Peace

 


An End to Terrorism and War:
New Peace Government

Proposed By World Renowned Quantum Physicist

Dr. John Hagelin is one of the major forces working to create peace in the world today. He is the head of the Peace Government, a newly formed, complementary government established to promote alternative approaches to creating peace.

 “War is not a means to create peace”

Hagelin says. “Since the founding of the United Nations after World War II to prevent the outbreak of further conflicts, there have been more than 120 wars. Unless we can change the conditions that created the war in Iraq—the age-old ethnic tensions—the fear and hostility between factions and religions in the region will continue to fuel terrorism and war.”

“We can’t be the policeman of the world,” he says. “We can’t take control of the governments in every country. Peace has to come from within; it can’t be imposed from outside. As a scientist, I know that 9-11 and the war in Iraq could have been averted. We now have techniques of consciousness that make it possible to stop war and violence, and create peace in any location on the globe.”

Hagelin is a world-renowned quantum physicist, recipient of the Kilby Award, life-long educator, and leading authority and researcher on human consciousness. In the 1996 and 2000 elections, he was the presidential candidate for the Natural Law Party. He is currently Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a mid-west-based think tank. Over the past 10 years, he has successfully headed a nationwide effort to identify, scientifically evaluate, and promote innovative, consciousness-based solutions to critical social problems in the areas of crime, health care, and education.

Over the past year, Dr. Hagelin and a team of internationally renowned scientists have met with members of Congress and top leaders at the Pentagon and State Department to present their peaceful, scientifically validated approach to preventing war and terrorism. In meetings with Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Dr. Hagelin discussed the Peace legislation proposed by Kucinich. “As an educator I believe that education is the source and ultimately the solution to most of our national and global problems,” said Hagelin. “I’m also a scientist who has done research in the field of conflict resolution and peace, and it is a scientific fact that wars begin in the minds and hearts of men, and it is in the minds and hearts of men that the consensus of peace must be constructed. If there is a way through education to reduce the societal stress and tension, then we can perhaps prevent the outbreak of conflict.”

The time for peace is now”

“The time for peace is now,” said Congressman Kucinich. “At the dawn of a new millennium, there is no better time to review age-old challenges with new thinking that peace is not only the absence of violence, but the presence of a higher evolution of human awareness with respect, trust and integrity toward humankind.”

Hiroshima Symposium on World Peace

Addressing an International Symposium on World Peace at the University of Hiroshima, which focused on the urgent need for new approaches to creating and maintaining world peace, Hagelin discussed his proposal for preventing terrorism and war. “The ability to deliver massive retaliation affords little deterrence to terrorists,” he said. “We need a new approach—one that can neutralize terrorist attacks and prevent wars before they begin.”

At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, established at Ground Zero of the world’s first nuclear attack, Hagelin commented, “Every political leader with access to nuclear weapons should be required to visit this museum. As a nuclear physicist I was overwhelmed to see the extent of death and destruction that these weapons have caused.  Bush’s battlefield nuclear weapons are many times more powerful than the bomb that leveled Hiroshima. The very concept of such weapons breaks down the fine line that has kept humankind from total conflagration during the past 40 years.” 

A Peaceful Solution to Violence and War

In Hagelin’s view, all types of social violence, including crime, warfare, and terrorism, have a single primary cause—the combined stress of all the individuals in society that builds up and creates a dangerous, criminal atmosphere in the whole community. This societal stress becomes the breeding ground for crime and social disorders, which in turn threaten the creativity, productivity, fulfillment and even the lives of individuals in the society. To effectively reduce the stress and violence in this collective consciousness of the society, the stress in the individuals must be reduced. 

New U.S. Peace Government Inaugurated

Dr. Hagelin has invited America’s foremost scientists and experts on the theory and application of total Natural Law, the Unified Field described by quantum physics, to join with him in creating a new, knowledge-based U.S. Peace Government.

This complementary government will be composed of Cabinet-level scientists, educators, health professionals, and other experts in all 50 states—leading citizens who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the public good, and who possess the knowledge and practical competence to lead society in a peaceful and evolutionary direction. These scientists and professionals will advise the current U.S. administration, consult with elected leaders, and promote deep scientific principles for a new paradigm of governance based on Natural Law.

“The establishment of this knowledge-based Peace Government is, in part, to replace our corrupt, money-driven system (in which elected leaders have no expertise apart from raising special-interest money) with the principle of a ‘meritocracy’—leadership by the competent,” says Hagelin.

