By Edith Billups

During this holiday season, it’s always fun to curl up with a cup of hot cider and watch the old movie classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” The story tells the story of 6-year-old Susan who has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle—Santa Claus. The gist of the story? Susan discovers dreams can come if you really believe.

It’s enduring fiction, but did an actual true-to life miracle take place in New York on Nov. 26, via the image of a loving gaze, that made crime stand still for a day?

On Nov. 27th, the BBC reported that, for the first time in memory, NYC had spent a day entirely without violent crime.

The city police department’s chief spokesman said that Monday, Nov. 26th, was the most blood-shed free period in recent history. Not a single murder, shooting, stabbing or other incident of a violent crime was reported for a whole day.

As one who was invited to gaze with Braco and UN employees on Nov. 16 for World Peace, I believe a seed was planted in NY that day, an area in so much need of healing, particularly after the devastating storm Sandy. I an even more firm in this belief upon hearing that after Braco’s UN image was run three times on a jumbotron screen in Times Square on Nov. 26, media outlets, including NBC Nightly News and Reuters, would report later that this unexplainable event had occurred.

Was it a miracle? Just a mere coincidence? I, like many, believe there are no coincidences and propose that this is just one of the remarkable results of Braco’s gift. We have heard about the numerous individual healings and amazing transformations, including people’s individual gifts (like piano and violin-playing) intensifying. So, is it so hard to believe that the 100 or more people who focused on World Peace in the UN Church Centre may have accomplished more for the world than we ever could have imagined? Could the collective thoughts and energy in that room continue to flow out to world via Braco’s image on Nov. 26th?

In science, there is a phenomena called the Maharishi Effect that offers the principle that individual consciousness affects collective consciousness. Scientific research in the 1970s found that in cities or towns all over the world where as little as one percent of the population practice the Transcendental Meditation Technique, the trend of rising crime rates is reversed, indicating increasing order and harmony.

I liken this to the reported drop in crime that happened in South Central L.A. after The Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour was hosted by Eagle Wings of Enlightenment Center, a center dedicated to peace and non-violence. On tour for over 11 years, traveling throughout the US and over 67 countries, the relics are pearl and diamond-like crystals that are said to hold the enlightened qualities of the mind of a great master or meditator that has spent numerous hours meditating and reciting daily ritual prayers for wisdom, world peace and inner peace.

Many of the relics date back to 2,500 years ago, and one is from the cremation of Shakyamuni Buddha.The relics are said to reflect and mirror loving kindness and compassion, and manager Amanda Russell called the tour “a promotion of world peace.” Monks and community members believe the relics have the power to help believers overcome challenges, including negative behavior.

According to Shri Natha Devi, the founding minister of Eagle Wings of Enlightenment Center, “The first time they came, by having the holy relics here, the crime rate dropped for a period of several weeks afterwards.

We all have God’s light within us and, with His blessings, peace is possible for all of humanity.”

Over the years, I have traveled the world with a spiritual community, offering prayers and ceremonies for the healing of Mother Earth and World Peace. I have traveled to Lourdes, France and seen the numerous wheelchairs and walking canes left behind by people who were healed after bathing in the holy waters there. I have visited the site in Italy where Mt. Etna was erupting many years ago, and villagers placed a status of Mary in the path of the fiery lava, asking that their village be saved. If visiting, you can see the hardened lava that flowed up to the site of the statue and stopped.

For over 10 years, I have danced a sacred ceremonial dance each August for World Peace and the healing of Mother Earth. The miracles that have occurred during these dances have been numerous—including a rainbow appearing in the sky always immediately after the dance is completed—a promise by the Heavenly Mother to the dance chief that such a sign would appear when our work has been fulfilled.

Every Full Moon, I make offerings with women at the ocean to the deity, Yemayah, for the healing of the waters around the world. The prayers that we offer are powerful, and there is no doubt that the water is alive and we are all one. I have learned not to wear jewelry that I am attached to, because this deity particularly likes jewelry, and will absolutely take it off your body!

So for me, to believe that a miracle took place in Times Square on Nov. 26th is not far –fetched. Not any more than the fact that the tilma associated with the Virgin of Guadalupe has not disintegrated in over 500 years. A recent examination by NASA cannot offer a reasonable explanation for why this cloth, which normally decays in 30 to 40 years, is still the same as when Mexican peasant Juan Diego wore it.

So in a month when it has been reported that 27 are dead in Connecticut from a tragic shooting at an elementary school, I will continue to pray for peace and the possibility that a loving gaze can make a difference in a city—and the world.

Like 6-year-old Susan, I will believe that dreams can come true, and that, yes, a miracle indeed may have occurred on November 26th in Times Square.

Edith Billups

(Edith Billups is a long-time journalist, travel writer, media relations consultant and Biogenesis practitioner.)