How Peace Activists Can Be More Effective
Buryl Payne Ph.D.
Peace activities are all too often reactive rather
than proactive. Only after an international battle or war has occurred,
attempts are made to ameliorate situations by constructing treaties,
agreements, or curtailment of nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, poison gas,
biological weapons, etc. This is political symptom treatment. Historical
analysis shows this approach is only partially successful. When wars start
up again, peace treaties go out the window!
Effective peace treatments for warring behavior may be
aided by more modern understanding of the nature of war.
I. Wars come and go in cycles.
Warring behavior can be considered as a kind of mass
psychosis. It is insane behavior. Individuals who behave that way are locked
up and treated by psychiatrists.
The most important finding of scientists, based on
observations, not theories, is that wars come and go in cycles. These
cycles were discovered by the late Professor Raymond Wheeler, a psychologist
and historian at the University of Kansas. He found that as part of his
larger historical analysis, international battles happen in approximately 11
year cycles and have done so for 2,500 years. Later on, his work was
statistically validated by Edward Dewey, Director of the Foundation for the
Study of Cycles. Dewey considered the analysis of war cycles as the most
important work of his life. A portion of Wheeler’s data on war cycles is
shown in Figure 1.
Some of Wheeler’s Data on International Battles. The 11 1/5-year
cycle in International Battles, 1760-1947.
Dewey and Wheeler suspected that warring behavior was
connected with sunspot cycles, but their work took place before space probes
were created. It has been discovered that solar wind, or streams of
particles emitted from the Sun, affect the Earth’s magnetic field. This
field is most active a year or two before or after the sunspot peak; never
right on the sunspot peak, and it influences all biological life on Earth.
Figure 2. - A Typical Smoothed Sunspot Peak.
The battles start mostly during the ascent, or
descent, of sunspot activity, when geomagnetic activity is highest. The
small arrow at the bottom of Figure 2. indicates our position on the graph
of time vs. sunspot activity, as of Fall 2009. The sunspot activity is
still zero. Once wars start, the length of them depends on other factors.
Only the start of battles or wars is triggered by solar activity. Many
other human ailments or behaviors are also highly correlated with solar
activity cycles via the geomagnetic field activity, such as heart trouble,
flu, accidents, and psychotic behavior. There is a large body of literature
on these effects. Sunspot and other kinds of solar activity is in turn
related to, and predicted by, the positions of the planets.
When Earth is close to Mercury, Venus, and Mars at the
same time and the Moon lines up with one of them, this is a common likely
time for international battles to start. Warring Behavior usually occurs
twice every eleven year solar cycle as illustrated in Figure 3.
Laboratory studies have shown that geomagnetic
activity affects human brain rhythms and endocrine balance in some
individuals. There is a change of context for the explanation of human
warring behavior from that of individual responsibility (and
irresponsibility) to that of a kind of mass psychosis triggered by processes
off the planet. This is not a theory, it is observations. Of course,
other factors are involved such as greed, territoriality, religious
doctrines, and race differences, all primitive, short sighted, animalistic
factors no longer relevant for 21st century Earth. However, the cycles of
war take precedence over those factors. Most importantly, outbreaks of
wars are predictable. The primitive, tribal factors do not usually
support making predictions.
This approach provides peace activists with important
information. Peace actions can be more clearly directed to be preventative
methods, rather than a reaction.
II. The Power of Thought
Scientists found proof that the power of thought can
affect physical events and the behavior of others. While some people with
classical scientific education rigidly hold on to older mechanical views of
how the Universe works, others, forging ahead, accept, and are demonstrating
in and out of the laboratory, that thought power is a real force. During
1983 to 1988, the Academy for Peace Research and an organization, called
Peace the 21st, organized global peace meditations six times a
year. The results clearly showed that solar activity decreased 24 hours
after each meditation. Figure 3. shows some of the data.
More is, on my website:
Buryl.com under ‘Academy for Peace Research’ > ‘past
projects’ > ‘The Power of Thought’ (http://www.buryl.com/apr_power_of_thought.htm
) and linked at the end of that is further information. At that time the
power of thought was not a common paradigm, except to a few quantum
physicists and new age thinkers, so no editor was found who would print the
Now things have changed. This time period ( 2010 –
2020 ) is a good one for peace thought power projects, and the majority of
political leaders remain unconsciously within the framework of the older
scientific paradigms or have even more pre-scientific beliefs coming from
the feudal middle ages and their own tribal religions. “I’m right because
I’m bigger, stronger, more ruthless, command more men, etc.”, or “My god
says our tribe is the best”, or “my skin color is better than yours”. With
such prevailing paradigms, peace activists can work using thought power
without any resistance.
Predictive knowledge of likely times of mass psychosis
can suggest good times to take preventative physical and mental actions.
Even though a large proportion of the people may not understand the full
scientific background or principles involved, they can be involved in a
simple way with positive visions. Peace thought power (meditations or
visualizations) can be simple, easy, and celebratory, designed when possible
to fit in with festive times and holidays.
At the same time, plans for physical disruptions can,
and must be, made, for there are too many pre psychotic or insane political
leaders who control and direct uneducated or mechanically thinking people.
In longer term views, peace activists can plan ahead
to educate children in modem scientific findings, taking care of mother
earth as a whole And the use of thought power and stepping out of the older
paradigms such as ‘might makes right’ or ‘the use of force is a last
resort.’ Perhaps many armies can be slowly replaced by international peace
corps. If children can be educated everywhere, peace will probably manifest
in one or two generations.
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Battles. 600 B.C.-A.D. 1957, Cycles, 21(6), pp 121-158, 1970.
M. et al The Transcendental Meditation Program and Crime Rate changes in a
Sample of Forty Eight cities. Crime and Justice, Vol.
Friedman, H. and Becker, R.O., Geomagnetic parameters and Psychiatric
Hospital Admissions, Nature, V. 200, pp 626- 628, 1963.
Hundhausen, A.J. 1979. Solar Activity and The Solar Wind. Review of Solar
Physics and Space Physics. pp. 2034- 2048.
Payne, B. The Global Meditation Project, National Council for Geocosmic
Research, Winter 1987.
How to Predict Solar and Geomagnetic Activity. (inpublished as of Jan.,
Planetary Positions and Sunspots, 1992. National Council on Geocosmic
Research. Spring. 1359 Sargent Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105.
Global Peace Meditation Research Project -
Interim Report. NCGR Journal. Winter-Spring, 1987. Available at
Power of thought to Influence the Sun. Journal of Borderland Research (no
longer in print). Available at www.buryl.com.
(Payne articles available in e-book format in the book on ‘Spin’ by Buryl