Thirty years ago, New Age believers, pagans, meditation practitioners, hippies and the spiritually curious gathered at “energy centers” around the globe to let out a collective “OM.”
The two-day event, which began on the 16th, was dubbed the Harmonic Convergence and is believed to be the first multi-national, simultaneous meditation event ever organized reports Margalit Fox at The New York Times.
The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to the world’s first synchronized global peace meditation, which occurred on August 16–17, 1987. This event also closely coincided with an exceptional alignment of planets in the Solar System.
Eight planets were aligned in an unusual configuration called a grand trine. The Sun, Moon and six out of eight planets formed part of the grand trine, that is, they were aligned at the apexes of an equilateral triangle when viewed from the Earth.
The convergence is purported to have “corresponded with a great shift in the earth’s energy from warlike to peaceful.” Believers of this esoteric prophecy maintain that the Harmonic Convergence ushered in a five-year period of Earth’s “cleansing”, where many of the planet’s “false structures of separation” would collapse.
An important part of the Harmonic Convergence observances was the idea of congregating at “power centers. Power centers were places, such as Mount Shasta, Mount Fuji, and Mount Yamnuska where the spiritual energy was held to be particularly strong.
The belief was that if 144,000 people assembled at these power centers and meditated for peace, that the arrival of the new era would be facilitated.
The idea that mass meditation could have an impact on the world persists to this day, bolstered by the popularity of mindful meditation. In fact, the Global Consciousness Project has been investigating whether meditation can create a “coherent” human consciousness since 1998.
Whatever your belief or practice, OMing for peace may well be worth it.