"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
–-Dr. Martin Luther King
The Harmony Project is a way for individuals and small groups to directly and positively change the world –– and themselves –– with a minimum of effort. It’s a simple, uncomplicated and powerful way for individuals to positively change consciousness.
The Harmony project is based on three simple concepts:
1) The inherent spiritual nature of every human being
2) Quiet Power
3) Social networks
1) Everyone on earth has a spiritual aspect. In that profound sense, we are all linked on a very fundamental level. In the Harmony Project, we use this idea to raise our own vibration, and others as well.
A human being is a divine, immortal Spirit temporarily associated with a physical body. You either understand that, or you don’t. If you do, you are capable of reaching the state of love. Love is the quintessential expression of our inherent spiritual nature.
If you know what love feels like, then you are qualified to participate in the Harmony Project! By love I mean that powerful, awesome feeling of excitement and connection that unites all life everywhere. It’s easy to get that feeling back in your heart. All you have to do is remember a time you fell in love. Or got a wonderful present. Or saw someone smile. Or looked into the eyes of your pet. Love is a feeling of warmth that is inherent to all life everywhere. Love keeps the universe working. It is who we are at the core of our being. All else is an illusion.
2) What is Quiet Power?
Quiet Power is the expression of love. Love is serene, calming, quiet, confident, and enormously powerful. Love doesn’t jabber, shout, or scream. Love is not ostentatious or ego driven. Love is unconditional. When you love, you give your heart and soul. Love is exciting, but in a peaceful way.
Love is like giving someone a present. You wait silently, with eager anticipation, for the smile that comes when a friend or a loved one opens your gift. That smile is your reward. It is an acknowledgment of your shared divinity, of your shared spirituality. There aren’t words good enough to express that feeling. That’s why I call love, Quiet Power.
The expression of love finds many forms, in every area of life.
Have you ever noticed that the most influential people are always those who lead by example? Like Mother Theresa, or Gandhi. Or maybe, one of your friends. Or maybe your mother, or one of your relatives. It could be a teacher, a co–worker, a musician or an artist. Regardless of who it is, the people you admire most walk the walk, and don’t just talk the talk. They’re not in the streets yelling and screaming, but quietly going about their business, demonstrating competence, integrity, and compassion, showing others the true path by their example.
What is the true path?
It’s just the recognition of who you are. The cells of your body are made of condensed love. Everything in existence resonates strongly to this fundamental frequency.
The idea of the Harmony Project is to quietly open yourself up to the world, leading by example.
Don’t panic! The Harmony Project isn’t hard, it’s fun! Anyone can do it. It’s done quietly, at your own pace, and in your own time. You don’t have to sign up for anything, or study anything, or ask permission from anyone. There aren’t any rules. Everything you need for the Project is already inside of you.
3) The power of the Harmony Project is based on the social network. A social network is all of the people you know. Every country has thousands or millions of social networks, and they all overlap. These networks are spontaneous and people–created, unregulated by government or authority. Because of mobile technology, instant messaging, and email, people are now in instant communication, so an idea can spread rapidly within your network and between networks. Millions of people quietly, voluntarily and positively influencing their social networks has the same effect as one or two people reaching millions of people on the Oprah show.
It’s better to have millions of people quietly effecting change on a one–to–one basis within their personal networks, rather than a couple of people leading on the masses. Why? Because the idea of “follow the leader” has gotten mankind into trouble over the past 5,000 years, creating hierarchical societies with a few at the top and the millions at the bottom. So we simply by–pass the authorities and, without fighting or resisting the current order, create a new world.
In the American West, for example, boomtowns like Silver City, Idaho and Virginia City, Nevada simply disappeared. No one came in with an army to wipe these places out. They vanished as a result of natural economic forces. This is what social networks and endeavors like the Harmony Project will do to the established order.
What is the Harmony Project?
The Harmony Project consists of two simple activities:
1) Walk quietly down the street with love in your heart. The more crowded the street, the better! Repeat as many times as you feel like it. Or, sit quietly in a café or a coffee shop, and feel love. You don’t have to DO anything, or make a big speech, or make a spectacle of yourself. Just sit there feeling love and observe what happens. You can do this anywhere people gather. I like to do it at the checkout counter in the supermarket!
You don’t sing, or chant, or talk loudly, because that would be distracting to others, and could morph into an ego thing. Just sit or walk quietly and unobtrusively, blending in with the scenery. When you are around people and feel love, you quietly affect everyone around you. That’s because love is the most powerful vibration in the universe.
