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Reducing stress in collective consciousness to improve the health of society
by Global Good News staff writer
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28 January 2013
The role of consciousness in creating health was a central theme of the first stage of Dr Robert Schneider's Total Health World Tour in India, Nepal, and Greece earlier this year.
Reflecting recently on the achievements of the tour, Dr Schneider, who is Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, brought out a further layer of understanding about the relationship between consciousness and physiology, as it applies to the collective health of society.
One principle of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care he discussed was that epidemics are caused by stress in the collective consciousness.
This is described in Charaka Samhita (a main text of Ayur-Veda* in the Vedic literature), Dr Schneider said. The text clearly explains that when people treat each other in ways that are not life supporting, for example when there is greed or corruption, then epidemics of disease afflict that society.
On the empirical level, in the modern era it has been shown many times that collective distress breeds individual disease. A research study conducted in the Middle East looked at the relationship between missile attacks in one country and hospital admissions for heart attacks. Patients were not injured by missiles; rather the anxiety and fear caused by the war was related to an increase in heart attacks.
Other examples given by Dr Schneider include areas of natural disasters—hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes—where individual distress and disease increase. In the former Soviet Union, during the first years of reorganization into the Commonwealth of Independent States, there was a lot of social turmoil and an increase in heart disease. Other research shows similar relationships between crime in particular cities and blood pressure: in high crime areas average blood pressure is higher; lower average blood pressure is found in lower crime areas.
A solution to these and other large-scale public health issues is offered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's technologies of consciousness. Twenty-three published scientific studies have shown decreased social stress—including reduced crime, violence, and Middle East war deaths—and improved quality of life in society resulting from large groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes.
The relationship between mind and body is a topic of contemporary interest, Dr Schneider noted, being investigated through different areas of research and study in modern medicine. Psychoneuroimmunology studies the mind and the immune system. Psychoneuroendocrinology studies the mind and endocrine system. Neurocardiology examines the connection between the brain and the heart.
On his recent tours Dr Schneider has also often encountered another element—when many people hear about the connection between the mind and the body there seems to be a subtle recognition at a deep level of the mind. Now, he said, is the time to rekindle awareness of the critical mind-body connection and to implement Maharishi's vision of building health care centres and colleges around the world—so people everywhere can live long, healthy, and happy lives.
Those who are interested in participating in the creation of Maharishi Colleges of Perfect Health and Maharishi Health Centres in their countries are invited to contact Dr Schneider at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention. There are potential plans for tours in Western Europe this summer, and in Asia, Indonesia, and Australia in the fall.
See related articles:
∙ India, Nepal, Greece: Total Health World Tour highlights integration of modern science, ancient Vedic medicine
∙ India: World Ayurveda Congress features holistic perspective of Maharishi Ayurveda
∙ India, Nepal: Universities learn about integration of modern science and health care with ancient Vedic Science
∙ Greece: Bringing the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda to the source of Western medicine
∙ Building Maharishi Colleges of Perfect Health around the world
* Ayur-Veda is the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural health care, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective health science. Maharishi Ayur-Veda represents the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayur-Veda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
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