"There is more evidence that group meditation can turn off war like a light switch than there is that aspirin reduces headache pain"
The first global peace project was inspired by amazing evidence that groups of specialist meditators called yogic flyers or TM-Sidhas create peaceful conditions in their surrounding locality.
The research shows that when enough of these meditators practise their meditation together in a group then peace breaks out, crime falls and other quality of life indicators all suddenly improve. The number required to achieve this miracle is not large.
The actual number of TM-Sidhas needed to produce a dramatic and immediate outbreak of peace in any area is the square root of 1% of the surrounding population. This formula had worked many times for small towns, large cities and even whole countries but the big question was would it work for the whole world?
Can a large group of TM-Sidhas really create
This question inspired an ambitious global peace research project. Although the study period lasted only three weeks from December 1983 to January 1984, the results were profoundly dramatic and proved once again the awesome power of the Super Radiance effect.
The project drew a maximum of 8,000 TM-Sidhas from 50 different countries who came together to meditate at the Maharishi University of Management campus in Iowa. At the time, 6,900, was the square root of 1% for the then global population of about 5 billion people. This figure was the minimum number required to maintain coherence and positivity in world consciousness.
Although the duration of the global peace project was three weeks the global coherence figure was only reached for a total of nine days during that period.
To monitor the effect of the global super radiance group, researchers analysed nine 'quality of life' social indicators from countries that were geographically widely separated.
To allow for seasonal differences the scientists compared all the data for three weeks before, the three weeks during and three weeks after the project period. They also checked similar three week periods for the five years prior to the project.
Prior to the project the researchers predicted that there would be improvements to all nine social indicators as depicted below. In the event this is exactly what happened.
This is what the researchers found:
Orme-Johnson DW; Cavanaugh KL; Alexander CN; Gelderloos P; Dillbeck M; Lanford AG; and Abou Nader TM;
The influence of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field on world events and global social indicators: The effects of the ‘Taste of Utopia’ Assembly.
The Collected papers of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme Volume 4 Paper 337.
|7,000 participants outside one of the domed meditation facilities during the 1983/84 world peace project in
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