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US: Australian Aboriginal leader inspired by Maharishi's programmes for Native Americans, sustainable living
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1 October 2009
Mr Reg Blow, a prominent leader of Aboriginal affairs from Australia, continued his recent visit to Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, with a tour of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition; the David Lynch Foundation at the Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy; and the Sustainable Living Department.
During his visit to M.U.M. and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment (MSAE), also in Fairfield, Mr Blow was deeply inspired to establish Consciousness-Based Education in his homeland.
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Highlights of Mr Blow's visit were featured recently on Maharishi Global Family Chat,* including a report by Dr Don Wolf, a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Programme who hosted Mr Blow in Fairfield. Also shown was a video of Mr Blow speaking about his time in Fairfield, and his aspirations for bringing the knowledge of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to his fellow Aborigines, in an interview conducted by Raja Rogers Badgett, Raja of Invincible Australia for the Global Country of World Peace.
At the University's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, Mr Blow viewed an EEG demonstration by Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center, which revealed how the Transcendental Meditation Programme can lead to total brain coherence.
Mr Blow also met with Dr Chris Busch and Dr Julia Busch, Directors of the David Lynch Foundation, at the Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. During this meeting, the two directors showed Mr Blow video clips of interviews with members of the Ho-Chunk Native American tribe who have benefited greatly from Transcendental Meditation, especially as a means to alleviate diabetes, which affects many American Indians. Mr Blow was impressed by the results of TM practice for the disease, from which Aborigines also suffer in large numbers.
Mr Blow was also inspired by videos documenting the success of the David Lynch Foundation's programmes in alleviating violence, stress, and anxiety among students, as well as improving academic performance in inner-city California schools. Upon returning to Australia he hopes to immediately introduce Transcendental Meditation within an Aboriginal school, for which he is a member of the board of directors.
On a tour of M.U.M., Mr Blow also had the chance to visit the university's Sustainable Living Department, including plots of earth tended by students, a biodiesel plant, and solar panels providing the department's buildings with electricity. Mr Blow believed such an academic environment would be extremely valuable to Aborigines, since classroom-based studies often prove unfulfilling to these native peoples of Australia who spend most of their time outdoors.
After visiting M.U.M. and MSAE, Mr Blow commented that it was the first time he has felt 'real hope for his people'. He pledged to introduce Transcendental Meditation through Aboriginal organizations in which he is involved, including the board of directors of the Aboriginal school mentioned earlier.
* Raja Rogers' and Dr Wolf's report was featured on the 17 September 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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