What happens is that the vibration of love goes quietly, but powerfully, outward from you to everyone around you, and alters their aura. I’ve done this myself, and when I am truly in tune with love, people will often look up and smile. Sometimes, they’ll even stop and want to talk. What you are doing is literally changing the vibration of those you meet, without having to argue with them, or “raise their consciousness.” You can’t know how powerful this can be until you actually do it! And do you know the best part? It makes you feel great! It can be addicting, in a good way.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a miracle right away! The idea of the Harmony Project isn’t to show everyone how awesome you are (even though you ARE awesome!). It’s not an ego thing. The idea is first to feel love inside of you, and to share that love quietly with others. What you are doing when you radiate love around others, is vibrationally altering their consciousness. This occurs invisibly, just as radio and micro waves travel invisibly and find their way to your hand held communications device.
2) The second activity is even easier. When you talk or chat with your friends, bring up something positive and exciting, and get people talking about it.
For example, I just read an inspiring speech by a guy who says that mobile phones and social networking will completely destroy the hierarchical nature of our societies, returning power and freedom to individuals and away from governments and powerful elites. In India, poor fishermen have already used mobile technology to create a people–based market, completely unregulated by government or big corporations, that efficiently supplies Indian coastal villages with food. People who were starving are now fed, and fishermen who were dirt poor are now doing much better. He says that in ten years, if present trends continue, it will no longer be possible for a small elite to start a war, or have economic or political dominance over humanity. Instead of governments and bureaucracies and elites having power, independent social networks of people will have power! Now that is something that excites me!
What excites you? It doesn’t have to be profound! It could be a good tune you heard, or a podcast, or a movie, or a book you read. Whatever it is, make sure it is positive, not negative. Get people thinking and talking about something inspiring.
That’s it! If you are ready to create some miracles, go to it! Share your results and successes, and ask questions, on the Harmony Project Forum: http://tinyurl.com/2gebdl.
You can do the two steps of the Harmony Project by yourself, or with friends. You can walk silently down the street as a group radiating love, or sit quietly in a coffee shop, café, or any other appropriate place. Remember that love is quiet and powerful, but not ostentatious. The idea is not "wow look at us, we're awesome," but "we are here to saturate this place with love and good vibes." A group of people radiating love together is an enormously powerful force, like the warming rays of the sun that reach out and touch others. And the best thing is that when you radiate love, you feel it inside yourself first. So the first person who benefits is you!
How can you tell whether something you bring up in part 2) is positive or negative? The answer is, observe how people react. Are they happy, or sad? Angry or joyful? Apathetic or excited? I’ve included a scale of emotions from highest to lowest so you can accurately catalog emotions. Positive emotion is anything above 2.0 on the scale, and that’s good. Negative is anything below 2.0 on the scale, and you want to avoid that.
Experiment with this and soon you will be much better at recognizing emotions, and become much more sensitive to people and how to make them happier. Your relationships will improve, because you will be more observant. You will also feel more powerful, because sensitizing yourself to others also makes you more sensitive to what you like and dislike. So you achieve a state of higher discernment ands knowledge of self, as well as knowledge of others.
You can test to see how you are doing. In the first step, one person acts as an observer. That person determines the emotional level of the area before you begin, and then assesses the emotions of the area afterwards. In the second step, you (or an independent observer) can monitor the emotional tone of the group before and after the introduction of a topic. In all cases, the idea is to raise the emotional / vibrational level of the group. Of course, these observations are subjective, but so is a feeling of love, or a feeling of happiness, or any positive emotion.
Send in your ideas, experiences, and successes!
Share your experiences with others and ask questions on the Harmony Project Forum http://tinyurl.com/2gebdl. The Harmony Project is as much about raising your vibration as it is about transforming others!
People will respond to you in proportion to how much love you are feeling. Most of us are creatures of habit. The Harmony Project is an opportunity for you to practice love. The better you feel, the more amazing result you are likely to get.
How do you feel love?
Well, you just sit quietly and remember a time when you felt loving towards someone, or someone felt loving toward you. Then you pick up on that feeling and let it saturate your consciousness, and the cells of your body. You know what love feels like, or you wouldn’t be interested in the Harmony Project. Did you know that of all the emotions, love is the easiest feeling to let in? That’s because love is the OM, the fundamental vibration of the universe. Love is in every cell of your body. It’s who you ARE. Love feels warm and fuzzy and powerful and generous and when you really feel love, you feel invincible and wonderful and you want to share yourself with the whole world!
You can get that feeling back any time, you just have to practice! It’s the most rewarding practice you can do for yourself, because it sets you up to have a perfect day. People naturally respond positively to those who feel love. That’s the idea behind the Harmony Project.
