Transcendental Meditation - a complete introduction
  • Increased Positivity, Decreased Crime

    Increased Positivity, Decreased Crime chartThe results show that 24 cities in which 1% of the population had been instructed in Transcendental Meditation by 1972 displayed decreased crime rates during the next year (1973) and decreased crime rate trends during subsequent years (1972-1977) in comparison to 1967-1972, in contrast to control cities matched for geographic region, population, college population, and crime rate. Reference: The Transcendental Meditation program and crime rate change in a sample of forty-eight cities, Journal of Crime and Justice 4: 25-45, 1981.…
  • Improved Quality of Life

    Improved Quality of Life chartA prospective study was performed to assess the effects of the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program on the quality of life in Rhode Island. The number of TM-Sidhi program participants was sufficient to create the Maharishi Effect for the entire state. A time-series analysis was performed on a monthly index that assessed the quality of life in Rhode Island in comparison to a demographically matched control state. During the experimental period, an index comprised of the following variables significantly decreased: crime, motor vehicle fatalities, auto accidents, deaths, alcoholic beverage and cigarette consumption, unemployment, and pollution. In the figure above, an increase illustrates an improvement in the index of all these variables taken together. Reference: Consciousness as a field: The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program and changes in social indicators, The Journal of Mind and Behavior 8: 67-103, 1987.…
  • Improved Quality of Life and Reduced Conflict

    Improved Quality of Life and Reduced Conflict chartThis study indicates that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program improved the quality of life in Israel as measured by improvement on an index comprising crime rate, traffic accidents, fires, and the number of war deaths in Lebanon, and by increases in the national stock market and improvements in national mood. The chart above shows the strong correspondence between the number of Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program participants in the group in Jerusalem and a composite index of all the above variables. Reference: International peace project in the Middle East: Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, Journal of Conflict Resolution 32: 776-812, 1988.…
  • Decreased Violent Fatalities

    Decreased Violent Fatalities chartTwo studies using time-series impact assessment analysis found a significant reduction in weekly fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, homicides, and suicides in the United States (1982-1985) and Canada (1983-1985) when the size of the groups practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, exceeded the square root of one percent of the U.S. population, or of the U.S. and Canadian population together for an effect seen in Canada. During periods when the size of the groups were smaller than the square root of one percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations, fatality rates were higher. The use of time series methodology ensures that these effects could not be due to random variation, seasonal cycles, or long-term trends in the two countries. Reference: Test of a field theory of consciousness and social change: Time series analysis of participation in the TM-Sidhi program and reduction in violent death in the U.S. Social Indicators Research 22: 399-418, 1990.…
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