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The International Peace Project

There is more evidence that the group-practice of Transcendental Meditation can turn off war like a light switch than aspirin reduces headache pain.

~John Hegelin, Research Physicist

The Lebanon War began in 1982.  In 1988, a research project dubbed the International Peace Project began.  A group of Sidhas, trained in Transcendental Meditation, were positioned throughout Lebanon.  On appointed times on specific days of the month, the meditators were instructed to feel peace in their bodies while believing it was already present within them.  This was an intensely researched scientific project that was tracked by monitoring these factors:  war intensity in Lebanon; newspaper content analysis of Israeli national mood; Tel Aviv stock market index; emergency room visits; automobile accident rate in Jerusalem; number of fires in Jerusalem; maximum temperature in Jerusalem.  The results were stunning!

  • War-related fatalities decreased by 71%.
  • War-related injuries fell by 68%.
  • The level of conflict dropped by 48%.
  • Cooperation among antagonists increased by 66%.

When the participating Sidha’s feelings changed, the statistics were reversed.  The experiment considered the days of the week, holidays, lunar cycles or any other variant that would affect the results.  The data was so well monitored and so consistent that researchers were able to determine that the exact number of 1% of the population is needed to create peace in their surroundings by experiencing it. 

With further testing, they found the more people involved, the faster the effect was created.  This is called the Super Radiance Effect.  Super Radiance occurs at the precise moment the numbers in a group of TM-Sidhas reach a size equivalent to the square root of 1% of a given population.  This equates to only 100 Meditation Practitioners for a city of 1 million people. 

This experiment is revered as the most established and rigorously tested phenomenon in reducing societal stress and conflict.  It challenges the belief that we need to see it to believe it.  This experiment alone – plus there have been many others – proves that if you believe it, then you will see it. 

It is astonishing to think that as a culture we can change societal outcomes by a personal choice.  By being a conscious participant in our local, country and world society in choosing to focus on and feel peace – instead of suffering, inequality and destruction – we can make it be so.