The Quiet Revolution
You don’t have to be famous to have a positive effect. In the past, trying to change the world through person–to–person contact was time consuming and inefficient, but not anymore. Today, person–to–person contact is the best way to make positive changes, because all of us belong to social networks. When someone gets exited about something, he or she tells everyone in his or her network and it spreads rapidly. A positive idea can literally spread itself all over the planet in almost no time at all! This is how we can create a new paradigm of thought in the consciousness of humanity.
The idea behind the Harmony Project is to raise the background vibration of society, and make it possible for positive solutions to occur. The human population is growing and more and more people are reject the old values of deceit, dishonesty, competition and war. Our species is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where a quantum leap in consciousness is possible. A tipping point is defined as the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development. This irresistible development is the idea that love is more valuable than hatred, that cooperation is better than conflict, and that human nature is divine. When enough people have these ideas, our societies can literally change overnight!
Power isn’t money, or military might. Power is the ability to control what you think and what you say, and to spread positive ideas through our social networks. Social change ALWAYS happens from the bottom up, not the top down. Governments and corporations are always the last ones to figure it out. The “establishment” always piggybacks on the great ideas that come from inspired individuals. The idea of the Harmony Project is to start a Quiet Revolution.
How Can This Happen?
Imagine society not as a bunch of powerless individuals, but as a collection of dynamically interacting social networks. Governments and corporations are social networks as well! They exist, like ships, floating upon the ocean of national consciousness. That consciousness is established by we the people, through our social networks. We are the soil upon which our nation's institutions grow. If these institutions are now corrupt to the core, it is because we have allowed our planetary and national soil to become fertile for them. We unconsciously repeat, through our social networks, the same old stale ideas that have allowed the present situation to occur.
The idea is to spread love and inspiring ideas all over the world! We all know how impossible it is to get large groups of people to agree on what is best –– just look at politics! The Harmony Project by–passes ideology and belief, and focuses on love. Love is so powerful that it immediately knocks out these lower vibrations. If you don’t believe this, then you have to actually try Step One. If you do it right, you won’t believe the positive results you will get!
During the past century, the human population has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. We now have a unique window of opportunity for a paradigm shift in consciousness on a national and planetary scale. To replace the tired old memes of scarcity, conflict, hierarchy, “follow the leader,” and war, with new ones based upon the recognition of our divine, spiritual nature and a recognition that it IS possible –– and desirable –– for ALL humans to experience prosperity and live lives filled with promise and fulfillment.
Traditional consciousness raising activities take a mental approach. “If we can only educate the masses…” “If we can raise awareness on the dangers of ____(fill in the blank), we can then offer a solution that will be accepted…” etc. These approaches almost never work –– unless they graduate to a process that raises emotional tone –– because they are intellectual and sterile. Many times, they evolve into competing groups, and then argumentation and even conflict, because people always have different opinions. With rare exceptions, this has been the history of politics in every society on earth.
All successful social movements begin with a raising of emotional tone. The civil rights movement in the United States, for example, raised millions of people up the scale of emotion, which led to inspirational ideas and actions that changed our society for the better.
The lesson of the past 5,000 years of human history is that a true paradigm shift in consciousness cannot come about only through ideas. Copernicus’s realization that the earth revolves about the sun, and Einstein’s theory of relativity, revolutionized the way we viewed the universe. However, they have not led to spiritual and emotional advancement. We are still exploiting and killing each other in the 21st century just as we did in 3000 BC.
Unanimous and beneficial agreement can only occur in an environment of positive emotion. In other words, ideas that change the world in a positive direction must come forth from a positive vibration. They must be supported by and motivated from positive emotion. This is obvious, but as a species, we don’t do it, because we believe it to be impossible! Enough of us believe the lie that we are merely biological creatures and that our inherent nature is primitive.
But human nature is not barbaric and savage. That is a myth foisted upon the human race by deluded people who believe that when you die, you’re dead, and by other insecure and frightened power seekers who believe in hierarchy and domination.
How did the current paradigm get established?
Long ago in the evolution of our species, a tipping point in thought was reached. It is impossible to pinpoint exactly where or when in history this occurred. However it happened, our species consciousness reflected the memes of hierarchy, control, victimization, and “follow the leader.”
Argumentation, domination, competition and conflict emerged as the primary method of problem resolution within and between human societies. These memes became vibrationally dominant in our consciousness and have been passed down from generation to generation, not because they were inherent to human nature or superior in any way, but merely because they were continuously activated. In other words, the history of our species has resulted from a habitual way of thinking.
But habits are not natural laws! Habits of thought and belief exist only because we continuously pay them homage. Our species is like the dog and the invisible fence. The dog stops because it believes it must, even though it could step over the line at any time, and think “out of the box.”
