Transcending: The fastest way to a better world
The simple experience of transcending appears to have many spectacular effects, such as the activation of the body’s own healing power and full brain development. All these effects are unique to the experience of transcending: ordinary meditation or relaxation techniques have not shown nearly the same effects.
However, the most spectacular effects, which are occasionally controversial, are the social effects of the TM practice. These effects are controversial because, if they prove to be true, it implies that we’ll need to reconsider quite a few long-held assumptions about the nature of human consciousness. After all, this research would imply that we are connected to each other at the source of our thoughts, and through that, we influence each other.
The world’s oldest texts, the Vedic texts, predicted 5,000 years ago that a small group of people could create harmony in all of society, and neutralize all negativity, simply by enlivening the unity of the transcendent in their own consciousness and by “radiating” this. Now that the technique of transcending has been rediscovered, we cannot only confirm the predictions in relation to our personal development, but also the predictions in relation to the social effects.
How does it work?
When we dive into the ocean, we enliven the surface of the water.
Transcending is like taking a dive into the ocean. Wherever we dive wel create a big splash. We enliven the surface of the water. Likewise, when we allow the mind to come home to its source, and experience pure consciousness, we enliven the qualities of our consciousness. These qualities were described in the highest human experience as unity, pure positivity, and being connected. All spectacular effects measured during Transcendental Meditation practice, in particular in the brain (see full brain development) are the result of enlivening these qualities.
But when we dive into the ocean we don’t only create a splash where we dive in, but also waves that spread out over the entire ocean. When we transcend, these qualities of unity are not only enlivened within our own consciousness, but also in the people around us. The effect may not be as strong as within ourselves, but there is an effect nevertheless, and it is measurable.
This effect was at the basis of a unique prediction that Maharishi made in the 1960’s: If only 1% of the population of a city or country would learn to transcend regularly, a measurable effect would take place within society.
Take a lightbulb as an example. How can a small lightbulb light up a large room? Because the lightbulb is connected to the entire room though an electromagnetic field. The lightbulb simply enlivens this field, it creates a vibration—light waves. These light waves spread out over the entire field, and the entire room lights up. When you switch off the light the electromagnetic field doesn’t disappear. The field is always there in an omnipresent state. But if it is no longer enlivened in the room; the room goes dark.
Just like a room can only be dark without light, the mind can only be negative if no positivity is being enlivened in its surroundings.
We can observe the same in our society. The field that lies at the origin of our subjective world of thoughts and feelings is always present. This is what is now described in physics as the Unified Field. Without this field there would be no life. But because we have forgotten how to “switch on the light”, and how to enliven this field through transcending, our society will be in darkness. When people forgot their unified nature and crime, corruption, accidents and many other symptoms of negative behavious will surface in society.
However, to light up an entire city we don’t require lights everywhere. Some lights here and there suffice. In a similar way we do not require everyone to transcend in order to enliven the qualities of transcending everywhere. One percent of society appears to be sufficient. “Light”, in terms of the human mind, is consciousness: those things that make us humane. So yesterday someone saw no wrong in harming somebody else for personal profit. Today it no longer feels right. The thought to commit a crime no longer comes up. Does that sound like an efficient way to combat crime?
This prediction was put to the test in 1975, when Maharishi and the Transcendental Meditation technique were at the height of their popularity, and so many people were learning the technique (half a million within one year in the US alone) that suddenly in a number of cities at least 1 percent of the population were practicing TM. Scientists then requested crime statistics from the FBI, and looked at whether there was a measurable difference between these 1 percent cities, as compared to previous trends in these cities, as compared to control cities, and as compared to the general trends in the U.S. The numbers showed a drop in crime of over 20% from one year to the next. This was a significant decrease, that could not have occurred by chance (p<.001) and for which they were unable to find an alternative explanation. Several studies have since confirmed these results.
