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Friday, 17 June 2011

Transcendental Meditation Experiment Arrests Crime

Transcendental Meditation Experiment Arrests Crime
Study Shows Dramatic Drop in Violent Crime During D.C. Project

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A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Indicators Research reports on one of the most dramatic sociological experiments ever undertaken. Researchers predicted in advance that the calming influence of group meditation practice could reduce violent crime by over 20 percent in Washington, D.C., during an 8-week period in the summer of 1993.

In fact, the findings later showed that the rate of violent crime--which included assaults, murders, and rapes--decreased by 23 percent during the June 7 to July 30 experimental period. The odds of this result occurring by chance are less than 2 in 1 billion. Rigorous statistical analyses ruled out an extensive list of alternative explanations, according to John Hagelin, lead author of the study and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
  
"This work and theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike."
- Dr. David Edwards, University of Texas- Austin
  

The demonstration project involved assembling nearly 4,000 practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs from 81 countries. Participants were housed in hotels and college dormitories throughout the District of Columbia and at the University of Maryland.

Hagelin says previous research had shown that these meditation techniques "create a state of deep relaxation and coherence in the individual and simultaneously appear to produce an effect that spreads into the environment, influencing people who are not practicing the techniques and who have no knowledge of the experiments themselves."

 Results based on field effect of consciousness

Drawing on terminology from quantum field theories, Hagelin, an eminent physicist, refers to the findings as a field effect of consciousness. 

"It's analogous to the way that a magnet creates an invisible field that causes iron filings to organize themselves into an orderly pattern. Similarly, these meditation techniques have been shown to create high levels of coherence in EEG brain wave patterns of individual practitioners. This increased coherence and orderliness in individual consciousness appears to spill over into society and can be measured indirectly via changes in social indices, such as reductions in the rate of violent crime. We call this phenomenon a field effect of consciousness," says Hagelin.

The admittedly novel experiment was rigorously analyzed by a 27- member project review board composed of independent scientists and civic leaders who approved the research protocol and monitored the research process.
  
"What we are looking at here is a new paradigm of viewing crime and violence."
-Dr. Anne Hughes, University of the District of Columbia

A new paradigm for viewing crime and violence

Anne Hughes, a professor of sociology and government at the University of the District of Columbia and a member of the project review board, feels that the findings of the study have significant implications for resolving inner city violence.

"What we are looking at here is a new paradigm of viewing crime and violence," says Hughes, a coauthor of the study. "I would like to recommend that this new model, which is supported by a number of exhaustive and very carefully controlled studies, be seriously considered, and that we think about ways that it might be implemented in the inner city."

According to the researchers, more than 42 studies conducted during the past 25 years have verified the field effects of consciousness. A study published in 1988 in the Journal of Conflict Resolution reported on an experiment conducted in Jerusalem where a group of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program experts had assembled during the war in Lebanon. As the number of TM group practitioners peaked on several occasions during the two-month experimental period, war deaths in nearby Lebanon were found to drop correspondingly.

The Washington, D.C., experiment was especially significant because it was a "prospective study," according to Maxwell Rainforth, a coauthor of the study and statistician at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.).

"The predictions were lodged in advance with a panel of prominent social scientists and civic leaders, including members of the District city council and metropolitan police force. Statistical analysis considered the effect of weather variables, daylight, police patrolling, historical crime trends and annual patterns in the District of Columbia, as well as trends in neighboring cities.

"Consistent with previous research, violent crime was correlated with weekly weather patterns. However, time series analysis of FBI crime data, controlling for temperature, showed that violent crime dropped significantly during the demonstration period," Rainforth says.

While the notion of using group meditation to lower crime may seem unusual at first, Rainforth says that this response is common with new approaches.

"Ordinarily, we think we can reduce violence through more police, gun control, stiffer penalties, etc. But everyone knows that these conventional approaches are inadequate because violence and crime continue to be a major problem in our society. On the other hand, however novel this Transcendental Meditation program approach may seem, evidence consistently shows that it can reduce violent crime," Rainforth says.


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Violence caused by stress in collective consciousness

David Orme-Johnson, lead investigator and former chair of the psychology department at M.U.M., says that the "violence in society is caused by the buildup of stress in collective consciousness," just as the buildup of stress in the individual is known to cause disease in the body.

"The conventional scientific model has assumed that individual consciousness is completely separate from that of others, and that there in no common field linking us together. But the most advanced understanding in physics has shown us in the past century that subtle energy fields are at the basis of everything in the universe. Why then shouldn't we expect that human consciousness also has field characteristics at more fundamental levels?" questions Orme- Johnson.

