The Effect of Meditation on Crime
An experiment in 1993 that has been forgotten was brought to light by the movie What the Bleep do We Know?, we are yet to watch the movie, most probably this Friday. There was this vocal in Abhishek’s Mix 2012 Return to the Golden Age, that made me find the script of the movie that stated,
Even the material world around us the chairs, the tables, the rooms,the carpet all of these are nothing but possible movements of consciousness.
And I’m choosing moment to moment out of those movements to bring my actual experience into manifestation. This is the only radical thinking that you need to do. But it is so radical It’s so difficult because our tendency is that the world is already out there independent of my experience. It is not. Quantum physics has been so clear about it.
That was rather interesting wasn’t it, I continued reading until I came across the 1993 two month transcendental meditation experiment to reduce violent crime in Washington, DC.
In Washington DC, the so-called murder capital of the world there was a big experiment in the summer of 1993 where volunteers came from a hundred countries to collectively meditate for long periods of time throughout the day. It was predicted in advance that with such a sized group you would have a certain percentage drop in violent crime as defined by the F.B.I. in Washington that summer.
Well, the chief of police went on television saying that “Look. It’s gonna take two feet of snow to reduce crime by that percentage in Washington, DC this summer.”
But by the end, the police department became a collaborator and author of this study because the results in fact showed a percentage drop in violent crime in Washington, DC which we could predict on the basis of previous studies that had already been done on a smaller scale. This leads naturally to wonder do people — are people affecting the world of reality that they see? You betcha they are.
After reading that I wanted to do some research on the same and here are some of the facts, this National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness brought approximately 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs to the United States national capital from June 7 to July 30, 1993.
A 27-member independent Project Review Board consisting of sociologists and criminologists from leading universities, representatives from the police department and government monitored its progress.
Using time series analysis, violent crimes were analyzed separately in terms of HRA crimes (crimes against the person) and robberies, as well as together. The maximum decrease was 23.3% when the size of the group was largest during the final week of the project.
Based on the results of the study, the steady state gain (long-term effect) associated with a permanent group of 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs was calculated as a 48% reduction in HRA crimes in the District of Columbia.
A very interesting experiment that teaches us that each one of us have the power to affect our surroundings in a positive way, you can read the entire experiment report here.
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