Economic crisis and the route to recovery


Can the Super Radiance effect stimulate economic recovery?


Two researchers, Guy Hatchard and Ken Cavanaugh carried out a five year study to track economic improvements on two countries that had achieved the Super Radiance level in 1993. As predicted by the Super Radiance theory, their research showed that both countries experienced a raft of improvements to their respective national economies. Benefits included:

  • 20% GDP growth in five years,
  • 41% national debt repayment and
  • Unemployment reduced to 3%.
Net Government Debt - New Zealand
Net Government Debt – New Zealand

Incidentally, the significant improvements observed during the study were entirely contrary to OECD predictions for both economies made prior to 1993. The opportunity is open to any other country to achieve the same level of economic recovery once they establish the Super Radiance factor and so start reducing the stress levels in the collective consciousness.

The need of the time

The current turbulent economic climate is hitting more and more people directly. The question of how to solve the global economic crisis and stimulate sustainable recovery has become the preoccupation of every government and policy maker around the world with governments struggling to overcome ruinous sovereign debt and stagnating economic recovery. Mostly their attempts to resolve the crises revolve around:

  1. Implementing increasingly oppressive tax regimes,
  2. Instigating quantitive easing programmes, prone to stoke up inflation and devalue savings
  3. Introducing austere welfare and other public sector service cuts.

The result of this mix of approaches is a general air of confusion, disenchantment with politics and mainstream economics has become rife, and civil unrest is growing, extremist and populist political movements are attracting more and more support. Economic activity however remains obstinately subdued. But perhaps the really worrying thought is that there is no certainty that these three methods are actually fit for purpose anyway; they may well be doing more harm than good.

It doesn’t have to be like this. There is a simple, cost effective solution that has been proven many times over to actually work.

Collective stress is the root cause of the economic crisis

It is already well established, that stressed individuals are incoherent. While in a stressed state, individuals tend to make irrational, self-defeating decisions and are also less creative, less able to listen and learn from mistakes, become more accident prone and are more likely to get into conflicts.

So the logic follows that societies made up of millions of stressed and incoherent individuals also collectively tend to suffer from the same problems but of course on a grand scale. A stressed society means millions of people making, sub-optimum decisions and getting into scrapes with one another about what to do for the best.

Collective stress is the root cause of our existing economic malaise.

Incidentally, governments are powerless to counteract this effect at a macro-economic policy making level, as they are caught up in the same trap as everyone else. The quality of government decisions tend to reflect the general stress in society as a whole.

New game strategy

What is required is a new strategy aimed, not at economic manipulation, but instead deals with the root cause.

The one way a government or other agency can intervene successfully and reverse the current trend, is to reduce the collective stress in society. And the quickest and easiest method to achive this is to enhance brain wave coherence across the whole population.

The fact is well researched that when you stimulate enhanced brainwave coherence in individuals their stress levels go down and they gain access to a whole spectrum of invaluable, higher mental and emotional faculties. In essence a coherent individual makes more coherent decisions and interacts in a more friendly and empathetic way with colleagues and associates.

Take this to a macroeconomic level and if you could get millions of people to become even slightly less stressed, collectively these people would then:

  • Improve their rational decision-making
  • Exercise more balanced judgement
  • Exercise better moral reasoning
  • Access greater imagination and creativity
  • Express more dynamic and productive energy
  • Interact with each other in a more harmonious and positive way

Simply put, when we are all in a better frame of mind, we won’t have to rely solely on governments and macro-economic manipulation to pull us out of the mess we are in, instead we will start creating a more coherent well-balanced society for ourselves.

In this way, reducing collective stress empowers the population to generate a general improvement in the peace, wellbeing and prosperity of the entire society. Reducing collective stress tends to improve government decision-making and policy-making too, so creating a virtuous cycle of improvement.

But does this idea really work? Can we prove that when we improve stress levels in society it then improves economic prosperity? And if so are there means to achieve this easily and quickly?

Fortunately the answer to these questions is a resounding yes.

How can we improve stress levels in everyone in society?

Numerous studies show that when an individual brain experiences coherent brainwave functioning, this coherence is infectious. Simply put, if personally you are experiencing enhanced brainwave coherence then other people in your proximity will also experience a similar though perhaps diluted enhancement to their brainwave coherence. (See brief research summary showing reduced cortisol levels in people who are in the vicinity of a meditating group)

So, how do we get to experience coherent brainwave function?

The easiest and simplest way is to practise Transcendental Meditation (TM). This is a quick and simple mental technique learned in a few hours and practised on a daily basis that deeply relaxes the physiology, including the brain physiology and induces, among other benefits, enhanced coherence in brain waves.

Research shows that TM’s infectious quality benefits the wider society

Research shows that the infectious quality of coherent brainwaves has profound benefits for the wider society. When as little as 1% of a population learn to meditate using the TM technique, there is a sudden and dynamic surge in the coherence of the whole society.

This Super Radiance or coherence effect, as it is called, can be observed statistically in a variety of ways including reduced crime, reduced accidents, and improved economic activity as measured by patent applications, GDP growth and so on.

But as you can probably see, getting 1% of a society to learn the TM technique and practise it correctly daily is still a big ask. Depending on the size of the society, it would involve teaching millions of people to meditate.

