Oct. 1, 2010: Shining a light on peace, by Jonathon Wild

October 1, 2010 by

I recently read a fascinating article regarding the theory that cycles of war and peace may, in fact, be tied to cycles of the sun.

Dr. Burl Payne of the National Council on Geocosmic Research explained the solar connection with regard to cycles of human conflict.

Most of us have heard stories of how lunar cycles affect human behavior, especially the full moon, when hospitals, mental institutions, police stations, etc., often show a noticeable spike in bizarre activity. Such periods of “lunacy” have long been documented and accepted.

However, Dr. Payne asserts human behavior is also subject to solar cycles. It seems reasonable when we consider how the moon affects our actions, that surely the sun with all its unharnessed power might influence our lives as well. I thought about the old saying “nothing new under the sun” with a new and slightly ironic appreciation.

According to scientists and geophysicists, geomagnetic storms periodically disrupt the earth’s magnetic field resulting in electromagnetic pollution. Although these storms are minute, they affect human brain waves and hormone levels, predominantly in males. Some women also experience change during these storms, but in general are less affected by the Sun’s behavior.

Dr. Payne writes, “Evidence indicates that wars and international conflicts most often break out when sunspots are rapidly forming or rapidly decaying, as these are times when there are more intense geomagnetic storms.”

The article also relates how “in the 1930s, Professor Raymond Wheeler, a historian at the University of Kansas, took this observation one step further. His research afforded numerical rankings to the severity of individual battles correlating to solar cycles.” A detailed analysis of Wheeler’s data in the 1980s revealed a definite connection with cycles of sunspots and war.

The article further states that a “pattern begins to emerge wherein wars are most likely to start in key points of the sunspot cycle… wars are a kind of mass psychosis (and that) ‘War Fever’ is real.”

Interestingly, Dr. Payne maintains that “some men may become increasingly irritable and aggressive, while others may instead become more creative.”

Through awareness it might be possible for mankind to lessen the symptoms, thus breaking the cycle.

Dr. Payne also suggests that “global meditation might be one tactic for steering this aggressive cycle” another way, shifting us away from the inevitability of war and towards the hope and prosperity of peace.

— Jonathon Wild is an English teacher at Cloud County Community College.

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