Appendix 12

The following research findings on the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, selected from the more than 600 research studies, are particularly significant for communication. The numbers in parentheses after the finding refer to the number of the study as it is reprinted in the first five volumes of Scientific research on Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers (Volumes 6 and 7 are in press).

1. Physiological Basis of Communication

The physiological basis of communication—a coherent, stable, alert, and integrated state of the body supporting alertness and vitality—develops through regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, as indicated by the following research findings:

Increased Stability and Balance

  1. Increased Stability of Restful Alertness (Vol. 1: 18, 102; Vol. 3: 205, 213, 217; Vol. 5: 356, 358)
    1. • Greater Physiological Calmness during Task Performance (Vol. 2: 122; Vol.
    2. 5: 372, 399)
  2. Increased Autonomic Stability (Vol. 1: 25–28, 87; Vol. 2: 123, 130; Vol. 3: 197, 205; Vol. 5: 356)
  3. Increased Balance of the Autonomic Nervous System (Vol. 1: 25–28; Vol. 5: 356)
    1. • Reduction in Biochemical Indices of Stress: —Decreased Arterial Lactate Levels (Vol. 1: 2–4; Vol. 3: 194, 203, 207; Vol.
    2. 4: 291, 292)
      —Decreased Plasma Cortisol Levels (Vol. 1: 12; Vol. 2: 109, 111; Vol. 3:
      190, 191, 200, 202)
      —Decreased Urinary Free Cortisol Levels (Vol. 2: 109)
  4. More Effective Interaction with the Environment: Improved Resistance to Stress (Vol. 1: 25–28; Vol. 2: 123; Vol. 5: 370)

Increased Integration and Coherence of Brain Functioning

• Increased Coherence of Brain Functioning (Vol. 1: 20–21, 102; Vol. 3: 205, 210–211, 213; Vol. 5: 370–371, 375) • Increased Orderliness of Brain Functioning (Vol. 1: 1–4, 14–18, 20, 102; Vol.
2: 115, 117, 121; Vol. 3: 205, 210, 211, 213, 215, 217, 218, 224; Vol. 4: 294– 296)
• Increased Efficiency of Information Transfer in the Brain (Vol. 2: 114, 116; Vol. 3: 214, 251; Vol. 5: 374)
• Improved Left Hemispheric Functioning—Improved Verbal and Analytical Thinking (Vol. 1: 54–56, 58, 62, 63, 103; Vol. 2: 134; Vol. 3: 260, 265; Vol.
5: 387, 389, 390, 392)
• Improved Right Hemispheric Functioning—Improved Synthetic and Holistic Thinking (Vol. 1: 103; Vol. 2: 135, 140; Vol. 3: 257, 260; Vol. 5: 393)

Increased Alertness and Discrimination

• Improved Perceptual Ability (Vol. 1: 52, 57, 104; Vol. 2: 131; Vol. 3: 253; Vol. 4: 312, Vol. 5: 394)
• Improved Attention (Vol. 1: 103; Vol. 2: 132, 136)
• Increased Mental Clarity and Wakefulness (Vol. 2: 147)
• Improved Memory (Vol. 1: 56, 58; Vol. 2: 132, 134, 136; Vol. 3: 257, 264)
• Improved Organization of Memory (Vol. 1: 58, Vol. 2: 134, 136)

Increased Energy and Dynamism

• Increased Readiness for Activity (Vol. 1: 147)
• Increased Alertness (Vol. 1: 29; Vol. 2: 164; Vol. 5: 381)
• Increased Energy and Enthusiasm (Vol. 4: 316; Vol. 5: 399)
• Increased Leadership Ability and Boldness (Vol. 1: 73; Vol. 2: 153)
• Decreased Fatigue (Vol. 2: 147; Vol. 3: 238; Vol. 4: 308; Vol. 5: 399)

2. Cognitive Basis of Communication

The cognitive basis of communication—clarity and precision of the thinking process, along with naturalness and spontaneity—develops through regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, as indicated by the following research findings:

Increased Clarity and Precision of Thinking

• Increased Intelligence (Vol. 1: 53–55, 62, 103; Vol. 2: 150; Vol. 3: 257, 261, 265; Vol. 4: 307; Vol. 5: 382, 387, 389, 390, 392, 393)
• Increased Learning Ability (Vol. 1: 56, 57; Vol. 3: 265; Vol. 4: 300; Vol. 5: 380, 385, 386)
• Improved Cognitive Flexibility (Vol. 3: 253; Vol. 4: 300; Vol. 5: 380)
• Faster Processing of Cognitively Complex Information (Vol. 5: 374)
• Enhanced Creativity (Vol. 1: 62, 63, 103; Vol. 2: 150; Vol. 3: 257, 260; Vol. 4: 294, 304, 305; Vol. 5: 392, 395)
• Increased Field Independence, Indicating Broader Comprehension and Increased Ability to Focus Attention (Vol. 1: 51, 52, 103; Vol. 3: 255, 257, 259; Vol. 4: 307; Vol. 5: 384, 389)
• Improved Academic Performance (Vol. 1: 59–61; Vol. 4: 306; Vol. 5: 385–387, 391)

