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Australia: Researchers open to scientific evidence supporting Transcendental Meditation
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16 August 2013
In Adelaide and Sydney, the second and third venues in his recent tour of Australia, Dr Fred Travis lectured on wide-ranging topics. As Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, Dr Travis is an expert in neuroscience and the measurable effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM). These two topics, science and TM, were common threads throughout all of Dr Travis's talks.
He lectured at the University of Adelaide about the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation on quality of life overall.
At the University of South Australia, Dr Travis presented to 40 scientists and researchers about the scientific validity of Transcendental Meditation. One of the researchers there is undertaking an investigation on the effect of TM on the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, so the general knowledge about the scientific nature of Transcendental Meditation was well-received.
Dr Travis presented the grand rounds at the Women's and Children's Hospital Adelaide. 'The physicians [were] interested in transcending* as a new way to help patients,' said Dr Travis. He also discussed potential collaborative research with two physicians, on inflammation and on post-traumatic stress (PTS).
In Sydney, Dr Travis spoke to a transpersonal psychology group. 'The talk went very quickly into the reality of higher states of consciousness, what they are, what the subjective experience is, what the brain states are.' Dr Travis noted their openness to the presentation. 'They saw this as the goal, the vision, of transpersonal psychology.'
For his last stop in Sydney, Dr Travis gave a lunchtime presentation at the Australian Centre for Educational Research. The group is made up of 'people who are interested globally in how people learn and how they can maximize education and learning . . . in Australia.'
He found the researchers, as with many audiences at his lectures in Australia, were alert, open-minded, and not bound by preconceived notions. They wanted to know the truth and were impressed by the scientific research showing the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation.
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* Transcending: The effortless settling down of the mind to experience quieter levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond thought to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. Transcendental Meditation allows the individual to experience the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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