Development of Consciousness Programs    
 Rod Eason, Chairperson
Phone: ext. 1204 (641-472-1204)
Kris Wood, Director
Dreier Building, Room 118
ext. 1114 (641-472-1114)
Paul Handelman, Director
Dreier Building, Room 118
ext. 1116 (641-472-1116)

The development of consciousness through the regular practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental MeditationTM technique is a core value of the University and an integral component of the academic program. Four decades of scientific research have shown the TM technique to be highly beneficial to student success and the promotion of campus harmony. For this reason all students are required to practice the TM technique twice a day in the morning and afternoon according to the instructions they received from their TM teacher. Students who choose not to practice the TM technique

Students are automatically enrolled in a Development of Consciousness course for every semester in which they are enrolled. Academic credit is given for successful completion of this course and a passing grade is required for continued enrollment. Undergraduates can apply up to 16 credits toward their total academic requirements for graduation. Many students also learn the advanced TM-Sidhi program, including Yogic Flying, and practice this as part of their Development of Consciousness (DC) course. Extra credit is given for successful completion and continued practice of the TM-Sidhi program. are not eligible for continued enrollment at the University.

It is a benefit to every class that students practice the TM technique together in a group. To facilitate this, group meditations are a structured part of the academic day and a part of every class. Morning classes will conclude with a ten-minute group meditation before lunch. This meditation is in addition to the student’s 20-minute meditation before breakfast and the start of class. Afternoon classes will conclude with a 20-minute group meditation beginning at 2:50 p.m. Classes are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Students who have learned the TM-Sidhi program may leave class at 2:45 p.m. in order to participate in an early afternoon group TM and TM-Sidhi program in the student program halls, or later in the afternoon in the student program halls or the Golden Domes.

The Department for the Development of Consciousness faculty is available to help students with any questions they may have about the TM technique, scheduling it into their daily routine, scheduling a TM checking appointment, availability of advanced programs, etc.

For further details about the Development of Consciousness program, please consult the University Catalog.
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