Former environmental lawyer David T. Nicol, PhD is the founder and Executive Director of the Gaiafield Project and Institute for Subtle Activism. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). In the first half, he discussed the power of consciousness and the scientific research into non-locality and mass consciousness experiments. He described subtle activism as the use of consciousness-based practices such as meditation, prayer, and ritual for the purpose of collective transformation. Usually people think of these practices on a personal level, but the focus of subtle activism is to harness the techniques for social or collective healing purposes, he explained.
An example of this would be a global meditation concentrating on a peaceful outcome to an international crisis, Nicol continued. Such meditations can be useful as an addition to direct action in such cases, he noted. "I think the power of the group is greater than an individual to a quantum degree," he added.
There are a number of scientific studies that show that distant healing and prayer can have a measurable effect, he cited. One subtle activism project was focused on the health of the Salish Sea off the coast of Seattle. In that region the orca whale made a comeback after the sessions, he reported. Nicol also spoke about the Maharishi Effect, which finds that when at least 1% of the population are practicing TM meditation in a given area or city, crime rates go down or war situations improve.
Midweek Open Lines were featured in the latter half. Rosemarie in Ashland, Oregon said she got a kick out of hearing the "The Ketchup Song" as one of the bumper music selections, as she and her daughter, Linda Marie, perform it weekly as a singing duo at a local Mexican restaurant. Andrea in Placerville, CA shared her psychic premonition dating back 10 years, that Hillary Clinton would unquestionably be the first woman president. Gary in Santa Maria expressed concern that Google was targeting alternative media and demonetizing their YouTube channels.