01-Jan-87 10:40 MST
Sb: APwa 12/31 World Peace-Kingdome
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By DOUG ESSER
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- If you had sweet dreams early Wednesday morning,
felt peaceful while shaving or showering, or experienced a
contented bowl of cereal at breakfast, the cause may have been the
result of a mass-meditation for peace.
More than 6,000 people sang and talked about disarmament in the
Kingdome, joining an estimated 400 million like-minded peace lovers
in 75 countries around the world who concentrated on peace at Noon
Greenwich Mean Time.
The participants in the World Peace Event started filing into
the domed stadium at midnight Tuesday, although one man said he
waited until 2:30 a.m. after the bars closed.
Sincere in the belief that their presence would do something,
mean something, say something about peace, they listened to
inspirational music and words and sat in quiet darkness from 4 a.m.
until 5 a.m.
"We came here just to say we stand for peace. It helps people
realize there is movement to peace, although nothing marvelous is
going to happen at this moment," said Terri Pollard of Kirkland, a
"I think I got myself real clear," said Allan Ament of
Seattle. "Peace is an internal thing."
The Kingdome crowd filled 6,118 of the 40,000 available seats,
said Gib Curry, artistic director for the event.
With tickets $5 each, plus donations, the sponsoring Seeden
Institute made enough money to pay the expense of renting the
Kingdome and will have an undetermined amount of money left over to
give to charity, said Larry Kiser, president of Seeden, a
humanistic education organization.
Two dozen cities in Washington reportedly had peace events.
Events were sponsored by different organizations in each city.
It was non-political and non-denominational.
One of the local ceremonies was at the First Congregational
Church in Hazel Dell, near Vancouver. The turnout of 250 people for
a candlelight vigil amazed the Rev. Farley Maxwell, who said he
expected no more than 100.
The hour-long mass-meditation in the Kingdome began with the
crowd facing a stage on what normally is a basketball court. A Bud
Light billboard on the wall reminded of a different consciousness.
A melodic series of notes reminiscent of the sounds in the movie
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" played through speakers. It
was followed by a period of silence and piano music.
The final minutes were filled with the singing of the song "We
Are One Love" by a group calling itself the Peace Choir. The
instant replay screen and other screens on the stage showed the
emblem for the Seattle event: a globe with a dove and star above it
and a bright light shining downward.
Curry said critics claimed the emblem used Christian symbols for
an occultic or New Age event. But he scoffed at that
"Knowing the organizers I would say there's not substance to
saying it's occult," Curry said. "Look at that crowd. There's
young and old. I see few people who are leftover hippies or
He said he had studied paranormal psychology as a university
student and believed millions of people concentrating on peace
could have a peaceful subconscious influence on everyone -- even
people at home asleep.