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Fourth Annual David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation Taking Place in Iowa

October 31, 2009

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Fourth Annual David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation Taking Place in Iowa

Published at 1:48 PM on October 30, 2009

By Emily Riemer

David Lynch, signature director of quintessentially dark, sometimes confusing, occasionally erotic, often non-linear films, is also a representative for world peace and meditation. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker and his David Lynch Foundation will present the fourth annual David Lynch Weekend at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa on Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Lynch will be the keynote speaker at the conference, and other presenters range from 1960s pop star Donovan to quantum physicist and Maharishi professor John Hagelin (who ran for U.S. president three times with the Natural Law Party). The weekend is aimed at those “interested in creativity, film, art, sustainable living, organic agriculture, brain development, consciousness, meditation, natural medicine, renewable living, peace.” Attendees are encouraged to “take part in a greater conversation about the creative process, alternative education and ways to live a better life.”

The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 and, according to its website, has provided millions of dollars to fund and implement the teaching of Transcendental Meditation techniques to students worldwide. The DLF credits the techniques with reducing ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, calling them stress reducing programs that “improve creativity, brain functioning, and academic performance.”

Maharishi University is an appropriate location for such a conference. The undergraduate and graduate university centers around “consciousness-based education” of Transcendental Meditation, sustainability, peace and natural health.

Beyond his forays into transcendentalism, David Lynch is best known as the director of films such as Mulholland Drive and the TV show Twin Peaks.

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Teaching Wall Street to transcend woes and meditate

October 28, 2009

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Teaching Wall Street to transcend woes and meditate

1:12 PM By Danielle Sonnenberg

Is Wall Street ready to embrace spirituality?

Its new neighbor thinks so. The Center for Leadership Performance moved into the historic American Bank Note Building, one block from the New York Stock Exchange, to teach the Masters of the Universe the power of transcendental meditation techniques.

“People working under enormous stress don’t want to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol,” said Robert Roth, executive director of the center.

About 100 people attended two seminars there on Friday — a sort of meet-the-neighbors open house.

The center promotes the benefits of meditating for 20 minutes, twice a day, including increased creativity, lessened stress, enhanced ability to focus and reduced blood pressure.

The meditation is also said to help a person achieve their professional potential.

“It’s not just a relaxation technique,” said Roth.

Ray Dalio, who heads Bridgewater Associates, is among the financial firm bigwigs who have embraced transcendental meditation. He spoke about how it increased his employees’ clear thinking.

He believes in it so much he pays half of the costs for his employees, and then pays the other half if they stick with it longer than six months. Training costs begin at $750.

“The proof is in the pudding,” Dalio said of the performance-enhancing techniques.
Attendees at the seminar seemed ready for a spiritual awakening.

“I really want to learn meditation, but I don’t know how,” said Desiré Carroll, a manager at Deloitte who plans to take lessons.

Cory Miller, a trader, came to the seminar after a client recommended it as a stress reliever.

“Everyone doing it, they have a glow and they seem happy,” said Miller, 22.

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Connect Savannah: Extreme closeup: Ben Foster

October 27, 2009

Extreme closeup: Ben Foster

October 27, 2009

The young star of ‘The Messenger’ is honored following Saturday’s screening

With Woody Harrelson in
With Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger.”

Since his breakout role on HBO’s Six Feet Under, Ben Foster has appeared in one high–profile feature film after another. He played the mutant Angel in X–Men: The Last Stand, drug–addled teen Jake Mazursky in the crime drama Alpha Dog, and psychotic cowboy Charlie Prince in the western remake 3:10 to Yuma. Foster’s new film is The Messenger, in which he and Woody Harrelson are emotionally scarred veterans of the Iraq war, assigned “the worst job in the Army” Stateside — notifying family members that a loved one has been killed overseas.

Against orders and against logic, Foster’s character falls for a young widow, played by Samantha Morton.

Foster, Harrelson and writer/director Oren Moverman will attend Saturday’s screening of The Messenger at the Trustees Theater; afterwards, both actors will receive awards from the Savannah Film Festival.

