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Ideal Society Index documents rise in global positivity
by Global Good News staff writer

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1 December 2007

A report on the Global Family Chat—broadcast daily on the Maharishi Channel via satellite and over the Internet—on 29 November 2007 indicated that global positivity is being consistently tracked through analysis of world news articles, and that positivity is rising.

The Ideal Society Index, which is featured on the Global Good News web site, compiles daily ratings of the overall positivity of the news, ranging from minus 100 (-100) for completely negative articles to plus 100 for completely positive articles. In the current analysis, monthly averages rose over the first year (2006), with significant rises when the Invincible Holland Assembly began in April 2006, and again when the Invincible America Assembly began in July 2006.

When the Invincible America Assembly achieved its Super-Radiance number (the square root of one per cent of the national population—the formula for the number of Yogic Flyers practising together that is required to create invincibility in the whole United States) in December 2006 and January 2007, the values of the Ideal Society Index became positive for the first time. (In February 2007 and a few other times, the Index dropped again into the negative region, when the numbers participating in group Yogic Flying on the Assembly temporarily dropped below the Super-Radiance threshold.)

Overall, half the news was negative in 2006—but only one quarter of the news was negative in 2007, indicating an overall rise in positivity in the world.

In 1978 scientists at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Switzerland designed the MERU Ideal Society Index to measure the improved quality of life in 108 countries participating in a pilot project to create models of an Ideal Society—one of the largest and most complete sociological experiments ever conducted.

The pilot project utilized the discovery of the Extended Maharishi Effect, a phenomenon whereby as little as the square root of one percent of a population practising Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme in a group has been shown to have a positive effect on the quality of life of society as a whole. To date nearly 50 scientific research studies have documented the Maharishi Effect.

The programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, have continued to expand around the world, spreading the light of total knowledge of Natural Law and eradicating the darkness of ignorance, problems, and suffering. Year after year, the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, inaugurated by Maharishi in 1975, has gradually become brighter and brighter as millions of individuals practising Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme including Yogic Flying, and groups of Yogic Flyers in various parts of the world, have radiated an indomitable influence of positivity and coherence.

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