"We cannot stand idle and witness the precipitous decline of America’s standing in the family of nations, the dangerous erosion of national and global security, the failure of education, the collapse of health care. Those who are blessed with the world-transforming knowledge of the deepest principles of nature’s functioning, who know how to prevent problems, and who are experts in the field of peace must rise up today and fulfill their leadership responsibility.”

This plan for a new Peace Government is already receiving national media coverage, and hundreds of scientists have rallied to Hagelin’s call. This will be a complementary government headed by people with expertise in science. “Our focus will be to create prevention-oriented, problem-free administration in the nation,” Hagelin said in an interview with The Washington Times 3/17/03: “Hagelin Proposes New U.S. Government.” Similar articles have appeared in other journals, including The Financial Times UK, and The Providence Journal US.

The U.S. Peace Government was formally inaugurated on July 4, 2003, as part of the First Annual Convention of the U.S. Peace Government held from July 3-6 in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. Many of the founding members of the U.S. Peace Government attended the inauguration.

“My new U.S. Peace Government will not usurp in any way the responsibilities of the current U.S. government, which is largely concerned with crisis management. Instead, it will promote deep scientific principles of prevention-oriented, problem-free administration and the proven, practical programs scientifically shown to effectively prevent problems,” Hagelin said.  “These programs will develop higher brain functioning, prevent disease and promote health, prevent crime, and secure lasting world peace. The U.S. Peace Government will thus establish the principle of a ‘meritocracy’ in America—leadership by the competent.”

 

Peace Palaces: Centers of Coherence and Harmony. The Peace Government is planning to build 100 Peace Palaces in the largest U.S. cities. Three Peace Palaces have already opened, at a cost of $4 million each in Bethesda, Maryland; Lexington, Kentucky; and Fairfield, Iowa.

At a recent press conference held in Los Angeles, actors Steven Collins, Laura Dern, Heather Graham, Laura Harring, and director David Lynch, enthusiastically supported the construction of a Peace Palace for their area. In his introductory remarks, Steven Collins said, “We live in stressful times. In fact, that is a gross understatement. We are, all of us, under siege from the effects of ‘every day traumatic stress.’ Certainly nothing like those who live in war torn regions of the world, but certainly bad enough to fuel an epidemic of stress-related killer disorders, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and many forms of cancer. But stress also has other insidious manifestations. It drives crime, domestic violence, and even open-warfare.

 
It is both brand new and timeless and ancient

We are holding this news conference today to offer a powerful yet safe antidote to stress both for us as individuals and for society. It is both brand new and timeless and ancient. It is Transcendental Meditation and this news conference is about its ability to harness the power of consciousness, the power of the mind, to not only change our own individual lives, but to actually transform society and the world as a whole.

The Peace Palace we are going to build in Los Angeles will be one of 100 in the US and 3,000 worldwide. It will be a center for peace for the city and for the nation. It will offer meditation and meditation-based programs to anyone who is interested, but more importantly, it will be a center for a group of 200 peace-creating advanced meditation experts whose practice will radiate calm and peace for the whole city.”

In fact, that is the real purpose of this news conference—to announce our intention to give a gift back to the people of Los Angeles—PEACE—whether or not they ever enter our doors.”
 

It is a peace-creating factory

David Lynch added. “The Peace Palace is not just a pretty building where people strum guitars and sing about peace. It is a peace-creating factory.”

Meditation: A Technology for Creating Peace

One particular technique of meditation has been the subject of over 500 research studies. The technique, Transcendental Meditation, is one of the most researched topics in the history of science. It is a simple natural mental procedure practiced for 15 to 20 minutes in morning and evening, while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It requires no effort or concentration. It is easy to learn and effortless to practice. Teachers of the technique say that it is not a philosophy and does not require specific beliefs, behavior, or lifestyle. Millions of people throughout the world practice this simple technique.

According to practitioners, during practice of TM (Transcendental Meditation), the individual’s awareness settles down and experiences a unique state of restful alertness—transcendental consciousness, the simplest form of awareness. The regular experience of transcendental consciousness—unbounded awareness—produces a wide range of benefits in life, both for the individual and society. Over 500 scientific studies conducted at more that 200 universities and research institutes in 30 countries show that it produces a profound state of awareness that affects both the individual’s health and well being and, when practiced in large groups, affects the surrounding areas, reflected in reduced crime and violence.

