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8 December 2005

According to medical science, stress has reached epidemic proportions. It is fueling a wide range of health problems, such as stroke, hypertension, and heart disease: doctors now estimate that 90 percent of disease is caused or complicated by stress.

But the problem extends beyond the individual. Stressed individuals produce a stressed society. And recent research has revealed that societal stress—including acute political, ethnic, and religious tensions—directly fuel social violence, such as crime, terrorism, and war.

Fifty scientific studies, published in leading scientific journals, have found that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program is an effective approach for reducing stress and promoting health—not only in the individual but also in society as a whole. The ramifications of such a discovery are enormous.

'There is an urgent need in the world for a high-level academic institution dedicated to cutting-edge peace research and effective solutions to crime, terrorism, and international conflict.' —Dr. John Hagelin, founding president of the University of World Peace in Washington, D.C.

John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist and public policy expert, lifelong educator, and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Dr. Hagelin is also the world's leading scientific authority on the societal application of the Transcendental Meditation program. Dr. Hagelin, along with a distinguished faculty of scientists and policy experts, is establishing a new University of World Peace in Washington, D.C. The University will be the first university in the world dedicated solely to the prevention of war and the promotion of global peace.

Why are you establishing a University of World Peace?

Dr. Hagelin: There is an urgent need in the world for a high-level academic institution dedicated to cutting-edge peace research and effective solutions to crime, terrorism, and international conflict.

Prevailing theories and methodologies of conflict resolution and violence prevention have proven to be inadequate. In the past 60 years—since the United Nations was founded following World War II to prevent the outbreak of conflict—there have been more than 120 wars. Here in the U.S., violence plagues our streets and threatens the security of our schools and children.

While there is an abundance of military academies and graduate war colleges dedicated to advancing the science of war, there is no university wholly dedicated to the prevention of war and the promotion of peace. And while the military and defense industries are the largest employers in many countries, there are few if any professional 'peacemakers' with the capability and responsibility to prevent the devastation of war.

The University of World Peace will meet these needs by performing research on innovative, peace-promoting technologies and programs and by employing those methods that have demonstrated their ability to prevent crime and violent conflict. For this, we are establishing a campus near Washington D.C. for 2,000 students—with plans for a second, larger campus to be centrally located in the Midwest for 8,000 students.

Creating a Peaceful World for Our Children

How do you know that the Transcendental Meditation program reduces stress in society as a whole?

'Fifty scientific studies have shown that the Transcendental Meditation program can be used to defuse acute societal stress, as measured by reduced crime, terrorism, and conflict.'—Dr. Hagelin

Dr. Hagelin: This conclusion is based on extensive empirical evidence. First, on the individual level, medical science has utilized the Transcendental Meditation technique to dissolve stress, with associated dramatic improvements in health. For example, an 11-year insurance study involving thousands of subjects* has shown that people who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique experience markedly reduced incidences of major surgery, cancer, and heart disease. (The American Journal of Managed Care 3 (1997): 135-144.)

Second, on a societal scale, 50 scientific studies have shown that the Transcendental Meditation program defuses acute societal stress, as measured by reduced crime, terrorism, and conflict. For this purpose, groups of trained meditation experts have been engaged to radiate a measurable influence of calm and coherence throughout society-in accord with recent theoretical understandings of long-range field effects of consciousness.

Can students create a peaceful future for themselves?

Dr. Hagelin: Absolutely. Research shows that a school with a few hundred meditating students is enough to significantly defuse tensions in a city, and a school with a few thousand meditating students can measurably reduce social tensions for the nation.

Repeated studies also show that a group of 8,000 advanced meditation experts is enough o defuse social tensions on a global scale, markedly reducing violence and conflict in critical hotspots throughout the world. That is why we are immediately establishing a group of 2,000 meditating students in Washington, D.C., followed by a second group of 8,000 meditating students elsewhere in the U.S. (Original studies are available online at

How can meditation produce such far-reaching effects?

Dr. Hagelin: The answer comes from the most advanced theories of modern science. Progress in theoretical physics during the past quarter century has led to a progressively more unified understanding of the laws of nature, culminating in the recent discovery of completely unified field theories, based on the superstring.

These theories locate a single, universal field of intelligence at the basis of all forms and phenomena in the universe. Extensive published research demonstrates that human consciousness can directly experience this unified field of intelligence in the simplest, most settled state of human awareness through the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced techniques.

Regular experience of the unified field through the Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to dissolve deep-seated stress in the individual, bringing marked reductions in hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and other stress-related illness.

When practiced collectively in groups, this same program has been shown to effectively reduce societal stress and tensions. From the perspective of physics, such groups of trained, peace-creating experts collectively accessing and stimulating the unified field generate powerful waves of unity and coherence that permeate the collective consciousness of the whole population. The immediate, practical result is markedly reduced crime and social violence and improved positive trends throughout society.

Fortunately, these benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program come naturally and automatically and do not require belief or intellectual understanding of the mechanics. It's as simple as switching on a light switch and enjoying the light. Group meditation defuses acute societal stress and creates calm and coherence throughout the whole population. We invite a few people of vision and means to consider this practical, proven approach carefully and to create a group of 2,000 students in Washington, D.C., and a group of 8,000 students in the heartland of America—and to maintain these groups permanently.

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Press Release from: David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace

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