Dozens of studies have suggested that when groups of people focus on a common event, there are measurable differences in the whole.
Organizations doing such research are the Global Consciousness Project, Maharishi University, and Lynn Mctaggert, author of the of the Intention Experiment and her team of internationally known scientists. These studies suggest that our thoughts have the power to affect events “outside” of ourselves and “uncontrollable” events such violence.
The Albany Peace Project wants to add to this body of research, so that we can all understand our importance to the whole of humanity. The more evidence we can offer to support that we are not just victims of fate or heredity or economic circumstances, the more people will have the courage to make efforts to positively impact our world. This research is about our birthright to make change, without having to wait for politicians, funding opportunities, or send our family members to war.
An additional but no less important hypothesis of our research study is that merely by participating in focusing your intentions daily on peace for downtown Albany, you will also be positively affecting your own personal life. If we are truly all connected then there is a two way flow of information. We are broadcast towers as well as receiving stations. What we send out we get back. If you can document your own results and see if you can get a real, measurable improvement in your own life during this short study, wouldn’t you continue practicing these techniques in your own life after the study is over?
Why care about lowering crime statistics with your thoughts?
For the purposes of statistical research we had to choose something to affect that was measurable and had a certain level of statistical credibility. We were able through the cooperation of the Albany Police Department to get access to the previous 5 years of date on aggravated assaults. This gives us something that is not only track-able but represents real lives and real people who might benefit by Albany becoming a safer place.
Why focused intention?
Originally, we were inspired by research done with meditation and prayer. However, the concept of focusing intention is a slightly different approach. Not everyone is into meditation or prayer but everyone experiences the result of how they focus their thoughts on a daily basis. We wanted the study to be open to everyone, every faith, every practice. So if you meditate, Great! If you pray. Great! If you call it something else, such as, “visualization” or “meditation”. That’s fine too. “Focused Intention” is really an extremely practical description of what we are actually doing. We are focusing our intention. Cultivating unwavering intention is the secret weapon of any great visionary in the world, it is the most accelerated approach to achieving anything!!. Participating in this study will teach you the focusing skills of great visionaries that will create a wide range of benefits for your entire life. Begin by conceiving it…so you can be it!