In 1978 Maharishi took things one step further. From the old Vedic texts he revived various advanced meditation techniques that people could learn if they already practised the TM technique. He called these techniques the TM-Sidhi programme and Yogic Flying. In particular, the latter technique turned out to have a very special effect on body and brain.
During TM practice a reversed correlation between physical rest and EEG coherence had been observed. (EEG coherence is a way to measure the unity in the brain). When the body experiences deeper rest, as measured for example through the pulse, the brain starts to function in a more coherent manner, as one whole. During Yogic Flying, this EEG coherence increases even more than during TM practice, when the body becomes active (the light “hopping” of Yogic Flying) along with a corresponding heart rate increase (see “lift” in the graph). (Source: International journal of Neuroscience) This results in a much faster integration of transcending with activity, as a result of which all TM effects are amplified.
But Yogic Flying also turned out to have a much greater effect on society, even displaying an exponential growth of the effect.
A law exists in physics that states that the force of the wave increases exponentially with its height. We can easily illustrate this. If 3 individuals are standing around a lake and take turns jumping into the lake, this will create 3 waves, each with their own height and reach, and the area of the lake they influence before the waves disappear. But if these 3 individuals were to hold hands and jump into the water together, then 3 individual waves amount to one big wave. This wave will be 3 times as high, but will cover an area that grows exponentially, an area 9 times as large.
The same phenomena can be observed in TM meditators who also practice Yogic Flying. If in a city 1% of the population practises the TM technique, in their homes, then this is similar to dozens of people taking turns jumping into the lake, creating waves. 1% suffices to revive the lake and to create an effect for the entire population. But if these individuals practise the Yogic Flying technique together as a group, then this would be similar to them all holding hands and jumping into the lake together. Instead of 1% only the square root of 1% is required.
This resulted in a very special hypothesis, that a small group of people practising Yogic Flying together could positively influence the way in which millions of people around them think and act.
The advantage of this hypothesis was that it was relatively easy to test.
1. Scientific researchers selected a region with a lot of social stress, for example a city with a high crime rate, or even a war zone, and with trends that indicate a worsening of the situation, so nobody would be likely to predict an improvement.
2. The scientists then made a public prediction that the situation would improve as soon as the Yogic Flyers began to practise their TM and Yogic Flying techniques in the area: wars would abate, crime would go down, stock markets would improve, etc. They set precise start and end dates for the experiment. They predicted that the situation would deteriorate again as soon as the Yogic Flyers left the city or area. They predicted in advance how they would measure the changes.
4. Subsequently the researchers investigated if the effects did take place, usually through independent sources such as government crime or unrest statistics, or articles published by prestigious newspapers.
Scientifically proven by more than 50 experiments
These types of experiments didn’t just happen once or twice, but over 50 times, around the world. Each time the prediction not only came true, but on many occasions the difference was so significant that records were broken, such as a record decrease in crime or car accidents, a record increase on the stock exchanges (an indication of increased investor optimism) etc.
For example, 7 consecutive experiments took place in Lebanon from 1981 to 1983, a period of constant civil war. Each time it was predicted upfront that the war would abate, and data showed that during the 7 experiments the number of war victims dropped by almost 80%. The chance of such a big change occurring by coincidence on 7 consecutive times was less than 1 in 10.000.000.000.000.000.000. To give you an idea of the significance of that number, it would mean that the chances of you winning the lotto this week would be about 200 billion times higher than normal, projecting this same positive percentage change!
Another experiment gives an indication of how cost effective this technology can be. In March 1998 a group of individuals in the village of Skelmersdale, close the city of Merseyside in England, made a peculiar prediction on local television. A group of 150 individuals were going to be practising Yogic Flying together and, as a result, they predicted that crime would significantly decrease in all of Merseyside, a city of more than 1 million citizens. Obviously, not a lot of people took the prediction seriously, as in spite of ever-increasing costs to combat crime, crime simply continued to increase. At the time of the prediction, Merseyside held the third highest crime rate in England.
