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Vol. 17, #2 October 3 2001
Copyright 2001, Maharishi University of Management


Hundreds Arrive on Campus to Help Restore Peace in World

New Study Shows Improved Intelligence, Creativity

Students Hold Peace Pep Rally, Start BT10 Campaign

State Extends Teacher Education Program Approval

Managers Show Interest in Inner Development

Conference Features Judge Mason and Top Educators

Program in Wireless Communication Earns Recognition

Aurora Farm Offers Cornucopia of Activities at Autumn Festival

Alum Anna Bonshek Publishes Book on Art & Consciousness

Ed. Student 2nd in Regional Triathlon

M.A. Student Wins Regional Tennis Championship

School Pony Club Member Wins First at National Event

Hundreds Arrive on Campus to Help Restore Peace in World

Within a week of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, the numbers practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs in the Golden Domes had increased by some 150 percent, and people began arriving by the hundreds from the U.S. and Canada to help create coherence and restore peace.

At a continent-wide conference call on Sunday, September 16, linking up some 500 locations, University President Dr. Bevan Morris invited thousands of practitioners to converge on Fairfield. Relaying a message from Maharishi, he urged as many North American Yogic Flyers as possible to help create an upsurge in coherence in collective consciousness. Within a week of the call, the numbers in the Domes had risen to over 1,700.

The day after the invitation, some 275 people registered for the Super Radiance program, and over the next few days the first of hundreds of participants began arriving.

A special structure for group program was created due to the seriousness of the occasion, a structure that involved having people in the Golden Domes continuously, throughout the day, with no break in the coherence-creating effect.

University officials were concerned that a violent response from the U.S. and its allies would result in a violent response from the other side, resulting in a chain of destruction that would be disastrous to both sides.

"Because the government mirrors the nation's collective consciousness, we urgently need to increase coherence and harmony in the collective consciousness immediately," said University Executive Vice-President Craig Pearson. "We have the power to do this by building the size of our Yogic Flying group here in the Golden Domes of Pure Knowledge."

Mr. Pearson said that a minimum group of 1,700 people was needed to create coherence for the whole country (the square root of one percent of the current U.S. population), but the ultimate goal was to exceed that target.

"We can and must eliminate terrorism," Mr. Pearson said in an e-mail message that was sent around the country. "But we must go to the root. Terrorism is the expression of stress, tension, and turbulence in collective consciousness, Maharishi explains. We have the power to relieve social stress and tension--through group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying. And we have a brilliant track record and unprecedented scientific research findings confirming the effectiveness of this approach."


New Study Shows Improved Intelligence, Creativity

Findings from three experiments reported in the leading journal on intelligence showed that students who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique have more intelligence and creativity, less anxiety, and increased alertness and ability to focus.

"We found increases in creativity and intelligence that you don't typically expect to see," said principal investigator and coauthor So Kam Tim of Hong Kong, who conducted the experiments to earn his doctoral degree in psychology at Maharishi University of Management. "Many researchers feel that it's not possible to significantly improve basic cognitive ability once a person reaches adolescence, but our findings challenge that theory."

Dr. So used seven standardized tests to measure a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and perceptual functions of 362 students participating in the three studies at schools in Taiwan.

"The Transcendental Meditation technique had the unique effect of simultaneously improving all measures, indicating that it integrates many different brain functions," said Dr. So.

The greatest improvement in the Transcendental Meditation groups was seen on a creativity measure called Test for Creative Thinking-Drawing Production. According to its developers, the test measures "whole brain creativity," which requires a balanced use of intellect and feelings.

Improvements in the Transcendental Meditation groups were also found in practical intelligence (Constructive Thinking Inventory), indicating increased nonintellectual abilities, such as optimism, and the ability to work with others. Whereas IQ tests predict only academic success, the practical intelligence test predicts success in work, love, and social relationships.

However, IQ also increased, as measured by the ability to reason in novel situations, called "fluid intelligence" (Culture Fair Intelligence Test). Increased IQ was also indicated by a purely cognitive measure called Inspection Time


Students Hold Peace Pep Rally, Start BT10 Campaign

At an all-student meeting, members of Student Government minced no words in describing the dangerous world situation and were equally clear regarding what students could do to help: stay rested so that they contribute maximum coherence via their Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi programs.

David Pohlman, president of the Global Country of World Peace Student Club, said that the students' battle cry is a saying from the Vedic Literature: "Wherever there is absolute alertness, there is victory." And he introduced the "BT10" campaign, complete with t-shirts, encouraging a bedtime of 10 p.m. so that students gain the most value from their program and thereby influence the course of world events in a positive direction via the Super Radiance program.

