Peace proponent pushes method from Maharishi

‘Vibration Technology’ works, says man who touts stress initiative

Peace promulgator Jeff Peckman has dodged details about what programs his offbeat Denver ballot initiative would promote should voters pass it Nov. 4.

On Sunday he gave a hint.

Got chronic dental pain, a backache? Diagnosed with schizophrenia?Try Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology.

Peckman is author of Initiative 101, which would require the city to implement techniques to “reduce society-wide stress.”

He appeared Sunday at a forum at a Centennial library about the program.

About 10 people showed up to learn more about the “non-medical approach” that uses “a refined impulse of vibration . . . to enliven the body’s inner intelligence, and thereby enhance its self-repair mechanisms,” according to a brochure passed out at the forum.

The Maharishi teaches that Vedic sounds found in the sacred books of Hinduism contain the vibrations that structure the universe, including the human body.

The three-sequence treatment costs $900 and requires a trained professional. Susan Scharf, who administrers the MVVT program for North America with her husband, David, said the price would be “a big savings over the cost of medical care.”

Peckman is a longtime practioner of Transcendental Meditation founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He was part of a study a few years ago on the vibration technology and asked a question Sunday about insurance, noting that he knew someone whose auto insurance company covered a treatment.

In other quarters, critics have lampooned Peckman for his de-stressing initiative. No one at the library meeting was laughing.

Audience member Margaret Sinclair, 76, of Denver, said she’s all for a program like this being embraced by the city. She recently returned to TM after a long absence.

It remained unclear what the treatment entails, but one video showed an expert who appeared to be gently blowing on an older woman prone on a bed.

The video also featured several testimonials from people cured of ailments ranging from arthritis to insomnia.

“It’s an effortless approach,” Scharf said. “The patient really has to do nothing.”

Peckman believes this is but one program the city could consider should his initiative pass, a move he is “increasingly positive” will happen.

“This is one of the more extraordinary kinds of programs that could be key to reducing stress in the city,” he said. “Stress is bankrupting health care.”

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Rocky Mountain News, USA
Sep. 29, 2003
Julie Poppen

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