Reducing crime by 60%, at a cost 99% lower than our current methods? A miracle?
But as soon as the experiment started, the trend of ever-increasing crime reversed. Five years later, in 1992, Merseyside had the lowest crime rate in all of England. Crime had dropped by 40% as compared to previous crime rates, and more than 60% as compared to the average trend in England. With a group of only 150 Yogic Flyers 225,000 crimes were prevented over a period of 5 years, and a total of 1.2 billion Pounds (almost 2 billion USD) was saved by the government. The Yogic Flyers were all volunteers, but even if they were paid for their work (say at a generous $30 per hour), even then the cost would be 99.5% lower than current methods, while at the same time more effective.
And crime reduction was only one of the variables that improved. Car accidents also went down, the economy improved, and pollution decreased.
These and 20 other research studies have now been published by some of the world’s most prestigious journals in the area of social sciences. A journal’s reputation is linked to the content it publishes, and therefore it only publishes research that meets the highest research standards. You can find descriptions of these published research articles on the TM website under Published articles TM and Yogic Flying.
Since the discovery of the effect of these Yogic Flyers in the 1980’s, Maharishi only had one more goal for his global organisation: to as quickly as possible create groups of Yogic Flyers large enough to create a positive effect for every country, and moreover a number of “super groups” large enough to create an effect for the entire world. As long as governments haven’t supported these groups, funds of the TM organisation as well as money from donor support had been used for this purpose. If someone pays a course fee to learn Transcendental Meditation, she directly contributes to a bigger purpose for the entire world.
The TM organisation is currently building a super group of 9,000 Vedic experts in the heart of India. The organization has purchased 800 acres to build an entire town where Indian practitioners of Yogic Flying and other ancient technologies to create world peace will live, as a group of permanent peace creators. Currently 2,500 experts are present that receive a salary in order to create an effect all day long. Their salary is paid by the TM organisation and through gifts from donors. It was decided to do this in India, as salaries and total cost of living are much lower than in the West (on average $250 per month).
It is possible to very effectively implement this technology into society. Individuals will then receive the social effects for free.
There are many ways to get groups of Yogic Flyers together in every country. For example through educational institutes, where school students practise the technique before and after their school routine; businesses, where employees practice TM and Yogic Flying as part of their work routine; police projects where police spend more time preventing crimes, rather than solving them; prison projects where TM and Yogic Flying are used for the personal rehabilitation of the prisoner; etc.
For each of these types of projects it was proven almost 40 years ago that the cost to train Yogic Flyers is immediately paid back through the positive effects these Yogic Flyers notice in their own lives. Students grow in intelligence and creativity; personal stress is neutralized, which results in less bullying; there is lessening of addiction and depression, as well as a significant reduction in teacher absence. In corporate life, employees become more productive and although they have spent a small portion of their working day meditating, they produce more than before. In prisons TM is the most effective rehabilitation method ever researched. As such, this technique is very effective on a personal level, with the social effects occurring as free side-benefits.
This is the main reason why, amongst others, the David Lynch Foundation is considering to support a TM project in one school for every country, because one school of a specific size usually suffices to create a positive effect for the entire country. For example, Canada would only require 600 Yogic Flyers in order to create a positive effect for the entire country (600 being the square root of 1% of the 36 million inhabitants of Canada). One school is enough.
For research on the social effects of TM (in honour of Maharishi also called the “Maharishi Effect”) go to:
Research social effects TM for research about the 1% effect of Transcendental Meditation.
Research social effects Yogic Flying for research about the square root of 1% effect with groups of practitioners of the TM-Sidhi programme including Yogic Flying.
Published research TM and Yogic Flying: All research that has been accepted for publication in scientific journals (some of the 20 studies; more will be added to this soon).
How can a simple technique do so much?
600 studies confirm the effect of TM with:
- Less stress
- How TM works
- Emotional stability
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Better Health
- General Health
- Becoming Younger