The Messenger — the first film to put Foster’s name not only above the title, but above those of his co–stars — has been getting rave reviews. There’s talk of an Oscar nomination for Foster.

At 29, Foster has more good notices under his belt that many film actors twice his age. He is known for his piercing eyes and quiet intensity — and his ability to deliver the goods, even when the film itself is substandard (see the recent Pandorum).

It occurred to me that Jake Mazursky in Alpha Dog and Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma are like different generations of the same character. Do you ever worry you’re getting typecast as the intense, crazy guy?

Ben Foster: I’m sure on some level some psychologist could have a field day with me on the roles that I end up doing. It’s really project to project, and where I’m at and who I get to play with.

You left Iowa at 16 and went to L.A., and started working almost immediately. Do you ever pinch yourself?

Ben Foster: Oh certainly, every day. I was talking to my mom about this very thing not a few days ago. I’m incredibly lucky. There are so many gifted people who aren’t at the right place at the right time, for whatever reason. That’s not to say it’s been an easy road. And at the end of it, hopefully, I’ll be able to keep playing.

What do you look for in a role?

Ben Foster: It really depends on where you’re at. This idea of only doing projects that speak to the deepest corners of your inner core, that’s somewhat laughable to say these days, and where this industry is at. That being said, I’m not going to choose a job and spend two or four months of my life with strangers making something if I didn’t believe that we could create something collectively that was exciting. Sometimes it turns out really well, and other times… there are limitations. Creative limitations, financial limitations, time.

Do you ever realize this while the film is in production — “This one’s not going to be so great, but I’ve committed” — or do you always have to believe it’s going to be a great movie?

Ben Foster: I gotta go in thinking that each one’s going to be special. It doesn’t have to be the greatest film of all time, but if you don’t have that belief… you know, only you can blow your own candle out. And it adds up if you’re doing things that you don’t believe in. If you’re approaching a role as an actor approaching a role, there’s too much distance. It doesn’t feel good, and people don’t respond to it, and it’s just not worth the time. Sometimes, it works out well.

You recently co–starred with Dennis Quaid in Pandorum. The reviews were… well, not good. What were you thinking as you read the script?

Ben Foster: It was a fairly innocent read. It held my attention. I was very apprehensive about doing it, but I spoke with Christian Alvart, the director, and he had a very specific idea of how he wanted to shoot it… I turned it down again.

I think they came back to me three times, and I guess like I felt I was taking myself too seriously and thought “I’d certainly like to go to the movies and be entertained.” I hadn’t done a proper sci–fi picture before, so I gave it a shot.

You played astronauts in a broken spacecraft. What was shooting that like?

Ben Foster: It didn’t turn out — in the experience, nor in the final product — the way that it was presented to me. And that’s fairly frustrating.

How did you approach The Messenger?

Ben Foster: The Messenger has certainly been a labor of love. I’m pretty press–shy, but for The Messenger I’m going on a full tour, and that’s not limited to the fact that I’m just proud of the film as a whole; more importantly, I’m proud of the questions it asks.

I was drawn to it initially because of Oren. It was the only script that dealt with the war, that I had read, that presented the results of warfare without taking an overtly political side. To get lost in that world… it’s having the opportunity to learn things that I don’t know about. I’ve had friends in the military, but the opportunity to spend time with vets, and the soldiers that have come back, it was truly a life–changing experience.

We went to Walter Reed Hospital and spent time in the amputee ward. The head of Casualty Notification for the United States was on set with us every day. I wouldn’t say it was an easy shoot, but the space that Oren created and the resources for research, allowed us all to get lost. And getting to work with Woody Harrelson, who I think handed in one of his finest performances. Harrelson is my brother. I’d do anything for that man!

And Samantha Morton and Jenna Malone… I can’t imagine that anyone gets an opportunity to do too many that stick with you to this degree.

Do you go looking for fresh challenges?

Ben Foster: I guess the challenge is: I’m beyond compelled to put myself in a situation where I could experience something that ordinarily I wouldn’t have the opportunity to. So yes, it’s exciting. It’s mostly exciting to work with people who give a shit.

