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Assimakis, Panayotis Demetriou
Change in the quality of life in Canada: intervention studies of the effect of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program.

Order No. 8918485

This study tested the prediction that the collective participation of a critical number of participants in the group practice of the Transcendental MeditationΠand TM-SidhiΠprogram is sufficient to create increased coherence in the collective consciousness of society, resulting in improved quality of life. According to the theory of collective consciousness of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the square root of one percent of the population practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program together can influence in a positive way the quality of life of society; this is based on the suggestion that the deepest level of consciousness has a field character. This prediction was tested for the nation of Canada using weekly data from 1982-1985 (study 1) and monthly data from 1972-1986 (study 2). The independent variable was the weekly or monthly average number of participants in the largest group of practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, located in Iowa, U.S.A. The data were analyzed using time-series analysis in order to most accurately and rigorously estimate intervention effects. Experimental periods for time series impact assessment analysis were weeks or months in which the predicted threshold was exceeded for the combined population of the U.S.A. and Canada.

Box-Jenkins impact assessment analyses in the first study indicated that in contrast to nonexperimental periods there was an estimated mean 4.1% decrease in a violence index composed of the total number of weekly traffic fatalities, homicides, and suicides, and a mean 5.1% decrease in weekly total fatalities due to other accidents (p <.01 and p <.005 respectively). In the second study, there was a significant improvement during experimental periods in an index of Canadian quality of life composed of total monthly violent fatalities (defined as in study 1), cigarette consumption, and days lost in strikes (p <.001). These were all non-economic normative social indicators for which continuous monthly data were available. The analysis of the three component variables indicated a 10.1% decrease in cigarette consumption (p <.001), a 4.1% decrease in violent fatalities (p <.025) and a decrease of 18.8% for worker-days lost in strikes (p <.05). The changes could not be accounted for in terms of changes in population or other forms of seasonality or trends in the dependent variables. Results were consistent with predictions and with previous research and suggest that consciousness at its basis has a field property. This indicates a new mechanism of social change and improved quality of life with many implications for policy makers. Source: DAI, 50, no. 05B, (1989): 2203

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