The large group practising the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced program, the TM-Sidhi program did lead to reduced societal stress, as reflected in reduced rates of murder and violence.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
10 August 2017
The fourth in a series of studies on the coherence-creating effect of the Invincible America Assembly on Maharishi University of Management campus was published last month, reporting a significant reduction in murder rates in U.S. urban areas during the period 2007–2010.
Following up on a 2016 study that found a 21.2% reduction in the national homicide rate during the period 2007-2010, this new study focused on 206 large U.S. urban areas and found an even greater decrease of 28.4% in the murder rate. In both studies, the reductions during the period 2007–2010 were in comparison to the baseline period 2002–2006.
Published in the Journal of Health and Environmental Research, the study hypothesized that a sufficiently large group practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced program, the TM-Sidhi program would lead to reduced societal stress, as reflected in reduced rates of murder and violence.
During 2007-2010, the size of the group on campus and in Maharishi Vedic City was above or near 1,725 participants, the size predicted to have a positive influence on the U.S. quality of life. This predicted threshold represents the square root of 1% of the U.S. population at that time.
Authors Ken Cavanaugh and Michael Dillbeck said the study's findings are especially noteworthy because these 206 large urban areas pose a difficult challenge to any initiative to help reduce urban rates of murder and violence.
These cities experience higher poverty rates, lower educational levels, higher unemployment, greater social instability, and other predictors of higher rates of violent crime than the rest of the US.
A PDF of the study can be viewed online at tinyurl.com/lnoog6t.
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