big benThese are challenging times in the U.S. Our population is more polarized than it has been any time since the Civil War.

Trust – for our fellow Americans, our government and our institutions — seems to be breaking down.

Many of us are praying individually but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

What is the most powerful force we can align with to heal the soul of our nation?

Perhaps the time has come when we have to gather and activate our spiritual forces. collectively for the healing of our country.

How can we do this?

malcolm smith portraitYears ago, Malcolm Smith, British Spiritual Healer, told me about the SILENT MINUTE, observed each night in the United Kingdom during WW II.

Many Britons, he said, credited the winning of WW II to the silent minute.

Each night, at 9 pm, people in the U.K. would observe a minute of silence for meditation or prayer or whatever each individual believed in—for freedom and a just peace. For those who lived in London, the Silent Minute was observed during the 9 pm chiming of Big Ben.

"An anecdote emphasizes the profound power of the group meditation of the Silent Minute. In 1945 a British intelligence officer was interrogating a high Nazi official. He asked him why he thought Germany lost the war. His reply was, “During the war, you had a secret weapon for which we could find no counter measure, which we did not understand, but it was very powerful. It was associated with the striking of the Big Ben each evening. I believe you called it the ‘Silent Minute.’" (Wikipedia. See

We don't have a Big Ben to remind us, but a growing group of Americans, including many of our A.R.E. Community, have now committed to observing the Silent Minute here.

We believe we need, not just to work outwardly (although that is crucial) but to connect and employ our spiritual forces--each of us in whatever way we know, ACTING COLLECTIVELY – and sharing an intention for Justice, Peace and the Highest Good for the U.S. and the world.

We recommend keeping your Silent Minute prayer non-partisan. We all have our own ideas, but let’s pray in faith that God knows exactly how to bring about Peace, Justice and the Highest Good.

  • On the East Coast, we have committed to doing this at 9 pm
  • In Central Daylight time, 8 pm
  • Mountain Daylight time: 7 pm
  • Pacific Daylight Time: 6 pm
  • Hawaiian Time: 3 pm
  • In the U.K and France, the time is 2 am. (A challenging but excellent time for meditation and prayer.)

For those who are inclined to do this, let's make it a commitment!

We will make every effort to observe the Silent Minute every night – with prayer or meditation or your personal intention – for justice, peace and the Highest Good for our country and the world.


It's important to be consistent. BUT we're all human — so if you miss it or forget and then remember later, do your Silent Minute when you remember, if you can. And if you miss a night – or several nights – don't beat yourself up about it. Just get back into the flow as soon as you can.

When you're observing your Silent Minute, it's good to be aware of all the others doing it too--and join your intention with theirs.

This Silent Minute effort started in mid-July and already there are people participating all over the U.S. as well as in the U.K., France, Germany, Israel and India.

We thought it might be helpful – since this is an effort to generate a group consciousness or energy field – to have a FB group where participants can share our experiences with the Silent Minute and anything related. The group is completely optional. Find it here:

Please SHARE this idea with those you think would be interested.

"When there has been in the earth those groups that have sufficiently desired and sought peace, peace will begin. It must be within self."
-- Edgar Cayce Reading 3976-28

Light & Love,

Lynne Salomon Miceli, A.R.E. of NY Board Chair

(Photo of Big Ben above is by John Anstie, a participant in the Silent Minute in England.)

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