If you think about it long enough, you can understand that the resolution to our global problems cannot come about only through ideas, or education, or traditional consciousness–raising activities. That’s because, as we all know, everyone has different opinions. However, when everyone is feeling positive emotion, it is very easy to reach agreement! In the Harmony Project, thousands of individuals quietly and unobtrusively (but effectively) act to raise emotional tone through their social networks, which provides the foundation for positive and effective ideas that will transform our societies.
The Role of Beliefs
As a species, we have not made spiritual advancement because of our beliefs. Beliefs are self–fulfilling prophecies, for beliefs direct action. Another way to say this is that actions follow beliefs. A person who believes that money is hard to get and hold onto will likely continue to be poor, because he or she will act in ways that do not allow for prosperity. A person who believes that old people are stupid will disrespect his elders. A President who believes that war is a good way to resolve problems will start one. Like the dog and the invisible fence, mankind has erected prison bars made of thought, that direct actions into narrow and self–limiting areas. We demand adherence to limiting sets of beliefs, which have been codified as religion, or ‘tradition.’ When people act outside of these narrow boundaries, they are seen to be dangerous. Beliefs, however, are just collections of thoughts. And what are thoughts? Ephemeral things that can be changed. Only when the background vibration of society is raised enough, can we change the tenor and content of thought, on a national and global scale. We have the power in our hands, right now!
I believe that the Harmony Project would have been impossible even five years ago, because humanity was not ready for it. However, world events have spiraled so far out of control that more and more people understand that change is necessary. The Harmony Project is designed to nudge this process along, like a powerful ocean current which carries the ships that sail upon it.
The way to establish harmony and cooperation is not to fight against the established order, or that which is repugnant. Getting people to fight and resist something is a clever psychological ploy that just continues the unwanted thing. As Mae West once said, “All pub is good pub.” All she meant was that it doesn’t matter whether you agree with something, or fight it, because it’s the same thing: you promote it either way. “Mae West is a terrible actor!” is almost as good as, “Mae West is a great actor!” That’s because people say, “Who is Mae West? I’ll look her up.”
When human beings want change, we organize to fight abhorrent things like poverty and cancer and terrorism. But in fact, fighting something just makes it bigger. Despite the War on Poverty, there is more poverty. Despite the War on Cancer, we still have lots of cancer. In the United States, the War on Terrorism has resulted in the elimination of our freedoms and civil liberties, through legislation like the Patriot Acts, the Military Commissions Act and the Homegrown Terrorist Protection Act.
Successful social and political movements are based on the creation of something positive, not the elimination of something negative!
Unfortunately, politics is almost exclusively the latter.
In Eastern thought, this concept is known as non–resistance. Non–resistance has been misinterpreted by Western philosophy to mean, “let yourself get steamrolled.” This is, however, a distortion of a very powerful and profound idea.
Saying “No” to something is the same as saying “Yes” to it, because either way, you place your attention on it, and spread it around. The more we fight terrorism, for example, the more fear we have, and the more laws are passed restricting our freedoms. The more we resist climate change and fossil fuels, the more emphasis we give to fossil fuels. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than at the climate change conference in Bali (December 2007).
Scientists and participants on both sides of the climate change issue debate whether fossil fuels are the cause of increased global CO2 emissions. This debate focuses on fossil fuels, not on the development of clean and alternative energy sources.
This idea is expressed in the universal principle of ‘like attracts like.’ Whatever you think about and talk about the most will be what you create, and what you experience. You can test this in life by living mindfully. When you become more aware of your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, you will begin to see a correspondence between them and what you manifest in life.
We have been taught just the opposite, however. We’ve been taught that we think a certain way because of the way reality is. But of course, that philosophy is a recipe for failure, and a life that never changes. Following that line of thinking turns people into robots, and gets them feeling powerless. When that happens, people can be easily manipulated, which is what has happened throughout human history.
So let’s wake up the human race! The Harmony Project is a great way to quietly and effectively raise the background vibration of society.
In the Revolutionary War, the United States achieved political freedom from Great Britain. All intelligent people now understand that modernly, war cannot be the answer. War and conflict and all that support it are outdated and pathetic relics of the Old Order! We seek solutions on a much more powerful level.
We need a spiritual, not a political, economic, or scientific solution. These have all been tried and found wanting. We need, not a political revolution, but an evolution in consciousness. The Harmony Project is itself an evolutionary leap, for although we are in the streets and in the shops, and everywhere people congregate, we are invisible to the gross forces of authority, and outside their purview.
In our program, we operate in concert with the higher vibrations, using the subtle, but immensely powerful energies of love. You see, it is impossible to do the Harmony Project by yelling and fighting, for love does not do that. In the higher vibrations, we use Quiet Power. We are Revolutionaries of Love!