Hagelin’s proposal to end the continuing war and violence throughout the world is based on the application of this simple technique of meditation that has been taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi throughout the world over the past 40 years. Transcendental Meditation and its advanced program known as “Yogic Flying”, have been shown to calm violence and create peace in any city or country in the world.

 For me, it's just pure bliss

Practitioners report a wide range of experiences during TM and Yogic Flying:

Rod Falk, experienced Yogic flyer, says, "For me, it's just pure bliss. You become completely integrated—your mind and your body become filled with lightness and completeness, and it spills over into your every day life. We're really training so that life becomes easier." Des Moines Register, April 26, 2003.

 

 

 I am one with cosmic awareness

“In meditation I often experience an expansion of awareness—all perceived boundaries of the mind and body dissolve and I am one with cosmic awareness—wide awake pure consciousness, unbounded awareness. I am filled with a deep love for all of creation and perceive the essential unity of all beings. If the leaders of our world had this experience, there would be no more wars.” (Sally Peden, author of this article)
 

Research validates experience

For many years, the medical community has recognized that the practice of Transcendental Meditation can calm down stress, tension and hostility in individuals. More recently, research published in highly respected peer-reviewed journals shows that large groups of experts in TM and Yogic Flying can create the same calming effects in the surrounding community. A small proportion of a population—even one percent practicing these techniques can significantly reduce crime, social violence, and even open warfare in war-torn areas. Like a radio transmitter sending sound waves through an invisible field, individuals practicing TM radiate their peaceful influence through the abstract field of consciousness.

A validation of this effect was conducted in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1993 with a highly publicized National Demonstration Project directed by Dr. Hagelin. This carefully controlled experiment was conducted by 27 of America’s foremost criminologists and sociologists in conjunction with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. The study examined the societal effects of approximately 4,000 practitioners of Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying in Washington, D.C.
 

From June 7 to July 30th, the group of TM practitioners increased from 800 to 4000 over the two-month period. Violent crime (including homicide, rape and assault), which usually increases to a peak with high temperatures in July, plunged dramatically during the assembly with a maximum decrease of 23.6%. The likelihood of coincidence was less than two parts per billion. The drop in crime could not be attributed to other possible causes, including temperature, precipitation, weekends, and police and community anti-crime activities (Social Indicators Research 47: 153-201, 1999).

The study also found marked reductions in violent crime (homicide, rape and assault), psychiatric crisis calls, emergency room admissions, and other indicators of societal stress, as well as improved positive trends throughout the social environment.

This same approach was used during the Lebanon war, where it produced an average 76% drop in war deaths and war related injuries. It has been used repeatedly in other parts of the world to decrease urban crime and to reduce social conflict. 

More recently, a new study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  (2003, in press) shows that large groups of 7,000 practicing Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying decrease international conflicts and decrease deaths and injuries due to terrorism.

 “Our formula predicts that the square root of 1% of the world population meditating together would be needed to create a worldwide effect.” That number was approximately 7,000 at the time of the study” said study author Dr. David Orme-Johnson of Maharishi University of Management. “We found that the effect could not be explained by any trends or cycles in the data, or by the time of year or other factors. Nothing else was happening that could have explained the sudden drop in armed conflicts throughout the world at that time” said the study’s co-author, Dr. Michael Dillbeck, also of Maharishi University of Management.

 According to Professor Ved Nanda, Director of International Legal Studies at the University of Denver College of Law, “These studies provide a great hope for humanity, a breath of fresh air. We have repeatedly seen that international law, treaties, and even the United Nations cannot prevent war, or even contain it within certain rules such as the Geneva Convention. Can we afford to overlook this research? It breaks my heart that so many people are being killed every day, when we haven’t even tried this first,” said Professor Nanda.

 “It is a scientific fact of the utmost importance that the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program generates a powerful influence of peace that can stop open warfare in war-torn areas,” Dr. Hagelin says. “And if the group is large enough, in excess of about 8000 advanced meditators, a global effect can be generated that will dramatically reduce violence, terrorism and war on a global scale. As a scientist I strongly urge government leaders to look into the research and adopt this technology in their countries.”

 

Written by Sally Peden

 Sally Peden worked for 10 years as writer and project coordinator for the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy. She is currently an academic administrator and freelance writer in Fairfield, Iowa. Ms. Peden has a BA in Psychology from Duke University and an MA in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management.
She can be reached at
speden@mum.edu.

 

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