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Peace overtures pegged to Invincible America Assembly
The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA Translate This Article
16 April 2007
The sudden turnaround in U.S. foreign policy toward Iran, Syria, and North Korea—a dramatic shift away from confrontation and belligerence toward consensus building and peace—is the direct result of the increased coherence in national consciousness created by the Invincible America Assembly, according to faculty member Dr John Hagelin, who is leading the Assembly.
He characterizes it as the largest scientific demonstration ever to monitor the effects on national trends of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs. The Assembly was launched last July by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to create coherent national consciousness—the basis of a peaceful, prosperous, invincible country.
Since the Assembly launch, U.S. foreign policy has undergone a marked transformation, starting in early August with the U.S.-forged ceasefire on the Israeli-Lebanon border—a Mideast flashpoint for decades that is now in its seventh peaceful month.
The most recent signs of rising national consciousness can be seen in the unexpected transformation of U.S. policy toward Iran, Syria, and North Korea—three nations which were branded in 2002 as the 'Axis of Evil' and which had been isolated as rogue, terrorist states until only a few weeks ago.
Now the U.S. has joined talks with Iran and Syria to resolve the Iraq war. And the U.S. is in negotiations with North Korea to put an end to the nuclear crisis.
At the same time, since the start of the Assembly, the U.S. economy has enjoyed sustained growth, with the Dow climbing more than 1,500 points while oil prices have fallen from a high of $78 a barrel in July to under $62 a barrel. And despite the recent tumult in global market prices, U.S. consumer confidence remains high, according to a March 6 ABC News/Washington Post survey. That confidence is another sign of coherent national consciousness, Dr. Hagelin said.
Dr. Hagelin said that rigorous statistical analysis shows that the upsurge of positive trends—predicted publicly in advance—started when an initial group of 1,200 participants assembled last July on campus and in Maharishi Vedic City.
Research published in scientific journals has documented the reduced negative trends, including reduced crime and violence, and improved economic and social trends, when as few as the square root of one percent of a population practice Yogic Flying together in a group.
Dr. Hagelin said that the group of 1,600 Yogic Flyers in the Assembly is sufficient to produce a positive influence in political and economic trends, 'but not enough to raise the nation to a true state of peace and invincibility.'
Dr. Hagelin said that, according to research, when the number of Yogic Flyers reaches the square root of one percent of the U.S. population (about 2,000), there will be an even more dramatic improvement in national trends, and any lingering problems in the country will be quickly resolved.
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