Preface: Scientists are just starting to understand the power of “fields”. For example, scientists have been stunned in recent years to discover:
- Flares from the sun change the rate of radioactive decay of elements on Earth
- Sounds generated deep inside the Sun cause the Earth to shake and vibrate in sympathy. They have found that Earth’s magnetic field, atmosphere and terrestrial systems, all take part in this cosmic sing-along
- “Space weather” causes “spacequakes” in Earth’s geomagnetic field … and may even cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on Earth
- Changes in Earth’s magnetic field greatly effect climate up in the upper atmosphere
- Electrically charged particles coming from space and hitting the atmosphere at high speed contribute to cloud formation
- Events in space effect the severity of droughts here on Earth, as well as El Niño and La Niña weather conditions
For example, physicists have proven that – just by observing something – people can change the outcome (at least at the very small scale).
Larry Dossey, M.D. – former co-chair of the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine, Panel on Mind/Body Interventions – says:
“Consciousness — the most mysterious entity in the universe — has long been considered a bit player in the drama of existence. The playbill is changing, however, because recent scientific evidence has assigned consciousness a leading role. Our thoughts and intentions help shape the world out there; choice [is] back.”
Christianity teaches the power of intention. After all, Jesus taught that having as much faith as a mustard seed could move mountains, and that if 3 were gathered in his name, he would be there. (We frequently quote the Bible to illustrate basic principles. See this, this and this.)
We have never tried the meditation technique to which Dr. Leffler refers. So we have no opinion on it one way or the other.
But – because scientists have shown that other types of meditation (Leffler and Georgetown University psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, M.D. say that different forms of meditation often produce very different results) can increase intelligence, productivity, physical and mental health, and even testosterone levels (and because some of the most successful business leaders meditate) – we’re open to at least hearing about it.
And because Dr. Leffler’s editorial cites peer-reviewed scientific studies (see Journal of Conflict Resolution and summaries of follow-up studies that appeared in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality and the Journal of Scientific Exploration), we believe that his claims are at least worth further inquiry.
After the editorial, we ask Dr. Leffler some pointed questions, and get his response.
Guest Post by Dr. David Leffler.
Sheldon Rabinowitz concludes his insightful and well written Des Moines Register Op-Ed “Is lasting peace attainable” by saying that “There is no possibility of an acceptable or lasting peace agreement” in the Mideast. Based on the considerations he has dealt with, Mr. Rabinowitz is correct. However, despite the gloomy Mideast outlook we have become accustomed to, lasting peace is attainable through programs that have achieved remarkable peace and prosperity for the countries that have applied them.
If US Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama has the courage to deploy a proven, advanced military technology on US Mideast carrier battlegroups and/or in nearby military bases; then, peace and prosperity will become the characteristic of a region of the world known for its constant warfare and huge pockets of impoverished citizenry. Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) is a scientifically validated approach. Extensive in-field military experience, coupled with peer-reviewed research shows that IDT can effectively, efficiently, and quickly end the current turmoil, and eliminate the rising spiral of violence.
If the US military quickly deploys this statistically-verified approach it will not be necessary to base US defense operations on guesswork or to risk the lives of US and Mideast citizens. This IDT approach to reducing stress and violence is already part of the training of America’s future commanders at Norwich University, and has been field-tested by foreign militaries. It is validated by 23 peer-reviewed studies carried out in both developed and developing nations. They include the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Independent scientists and scholars endorse it, based on 25 years of research.
IDT Reduces Societal Stress
IDT uniquely neutralizes the underlying power base of contending groups, which is the stress, frustration and civil dissatisfaction prevailing in the general population. By eliminating the root cause of insurgency, violent outbreaks are pre-empted and prevented. IDT is effective because it gets to the heart of the matter. Insurgency often thrives in nations in which decades or even centuries of under-employment, poverty, and hunger have created a huge societal weight of pressure of stress, frustration and endemic unhappiness. This inevitably finds expression in acts of civil unrest, social violence, and a downward spiral of economic degradation.
Specially trained military units, “IDT Prevention Wing of the Military” use IDT to reduce stress in the national collective consciousness. As the stress and frustration ease, the population is more capable of finding orderly and constructive solutions to their problems. Experience with IDT in other war-torn nations demonstrated increased economy incentive and growth. Entrepreneurship and individual creativity increase. With increased civic calm, people’s aspirations are raised and a more productive and balanced society emerges.
Such a society abhors violence as a means for change or as an expression of discontent. With this the ground for terrorism is eliminated. What is more fascinating is that this change takes place within a few days or weeks after IDT is introduced. The changes are measurable from such statistics as crime rates, accidents, hospital admissions, infant mortality, etc.