Fortunately, there are more advanced techniques from the same TM tradition that render the teaching of such large numbers of people to meditate unnecessary. One of these advanced techniques is something called the TM-Sidhi programme.

Practitioners of the TM-Sidhi programme known as TM-Sidhas have spent a couple of years training up to be profficient and as a result radiate a far more powerfully coherent effect on the society around them.

The fantastic value of these TM-Sidhas to society is that, whereas we need 1% of TM meditators to create a coherence effect across the whole of society, we only need the square root of 1% of TM-Sidhas to achieve the same effect. Although it should be pointed out that this square root of 1% effect is achieved only so long as the relevant number of TM-Sidhas are located together in a group and meditate all at the same time.

In other words for a country the size of the USA we need about 3 million meditators to achieve this Super Radiance effect but only need 1,767 TM-Sidhas to broadcast the same effect.

For the UK we need to teach 624,000 people to do TM but only need 790 TM-Sidhas meditating together in a ‘coherence group’ to broadcast a powerful coherence creating effect across the whole country.

Basically, when a coherence group of TM-Sidhas achieves the Super Radiance effect, we send a strong surge in brainwave coherence across a community and this acts as an economic multiplier that stimulates broad based improvements across any economy.

This coherence or Super Radiance effect works whether the economy is large or small, rich or poor, industrialised or agricultural.

The Peace and Well Being of Nations study

In one study, researchers used the IMD (International Institute for Management Development) Index of National Competitive Advantage to track economic improvements in Norway and New Zealand. They chose these two countries as, in 1993, both countries had reached the Super Radiance threshold for their populations. (See research abstract)

The IMD scores were used to monitor each country’s progress over five years starting from 1993. Findings were crosschecked with OECD reports.

The IMD index analyses 46 countries including Norway and New Zealand. The analysis covers 224 social and economic factors in eight categories and 41 sub-scales. The objective of the IMD index is “to capture in a single index the capacity of a country’s economic structure to promote growth”.

The index shows that when New Zealand and Norway achieved the Super Radiance effect, by means of a surge in TM teaching and TM-Sidhi training, there were dramatic improvements in the economic competitiveness of both countries. From 1993 through to 1995, out of a league of 46 countries, Norway came second and New Zealand third in terms of the percentage improvement in their IMD scores.

For the three subject years, immediately after achieving the Super Radiance threshold, the average annual improvement for Norway was 54.16% and for New Zealand was 40.93%. These improvements compare with an improvement of 11.61% pa for the UK and 4.29% pa for the USA.

To provide further comparison, at the other end of the scale, 20 of the 46 countries in the IMD league table actually rated negative percentage scores during this period.

Interestingly one of the countries that was becoming less attractive for economic growth during this period was India with a minus 6.73% pa improvement score. India had just lost its own Super Radiance group.

The only country that achieved a higher score than the two subject countries was Finland, but this was as a result of special circumstances.

Finland had fallen on hard times since the collapse of its major trading partner, the Soviet Union in 1990. The country’s GDP had fallen by almost 15% and unemployment had risen to 19%. A financial crisis had caused a currency devaluation.

With the revival of the newly established Russian free economy and the revival of other trading partners in the former Comecon countries, Finland was catching up fast with a surge in economic activity. Even so the recovery was not broad based with unemployment still remianing stubbornly high at 17% in 1996.

Highlights of economic recovery

These are some of the results experienced by New Zealand and Norway, once the Super Radiance threshold had been achieved

  • Norway and New Zealand both achieved startling improvements in GDP, inflation and unemployment. In five years the Norwegian GDP lifted 20% (OECD economic survey 1999). The increase in the New Zealand GDP growth rate was an average of 3.28% every year for the period from 1993 through to 19­97.
  • Of particular interest in today’s economic climate, the New Zealand government reduced its debt by 41%, in the period 1993-97, a reduction of US$8.7 billion. Previous to 1993, the government had been facing a persistently high debt to GDP ratio that had so far failed to respond to earlier fiscally conservative reforms.
  • OECD forecasts never predicted the speed, timing and depth of the improvements in the Norwegian and New Zealand economies. Specifically, even as late as 1992 the OECD did not believe that the radical economic liberalization undertaken in New Zealand in the mid 1980s would correct what it saw as fundamental imbalances in the New Zealand economy.
  • Subsequent OECD biannual country surveys commented on the ‘unusual, far reaching, unexpected, and sustained nature of the economic resurgence in both countries’, reporting that both New Zealand and Norway experienced sustained periods of low inflation, high economic growth, and low unemployment after 1993.
  • From the end of 1994 there was a rapid growth in overseas investors confidence in both the New Zealand and Norwegian economies. New Zealand experienced the second largest per capita overseas investment in the world (behind Singapore) in company stocks. The net overseas investment was equivalent to US$3,500 for every person in New Zealand.
  • The net inflow of overseas investment in Norway rose from US$3.16 billion in 1992 to US$14.33 billion in 1994. This net overseas investment was equivalent to US$2,249 for every person in Norway.
  • OECD identified a sharp widening of Norway’s current account surplus.
  • Norwegian unemployment dropped below 3%.

The findings from the Norway and New Zealand study have been corroborated by numerous other reseach studies carried out in several different countries over the last 35 years. (See report)

Implications for economic revival

The exciting implication from these research studies is that national governments, international agencies or any NGO now has the opportunity to introduce rapid and profound economic revival.

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