Increased Organizational Ability and Efficiency of Thought and Action

  1. Increased Foresight (Vol. 2: 153)
  2. Greater Initiative (Vol. 2: 164)
  3. Greater Ability to Assign Correct Priorities (Vol. 2: 164)
  4. Greater Decision-Making Ability (Vol. 2: 164)
  5. Increased Effectiveness (Vol. 1: 65; Vol. 2: 161; Vol. 3: 277)
  6. Greater Ability to Achieve More with Less Effort (Vol. 2: 164)
  7. Increased Productivity (Vol. 1: 96, 97; Vol. 5: 399)
  8. Greater Organizational Ability (Vol. 2: 164)

3. Emotional Basis of Communication

The emotional basis of effective communication—inner fullness and desire to give—develops through regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, as indicated by the following research findings:

Increased Inner Fullness

  1. Increased Self-Actualization: Increased Integration, Unity, and Wholeness of Personality (Vol. 1: 64, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 94; Vol. 2: 139, 144, 151, 153, 155; Vol. 3: 239; Vol. 5: 395)
  2. Greater Orientation toward Positive Values (Vol. 5: 394)
  3. Increased Emotional Stability (Vol. 1: 65, 71, 77, 87, 93, 95; Vol. 2: 150, 153, 158; Vol. 3: 241, 273, 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  4. Increased Emotional Maturity (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 2: 150, 153, 158; Vol. 3: 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  5. Increased Inner Calm and Tranquility (Vol. 1: 65, 73, 77; Vol. 2: 150; Vol. 4: 308, 316)
  6. Increased Contentment (Vol. 1: 65, 67, 77; Vol. 2: 150; Vol. 3: 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  7. Increased Naturalness (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 3: 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  8. Increased Spontaneity (Vol. 1: 64, 65, 69, 70, 76, 77; Vol. 2: 151, 153; Vol. 3: 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308, 316)
  9. Increased Moral Maturity (Vol. 1: 91; Vol. 3: 265, 270; Vol. 4: 309)
  10. Less Sensitivity to Criticism (Vol. 1: 67)
  11. Greater Self-Control (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 2: 153; Vol. 3: 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  12. Increased Self-Confidence and Self-Assuredness (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 2: 150, 164; Vol. 3: 261, 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308)

Increased Desire to Give

  1. Greater Sense of Social Responsibility (Vol. 2: 138, 158)
  2. Increased Sociability (Vol. 1: 65, 73, 77; Vol. 2: 138; Vol. 3: 261, 266, 277, 290; Vol. 4: 316)
  3. Increased Outgoingness and Tendency to Participate (Vol. 1: 73; Vol. 2: 150, 153)
  4. Increased Capacity for Warm Interpersonal Relationships (Vol. 1: 69, 70, 73, 76, 77; Vol. 2: 149, 151, 153; Vol. 3: 277, 284, 290; Vol. 4: 316)
  5. Increased Friendliness (Vol. 1: 65, 73, 77; Vol. 3: 277, 290)
  6. Greater Respect for the Views of Others (Vol. 2: 164)
  7. Improved Ability to Appreciate Others (Vol. 3: 271)
  8. Increased Ability to Be Objective, Fair-Minded, and Reasonable (Vol. 4: 316)
  9. Increased Ability to Express One’s Feelings Spontaneously (Vol. 1: 64, 69, 70, 76; Vol. 2: 151, 153; Vol. 4: 316)
  10. Increased Good Humour (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 3: 277, 290; Vol. 4: 308)
  11. Increased Trust (Vol. 1: 67; Vol. 2: 138, 150)
    1. • Increased Tolerance (Vol. 1: 62, 65; Vol. 2: 153, 164; Vol. 3: 266, 277, 290; Vol.
    2. 4: 308, 316)
  12. Increased Sensitivity to the Feelings of Others (Vol. 1: 73; Vol. 4: 304, 316)
  13. Greater Regard for Etiquette (Vol. 2: 153)
  14. Increased Respectfulness (Vol. 1: 65, 77; Vol. 2: 164; Vol. 3: 277, 290)

4. Communication from the Level of the Unified Field of Natural Law— Creating Coherence and Harmony in Society

The following research findings demonstrate that the square root of one per cent of the population collectively practicing the TM-Sidhi program with Yogic Flying radiate a powerful influence of coherence and harmony in collective consciousness, bringing life in accord with Natural Law, neutralizing negative tendencies and promoting positive trends in society as a whole.

