Individual practice of certain evidence-based, stress-reducing meditation techniques relieves individual stress, according to extensive published Effects of the transcendental meditation technique on trait anxiety: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.. And practice of these techniques--in particular, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique--by a significant sub-portion of a population (even 1%) has been similarly shown to reduce societal stress, leading to substantially reduced violent crime, psychiatric crisis calls and other indicators of acute societal stress.Moreover, practice of TM and its related advanced meditation techniques in large groups has been found to produce an even more powerful societal effect. Multiple studies looking at war in the Middle East, as well as global terrorism, have shown that as few as the square root of 1% of the population of a given region, practicing in large groups, can very effectively defuse and prevent social conflict throughout the entire region. (Here is a brief summary of that research.)It is totally unnecessary for the most violent members of society--criminals and terrorists--to engage in these meditation practices. They become settled as the society becomes settled, and as local community support for their fanatical behaviors dissipates. This has been confirmed again and again. And this is the novel, innovative, but extensively proven approach that we are proposing today.
Why is this solution more effective than other approaches?
Conventional approaches to conflict resolution are simply too superficial. They are "Band-Aid" approaches in that they do not address the underlying root cause of war: mounting political, religious and ethnic tensions in a society. History shows that political settlements and negotiated treaties are hardly worth the paper they're written on. These treaties are historically short-lived because they do not address and defuse the deep-seated tensions--or the lust for blood vengeance that seethes in the hearts of certain historical antagonists.
Do you feel that conventional approaches to countering terrorism are inherently bound to fail?There has never been an approach to preventing war and promoting societal peace that has been as rigorously tested, or shown to be as effective, as this consciousness-based, brain-based, foundational approach to peace.
When it comes to achieving lasting peace and social harmony, weapons are truly not powerful. They are a knee-jerk response in the absence of anything better. They appeal to men (mostly!) who seem to be unmindful of their historical impotence--of their poor track record. World War I was meant to be "The war to end all wars." But the resulting humiliation and destruction wrought among the vanquished inevitably led to World War II. We need something more successful, more innovative, more powerful--something that addresses and defuses the root cause of violence.
What people fundamentally want cannot be won on the battlefield. They want peace. Prosperity. Security. Happiness. The devastation wrought by war is not a path to any of these. You cannot achieve peace through violence. Or happiness through killing. Instead, it simply perpetuates the endless cycle of war followed by war.If we want peace, we should enliven peace in the collective consciousness of society. If we want happiness, then enliven happiness in the collective consciousness. There is an abundance of research that shows that TM practice enlivens both. (See, for example, www.TM.org.)