Table of contents

Foreword by Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation
Introduction by John Hagelin, PhD

Chapter 1 Overview
Consciousness and collective consciousness
The Maharishi Effect
War, peace and the Transcendental Meditation technique
Understanding the Maharishi Effect
The root of all peace

Chapter 2 Creating peace in Baskinta
The story of Baskinta
The experiment
Transformation in time of war
Implications of the Baskinta study

Chapter 3 Dare to consider
Galileo’s telescope
Rocks falling from the sky
Heavier than air?
The theoretical basis for Marconi’s wireless
Continental drift and ice ages
The transformation of bacteria: experimental data that led to a theoretical explanation
Understanding the known
The quantum world and common sense
New paradigm
Changing paradigms

Chapter 4 Sixteen strengths of the Maharishi Effect
1. Research results have been replicated with over 150 outcomes.
2. Research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
3. The research has been checked by independent experts.
4. Over 30 scientists have been involved in the Maharishi Effect research.
5. Maharishi Effect researchers are experts in their field.
6. The measured changes were predicted in advance.
7. The research design used publicly available data.
8. The research results are statistically significant.
9. The experimental designs are stronger than other international conflict designs.
10. In some studies, different methods of selecting control groups were used.
11. The studies examined diverse and normally unconnected variables.
12. The studies have shown a dosage effect.
13. Studies have controlled for or investigated other explanations for changes.
14. The research has utilized a variety of experimental contexts.
15. The research utilized time series analysis and seasonality.
16. Selection of the statistical model reduces the risk of bias.

Chapter 5 A brain-based approach to peace
Silence and Dynamism
Transcendental Meditation practice, hypertension and other risk factors
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Stress, Father Mejia and the David Lynch Foundation
Research in prisons

Chapter 6 Are all meditations essentially the same?
Distinct EEG signatures
The EEG signature for transcending
Default mode network
Brainwave coherence and future behavior

Chapter 7 Collective consciousness
The underlying governor of government
Wheels within wheels
Familiar examples of collective consciousness
Scientific explanations of collective consciousness

Chapter 8 Collective consciousness: its influence on society
Power, violence and collective consciousness
Economics, national mood and the collective consciousness

Chapter 9 Tipping points
Phase transitions and the Meissner Effect
A safety factor

Chapter 10 First indications of social transformation

Chapter 11 Explanations for the Maharishi Effect
A unified field explanation
The power of nature

Chapter 12 Unity and diversity
Against dogma
Summing up

Chapter 13 Unfreezing human development
Transcendental Consciousness
Cosmic Consciousness
Refined Cosmic Consciousness
Rising to unity
Experience over ideology

Chapter 14 A taste of peace
The mechanics of the program
The power of the group
Increased events as a sign of increased interactions
More case histories
A taste of world peace
Intermediate causes

Chapter 15 EEG and biochemistry
Measuring the invisible
The physiology, the biochemistry and the decrease in stress
A field effect?

Chapter 16 Lucky chance or causal connection?
Reverse causation?
Controlling for vacations, politics, military events and the weather
Statistical controls
Collective versus individual variables
The timing of troop withdrawals

Chapter 17 Eliminating alternative explanations
Time series analysis and Maharishi Effect research
A beginner’s guide to time series analysis
Time series analysis and the IPPME
Further tests on the IPPME
Checking the validity of the model
The value of statistics

Chapter 18 Seven repetitions
An analysis of political negotiations
A missed opportunity
Delays in publication

Chapter 19 Overcoming conventional wisdom

Chapter 20 A public demonstration
A public sociological experiment
Project review board and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Homicides and robberies
Reducing homicide
Crime and temperature
President Clinton’s approval ratings and a Washington DC quality-of-life index
Extra tests
Blue walls and white coats

Chapter 21 Improving the quality of life in the USA
Not just car accidents
1. Reduction in US violent crime
2. Reduction in homicides in US urban areas
3. Reduction in US motor vehicle and other accidental fatalities
4. Reduction in drug-related fatalities and infant mortalities

Chapter 22 Queries and suggestions
Indications from the existing research
Adaptation effects

Chapter 23 Mozambique: a government ahead of its time
Not just Mozambique
National consciousness

Chapter 24 Norway and New Zealand
Alternative explanations

Chapter 25 Averting the danger before it arises
A group of 7000
A global influence
Can international conflict and terrorism decrease?
Enemies without borders require solutions without boundaries

Chapter 26 Improved US‒Soviet relations
The Zurich Project on East‒West Relations
Strengthening the research
The larger the group, the bigger the impact
Government as a mirror

Chapter 27 A golden age?
The long peace and the new peace
The growth of reason—a sufficient explanation?
Maharishi’s contribution to the creation of a better world
Expansion of awareness: the basis of tolerance and love

Chapter 28 Spiritual regeneration
The heart of the matter
About the authors