  1. Decreased Crime (Vol. 1: 98, Cities, USA, 1973; Vol. 2: 166, Cities, USA, 1974–1976; Vol. 4: 318, Cities, USA, 1973–1977; Vol. 4: 319, Cities, USA, 1975–1976; Vol. 4: 320 and Vol. 5: 402, Cities, USA, 1972–1978, and Metropolitan Areas, USA, 1973–1979; Vol. 4: 323, USA, 1979; Vol. 4: 325, Holland, 1979 and 1981; Vol. 4: 326 and Vol. 5: 401, Union Territory of Delhi, India, 1980–1981; Vol. 4: 328 and Vol. 5: 402, Washington, DC, USA, 1981– 1983; Vol. 4: 333, Jerusalem and also Israel, 1983; Vol. 4: 334 and Vol. 5: 401, Puerto Rico, 1984; Vol. 4: 337, State of Victoria, Australia; Washington, DC, USA; and Karachi, Pakistan, 1983–1984; Vol. 5: 401, Metro Manila, Philippines 1984–1985)
    1. • Decreased Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities (Vol. 4: 317, Cities, USA,
    2. 1973–1977; 323, USA, 1979; 325, Holland, 1979; 327, USA, 1982; 333, Jerusalem, Israel, 1983; 337, USA; South Africa; and States of New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia, Australia, 1983–1984)
  2. Decreased Air Traffic Fatalities and Air Transport Fatal Accidents (Vol. 4: 323, USA, 1979; 337, Worldwide, 1983–1984)
  3. Increased Positivity in National Mood (Vol. 4: 333, Israel, 1983)
  4. Improved National Economy as Measured by a Monthly Index of Inflation and Unemployment, Controlling for Changes in Major Economic Variables (Vol. 5: 403, USA and Canada, 1979–1988; 404–406, USA, 1979–1988)
  5. Improved Quality of National Life as Measured by a Weekly Index of Reduced Motor Vehicle Fatalities, Homicides, and Suicides (Vol. 5: 407, USA, 1979–1985; 408, Canada, 1983–1985)
  6. Improved Quality of National Life as Measured by Reductions of Weekly Fatalities Due to Accidents Other than Motor Vehicle Fatalities (Vol. 5: 408, Canada, 1983–1985)
  7. Improved Quality of National Life as Measured by Improvements on a Monthly Index Including Reduced Violent Fatalities (Motor Vehicle Fatalities, Homicides, and Suicides), Reduced Cigarette Consumption, and Reduced Worker-Days Lost in Strikes (Vol. 5: 408, Canada, 1972–1986)
  8. Improvements in Domestic Affairs and International Relations for Major Trouble-Spot Countries (Vol. 4: 322, 1978)
  9. Decreased War Intensity and War Deaths (Vol. 4: 322, Rhodesia [Zimbabwe], 1978; 331, Baskinta, Lebanon, 1982-1984; 333, Lebanon, 1983; 335, Lebanon, 1983-1984; Vol. 5: 410, Lebanon, 1983–1985)
  10. Increased Progress toward Peaceful Resolution of Conflict (Vol. 4: 322, Major Trouble-Spot Countries, 1978; 335, Lebanon, 1983–1984; 337, Worldwide, 1983–1984; Vol. 5: 410, Lebanon, 1983–1985; 411, Worldwide, 1983-1985)
  11. Reduction of Conflict (Increased Cooperation, Reduced Level of Conflict, Reduced War Fatalities, and Reduced War Injuries); Improvement on a Daily Index Composed of All Four Variables (Vol. 5: 410, Lebanon, 1983– 1985)
  12. More Positive, Progressive Statements and Actions of Heads of State and Greater National and International Support for Their Policies and Leadership (Vol. 4: 337, Worldwide, 1983–1984; Vol. 5: 409, USA, 1985–1987)
  13. Increased Harmony in International Affairs (Vol. 4: 322, Worldwide, 1978; 337, Worldwide, 1983–1984; Vol. 5: 409, USA-USSR, 1985–1987; 411, Worldwide, 1983–1985)
  14. Improved International Relations: Reduced Conflict Globally, Reduced Terrorism, and Increase in World Index of Stock Prices, during Three Large

Assemblies of Participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program (Vol. 5: 411, Worldwide, 1983–1985)