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Dr Alarik Arenander tours Europe to demonstrate coherent brain functioning through Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme
by Global Good News staff writer

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22 December 2007

Dr Alarik Arenander, Director of the Brain Research Institute at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, and Director of Research at the Centre for Leadership Performance, a division of the University's Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, commented on his recent tour through Europe demonstrating the increased coherence in brain functioning that results from practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme and underlies its benefits for all areas of life.

Dr Arenander visited Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Ukraine to explain the scientific basis of invincibility for the individual on the basis of increased brain wave coherence.

In Belgium, a booth was organized at a five-day regional educational conference attended by tens of thousands of government administrators, parents, teachers and students. Dr Arenander, assisted by local teachers of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme, gave many concise introductory lectures to small groups of people stopping by the booth, so that within the five days, over 700 people had heard the presentations. He demonstrated EEG (brain wave) analysis, and distributed over four thousand leaflets about Consciousness-Based Education. Many regional government officials in charge of education in that area of Belgium were inspired to hear about this innovative solution to the problems faced in schools and colleges today. Dr Arenander and his team identified the missing ingredient in education: a technique to develop the consciousness of every student to its full potential.

In each country, live displays of EEG analysis attracted particular interest. Dr Arenander explained how the human brain is an ocean of electrical fluctuations which become extremely coherent during the practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique. People were fascinated to see that even in the noisy convention centre, very high brain wave coherence was observed during the practice of the technique. This graphically demonstrated how very simple, natural, and effortless the practice is.

Dr Arenander explained that total integration of brain functioning during the technique is the foundation for maximum effectiveness and balance in thinking and behaviour throughout the day. He introduced the concept of invincibility for the nation on the basis of increased coherence in individual brain functioning.

Dr Arenander employed a remarkably compact EEG system for his presentations, comprising a hand-held device included in a simple pack with cap and cables which could easily be used for similar demonstrations worldwide.

Referring to live displays, Dr Arenander explained that coherence is a measure of the phase, stability, or correlation between EEG signals from different parts of the brain (for example, between the left and right sides, or between the back and front of the brain). Signals are analyzed by a computer, which calculates the degree of coherence between different points on the brain and thereby builds up a measure of global brainwave coherence.

Audiences viewing the display could easily see the profound change to greater coherence that occurs within one second of starting Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique. Dr Arenander discussed how, during the practice, the whole brain shifts from 'a diversified outward-oriented mode of functioning to a very unified and powerful inward-oriented form of awareness'. He further explained that the shift from diversified to unified coherent functioning lies at the basis of the progressive improvements in every aspect of mind, body, health, and behaviour documented by decades of scientific research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique. He emphasized that these benefits are available to everyone in every culture and from all walks of life.

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