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Germany: American neuroscientist's tour brings Transcendental Meditation research to 12 cities
by Global Good News staff writer
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24 April 2013
People from many different professions and areas of society across Germany learned about Transcendental Meditation, integrated brain functioning, and development of consciousness during a recent tour by Dr Fred Travis.
Dr Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition and Dean of the Graduate School* at Maharishi University of Management, USA, met with scientists, educators, health and other professionals, and the public in 12 German cities.
The lectures, seminars, and meetings generally included a PowerPoint presentation on brain wave patterns during meditation and activity, a live EEG (encephalograph) demonstration featuring a local practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, and a lively question and answer period afterwards.
Describing the March 2013 tour recently, Dr Travis recounted that in a presentation at the Northwest Centre (NordWestZentrum) in Frankfurt, his host, who holds a demanding position in the banking industry, was the EEG demonstrator. After a full day at work one might assume there could be considerable fatigue, Dr Travis commented, but the EEG readings clearly tracked the difference between sitting quietly with eyes open, and the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Soon after starting meditation the EEG showed a high level of alpha brain wave coherence (one of the research findings characteristic of Transcendental Meditation, indicating inner wakefulness).
The Häckers Grand Hotel in Bad Ems, Germany, which has been home to spas for 700 years, is now the home of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre. There Dr Travis met with expert Maharishi Ayurveda physicians from India and the West, including the renowned Vaidya Chakravarthy, as well as local people and visitors who practise Transcendental Meditation. In Bad Ems over 2,000 people have learned the technique.
During his presentation in Bad Godesberg, outside of Bonn, Dr Travis spoke to a thoughtful audience that listened attentively and asked penetrating questions afterwards. As usual he invited a local practitioner of Transcendental Meditation to be the EEG demonstrator. Dr Travis appreciated the intellectual acuity shown by many audiences across the country, which could 'take any abstraction'—for example the concept of consciousness—'and hold it like a concrete object, and begin to ask questions about it in a very penetrating way' that elicited further layers of knowledge.
In Lübeck at a 'new age' fair Dr Travis spoke to a group of over 100 people interested in spirituality. Many expressed their appreciation for the brain research which shows clearly the differences between Transcendental Meditation and other methods of meditation. The EEG subject, a young woman who had been practising Transcendental Meditation for two years, was delighted afterwards to see how coherent her brain waves were.
At the centre for Transcendental Meditation in Hamburg, Dr Travis also demonstrated EEG coherence during Transcendental Meditation; again, even at the end of a long workday, the person showed high alpha coherence during the practice.
Click here to watch a five-minute video of Dr Travis speaking about development of coherent (integrated) brain functioning as a result of practising Transcendental Meditation.
See related articles:
∙ Brain wave coherence during Transcendental Meditation demonstrated throughout Germany
∙ Germany: Scientists learn about brain research on Transcendental Meditation
* Dr Travis is also professor and chairman of the department of Maharishi Vedic Science at MUM, which is located in Fairfield, Iowa.
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