Global Peace Initiative

Decreased Armed Conflict

A critical experimental test of the approach used by the Global Peace Initiative was conducted during the peak of the Lebanon war. A day-by-day study of a two-month assembly of people practicing advanced Transcendental Meditation in Israel in 1983 showed that, on days when the number of participants (“TM Group Size,” right axis in chart below) was high, war deaths in neighboring Lebanon dropped by 76% (p < 10–7). In addition, crime, traffic accidents, fires, and other indicators of social stress in Israel (combined into a Composite Index) all correlated strongly with changes in the size of the peace-creating group. Other possible causes (weekends, holidays, weather, etc.) were statistically controlled for.

Decreased war deaths in Lebanon

Changes in the quality of life in Israel correlate with changes in the numbers of people practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program (Orme-Johnson et al, 1988)

These results were subsequently replicated in nine consecutive experiments over a two-year period during the peak of the Lebanon war. The results of these interventions included:

  • war-related fatalities decreased by 71%  
  • war-related injuries fell by 68% 
  • the level of conflict dropped by 48%  
  • cooperation among antagonists increased by 66% 

The likelihood that these combined results were due to chance is less than one part in 1019, making this approach of reducing societal stress and conflict the most rigorously established approach in the history of conflict management.1 Back

Replications of Lebanon study

This meta-analysis shows increases in a Peace-War Index during nine assemblies of experts practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program (Davies and Alexander, 2005)

References

  1. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 17(1), 285-338, 2005