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Hacked: Getting the benefits of meditation without meditating

Scientists agree we’d reach 20 percent world peace if one percent of us participated in a group meditation.

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Meditating brings you a plethora of happiness, health and wealth benefits. To some buffs, meditation is a miracle drug. If science is anything to go by, then these aficionados might just be right—tons of studies by reputable institutions confirm that meditation drips with benefits in happiness, health, and wealth.

But comes the moral question. Is meditating just another channel to gratify our insatiable craving for personal gain?

Do we meditate to live long and lavishly? Leave the uninformed to suffer while we transcend suffering? Isn’t meditation becoming another ego-stroking experience?

You probably don’t have any selfish intentions. If you’re anything like most light-workers, you’d rather have everyone enjoying the benefits of meditation.

Now, how do you get a bunch of people half the world away to see the wonders you’ve experienced so personally?

Isn’t this totally outside your control?

A Shortcut to Meditation Benefits

Instead of waiting for people to know the wonders of meditation and mindfulness, you can cut to the chase. Use group meditation to get non-meditators enjoying the benefits of meditation long before they ever know who Deepak Chopra is.

If this is something you’d want to do, then events like the Global Synchronized Peace Meditation is right for you.

Most of the traditional media have focused on the personal gains of meditation. Yes, personal gains eventually spread throughout the population and everyone benefits. But it’s not likely to happen soon.

Group meditation accelerates our access to the benefits of meditating. So you want people having more happiness, health, and wealth? Do more group meditation; it’s scientifically proven to work.

The Maharishi Effect and Group Meditation

In the 1950s, an Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, proposed that group meditation can reverse the growth in violent crimes in cities and towns. Maharishi founded Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement.

Back in 1978, a group of 7,000 persons meditated for three weeks. They’d purposed to have a measurable positive effect on surrounding cities.

After the event, statistical analysis was taken, ensuring to account for extraneous effects and seasonal influences.

The result showed that that group meditation accounted for a global average of 16 percent fall in violence, casualties, and crime rates during that time.

Ancient Sanskrit scriptures claim that a group of people in unity or oneness cannot have violence amidst them. To test this, Maharishi asked students in his university based in Fairfield, Iowa, to study the influence of meditation on some cities and towns.

The rule?

A minimum of one per 100 persons in each of these locations must be practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM).

The results of these students’ studies surprise everyone, even Maharishi. Places with TM practitioners had experienced eight percent fall in crime rates since, at least, one in every hundred of its residents started meditating.

Data from the FBI confirmed a national trend as crime rates had also fallen in cities across the US with, at least, one percent TM Practitioners — cities that weren’t studied by Maharishi’s students.

After this study, Maharishi says “Through the window of science we see the dawn of the age of enlightenment.” This finding by Maharishi’s students and confirmations by the FBI have instigated an avalanche of research and studies into what scientists have come to call the “Maharishi Effect.”

So far, there’s been about 50 rigorous scientific studies into this phenomenon (including time series analysis, which controls for weekly trends and periodic cycles that influence social data). All these studies confirm that group meditation directly lowers crime rates, and even improves the economic well-being of entire cities.

Real-world effects of Transcendental Meditation

The conflict between Israel and Lebanon in the 1980s climaxed. As with most conflicts, no easy solution was in sight. Across the globe, a band of 600 to 800 persons who practiced TM gathered; most of them in Lebanon, Israel and around the Middle East. These TM practitioners aimed to perform seven experiments based on the Maharishi Effect.

The results? A clear, consistent relationship between conflict levels and the number of meditators. Places with a large number of meditators correlated with dramatic fall in conflict and violence. On average, 84 persons died every seven days, that number plummeted to 21 on days the group meditated—dropping by a whopping 75 percent.

What was even more surprising was that crime levels in Israel dropped as well—just like casualty levels fell in Lebanon. Israel’s car and fire accident levels dropped.

A former particle physicist at Stanford University, John Hagelin, who is now an instructor at Maharishi University of Management says that “The likelihood that the reduction of violence was simply coincidental — a statistical fluke — was less than one in 10,000.”

One of the earliest studies on the real-world effects of TM was in Washington DC in 1993. In 2016, the Journal of Health and Environmental Research reported that group meditation accounted for a 21.2 percent drop in homicide rate across the US from 2007 to 2010.

Another study focused on the same period covered 206 large urban areas across the US discovered that murder rates plummeted 28.4 percent.

Organizations like The Bank of England and the US Marine Corps have started introducing or experimenting with meditation sessions and courses. Operation Warrior Wellness by David Lynch Foundation has successfully managed depression symptoms and significantly lowered PTSD in armed service persons or veterans using meditation.

Dr. Michael Dillbeck co-authored the study published in the Journal of Health and Environmental Research. Dr. Dillbeck says “The 2015-2016 increase in US murder and violent crime rates, especially in urban areas, highlights the need to consider new, alternative approaches to reducing the violence that might help address this important national issue.”

You’re probably wondering, “why does group meditation work?”

A scientific explanation for why group meditation works

Quantum physicist, John Hagelin Ph.D. (former particle physicist from Stanford University) offers plausible explanations in the video below for why group meditation works.

I decided to learn more about the scientific nature of group meditation. I searched for an in-depth explanation of the science powering these effects we see with group meditations. Dr. Hagelin’s 49-minute video (below) provided me with plausible answers to my questions.

You can start enjoying the benefits of group meditation already. An easy way to get started is to join the Global Peace Meditation that takes place August 21, 2017 — you can help bring the world closer to peace.

Group meditation is our opportunity to gain the benefits of meditation without doing ALL the meditating.

Global Peace Meditation

One key benefit of group meditations is that participants who’ve struggled with meditating on their own tend to develop the healthy habit of doing it more often. So if you’re seeking to improve your meditation habit this would help a great deal.

If you’d rather join in making the world a better place (while improving your own meditation habit) using group meditation, a global meditation event is coming up this August. It’s the Global Peace Meditation. Two meditation events had held earlier this year. The events attracted a total of 300,000 participants.

As you might have guessed, the Global Peace Meditation holds as a course for peace. It held in 2013 in response the violence in Egypt. While preparing for this meditation event, Brazil’s most popular Reggae band, Natiruts, infused an invocation of Light for Egypt during their July 27, 2013 concert held in Brasilia. The Natiruts concert had attracted tens of thousands of fans.

Organizers of the Global Peace Meditation found that Obama’s u-turn on attacking Syria correlated with their August 2013 group meditation events—this isn’t a rare phenomenon; past studies already confirm the plausibility of this happening.

Call to action: Global Unity Peace Meditation this August!

To join the August 2017 event, you can get the full meditation instructions here along with an astrological natal chart. This event is free, and takes only 15 minutes of your time. So it’s totally inexpensive to do.

The meditation is expected to take place at the maximum solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 11:11 am PDT in Los Angeles. This equals

  • 8:11 pm EET in Cairo,

  • 8:11 pm CEST in Paris,

  • 7:11 pm BST in London,

  • 2:11 pm EDT in New York,

  • 1:11 pm CDT in Chicago,

  • 12:11 pm MDT in Denver and

  • 2:11 am CST

If you’re in Asia then you’re doing it on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in the early morning hours, by

  • 2:11 am CST in Taipei and Beijing,

  • 3:11 am in Tokyo and

  • 4.11 am in Sydney.

You may find your local time here.

Happy meditating!

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