You practice transcendental meditation. What does TM do for you?

Ben Foster: It’s a technique, twice a day. It’s not a religious or even a dogmatic technique, it’s an ancient, simple, quiet, internal technology that you do with yourself. It’s basically gettin’ rid of the static. It’s tuning, you know?

It’s not as simple as just saying “clearing your head.” It’s a rooting and a tuning, if that makes any sense.

There’s just so much input in the world, and we absorb this. And our families, and our work, there’s so many demands. And what this does, it’s a reset button. So it allows me more energy, when I take 30–45 minutes in the morning.

Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass on set. If my call time’s 5 in the morning, I gotta get up at 4. But what it gives me during the day is just a resource of energy, and the ability to hear what I’m actually thinking, rather than spitting back what I’ve been told.

It’s up to you how you use it. It’s like eating well and getting a good night’s sleep: You’re going to perform better — whatever action you’re doing, with friends or family, or your job or on your own. It’s just a stabilizing resource of energy, and clarity of thought.

What’s next for you?

Ben Foster: I just finished shooting a film in Armenia called Hear — it’s kind of a meditative road movie. And now I’m on my way to New Orleans to shoot some guns with Jason Statham. It’s a remake of the Charles Bronson movie The Mechanic.  cs

Savannah Film Festival: The Messenger screening

Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

When: At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Tickets: $5–$10, at (912) 525–5050

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster Tribute accompanies the screening

See the trailer for the film here.

Also see: Extreme closeup: Woody Harrelson

Here’s a great CNN interview with Ben Foster talking about the soldier’s job in The Messenger.

LAist: Zachary Sluser’s Short Film “Path Lights”

October 27, 2009

Short Films: More Than the Art of the Calling Card?

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We are certainly in a sea change when it comes to media, but for every time someone has cried that the end is nigh, books, newspaper, film–whatever is on its deathbed in a given news cycle–continues to push ahead, continues to march on. In the case of Hollywood, YouTube, Netflix and OnDemad have continued to pull film out of the theater, a process that began with VHS and video rental, and deeper into the home. These media and formats may seem better suited for shorter work, yet feature-length films still reign supreme. But with studios tightening their purse strings and the budget needed for a feature film almost always far beyond the bank balance and fund raising prowess of up-and-coming filmmakers, directors without studio backing have to find other ways to show their vision. So short films–which find their way through world by playing at film festivals and in any variety of online platforms–are the go to, if not most desirable, format for directors looking for that big feature film break.

LAist spoke to one such LA-based director, Zachary Sluser, who’s latest short film, “Path Lights” is making its Los Angeles debut tonight at the AFI Mark Goodson Theater after having played at a number of film festivals around the country, including the Woodstock Film Festival in upstate New York. Based on a short story by author Tom Drury published by The New Yorker in 2005, “Path Lights” was shot in Los Angeles in the spring of this year.

“I think that short films are primarily made as calling cards, either as truncated versions of a feature length or as stand-alone pieces that showcase the director’s style and capabilities. I do think that no matter what the intention is for making the film, once it is being made, it should stand alone as it’s own piece of art,” Sluser said about the role of short film in Hollywood. Considering all of the calling card shorts that must be floating around Los Angeles and remembering those that managed to become something much more–Tod Haynes’ “Superstar,” the all-Barbie cast Karen Carpenter biopic, is a stand out that comes to mind–it seems strange that our city, so synonymous with film, doesn’t have much in the way of outlets for screening and viewing shorts. New York City, so strongly associated with book publishing, offers much more for authors writing short fiction–the short story and novel being analogous to the short and feature film in many ways–with its glut of reading series and various print outlets, including The New Yorker, where Drury’s story was published.

