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Dr Fred Travis tours Australia to talk about meditation, consciousness, and the brain
by Global Good News staff writer
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16 August 2013
The Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, Dr Fred Travis, recently spent two weeks in Australia talking about Transcendental Meditation (TM) and its measurable effect on the brain.
Dr Travis, who is also Dean of the Graduate School and Chairman of the Maharishi Vedic Science department at MUM, visited four cities in Australia—Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. In each city, Dr Travis was invited and hosted by teachers of Transcendental Meditation.
He gave many talks and presentations in each city, the majority at meetings with researchers, health professionals, and the general public, as well as with people who practise Transcendental Meditation.
In Sydney, Dr Travis lectured at the Black Dog Institute about TM and mental health. In addition, he spoke to meditators at the local Maharishi Invincibility Centre (Transcendental Meditation Centre).
Dr Travis was interviewed on national television about research showing effects of Transcendental Meditation in dramatically reducing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in military veterans and African war refugees.
In Melbourne, Dr Travis was even busier. He visited the thriving Maharishi School, which offers Consciousness-Based Education as part of the curriculum, and is expanding physically to match its increased enrolment. He also visited various universities and institutions, talking about such wide-ranging topics as education, mental health, transpersonal psychology, and juvenile detention.
Dr Travis traveled next to Adelaide, where he appreciated the spacious and orderly design of the city. 'I found everything in Adelaide was very precise,' he commented.
In Adelaide and Perth, the last two cities of his tour, Dr Travis led the grand rounds at two different hospitals, spoke at two different universities, and talked about the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation in increasing creativity and in the reformation of corrective services.
Of the entire tour, Dr Travis remarked that people who attended his lectures seemed to come with open minds. He felt they did not bring their preconceptions into play, but instead listened and really tried to understand the scientific evidence he presented about the power of Transcendental Meditation and its measurable effects in developing integrated brain functioning.
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