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Guardian Liberty Voice: Research shows group meditation can reduce crime rates
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11 April 2014
A recent article in the American newspaper Guardian Liberty Voice* took an in-depth look into scientific research on the coherence-creating effect of group meditation, detailing how it 'was not only able to reduce the crime rate, but can save cities millions of dollars'.
'Along with the mounting medical evidence of the various health benefits of meditation, research shows group meditation can actually reduce crime rates in the greater population,' wrote author Mimi Mudd.
The specific type of meditation used to create this phenomenon, which has been the subject of 50 research studies 'on city, state, national, and international levels', is the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, Ms Mudd explained.
This technique is an advanced practice of the Transcendental Meditation programme, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In the article Ms Mudd refers to the Maharishi Effect, the name given by researchers to the effect of decreased crime and social stress and increased social coherence produced by its group practice.
The article focused on 'some of the most impressive research into group meditation'—the results of a study in Merseyside, England. 'During periods when a meditating group slightly larger than the square root of one percent of the population held sessions the monthly data showed a 13.4 percent drop in crime. This was very significant in contrast to the national crime rate, which had actually increased by 45 percent. . . .
'Merseyside went from No. 3 ranking in highest crime rates among the eleven largest Metropolitan Areas in England and Wales in 1987 to the lowest crime rate by 1992. The Merseyside Home Office estimated the reduction in crime saved around £1250 million [about $2 billion] over the five-year period.'
In a recent interview, Dr Peter Warburton, Chairman of the Maharishi Foundation, the official organization offering Transcendental Meditation courses in the UK, discussed the Merseyside research described in the Guardian Liberty Voice news article.
The period of the study, Dr Warburton commented, coincided with the same years in which coherence-creating programmes for England were established, notably a group of 200 practising Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in the town of Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, very close to Merseyside.
The article accurately presented the scientific research, as well as the knowledge and programmes brought out by Maharishi on the collective effects of Transcendental Meditation, Dr Warburton commented. The quality of the article is itself an expression of increasing coherence in the collective consciousness of society, he said.
Click here to read the full article by Mimi Mudd online at guardianlv.com.
* The Guardian Liberty Voice is a Las Vegas-based publication which is not connected with The Guardian in the UK.
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