Described as a “thought-provoking, comedy-noir that puts a human spin on the tradition of detective hero films,” the plot follows Bobby (John Hawkes)–who makes his living doing voiceovers for serial detective pulps–as he makes his way through a mystery that appears in his own life. An avid film buff, Sluser kept the noir history, both in film and literature, of LA in mind in shooting the film. “Because Bobby is the voice for these detective serials on tape, and he himself is very much the opposite of the classic “Sam Spade” detective, we chose to use the film noir grammar in ways that show how out of his element Bobby is,” in dealing with mystery outside of the sound studio, Sluser said. “So I think it makes sense that the film is set in the quiet neighborhoods of Pasadena. Close enough to the film noir history in LA, and at the same time quite removed.”

“Path Lights” is screening tonight at 8:00 PM at AFI Mark Goodson Theater in the Mayer Library Building (2021 N. Western Ave.).

By Willy Blackmore in Arts & Events on October 27, 2009 10:00 AM

Transcendental Meditation Helps Women with Breast Cancer

October 26, 2009

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Transcendental Meditation Helps Women with Breast Cancer

Co. Dublin, Ireland — 21 Oct. 2009

Women with breast cancer showed reduced stress and improved mental health and emotional well being after learning Transcendental Meditation, according to a new study published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Cancer Therapies (Vol. 8, No. 3: September 2009).

“A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Transcendental Meditation on Quality of Life in Older Breast Cancer Patients” was a collaboration between Chicago’s Center for Healthy Aging at Saint Joseph Hospital, and Institute for Health Services, Research and Policy Studies at Northwestern University; the Department of Psychology at Indiana State University; and the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA. The study was supported by grants from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

“It is wonderful that physicians now have a range of interventions to use, including Transcendental Meditation, to benefit their patients with cancer,” says Rhoda Pomerantz, MD, study co-author and chief of gerontology, Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago; “I believe this approach should be appreciated and utilised more widely.”

In this randomised controlled trial, quality of life measures were administered every six months for two years to 130 women with breast cancer, aged 55 years and older. Significant benefits in quality of life and improved mental health were found as a result of practising Transcendental Meditation.

Overall quality of life, the primary outcome measure of the study was measured using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B) one of the most widely used inventories to evaluate the quality of life of breast cancer patients. It measures such characteristics as having energy, being able to meet the needs of the family, being bothered by the side effects of treatment, having to spend time in bed, feeling satisfied with how one is coping with the illness, worrying about the condition and the effect that stress has on it, being able to work and find it fulfilling, enjoying life, and feeling attractive. Results showed improved long-term benefits compared to controls in each aspect of quality of life: emotional, social, functional, and physical.

The study also found that patients practising Transcendental Meditation showed improved mental health, compared to controls, using the Short-Form (SF)-36 mental health scale. This inventory is one of the most widely used measures in the field of medical research, and has proved useful in differentiating the health benefits produced by a wide range of different treatments. Components of the mental health scale include self-reported positive affect, less psychological distress, fewer limitations in social activities due to emotional problems, and feeling in good health.

The special contribution of Transcendental Meditation

Quality of life is a major issue for women with breast cancer, and while alternative therapies are often employed to improve quality of life, few therapies if any are both as easy to use and as scientifically supported as Transcendental Meditation (see fact sheet and website below).

Transcendental Meditation – as introduced to the world 50 years ago by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – differs fundamentally from other forms of meditation and relaxation. A number of studies have observed that it has a higher compliance rate than other forms of relaxation and meditation, and the breast cancer patients in the above study reported that it was easy to practise twice daily at home.

Stress contributes to the onset and progression of breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Ireland—it accounts for 28% of all cancers in women in Ireland, with an average of 1726 new diagnosis each year. It continues to be responsible for an average of 644 Irish female deaths each year. It is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in women in Ireland.

“Emotional and psychosocial stress contribute to the onset and progression of breast cancer and cancer mortality,” said Dr Sanford Nidich, lead author of the study and senior researcher at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, US. Co-author Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, states: “The data from this well-designed clinical trial – and related studies – suggest that effective stress reduction with Transcendental Meditation may be useful in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and its deleterious consequences.”

