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Response to Communion of Consciousness
The Impact of Intentional Practices

I concur with what you note about the TM people thinking that they are the only ones who can impact a city or society with their intentional practices. And I also disagree with that proposition!

I believe the Cultural Creatives are quite familiar with the idea of meditation. How many practice is a different story - about 10-11% of Americans says Psychology Today. I would assume the average cultural creative knows enough about meditation and consciousness "to be dangerous". Meaning, some thoughtful programming would be beneficial and well received.

I also paused for the phrase "communion of consciousness" and an image of plugging in, for a communal re-charge/cross-pollination came to me. Lawrence, we can train people in anything! What we need to do is come up with the program that can be replicated. Let's continue to put meat on the bones of the ideas that peace is already part of our DNA. The seed has already been planted and is inescapable. Consider that many meditation techniques begin with focusing on the breathing for some reason. Most teachers will tell you the purpose of that practice is to distract the ego. I would say today its purpose is to focus awareness on the part of us that is already at peace!

by Margo Ruark - November 10, 2012 

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We are discussing the book, Permanent Peace by Robert M. Oates, which describes experiments in Transcendental Meditation to lower crime rates and violence rates in affected areas. The results of these experiments were published in The Journal of Mind and Behavior, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Proceedings of the American Statistical Association and other peer reviewed publications.

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