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Mexico: City devastated by drug-war violence reaps peace-creating benefit of advanced meditation groups
by Global Good News staff writer
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25 December 2013
A recent New York Times article featured Ciudad Juarez—a city in Mexico just across the border from El Paso, Texas in the USA. Once a thriving city, Ciudad Juarez has been 'a perennial symbol of drug war devastation' and violence, with eight homicides a day in 2010, writer Damien Cave reported.
The article, however, noted a recent trend of dramatically reduced crime and violence in Ciudad Juarez, with many former residents who fled in fear—and American tourists—returning, shops and restaurants reopening, and people once again venturing out freely to enjoy social activities. The city 'is experiencing what many describe as a boom'.
Among residents 'there is still disagreement over what, exactly, has led to the drastic drop in violence', Mr Cave wrote.
Yesterday, however, on Christmas Eve, an international director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the region offered an explanation, one based on scientific understanding and verified by scientific research. These positive trends, he said, are the predicted result of rising coherence in collective consciousness, created by large groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes.
Scientific research studies, conducted in countries around the world and published in leading peer-reviewed journals, have documented the effect of reduced terrorism, war, and social violence, and increased harmony and peace generated when groups equal to the square root of 1% of a population practise these peace-creating technologies of consciousness together daily.
Scientists have named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, who first predicted it in 1960.
Initiatives have been launched in countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean in recent years, including Mexico, with the aim of establishing and expanding such large coherence-creating groups, the director explained.
Some have formed in schools, where students enjoy group meditation at the beginning and end of the school day. In some countries there are groups among the military, security forces, and cadets in training, as well as in businesses. Their effects can be seen in rising positive trends throughout the region, reflected in news reports.
Similar initiatives are progressing in many other parts of the world, as one of the top priorities of Maharishi's worldwide Transcendental Meditation organizations.
Maharishi explained that the goal of all these programmes is to create what he described as invincibility for every nation—strengthening the nation against any potentially disruptive influences from outside or within.
Commenting on Christmas Eve about the news from Ciudad Juarez, the director said, 'This is the peace that comes even in the most desperate situations, in the most difficult conditions in human life, whenever even a small part of the population accesses this most easy procedure [Transcendental Meditation] that promotes total brain functioning. Then all that we think is not possible starts to happen, and the Maharishi Effect starts to bring the best in every part of the population.'
All the Transcendental Meditation teachers in Latin America, the director said, wish a joyous holiday season and New Year of invincible happiness, prosperity, and peace for all the people of the world.
Click here to read the full article about Ciudad Juarez online at nytimes.com.
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