Helping manage pain as well as reducing stress

Previous studies have also revealed how this simple mental technique may help not only with stress and anxiety but also with pain (see references 1 and 2 below), which is often experienced by women suffering from breast cancer. Functional magnetic resonance imaging has been used to measure of the response of the brain to thermally induced pain. This was applied outside the meditation period and showed that long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation showed 40–50% fewer neural units responding to pain in the thalamus and total brain than in healthy matched controls who were interested in the technique, but had not yet learned it. After the controls learned the technique and practised it for five months, their response also decreased by 40–50%. These results suggest that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation reduces the affective and motivational dimension of the brain’s response to pain.

References:
(1) Orme-Johnson, D.W., Schneider, R.H., Son, Y.D., Nidich, S., & Cho, Z.H. (2006). Neuroimaging of meditation’s effect on brain reactivity to pain. Neuroreport, 17, 1359–1363.
(2) Eppley, K.R., Abrams, A.I., AND Shear, J. 1989. Differential effects of relaxation techniques on trait anxiety: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45(6), 957-974.

Key facts about Breast Cancer

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women – and remains a leading cause of death.

• On average, there are 1726 new diagnosis of breast cancer in Ireland each year.

• Women above the age of 50 have nearly four times the incidence compared to women under 50.

• Newly diagnosed and long-term survivors are affected by impairment in quality of life (QOL), in emotional, physical, functional, social, and spiritual domains.

• Psychosocial stress contributes to the onset, progression, and mortality from this disease.

• Clinical diagnosis of breast cancer increases psychological distress, with sustained distress occurring during cancer treatment, and continuing long-term.

• There have been an increasing number of women using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for female-specific cancers. Seven studies in the UK between 1992 and 2003 found that up to 52% of cancer sufferers used alternative therapies and that the rate was highest among women. In the USA, recent studies indicate that CAM use among women with breast cancer may be as high as 90 percent.

Key facts about Transcendental Meditation

• Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is an effortless technique practised for 20 minutes twice a day sitting comfortably with eyes closed.

• Transcendental Meditation is not a religion or philosophy and does not involve any belief or change in lifestyle.

• More than 300 independently published research studies and reviews of research on Transcendental Meditation confirm a range of benefits for mind, body, and behaviour. For a printable research review, and a bibliography of 340 papers from independent peer-reviewed journals and other edited scientific publications, see http://www.t-m.org.uk/research.shtml.

• Several studies have compared the effects of different meditation practices and found that Transcendental Meditation provides deeper relaxation and is more effective at reducing anxiety, high blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug abuse, and improving cognitive performance and overall psychological health and well-being than other forms of meditation and relaxation. In addition, no other meditation practice shows the widespread coherence throughout all areas the brain that is seen with Transcendental Meditation.

• More information on Transcendental Meditation can be obtained in Ireland by calling 012790426 or visiting www.tm-ireland.org

Transcendental Meditation, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is available in Ireland only from Maharishi International University, registered educational charity number 36300 (in Northern Ireland charity number X0610/9, an affiliate of Maharishi Foundation).

Transcendental Meditation

press enquiries: 012790426/0863599922 john4burns@gmail.com

Solution to War

October 25, 2009
NewsBlaze
Published: // October 19,2009
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Letter to the Editor

Solution to War

Australia Needs a Defence System Beyond “Extended Deterrence”

It is such a pleasure to read such a carefully argued, well-written article on this topic which is so crucial to our survival and dear to our hearts.

Thank you, Newsblaze editors, for your excellent choice.

I encourage readers to look deeply into this, learn TM yourself to see for yourself the validity of what the authors say.

This solution to war has been well verified for over three decades now-every time a young life is lost, those who know the power of this solution weep twice; for the child and family, and for the failure to prevent the tragedy.

It is time for wide adoption of this technology that has shown it can turn off these conflicts in a matter of days, leaving the shattered areas free to organize a good life for the people.

It is highly cost-effective.

The military is already employing/deploying many times the number of people needed to create peace. Let some of them spend a little time each day creating peace!

