Med­i­tate for peace and unity

In­vin­ci­ble de­fence tech­nol­ogy uses tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion to re­duce crime and vi­o­lence

Mail & Guardian - - Comment & Analysis - Ar­lene Schar & David Lef­fler

We are liv­ing in times where peo­ple through­out the world are di­vided. And yet, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion, there are cer­tain points of agree­ment: cor­rup­tion in many gov­ern­ments has reached un­prece­dented lev­els; ethics and in­tegrity have given way to deal-mak­ing and in­tim­i­da­tion.

Al­though this is not how most of us choose to live our lives, we can­not find a way to come to­gether to ef­fect pos­i­tive change. So what can we do in th­ese chal­leng­ing times to re­store a level of san­ity not only to our po­lit­i­cal struc­tures but also to our day-to­day liv­ing?

The an­swer to our dilemma lies within rather than out­side of our­selves. There is a pow­er­ful tool for change avail­able to any­one who seeks pos­i­tive so­lu­tions to sup­pos­edly in­sur­mount­able prob­lems; a tool that any­one can ac­cess. This tool is a ground-break­ing and ef­fec­tive means for end­ing con­flict and vi­o­lence: in­vin­ci­ble de­fence tech­nol­ogy (IDT), a brain-based tech­nol­ogy which uses non-re­li­gious ad­vanced tech­niques of tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion (TM).

Sci­en­tific re­search has demon­strated that th­ese ad­vanced tech­niques, when prac­tised twice a day in large groups, have the ef­fect of rais­ing the con­scious­ness of all those within its field.

By rais­ing the con­scious­ness of our lead­ers, as well as that of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, pos­i­tive so­lu­tions will nat­u­rally oc­cur and so­ci­ety will shift to one of unity in­stead of divi­sion.

You may ask: “How can this be? It seems too sim­ple to be true?” And yes, some­times the sim­ple ap­proaches are the most ef­fec­tive. Con­sider: IDT was used in

Wash­ing­ton DC over a two-month pe­riod in 1993, when 4000 med­i­ta­tors gath­ered for an ex­per­i­ment to lower crime. The re­sult, as doc­u­mented by an in­de­pen­dent board of crim­i­nol­o­gists, was a 24% re­duc­tion in crim­i­nal vi­o­lence.

This re­duc­tion in so­cial stress also in­flu­enced the pub­lic ap­proval of the United States’s pres­i­dent, which sud­denly changed from a neg­a­tive trend to a pos­i­tive trend, as pre­dicted, ac­cord­ing to the So­cial In­di­ca­tors Re­search (1999) jour­nal.

A study pub­lished in May last year in the jour­nal Stud­ies in Asian So­cial Science found that IDT im­ple­men­ta­tion by stu­dents trained in the ad­vanced TM tech­niques re­sulted in a 96% de­cline in so­ciopo­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence in war-torn Cam­bo­dia as com­pared with the vi­o­lence in the pre­ced­ing three years.

The Global Union of Sci­en­tists for Peace ad­vo­cates IDT as a cost-ef­fec­tive, sim­ple way to rapidly re­duce the so­ci­etal stresses held to be the un­der­ly­ing cause of ter­ror­ism and war.

Mil­i­tary and civil­ian groups in

South Amer­ica, Africa and parts of Asia are field-test­ing this ap­proach by cre­at­ing Preven­tion Wings of the Mil­i­tary, us­ing IDT to re­duce crime, quell vi­o­lence, cre­ate pros­per­ity, pre­vent the rise of en­e­mies and cre­ate the con­di­tions for last­ing peace.

Peer-re­viewed sci­en­tific re­search has re­peat­edly con­firmed that when large groups of ex­perts prac­tice th­ese ad­vanced tech­niques to­gether, a pow­er­ful field ef­fect is gen­er­ated which af­fects the sur­round­ing pop­u­la­tion. This re­sults in mea­sur­able de­creases in war deaths, ter­ror­ism, and crime when­ever IDT is used.

What might be a prac­ti­cal way to im­ple­ment IDT? Vol­un­teers (and their fam­i­lies) could be trained in ad­vanced tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion tech­niques in ex­change for tak­ing part in large group med­i­ta­tions twice a day for a set pe­riod of time.

The big ques­tion re­main­ing is fund­ing: Who would pay to make this hap­pen? While mil­i­taries world­wide have al­ready be­gun to im­ple­ment IDT in their own na­tions, many other coun­tries have yet to em­bark on this course of ac­tion on a large scale.

Since time is of the essence, a call to the pri­vate sec­tor may be in or­der. In the US the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate right now has bil­lion­aires run­ning for pres­i­dent to ef­fect change in the na­tion; per­haps there are other bil­lion­aires world­wide who would be equally com­mit­ted to ef­fect change by fund­ing IDT projects de­signed to unify their home coun­tries with pos­i­tive so­lu­tions.

For those who re­main scep­ti­cal, we rec­om­mend read­ing An An­ti­dote to Vi­o­lence: Eval­u­at­ing the Ev­i­dence, by Barry Spi­vack and Pa­tri­cia Anne Saun­ders, which de­tails in depth the sci­en­tific re­search sup­port­ing this ap­proach, and visit

We have no time to lose: as the coro­n­avirus af­fects in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and as stock mar­kets plunge, we need to come up with im­me­di­ate, ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to our so­ci­etal is­sues be­fore it is too late.

David Lef­fler is the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor at the Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Mil­i­tary Science and Ar­lene Schar is his ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant

Photo: Kayana Szym­czak/the Bos­ton Globe/getty Im­ages

War ready: First-year re­cruits at Nor­wich Univer­sity, the mil­i­tary col­lege in Ver­mont, United States, train in tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion. The goal of the train­ing is to pro­vide cop­ing tools be­fore go­ing into com­bat and to pre­vent post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

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