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A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine

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A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine by Dr. Mykola Didukh and Dr. David Leffler

Picture of Prevention Wing of the Military in Latin America

Military personnel in Latin America, Africa, and Asia practice group Transcendental Meditation to help protect their nations

Indoor Picture of Prevention Wing of the Military in Latin America

During the last two months, Ukrainians have witnessed a highly volatile political situation unfolding in their country. Tensions continue rising as Russia intervenes in Crimea. World leaders search for ways to prevent tensions from further escalating.

What can be done to find a peaceful solution to this serious crisis? Many countries around the world have shown growing interest in a novel but scientifically verified, militarily field-tested approach to reducing turmoil. Among military circles worldwide, this approach is known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).

Social turmoil such as conflict, war and terrorism is ultimately a human problem requiring a human solution. Experts in the field of conflict resolution maintain that the underlying cause of social turmoil is accumulated collective "social stress" - i.e., mounting political, religious, and/or ethnic tensions between rival factions. As social stress builds collectively, divisions grow stronger, groups take sides, leaders are unable to resolve differences, and enemies arise within or outside the nation. Military and police forces may then be called upon to protect the nation, resulting in conflict, terrorism, and unpredictable outcomes. But even if military force temporarily solves the problem for the stronger side, the social stress remains, fueling future cycles of turmoil. In contrast, the absence of collective stress translates into the absence of tension between competing sides, thereby reducing the probability of hostilities.

Today, the military of Ukraine has an opportunity to overcome the cycle of turmoil by deploying a scientifically validated technology of defense that neutralizes social stress. IDT is based on the unified field of all the laws of nature - the most fundamental and powerful level of nature's functioning. The technology accesses and enlivens this unified field through subjective technologies of consciousness, thereby creating a profound influence of coherence and harmony throughout society that results in measurable reductions of crime, terrorism, and war.

The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived systematic subjective technologies for experiencing the unified field, including the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced techniques. These techniques have been successfully applied by members of many faiths to eliminate conflict. Militaries in Latin America and Asia, as well as in African countries like Mozambique, have already applied these non-lethal and non-destructive technologies to reduce collective societal stress and resulting conflict.

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Old defense approach: the military fails to address social stress.

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New Invincible Defense Technology approach addresses social stress, thereby ending war, terrorism, and violence.

Over 50 research studies confirm that when the required threshold of IDT experts is crossed - approximately the square root of 1% of a given population - crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists have named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect, since Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first predicted it. The causal mechanism appears to be a field effect of consciousness - a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population.

In 1983, a two-month Maharishi Effect intervention in Lebanon resulted in a 76% reduction in war deaths in neighboring Lebanon (p < 10-7) when group size exceeded the square root of 1% threshold (Journal of Conflict Resolution). Seven subsequent, consecutive experiments over a two-year period during the peak of the Lebanon war found 

  • war-related fatalities decreased by 71% (p < 10-10)
  • war-related injuries fell by 68% (p < 10-6)
  • the level of conflict dropped by 48% (p < 10-8)
  • cooperation among antagonists increased by 66% (p < 10-6)

The likelihood that these combined results were due to chance is less than one part in 10 to the nineteenth (Journal of Social Behavior and Personality). A global-scale study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation documented a 72% drop in international terrorism during assemblies of sufficiently large peace-creating groups.

The military of Ukraine is responsible for defending its citizens. As with other militaries, it can now succeed in its mission simply by creating a Prevention Wing - a group of IDT experts. The size of this Prevention Wing would be small - approximately the square root of 1% of the population of Ukraine. Only a small number of military personnel would be needed to staff this Prevention Wing.

As part of its responsibility to protect citizens, the military of Ukraine is obligated to thoroughly examine scientifically validated methods for preventing conflict, war and terrorism. With the IDT approach, all that is necessary is to provide the proper training for a group of military personnel - or indeed, any sizable group within the nation. The military of Ukraine has the opportunity today through IDT to prevent further turmoil and to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time to act is now.

READERS TAKE NOTE:  Due to the success of these IDT publications worldwide, Dr. Leffler was interviewed in South Africa by Capetown's Shafiq Morton on a solution to the violence in Kiev, Ukraine.

Voice of the Cape's after five Drivetime Show has a national and international flavor focusing on issues making news where the biggest story of the day or week is analyzed. South African host Shafiq Morton interviewed American Dr. David Leffler (Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014) on a unique solution to the growing violence in Kiev, Ukraine.

Listen to the 20-minute interview on 91.3 FM online at:

OF INTEREST TO MIDDLE EAST READERS: Israel National Radio Interview with Dr. David Leffler -- The Tovia Singer Show interviewed Dr. Leffler on how Invincible Defence Technology could bring peace to the Middle East. (edited -- introduction and 13-minute interview)

About the Authors:

Mykola L. Didukh, Ph.D., is Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko. Dr. Didukh and Dr. Leffler are teachers of the Transcendental Meditation program.

David Leffler, Ph.D

David Leffler, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). He served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Dr. Leffler is the author of "A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising - Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace." He is on Twitter.

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