Denise Denniston Gerace Ph.D.
The Transcendental Meditation program
2150 East Adams Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
(520) 881-0110
www.TM.org

Halt Nepal’s Political Unrest Now With Vedic Defence

October 21, 2009

Global Politician

Halt Nepal’s Political Unrest Now With Vedic Defence
By Dr. Kingsley Brooks and Dr. David Leffler

Nepal, the land of Himalayas and Veda, is today facing a great challenge of ever increasing internal violence by various groups of insurgents. How does it stop the political unrest that cripples Nepal’s economy and causes other social problems that could lead to more war and terrorism? Achieving economic success while happily living in perpetual peace is not only an intrinsic desire but also a fervent wish of the citizens of Nepal.

Despite advanced technology and the boldness, courage, strength, and intelligence of Nepal’s armed forces, the nation still struggles to eliminate violent extremism and to achieve a lasting peace. Violent extremism is a human problem requiring human solutions. The underlying cause of extremist social violence is accumulated social stress. Therefore, to eliminate such social problems, the military needs to reduce the collective societal stress in Nepal.

Is there a way to reduce collective stress and create peace? If so, how could such an ideal goal be achieved in Nepal where tensions are so high? During these dangerous times, Nepal must rely on a scientifically verified approach to quickly reduce the tensions which are fueling violent extremism. Extensive scientific research indicates that the best way to reduce collective societal stress, eliminate extremism, boost the economy and thereby snuff out war and terrorism is to adopt an ancient Vedic strategy. In modern times this strategy is called Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) and was revived by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a non-religious manner. It has been quietly and successfully used by members of many faiths worldwide to eliminate conflict in the past.

A Prevention Wing of the Military consisting of 3% of the armed forces of Nepal could achieve this goal. This special unit would be trained in Invincible Defence Technology and would collectively practice its ancient Vedic technologies of consciousness – the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs – in large groups, twice a day.

Extensive research shows that the size of the group needed to reduce social stress in a given population should exceed the square root of 1% of the population size. To calculate this number, multiply the population size by 0.01, and then take the square root of the result. For instance, the population of Nepal is approximately 27 million: 27,000,000 x 0.01 = 270,000, and the square root of 270,000 is approximately 520, so a group of at least 520 IDT experts is needed. (Source: http://www.SquareRootofOnePercent.org)

Studies show that when these thresholds are exceeded, crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists named this phenomenon “The Maharishi Effect” in honor of Maharishi, who first predicted it. For instance, a Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented and studied in the US capital of Washington, DC, in 1993. Predictions were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. An independent Project Review Board approved the research protocol. Crime fell 24 percent below expected levels when the group size reached its maximum. Weekend effects, temperature, and previous trends in the data failed to account for changes. These findings were published in Social Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153–201).

Over 50 studies have shown that IDT works. The causal mechanism has been postulated to be a field effect of consciousness—a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population. On this basis, a study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (2005, vol. 17, #1, pp. 339–373) additionally offers a proposed explanation of causality of IDT in biological terms. Research conducted on the powerful neurotransmitter serotonin shows that it produces feelings of contentment, happiness and even euphoria. Low levels of serotonin, according to research, correlate with violence, aggression, and poor emotional moods. The IDT study showed that higher numbers of IDT experts correlated with a marked increase in serotonin production among other community members. These results were statistically significant and followed the attendance figures in the IDT group. This finding offers a plausible neurophysiologic mechanism to explain reduced hostility and aggression in society at large.

IDT has also been documented worldwide in a study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36, #1–4, 283–302) using data provided by the Rand Corporation. When large assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world during the years 1983–1985, deaths due to terrorism globally decreased 72%, international conflict decreased 32%, and violence was reduced in nations throughout the world without intrusion by other governments.

The armed forces of Nepal are responsible for protecting the nation’s citizens, and are obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically validated methods for ending war and terrorism. Nepal’s foreign policy and defence policy are largely committed to creating a peaceful world. Therefore, it would be consistent for Nepal to adopt a non-lethal defence system.

Since joining the United Nations in 1955, Nepal has expressed abiding faith in the principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter regarding goals of international peace, security, and promoting international cooperation for economic and social development. The Nepal military can play a leading role with its readymade manpower for crisis management with a mostly effortless modification of its ongoing training programs.

