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'Firm friends and equal partners' - Queen's historic visit to Ireland reflects rising coherence and harmony in world consciousness
by Global Good News staff writer

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30 May 2011

The recent historic visit to Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain—the first by a reigning British monarch in over 100 years—was acclaimed as an enormous success for both countries, and widely understood to represent a complete transformation in Anglo-Irish relations from the generations-long history of conflict, violence, and mistrust to a mature mutual recognition, in the Queen's words, as 'firm friends and equal partners'.

It was also a prime example of rapidly evolving attitudes and policies of governments arising worldwide, which are an expression of rising coherence, peace, harmony, and progress—invincibility—in national and world consciousness, commented teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the UK. This is the result of increasingly widespread application of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes and technologies of consciousness, they said.

Please also see other recent Global Good News articles about this phenomenon in the UK:
New steps of progress in creating invincible peace and harmony in the United Kingdom
Accelerating 'green' progress reflects rising coherence in UK national consciousness

The Queen's visit highlighted positive trends that first emerged several years ago in the Prime Minister's announcement that the former longtime 'divide and rule' British foreign policy of dominating other countries had ended, and that Britain would now be a friend to all nations, an administrator of Maharishi's programmes in the UK recalled.

This new attitude was symbolized in many ways during Queen Elizabeth's visit, he noted, including her appearance at an important event in a beautiful dress covered with shamrocks, the symbol of Ireland. He referred to a recent article in the Irish Times, 'The week that Anglophobia died', that gave an especially deep and sensitive analysis, capturing the significance of many such moments during the week, including the Queen's 'dignified humility and simplicity' in key events.

The writer of the article, Fintan O'Toole, went on to say, 'Such moments in the visit, however symbolically resonant, merely dramatised what has already happened. They were not making history so much as marking it. But there is something beyond this rational truth, the silent something contained in the wordless moments when the queen laid her wreath in the Garden of Remembrance. This was not just a literal crowning of a long- established process. It didn't just symbolise change. It was itself a moment of change. The moment in the Garden of Remembrance altered the nature of the entire visit in a way that none of the exquisitely careful planning of British and Irish diplomats can possibly have calculated. . . .'

Mr O'Toole commented that the 'combination of all these factors made the visit an utterly liberating occasion', and that 'now there's the healthy option of simply getting on with the neighbors'. He also noted that the normalization of relations 'frees Irish energies, official and otherwise'—the great intelligence and superb organizing power of Irish government officials and of the whole population, shown in the brilliant orchestration of the week's events, 'to concentrate on our real and pressing problems' and on recovering the true sovereignty of the nation.

Commenting on the article, and on this 'one particular changing relationship between two nations in the world—growing up and going beyond a point of difficulty in their relationship, to live harmoniously together', the administrator in the UK said that it was a symptom of the great achievement of Maharishi's programmes in creating the foundation for invincible peace throughout the world.

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