THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF IOWA
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Fairfield, Iowa is the the unlikely hub of the present day Transcendental Meditation movement (TM). It's a unique form of meditation that claims a paranormal effect known as the 'Maharishi Effect' which is said to occur when the square root of one percent of any population practices TM together at the same time in the same place, it increases 'life-supporting trends,' or in other words, decreases violence. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the movement and former spiritual adviser to the Beatles, decided to settle his empire in Iowa in 1974 which today has created a fascinating bifurcation in the town between 'townies' and 'gurus.'