Ultimately, it is the duty of the armed forces of Nepal to quickly establish a Prevention Wing of the Military in order to create economic success, peace and stability in Nepal today.

Dr. Kingsley Brooks is Senior International Administrator for Nepal for the Global Country of World Peace, established to unify all nations in prosperity and invincibility. Formerly he was Administrative Director for the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy. Dr. David Leffler, a United States Air Force veteran, is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) at the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy.

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Upcoming Anthology of Fairfield Poets

October 20, 2009

THIS ENDURING GIFT

A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry

76 Poets Who Found Common Ground in One Small Prairie Town

Original Poems Selected with Introductions by Freddy Niagara Fonseca.  Foreword by Donovan.  Endorsements from Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, Walter Butts, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Kira Rosner, Author of When Souls Take Flight. 1st World Publishing. To order advance copies of THIS ENDURING GIFT go to: http://www.thisenduringgift.com/

Ken Chawkin copyrights all poems presented for consideration in this poetry anthology by Fairfield Poets, edited by Freddy Niagara Fonseca, to be published in 2010. Not all of them will make it into the final publication, but they are available online here for a limited time. That site has been removed, but you can see my published poems in This Enduring Gift: A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry.

Poetry — The Art of The Voice

Five Haiku from 13 Ways to Write Haiku: A Poet’s Dozen

Committed

Cold Wet Night

Thinking of You Today

Ode To The Artist: Sketching Lotus Pads at Round Prairie Park

© Ken Chawkin

A Fascinating Approach to Peace

October 19, 2009

NewsBlaze

Published: October 18, 2009

Letter to the Editor

A Fascinating Approach to Peace

Australia Needs a Defence System Beyond “Extended Deterrence”

Dear News Blaze editors:

Thank you for posting this intelligently written Op-Ed piece. Here are my comments for your consideration.

When asked about his new film, EVERY WAR HAS TWO LOSERS, a documentary based on the journals of American poet William Stafford, award-winning producer/director Haydn Reiss suggested it would be very satisfying to think that after viewing the film you would ask yourself, at a deep level, what you really believe about war. And the follow-up question of “How did I come to believe that?”

This Op-Ed, Australia Needs a Defence System Beyond “Extended Deterrence” is a fascinating approach to peace, one that should be seriously considered. I’ve just seen Mr. Reiss’s new film about war and peace, and this deeper solution is something that would resonate with both the poet and the filmmaker.

“I think we have been very successfully indoctrinated into accepting that war is a given, it’s what human beings do. The distinction is, and I think this is what Stafford is saying, is ‘Yes, we do and can make war. But what else can we do?’ The undiscovered possibilities in human behavior are what we should pursue. The die is not cast,” Reiss added; “imagination and creativity are not in short supply. That this is the real, pragmatic work of the world.”

Visit http://everywar.com to see the trailer, and think for yourself, about this question and this more rational scientific solution. At the same time, keep in mind what Einstein said about insanity—doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result; and what Schopenhauer said about the three stages that all truth passes through—”First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

In watching his own struggle with the British Empire, Gandhi echoed a similar sentiment when he observed, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” I’d like to think that this ancient scientific approach founded by the great Vedic Science revivalist, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, would turn out to be a win-win situation for every nation on the planet. We now have the technology in our hands to finally fulfill this ancient hope for humanity—the ability to create and maintain permanent world peace.

Ken Chawkin
Media Relations Director
Maharishi University of Management
The David Lynch Foundation
E:  kchawkin@mum.edu
W: http://www.mum.edu
B: http://theuncarvedblog.com
W: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org

Also see Every War Has Two Losers, a Haydn Reiss film on poet and conscientious objector William Stafford and PEACEFUL POETS: Filmmaker Haydn Reiss on Rumi and Stafford and the Power of Words.

Australia Needs a Defence System Beyond ‘Extended Deterrence’

October 18, 2009

Australia Needs a Defence System Beyond ‘Extended Deterrence’

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