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Reducing tension in the Mideast: More research on a peace-creating technology of consciousness
by David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., and David Leffler, Ph.D.
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29 November 2012
The article 'Reducing tension in the Mideast' by David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., and David Leffler, Ph.D., continues its review of published research showing the effectiveness of a peace-creating technology of consciousness—group practice of an advanced form of Transcendental Meditation—to reduce violence and war and increase harmony and social coherence.
See Part I: 'Reducing tension in the Mideast: Experts propose scientific solution based on technologies of consciousness'
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Another notable intervention study conducted in 1993 in Washington, D.C.—then called the ''crime capital of the world'' because of its high crime rate—found that violent crime declined 23 percent below the predicted level. This outcome, like those in the Middle East studies, was predicted in advance, with research monitored by an external project review board. Temperature, weekend effects, and previous trends in the data failed to account for these changes (Social Indicators Research, 1999, 47: 153-201).
Another study measured the global impact of assemblies of over 7,000 meditators—the predicted threshold for worldwide effects. The study, which used data from the Rand Corporation and content analysis of major newspapers, found that global terrorism dropped by 72% and international conflict by 33% during these assemblies (Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2003, 36(1-4): 283-302).
In all, over 50 studies have demonstrated statistically and socially significant effects of this approach to reducing conflict and improving the quality of life in society. Although the causal mechanism is not completely understood, studies have shown that TM practice increases EEG coherence and serotonin levels of other individuals in the environment (International Journal of Neuroscience, 1989, 49(3/4):203-211; Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 2005, 17(1):339-373). Both these biological effects predict reduced stress and increased harmony in individuals, even at a distance from the meditators.
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Global Good News will feature the conclusion of this article on 'Reducing Tensions in the Mideast'.
A version of this article continues to be published widely in many countries in the past several days, in news outlets including Palestine–Israel Journal, World Tribune Pakistan, Middle East Online, Lahore Times, The Asian, The Liberian Dialogue, Modern Ghana, Greece News Now, Balkan Chronicle, Seoul Times, and Kashmir Observer.
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About the Authors:
David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., is one of the principal researchers in the world on meditation and its effects, having authored or contributed to over 100 publications. He has traveled to nearly 60 countries to speak about the research on meditation to scientific conferences, the public, the press, program directors, government officials, members of Congress, parliaments, heads of state, and the United Nations, and he has served as an expert on meditation for two NIH technology assessment conferences.
David Leffler, Ph.D., a United States Air Force veteran, received his doctoral degree in Consciousness-Based Military Defense from The Union Institute & University. He served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Dr. Leffler has published articles in over 400 locations worldwide about the strategic military advantages of applying the TM technique and its advanced practices. Currently, he is the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). Dr. Leffler is available as a certified teacher of the TM program at: http://www.StrongMilitary.org.
© Copyright 2012 Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)
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