Military personnel in Latin America, Africa and Asia practice group Transcendental Meditation to help protect their nations
The IDT daily routine for military personnel includes the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program and its advanced TM-Sidhi program. As a societal coherence-creating military unit, they practice these programs twice a day, seven days a week, preferably in a secure location near the targeted population. Their presence and deep-field influence operation need not be disclosed to achieve the effect of violence reduction and conflict resolution.
Such coherence-creating groups have achieved positive benefits to society, shown statistically, in even just 48 hours. Modern statistical methods used in this research preclude chance or coincidence and demonstrate a consistent causal influence. The IDT approach has been used during wartime, resulting in reduction of fighting and in number of deaths and casualties, and in progress toward resolving the conflict peacefully. Societies applying IDT perform extremely well in a very short time. This is what decreased the intensity of war in Lebanon in 1984 in a dramatic way in 48 hours, to name only one of the successful experiments.
Documented Transformation in Mozambique
In 1992, the Mozambique military carefully analyzed the IDT research and decided to try it. As predicted, violence disappeared by 1993 and Mozambique became more self-sufficient. The economic growth reached 19%. Once the poorest world country in 1992, by 2000, it had moved up to be the world’s fastest-growing economy.
Former Mozambique President Joaquim Alberto Chissano, who learned Transcendental Meditation himself, introduced it to his cabinet and then the armed forces. 19 years of civil war ended and President Chissano is the first to give credit to IDT for this effect. Mozambique continues to be a shining star for Africa and a model for development. President Chissano was awarded the inaugural Ibrahim Prize in recognition of the unprecedented positivity that welled up throughout all Mozambique under his unique guidance.
Albert Einstein is famously quoted as saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Using violence to quell violence ultimately just ratchets up the spiral of violence. And Mr. Rabinowitz concludes that peace is not possible because “Iran will become a nuclear power very soon.”
However, this evaluation certainly adds to the rationale to stop repeating the same old cycle of violence and create genuine peace through genuinely peaceful and equitable means. IDT defense technology supersedes all other known defense technologies (which are based on electronic, chemical, and/or nuclear forces). It creates genuine and lasting reconciliation and friendship in the place of hatred and conflict. The military that deploys this powerful human-resource-based technology disallows negative trends and prevents enemies from arising, and as a result, it has no enemies. No enemies means no terrorism and no insurgency. A lasting peace in the Mideast is obtainable if President Barack Obama establishes Prevention Wings of the Military. They will ease high tensions, reverse centuries of mistrust and hatred and permanently prevent future unrest. Extensive scientific research objectively says, “Yes, the approach works.” Why not use it in the Mideast? Time is running out. The best time to act is now before the situation worsens.
About the author:
Dr. David Leffler is the author of “A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising – Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace.” He was a member of the US Air Force for nearly nine years. Dr. Leffler served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College where he was published in “55 Trends Now Shaping the Future of Terrorism” — a US government-sponsored report aimed at governmental and military leaders. This groundbreaking report includes sections by Dr. David Leffler on Invincible Defense Technology, including an appendix entitled: “An Overlooked, Proven Solution to Terrorism.” Currently he serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) in Fairfield, Iowa and teaches IDT. He is on Twitter and Faceboo
Postscript: We asked Dr. Leffler whether having military personnel meditate would lessen their fitness to be warriors.
He responded that the opposite was true. He cited the example of an American police officer (see this article published in Police Writers) who had trained in this meditation technique, who was surrounded by 5 bad guys, and had only 6 bullets in his gun. The officer later said that the calmness and clarity which came from meditating allowed him to quickly take down the attackers and save his partner.
Indeed, various branches of the U.S. military are starting to promote meditation to increase war-fighting abilities.
One of the greatest martial artists of all time – Bruce Lee – certainly swore by meditation.
We asked Dr. Leffler whether military personnel would be less willing to fight and kill if they meditated. He said this is not likely, and further responded that he is not suggesting that warriors no longer prepare to fight or eliminate their weapons. They might never be able to do so, nor would that be wise.
What he suggests is that warriors participate in coherence-creating programs to quickly reduce tensions in the collective consciousness of their nations which is ultimately responsible for creating war and terrorism. The military is traditionally the most organized aspect of society and by itself could quickly create and maintain such a group. Dr. Laffler claims that the advanced TM-Sidhi program is the most effective for this purpose.
The internationally-recognized classic, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, advises that it is better to win without fighting. If this is not possible, then, Dr. Leffler also cites one of the central scriptures from the ancient Vedic tradition of India – the Bhagavad Gita – in which the main character doesn’t want to fight in a war, but through meditation realizes that since the war could not be prevented that it is his duty as a warrior to fight. If a war has to be fought – it should be fought justly and then ended as quickly and efficiently as possible. In other words, Dr. Leffler says that a warrior should strive to fight so skillfully that the battle ends soon, thereby reducing civilian casualties. And, thus he claims, Transcendental Meditation makes warriors more effective so if necessary they can more easily accomplish this goal.