President Obama, Peace in the Middle East: Scientific solution to your political problem?

President Obama, Peace in the Middle East: Scientific solution to your political problem?

Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:52

Peace in the Middle East is easily within our grasp, as indicated by a new scientific paper recently published in the “Journal of Scientific Exploration.”

The study addresses the possibility that a relatively small group of people practising the Transcendental Meditation™ and TM-Sidhi programme®, as founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, twice daily together in a group can create peace in the Middle East.

The hypothesis is not new. Fifty studies have found that when 1% of the population practises Transcendental Meditation, or sufficiently large groups practise the TM-Sidhi programme together twice daily, it can have a positive influence on society as a whole. The studies show, for example, decreased violence, crime, car accidents, and suicides, and improved quality of life in a society. Critics had questioned the credibility of the evidence in light of the unconventional nature of the proposition.

Reduced conflict and improved quality of life in the Middle East:

August-September 1983

A composite sociological index closely tracks the size of a group practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme. (See details in text below.)

The new analysis addresses this question more thoroughly than previously. It presents new statistical evidence that all credible conventional explanations – such as military and political events, public holidays, and the weather – could not explain the observed statistically significant changes in sociological variables shown in an earlier study on the influence of groups practising the TM-Sidhi programme (Orme-Johnson DW, Alexander CN, Davies JL, Chandler HM, & Larimore WE. International peace project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field. Journal of Conflict Resolution 1988 32:776-812, findings illustrated above). The observed changes in the Middle East included reductions in war deaths of 75%, war intensity of 45%, in crime of 12%, in fires of 30%, plus there were improvements in national mood of 27% and the stock market of 7% during the experimental period.

Although conventional factors did have a measureable influence on the level of violence and other sociological variables, the effect of the Transcendental Meditation group was, according to the researchers, both independent of these other factors and approximately two to five times stronger.

Brain research has found that Transcendental Meditation increases coherence in brain functioning. Lead author of the new study David Orme-Johnson, former Chairman of the Psychology Department at Maharishi University of Management, suggests that: “Given the assumption of Maharishi’s theory that individuals are the units of collective consciousness, increased coherence at the individual level could be expected to have a positive effect on the population level”.

According to a number of earlier studies, this effect is magnified when, in addition to Transcendental Meditation, the more advanced TM-Sidhi programme, which includes Yogic Flying, is practised in a group. In this case, the square root of 1% of a population practising Yogic Flying in a group is the threshold at which changes in social trends begin to be observed. Interestingly, this effect appears to be irrespective of national borders and different cultures. According to the theory, a group of 10,000 generating such an influence of coherence would be sufficient to noticeably influence the collective consciousness of the whole world.

If the science is so watertight, and the potential benefits so great, the obvious question, then, is: Why has no one yet established such a group anywhere in the world? One reason why policy makers have been reluctant to do so is that they take the view that conventional military and political factors must have more influence than Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying. However, the new research has shown that this assumption is quite incorrect.

A coherence-creating group of 10,000 people could be established for less than 0.2% of the world’s military expenditure, and yet, according to the research, could ensure a stable state of world peace.

The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, founded by the award-winning filmmaker, joined with Paul McCartney in April to raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk children. The benefit concert in New York is said to have raised £2m on ticket sales and fund raising continues. The philanthropic Foundation is already involved in teaching Transcendental Meditation in schools in the Middle East with the explicit aim of creating permanent peace in the region.

Dr. Orme-Johnson is available for interview: Tel 850-231-2866 See his website:
Dr. David Leffler is available for interview and to set up interviews with other military-related people. See this website:  Tel 845-489-8653

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3 Responses to “President Obama, Peace in the Middle East: Scientific solution to your political problem?”

  1. Jean Tobin Says:

    There was a time in the history of the US Military where the debate was whether to invest money in developing what was then the new “radio” technology to send messages or to continue using homing pigeons to send messages. Most of the people involved at the time could not imagine that this new “radio” technology could really work–the idea of being able to send messages thru the “air” that could be received and understood at the other end seemed to be an impractical dream. And so, the decision was made not to invest in the new “radio technology” but to continue to fund homing pigeons. Of course, later they saw the absurd error of their decision. We are now at a similar crossroads. Research has already overwhelmingly validated the Invincible Defense Technology. It is negligent not to implement it.


    • kenchawkin Says:

      Good point! The whole notion of what’s true, what is possible, depends on our point of view, our level of understanding of the laws of nature. Only a few great visionaries in each generation could see that, and they were often ridiculed, sometimes threatened with death for going against the status quo, the prevailing understanding of what was acceptable, what was possible. In time, that changes. It usually takes a paradigm shift for it to be accepted by the masses, as in the case of radio technology. These quotes by two great thinkers, a philosopher and a scientist, say it so succinctly:

      All truth passes through three stages.
      First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
      Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
      — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

      All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
      the point is to discover them.
      — Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)


  2. Ken Chawkin Says:

    And here’s a third one that says it all when it comes to trying to change minds to accept a newly understood scientific truth:

    A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
    — Max Planck (1858-1947)


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