Student Body President Ahmed Al-hafedh opened the meeting, saying, "We are potentially at the dawn of a world war. . . . We have the ability and also therefore the responsibility to do something about it."

World Congress President Manuel Werning emphasized the importance of maintaining an ideal daily routine, saying, "We do it because it's our way to freedom." Cultural Committee President Deja Bernhardt outlined a range of ways that students can contribute to fostering peace, including participating in extended group program, taking a Residence Course or WPA between courses, and enrolling in a special course in block 2 on Maharishi's approach to invincible defense.


State Extends Teacher Education Program Approval

Following a required periodic review by state officials, in early summer the University's teacher education program was approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for an additional five years.

According to Chris Jones, director of teacher education, approval by the State Board of Educational Examiners means that graduates are able to receive teaching licenses upon the recommendation of the department.

In recent years the department has graduated teachers in areas such as elementary education, art, English, journalism, math, biology, and chemistry. The department is also able to recommend teachers in the areas of theater and psychology.

"The accreditors were pleased with our teacher education program overall," Dr. Jones said. "The whole approval process went very smoothly, and the visiting evaluation team approached the process in a professional, collegial fashion. We are lucky to be in a state that has such high education standards and yet such an enlightened and collegial approach to program approval."

Dr. Jones said that the team of officials spent several days and gave the department a comprehensive review. Among their goals was to ensure that the University's teacher education program met state teacher education standards.

They closely examined files of what the students have done and also spoke with the public school teachers who supervised the student teaching. The team also interviewed the students.

"They asked very direct questions," said Kathy Jaffey, coordinator of teacher education. "They asked students about their preparation and even about the diversity on campus. They want to be sure that teachers are exposed to persons of various backgrounds."

Other scheduled aspects of the review included looking at syllabi, interviewing the faculty, meeting the administration, and speaking with faculty from those departments which help prepare teachers at the University.

The department spent several months of intensive preparation for the visit by the state team and prepared a number of reports. However, Ms. Jaffey said that preparation is ongoing because the department makes yearly reports to the state and keeps continuous records.

Dr. Jones said that the teacher education program is a growing field of interest at the University with more than a dozen students in various stages of their preparation in the areas of business, chemistry, biology, English, art, and elementary education.


Managers Show Interest in Inner Development

Research on the relationship of inner development and entrepreneurship was well received at the recent annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

"The 60 attendees at this presentation were fascinated by this research--which reported in the entrepreneurs' own words how their experiences of growing consciousness were reflected in their business lives," said management department chair Dennis Heaton, who presented this study written by faculty members Eva Herriott and Jane Schmidt-Wilk.

The research for this study, the basis of Dr. Herriott's dissertation, explored dimensions of personal development in a group of Fairfield entrepreneurs who had all been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for more than 20 years.

Dr. Herriott identified a set of characteristics which appear to be linked to experiences of personal, spiritual development. These include increasing inner unshakability--based on a sense of being anchored to an inner, spiritual core--and experiences of awareness of inner and outer wholeness--expressed in more universal values which embraced the wider interests of the community and environment.

This paper was presented in a session on empirical studies on spirituality in management and was part of the Management, Spirituality, and Religion track within the Academy of Management meeting.

"This new Management, Spirituality, and Religion track is a sign of growing interest in inner development and its significance to managers and management professors," Dr. Heaton said.

Dr. Heaton also recently presented a paper, entitled "Harmonizing Stability and Change by Enlivening Creative Intelligence," at a symposium sponsored by the Institute of Field Being.

In his paper Dr. Heaton explained how managers, when faced with organizational change, can use the Transcendental Meditation technique to experience the unchanging transcendental core of one's being, providing unshakable stability and a mind open to expanded possibilities. Managers thereby develop alertness to dynamically move toward creative progress and are able to attune individual action to the holistic patterns of orderly progress in Nature.

"This was a conference of deep and open-thinkers, where Maharishi Vedic Management was well appreciated," Dr. Heaton said.


Conference Features Judge Mason and Top Educators

Judge David Mason, well-known for his involvement in the Enlightened Sentencing Project in St Louis, and Rachael Kessler, author of a recent book on education, will be among the featured speakers at "Developing Consciousness: Holistic Perspectives on Education," a conference being hosted by Maharishi University of Management on October 25-27.

