How Can we Elevate the U.S. Election?

By Jacob Devaney on Tuesday October 25th, 2016

Why We Need to Meditate Together as a Global Family

The U.S. election cycle has highlighted many bitter divides in the country, while exposing some unpleasant shadows within the political system. Many people are ready for it to just be over, but one organization has come up with an innovative way to channel this negativity into something beautiful. Sounds impossible right?

Elevate The Vote is asking us to make Election Day into a demonstration of the power of conscious intention through meditation. You can join one of hundreds of meditation flash mobs that will be happening at polling stations across the U.S. If you can’t make it out to vote, or if you want to help raise the vibration of the U.S. Election from anywhere else in the World, there’s a synchronized audio broadcast that you can listen to and meditate along with. There is scientific evidence supporting the validity of Elevate the Vote and you may just have your faith in humanity restored after learning about it.

This election is very charged with strong likes and dislikes for candidates depending on where one stands. This passion is powerful as it is born of a deep love whether for justice, for country, for planet, for peace, for safety, and prosperity. If we are to forget the candidates for a moment and focus on our passion, our dreams, we would find that these dreams are the same as the dreams of those who we may oppose politically. Elevate the Vote wants to channel this passion into a powerful expression of love, compassion, and shared connectivity across political divides.

This is a non-partisan participatory event that is open to everyone. It’s about the fundamental unity of human life that seems to have been so forgotten in this campaign. -Elevate the Vote

Elevate The Vote is asking us to make Election Day into a demonstration of the power of conscious intention through meditation.Making Election Day into a demonstration of the power of conscious intention.

What is the Maharishi Effect?

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted in 1960 that if 1% of a population were to meditate together at the same time that positive effects would be felt throughout the rest of the population. The Maharishi Effect is said to be the influence of coherence and positivity in the social and natural environment generated by the practice of the group meditation. Early experiments in the 1970’s done by The Maharishi University of Management showed that the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average when large groups of people meditated simultaneously in cities. Maybe this means that Elevate The Vote, if successful, will actually be able to raise the vibration of the U.S. Election and inspire a change of direction towards conscious and positive outcomes in politics.

Science is still at the very beginning of being able to explore the non-physical realm, but the Maharishi Effect does seem to show that group meditation does have an impact on the world around us. The first statistical analysis of the effects were published in 1987 and since then there have been many experiments which you can read about here. One thing that is certain is that meditation has been proven to have positive effects on individuals, and we all know that humans are social beings that influence each others moods, thoughts, and feelings.

The Maharishi Effect shows that group meditation does have an impact on the world around us.The Maharishi Effect shows that group meditation does have an impact on the world around us.

What is Elevate the Vote?

For many years, groups of concerned individuals and organizations have come together around the idea of “inner revolution” which means that we must be the change that we seek to find in the world. Communities and organizations have grown around this idea including the Global Coherence Initiative, Harmonic Convergence, Unify Global Meditations, and many others. Elevate the Vote is the latest evolution of this expression and it is coming at a time when both the U.S.A. and the whole planet are going through drastic changes. We all feel it, these are accelerated times.

The best way to weather these changes is from a place of inner peace. The best way to relieve ourselves of the bitterness that this election season has brought us is to recognize that we probably share more in common than we disagree about. Sometimes our differences take center stage, and we may all agree that has been the trend lately. We all need a vacation from politics sometimes, and the best place to reset is right inside ourselves. Here’s what Elevate the Vote is organising:

Our goal is to inspire 1,000+ locations to participate across the country. We will be broadcasting a synchronized audio meditation that people can access through their smart-phone or they can choose to meditate in silence.

We do not support one specific candidate. We believe and trust in the evolution of the universe and of humanity. We trust, that whoever wins, is the next right step towards an enlightened society, even if we may experience personal or global resistance in the short run.

We know and believe that all sectors of society are transforming from the inside out, whether we see the expression or not, and trust that the political system of the United States will transform over time with our intention and action.

We experience and witness the consciousness movement growing daily and believe that we, as a collective, will one day be a force strong enough to actively influence the direction of our political system.

We are not mobilizing against anyone or anything. We are for the equal evolution of every person, system, country, and being on the planet.

We meditate together as a global family to create the foundation from which our future will be created.

-from Elevate the Vote Website

We believe and trust in the evolution of the universe and of humanity.“We believe and trust in the evolution of the universe and of humanity.”


There have been many months investigating, scrutinizing, hurling praises and insults at candidates. This intensity has become extremely bitter at times, but now it is time to collectively soothe our wounds and demonstrate the power of unity. Elevate the Vote reminds us to take a moment and remember this, to reflect on it, and sink into a safe place where we can all feel connected. We will only make progress on the significant problems we face as a society when we can find the places where we are united regardless of who leads our countries.

Unify (global meditations), MedMob (meditation flash mobs), BeThePeace, The Gaiafield Project, UPLIFT, and many others have come together to support Elevate the Vote. We know that being politically active is important and meditation alone will not solve all of our problems but we must come from a place of inner peace if we hope to have any success. Please visit Elevate the Vote and add yourself to the map so you can see all the people who will be joining you for this special moment across the country. International supporters will also be joining in the meditation as we awaken to our shared humanity across borders.

It’s not about whose President. It’s about whose Present.

How do you feel about this article? Join the conversation.

Jacob Devaney

Founder and director of Culture Collective, creative activist, musician, and producer.




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2 Responses to How Can we Elevate the U.S. Election?

  1. Many of us will also be meditating on Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 pm Eastern. James Twyman has put out a video on Facebook saying that millions around the world will be meditating at that time. Please join us then as well.

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