According to Hagelin, historical precedents shed light on understanding the field effects of consciousness. "Early scientists such as Edison and Marconi discovered technologies like the light bulb and radio wave transmission that began to tap the hidden potentialities of the electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field had always existed before, but it took these and other discoveries of the past 150 years to demonstrate this invisible field's enormous practical value for society.

"Similarly, the field of consciousness has always been there, beyond the conscious thinking mind of everyone. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi rediscovered ancient techniques to access this field, and now scientists are beginning to validate its tremendous practical value for society.
"No one disputes the value of modern computers, televisions, cellular phones and countless other technologies utilizing the electromagnetic field. However, 100 years ago people would have thought we were crazy if we talked about these technologies," Hagelin says.

Misunderstanding about field of consciousness

According to Orme-Johnson, there's a common misunderstanding that the Transcendental Meditation technique involves positive thinking, or prayer, or self-hypnosis.

"These other practices involve some kind of activity of the mind. In contrast, the TM technique allows mental activity to settle down and transcend to a completely silent state, which is the underlying field of consciousness.

"When the mind quiets down to this field level of consciousness, qualities inherent in this underlying field become enlivened in individual consciousness, such as perfect order, balance, harmony, and infinite correlation. As a result, the individual becomes as if a transmitter of orderliness and peace in society, analogous to the way that a television or radio transmitter enlivens the electromagnetic field in a specific manner and then transmits waves through the field that can be picked up at a distance," Orme-Johnson says.


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Guns and weapons of war are outdated

Hagelin adds, "Once people began to understand the electromagnetic field and its enormous applications, conventional methods--like using candles for lighting or carrier pigeons for communication--quickly became outdated. With these new research findings, which demonstrate the potential for creating order and coherence in society through the field effects of consciousness, guns and other weapons and war will very soon become obsolete."

According to David Edwards, professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, this research and the theory behind it deserve the most serious consideration.

"I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike," said Edwards, also a member of the project review board.

Other coauthors of the study included Kenneth Cavanaugh, Charles Alexander, and Susan Shatkin, Institute of Science, Technology & Public Policy, Maharishi University of Management; John Davies, University of Maryland at College Park; and Emanuel Ross, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.




Social Indicators Research - Volume 47, Issue 2, June 99
John S. Hagelin, Maxwell V. Rainforth, Kenneth L. C. Cavanaugh, Charles N. Alexander, Susan F. Shatkin, John L. Davies, Anne O. Hughes, Emanuel Ross, David W. Orme-Johnson
pp 153-201

Contact:
Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy
Maharishi University of Management Office of Public Affairs,
Fairfield, Iowa 52557
Contact: Julia Busch, ph. 515-472-1200

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6 comments:

  1. The number 1 way to eliminate most crimes would be to get rid of the pricing system by installing existing free energy technologies into mainstream population centers. What we have here is an attempt to keep the price system going by interjecting reasonable meditation techniques that will work to a measurably lesser extent only because a critical mass of the population would be required in order to shift the paradigm. It is true that we collectively create what we mediate on and unfortunately most people mediate on MONEY and it is a statistical FACT that 90% or more of all crimes against man and nature are somehow related to money, money that must operate under artificially manufactured scarcity conditions. If the majority of the people simply began to mediate on FREE energy, I think the world would automatically shift in that direction. And most all crimes would cease to be a problem.

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  2. The so-called 100th monkey effect also applies to the introduction of new technology. Note how most if not all new inventions are arrived at simultaneously by multiple researchers. Once a critical mass is achieved the reaction occurs.

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  3. Comment part 1: The TM principle is real, but it can and does work in the reverse of the manner intended.

    That is, you go into some degree of 'absolute' consciousness and send out nice calming vibes into the auric fields of society, that are, whether you do TM or not, inextricably linked with your own auric field.

    But, the sad thing is, that one or two hundred people stressed out on factory lathes will not have a particularly pleasant effect on your consciousness when you are in a hypersensitive state of awareness upon reentry from your TM link up on the absolute plane. And neither will those people on the factory lathes do what they really need to do to avoid such a stressful situation, and change their jobs, or appeal for more humane working conditions.