Judge Mason, who serves on the 22nd Judicial Court of Missouri, began an innovative new program six years ago: sentencing juvenile offenders to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Since the program's inception, approximately 40 Missouri juveniles have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique as a condition of probation. According to Judge Mason, only one of these offenders has relapsed back into criminal behavior. "The guys have gone beyond just avoiding criminality," he says. "They've taken significant steps to improve their lives."

Ms. Kessler is best known for formulating the Passages Program, a curriculum designed to integrate academic studies with students' emotional, social, and spiritual capacities, that has been implemented throughout the country. She has trained hundreds of educators and served as adjunct faculty or guest lecturer for numerous colleges, including the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her recent book is titled The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School.

Also featured are Dr. George Rutherford, who introduced Consciousness-Based education at the Fletcher-Johnson School in Washington, D.C.; Carmen N'Namdi, who founded a school in Detroit where students learn and grow by understanding themselves as well as their world and where both teachers and students practice the Transcendental Meditation technique; and Ashley Deans, director of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield.

Sponsored by the Consciousness-Based Education Association, the conference is open to educators and to anyone interested and will cover themes such as educational goals, revitalizing teachers, holistic approaches to AD/HD, and total brain development.

For more information, write CBEA, 1100 University Manor Drive, B-24, Fairfield, IA 52556. Phone (888) 472-1677. Fax (641) 472-3116. E-mail


Program in Wireless Communication Earns Recognition

The University's new M.S. program in applied physics with an emphasis in wireless communications has recently been granted membership in the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) by that organization's board of directors.

Out of about 3,500 colleges and universities in North America, the University is now among about 50 members of GWEC. The board of directors that made the decision includes representatives from top companies such as Agilent (HP), Ericsson, Nokia, AT&T Wireless, Lucent, Cingular Wireless, Motorola, Movilnet, Nortel, Raytheon, Telcom Global Solutions, Telcordia, Verizon, and IEEE.

According to Claude Setzer, director of the University's program in wireless communications, earning membership involved submitting a formal application and several hours of interviews with the director of the organization.

"This membership should have quite significant impact on our ability to get jobs for our graduates," Dr. Setzer said. "Among other things, each member company is required to provide some sort of co-op or internship for academic member students to apply for."

Other benefits include a free web page on the organization's web site and a link to the University's web site.


Aurora Farm Offers Cornucopia of Activities at Autumn Festival


Imagine yourself on a warm, sunny autumn day, looking out over wooded hills and green meadows, enjoying the clean crisp air and taking in the abundance of the harvest with a number of your friends and neighbors. Children abound, laughing, carving pumpkins, and making finger puppets, while their parents glean valuable information about sustainable living and anticipate the organic catered lunch that is yet to come.

The Aurora Farm Autumn Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, will afford just this opportunity as Dawn and Billy Hunter open up their farm in order to, as Ms. Hunter said, "bring people together to celebrate community relationships, both to the earth and to each other."

"We are especially proud to be celebrating the gifts and skills of people in our very own community," Ms. Hunter added.

That community includes University alumni and students who are helping to organize and co-teach a number of courses and mini-workshops. Alumnae Heather Podoll and Simone Griffith have helped extensively in the organizing efforts for the festival, and Ms. Griffith will be co-teaching a class on extending the growing season.

University agriculture students Liddy Arens, Jana ffitch, and Charlie Knoles, just recently back from Doug Bullock's Orcas Island farm this summer, will be co-teaching informative and practical courses on permaculture. Matt Levi, also a University student, is currently working on developing some interesting activities for young adults and teenagers to do.

"Last year's festival brought in a crowd of about 400, and this year we hope to see at least 600," Ms. Hunter said. "Saturday our festival will be chock full of things for everyone of every age to do. There will be pony rides, hands-on basket-making demonstrations, and many other interesting craft activities. Also there will be a large number of workshops during the day and live entertainment. In the evening there will be a bonfire with singing, dancing, and possibly a drum circle."

According to Ms. Hunter, Sunday will focus mainly on intensive workshops lasting four to five hours. Pre-registration is required for these workshops, with a separate fee for each course. Keep your eyes open for a brochure about the workshops, or contact Ms. Hunter at 472-9941 with any questions.

Costs for the festival on Saturday is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and free to the under-three crowd. The organic meals are not included in the admission price, and you may want to bring extra cash for the local farmers market and vendors selling eco-friendly crafts and fare.

Aurora Farms is located at 2309 Kale Boulevard, about two miles south of Fairfield on Highway 1--follow the signs.


