Global Peace Initiative

New York Times

Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts

New York Times • May 23, 2011

The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession. In all regions, the country appears to be safer. The odds of being murdered or robbed are now less than half of what they were in the early 1990s, when violent crime peaked in the United States. Small towns, especially, are seeing far fewer murders: In cities with populations under 10,000, the number plunged by more than 25 percent last year.

News that violent crime in America had fallen to its lowest levels in nearly 40 years may have baffled authorities but it came as yet another confirmation of the effectiveness of the group practice of the advanced Transcendental Meditation program to reduce violence. Starting in 2006, thousands of experts have assembled to demonstrate the power of group meditation for reducing societal stress and therefore cutting crime and violence in America.

This assessment comes from Dr. John Hagelin, world-renowned quantum physicist, and director of the Invincible America Assembly, where nearly 2000 people from 60 countries have gathered to practice Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, including Yogic Flying, together to promote “coherence in national consciousness.”

John Hagelin“As predicted before the launch of the Invincible America Assembly, there has been a dramatic and sustained decrease in violent crime in the United States since the Assembly began. In fact, the number of murders is now the lowest in four decades, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports,” Dr. Hagelin said.

The evidence countered the conventional wisdom of experts who foresaw a return to the trend in rising crime. Dr. Hagelin predicts that violent crime in the nation will continue to fall as the number of meditation experts in the Invincible America Assembly increases to the next target of 2,500.

This dramatic and consistent evidence of decreased violence in America is yet another confirmation of the effectiveness of the programs that form the basis of the Global Peace Initiative.

Once the group in India reaches 3,500–the square root of 1% of India’s population and the number that evidence suggests will transform the whole country towards greater peacefulness–research on social indicators will begin. This research will continue to track changes as the group grows and its area of influence expands from India to the world (see measuring the effects)