By Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David Leffler\r\nAs the COVID-19 virus pandemic impacts peoples' lives worldwide, society shuts down in an\u00a0effort to contain it. People find themselves isolated at home, seemingly powerless. Unity is needed during these difficult times. Although people worldwide have been divided, there are points of agreement regardless of political persuasion: people are no longer\u00a0tolerating corruption in their leadership, and people are no longer condoning the sacrifices of integrity and ethics to intimidation and deal-making.\r\n\r\nMost of us are desperately seeking positive changes in our lives and yet we feel an overwhelming powerlessness in terms of effecting these changes. And now we have the additional threat of a viral pandemic ripping apart the seams of our society. We ask: what\u00a0can we do in these challenging times to restore sanity not only to our day to day living but to our political structures as well?\r\n\r\nThe answer to our current dilemma lies within us rather than outside\u00a0of ourselves. Inner peace is the basis of outer peace. By going within, one gains clarity and is able to come up with positive solutions that work for everyone. A proven way of utilizing this inner wisdom is through Transcendental Meditation. There is a powerful\u00a0brain-based technology known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) in military circles. Militaries worldwide are beginning to use IDT as a ground-breaking and effective means to help solve supposedly insurmountable problems and create lasting peace.\r\n\r\nIDT utilizes the non-religious\u00a0Transcendental Meditation\u00a0(TM) program and its advanced techniques. Hundreds of independent research studies on TM have found major increases\u00a0in calmness, clarity of mind, happiness, creativity, and energy. This evidence-based approach is highly effective for stress-related conditions, brain function, and cardiovascular health.\r\n\r\nIn particular, the more advanced TM-Sidhi program is akin to using a laser instead of ordinary\u00a0light; the effects are far more powerful.\u00a0Scientific research has demonstrated over and over that this advanced IDT practice raises the consciousness of all those within its field. Positive\u00a0solutions to ongoing problems occur naturally and society more readily shifts from division to unity.\r\n\r\nHow can this be? While it seems too simple to be true, sometimes the simplest approach is\u00a0the most effective. Consider: IDT was utilized in Washington D.C. over a two-month period in the summer of 1993, where 4000 meditators gathered for an experiment to lower crime. The result, as documented by an independent board of criminologists, was a 24\u00a0percent reduction in criminal violence. This profound reduction in social stress also influenced the public approval of the US president, which suddenly changed from a negative trend to a positive trend, as predicted.\r\n\r\nA global experiment to assess the influence of the advanced practices\u00a0of advanced TM on world trends was conducted December 1983 for three weeks. While a group of over 7,000 TM experts assembled in Fairfield, Iowa: international conflict decreased 32%, terrorist casualties decreased 72%,\u00a0and\u00a0infectious disease rates fell by 33% in US and Australia.*\r\n\r\nA study published in May 2019 in\u00a0Studies in Asian Social Science, found that IDT\u00a0implementation by students trained in advanced TM resulted in a 96% decline in sociopolitical violence in war-torn Cambodia as compared to violence in the preceding three years.\r\n\r\nExtensive peer-reviewed scientific research repeatedly confirms that large groups of TM\u00a0experts meditating in unison twice a day generate a powerful field effect which affects the surrounding population by raising the collective consciousness of all within its field. This results in measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime.\r\n\r\nFor those who remain skeptical, we recommend the following book:\u00a0An Antidote to Violence: Evaluating the Evidence, by Barry Spivack and Patricia Anne Saunders which details in depth the\u00a0scientific research supporting this approach.\r\n\r\nCOVID19 may be an opportunity for Africa to re-evaluate its approach\u00a0to societal issues and try something new. Africa has no time to lose: as the Coronavirus impacts its citizens and its economy during this stressful time, Africa needs to come up with immediate and effective solutions to this virus and societal issues in general\u00a0before it is too late.\r\n*There\u00a0have been many randomized controlled trials on the effects of TM in heart disease and mortality which provide compelling evidence that TM practice provides health benefits in these domains. While there are not yet specific studies related to the effects of\u00a0TM in viral disease on individuals, it makes sense for scientists and researchers to consider conducting well controlled studies on TM\u2019s effects on viral diseases in the near future. At this time, the extensive body of TM research does not yet indicate that\u00a0meditation will makes society immune to the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we urge all readers to continue to follow their health authorities\u2019 recommendations for preventing, getting and spreading the virus to others.\r\n\r\nAbout the Authors:\r\nArlene J. Schar\u00a0has\u00a0served as Dr. Leffler\u2019s Executive Assistant at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)\u00a0StrongMilitary.org\u00a0since\u00a02015. She has edited and co-authored many of Dr. Leffler\u2019s articles.