important thing is to get up, be there, and tune in mentally to the thousands of people all around the Earth, your unseen human family, who all want exactly what you want: peace.

Some people visualize world leaders shaking hands. Some visualize soldiers laying down their arms. (This actually happened on Christmas Eve in 1914: have you heard John McCutcheon’s song “Christmas in the Trenches”? And check out Jim Murphy’s book Truce for more about the Christmas Truce of 1914, when 100,000 troops laid down their arms and refused to fight.) Some people simply tune in to the energy and send love to all sentient beings.

I like to think of the Sufi Universal Worship Service, where holy books from seven different religions sit side by side on the altar and where six candles are lit for the major world religions and a seventh one for all other spiritual paths known and unknown.

If ever our world was in need of healing, that time is now. Our civilization is in crisis; our planet is in peril. Fear and ignorance abound. The only force stronger than fear is love.

For the exact time of the World Healing Meditation in your state or country, go to:

Please spread the word. Light Weavers, let’s put our shoulders to the wheel!

Love, Helen

  1. Hi Helen,

    I just saw this today (Feb.4th). Our planet does desperately need healing. Please tune in on February 13th to NBC. You will hear glorious artists voices in the new recording of WE ARE THE WORLD, written by the late Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief. It will be telecast in conjunction with The Winter Olympics. Beautiful voices reaching out with a single intention can be a prayer as well.
    Best, Susan Alcott Jardine

  2. This is a very meaningful blog entry, Helen. I will be up and participating on the 31st. I will tell friends about this as well. Strong positive thoughts do have impact. I agree the time is now for world healing and peace.

  3. I have taken part in such events before and I hope people get this notice. I would only change one thing–you don’t even have to believe that it will work, you only have to do it AS IF it will work. Send out the love and healing thoughts even if you’re not sure it will do anything.

    • Linda, I like that very much. “As if” is a very powerful concept. It’s sort of like, “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.” Act “as if” you’re not afraid–and you won’t be.

      Thanks for listening and for sharing!