    And you can sense a great deal of stress and tension and even irritability that you never had before upon coming out of a TM session, and this is an extremely common effect experienced by people who have been doing TM, when spoken to in private conversation, and when cherry-picked answers are not being selected to prove how good TM is. TM is great in many ways, no doubt, but the supporting advaita vedanta philosophy is erroneous, that 'we are all one being'. Such a philosophy of mixing everyone together psychically on a low plane is in fact very dangerous in several ways, and the spiritual support just is not there to make the individual TM practitioner immune to the stressful vibes of all those they are 'plugged into' to give them a dose of 'nice vibes'. One has no individual power of discrimination in the TM state over where ones consciousness will be applied, and one can become extremely drained.

    And the rebound effect, if it can possibly be likened to that, or looking at it from another perspective, just the increased level of sensitivity to non-TM'ers around us who might be army soldiers in extremely stressful situations getting blown up or blowing other people up, is not conducive to genuine transcendental awareness in meditation practitioners, or in creating genuine transcendental awareness in those soldiers to encourage them to leave that damaging kind of activity where their military abilities are being wrongly applied against innocent people for instance.

    It is not just TM that will produce this premature psychic awakening and unwarranted sensitivity to the stress of others, it being premature mainly because of the erroneous philosophy that we should all be rolled into one person, when the more genuine and practical philosophy is one of achintya bheda hbheda tattva, many individuals living in harmony by being linked to a common Supersoul, or Oversoul, Krishna, the Supreme individual, who acts as a kind of cosmic tuning fork to keep us all aligned as pleasantly as possible with each other.

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  4. Comment part 2:

    Another example that TM or any other form of primarily material-based meditation cannot hope to compete against in society, is that television, when introduced to any area where television has never been seen before, results in a 50-fold, or 5,000% increase in the murder rate.

    That is because television works at 50 hertz, a very hypnotic frequency that shuts down the discriminatory ability if the frontal lobes to analyze and select what is good and what is not good, so all information transmitted by the television is assimilated directly into the backbrain. What happens is that violent TV programs inculcate violent behavioural patterns directly into the psyche of individuals, eliciting a Pavlovian type conditioned response from any individual programmed by it.

    So that whereas these concepts to deal with certain situations would never have previously been capable of developing in normally functioning individuals prior to conditioning by violent television, now the effect is that when a situation arises, they have pre-conditioned responses learned from their 'peers' in television reality, and pop someone with a gun, rather than simply talk to them.

    And TM meditation is thus attempting the impossible, to rectify a robotically induced influence on the consciousness. The greatest proportion of TM practitioners of any society in the world exists in Israel, that is 1% of the entire population of Israel. This is held to be the 'ideal' proportion of practitioners by TM philosophy and 'science', said to be optimum, in it's ability to reduce crime rates and stress of the society in which those meditators live and practice. Yet Israel sees every country around it as an existential threat. Therefore an inner philosophy superior to merely giving out nectarean 'nice vibes' to their own whilst they machine gun away at everyone they please, whilst threatening to annihilate the entire world with hundreds of thermonuclear weapons as per the 'Samson Option', to bully all other countries into giving them every last little thing they desire as masters of the world, would be more properly appropriate.

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  5. Very good comment of mothman 777. Many people in TM circles are not aware of the danger that Israel poses to the world. Maharishi talked about the danger of NATO,
    wchich in essence is ZioNato, the attack dog of Tel Aviv. I guess he knew but he let people discover this themselves. See; www.bollyn.com or google kenny's sideshow

    I posted some of my comments at:
    http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/judeo-christian-values/

    You'll see a recent video of dr. Tony Nader Ram at the end.

    (since my internet name Gabreal Jones does not get through the filter I use here
    anonymous)

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  6. http://americankabuki.blogspot.nl/2012/10/living-life-of-joy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+AmericanKabuki+%28American+Kabuki%29

    'We are all here to enjoy and radiate happiness everywhere' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    http://www.ayurveda-florida.com/articles_ayurvedic_medicine_diet_lifestyle_dhanvantari_ayurveda_center_ayurveda_education_programs/Quotes_from_Vaidyas/MMY.doc

    Of this large document, see the chapters:
    'World Press- all news is filtered'
    'Warmongers and armsellers- They live on killing others'
    Warmongers- Money which destroys life is not good money'

    gj/zen

    CIA O

    P.S.
    Maharishi banned His Bliss-Wisdom Teaching for a couple of years in warmongering England, saying: We don't feed the scorpion, my teaching is for peace and harmony.
    Globalgoodnews etc. of the TM Movement must realise that the main news they gather went through the filter of Reuter and AP wchich are both Rothschild owned, thus making innocent meditators- after their meditation in activity- feed the scorpion. Once this is realised the groups will be much stronger in radiating harmony.

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