Alum Anna Bonshek Publishes Book on Art & Consciousness

University alum and former art faculty member Anna Bonshek has recently had a book published that explores the relationship between art and consciousness.

Titled Mirror of Consciousness: Art, Creativity and Veda, the book was published by Motilal Banarsidass. It presents a unique analysis of art, creativity, knowledge, and the Vastusutra Upanishad.

The theme of the book is that there is a universal basis to art and aesthetic experience. Dr. Bonshek explores 20th-century art theory, including models of historiography and definitions of culture and tradition, all in the context of the individual's own simplest form of awareness.

The book is oriented toward people who are curious about trends in the visual arts, the advent of new technologies, and the development of consciousness.

Features of Mirror of Consciousness include

• a review of theory--modernism, post modernism, reconstruction, and Indian aesthetics

• an account of Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology, the Veda and Vedic Literature, and higher states of consciousness

• an analysis of history, culture, tradition, language, collective consciousness, creativity, memory, and genius

• a 24-page index of key topics and an appendix with the Sanskrit text of the Vastusutra Upanishad

• an articulation of the validity and purpose of universal value in art

Dr. Bonshek's book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation in the Science of Creative Intelligence®. Originally from England, she is an artist and writer whose articles and chapters appear in many publications including Body Space and Technology, Reframing Consciousness, Art Link, Modern Science and Vedic Science, Visibly Female, and New Art Examiner.

She has exhibited her work internationally and has received awards from the Royal Society of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Society for the Electronic Arts. Over the last 20 years Dr. Bonshek has lectured at institutions in the U.S., Australia, and Cambodia. She was director of web content for Global Online and is founder of Akshara Productions.

The book's publisher, Motilal Banarsidass, is the leading Indian publisher on Sanskrit and Indology. Mirror of Consciousness can be ordered at


Ed. Student 2nd in Regional Triathlon

Reni Brunner, an education student and part-time teacher at Maharishi School, recently won second place in her age group at a regional triathlon competition in Kirksville, Missouri, and has qualified for the national competition to be held in Florida next August.

Ms. Brunner earlier in the summer also performed well in competitions in Keokuk, winning first place, and in Davenport, coming in third. At an event in Chicago, among the largest triathlon competitions in the world with 8,000 competing, Ms. Brunner placed eighth in her age group. "The Chicago meet was a real 'ironman event' and included people who compete in places such as Hawaii," she said.

In the Kirksville competition, on a course somewhat longer than usual, Ms. Brunner swam for three-quarters of a mile, bicycled for 18 miles, and ran for five miles--in an hour and 54 minutes.

"My trophies are accumulating," Ms. Brunner says. She has received plaques in four of the seven competitions that she has participated in.

Ms. Brunner also competed in Kirksville a year ago, and her time this year was eight minutes faster than before. She credits her greater success this year to "training smarter," including using a balance of rest and activity.

She says that although she has always been involved in dance, she was never very athletic and only began training in recent years--and is surprised by her success.

"It's a lot of fun," she says. "You get hooked once you win something."

She is grateful to Maharishi School for assisting her by accommodating her training schedule.


M.A. Student Wins Regional Tennis Championship

Steve Yellin, an M.A. student in the College of Maharishi Vedic Science and also a staff member in the Office of International Admissions, recently won a regional, tri-state open tennis tournament, the second year in a row he has come away with the championship trophy.

Held in Burlington, Iowa, the tournament hosted 32 participants of all ages from Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Mr. Yellin won the final 6-4, 6-2, though he says that the games were much closer than the score indicates.

"I saw my opponent play one of his matches before the final, and I knew it would be a challenging match," Mr. Yellin said. "It was definitely a tougher tournament to win this year than last."

Mr. Yellin was the number-one player on the tennis team at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the state high school singles champion in Florida. He has played some professional tennis. As a junior player he once defeated John McEnroe, who went on to be the top-ranked player in the world.


School Pony Club Member Wins First at National Event

Alana Waksman, a tenth grader at Maharishi School, recently won first place in her division at the United States Combined Training Association Horse Show in Kansas.

The recognized show consisted of three events: dressage, a cross-country course, and stadium jumping. Ms. Waksman performed well in all events and had the top score of 34 percent in dressage.

Two other Maharishi School students also participated in the event, both also receiving top scores in dressage in their divisions: eleventh grader Ali Berman and tenth grader Grace Boyle.

The three students belong to the U.S. Pony Club and are members of the Prairie Jumpers Pony Club in Fairfield.


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