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Netherlands: New developments reflect improving quality of life
by Global Good News staff writer
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15 May 2013
The number of people learning Transcendental Meditation in the Netherlands has more than doubled since the beginning of the year, compared to previous years. One reason for the dramatic rise in popularity is more effective use of the Internet to make information on its many benefits more accessible online, said Dr Paul Gelderloos, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the country.
Part of this overall initiative is a newly designed national website for Transcendental Meditation, launched in March. The site is a pilot project which may become a prototype for organizations teaching the programme in other countries; Holland is one of the first countries to utilize it.
In related news from the Netherlands, Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and an international expert in Consciousness-Based Education, will speak in Holland on the benefits of this approach for both students and educators as he presents a new paradigm of 'stress-free schools'.
Dr Deans' presentation is being publicized primarily through an Internet and Facebook® campaign, similar to one which was very successful for his recent speaking tour in Belgium, and stirring great interest in the event.
Another internationally renowned expert on Consciousness-Based programmes from the USA—quantum physicist John Hagelin, PhD—would also be speaking soon in the Netherlands, Dr Gelderloos said, at the 2013 Science and Nonduality (SAND) Europe conference in Doorn. Dr Hagelin was scheduled to give an indepth workshop presentation on 'Higher States - The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment', and also to present 'Is Consciousness the Unified Field? A Field Theorist's Perspective', and participate in two panel discussions.
In Holland, Queen's Day has been a national holiday since the late 19th century, celebrating the official birthday of the monarch. Queen's Day, 30 April, had special significance this year, as the Netherlands gained a new king and queen (the occasion will now be known as King's Day). Willem-Alexander was sworn in as the first Dutch king in more than 120 years. News reports in Holland and around the world noted that, in contrast to previous occasions, this transition of power was completely peaceful, with millions of Dutch people celebrating throughout the country.
See related article: Netherlands: Royal transitions reflect rising national unity.
One of the traditions of Queen's Day has been that Dutch citizens who have made a major contribution to society are recognized by the monarch. This year, for the first time, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation was among those selected to receive the honour.
As demonstrated in these current events, Dr Gelderloos commented, Dutch society seems to be reflecting rising unity, harmony, and positivity. These are qualities predicted to develop naturally with the rise of coherence in collective consciousness, as more and more people learn Transcendental Meditation and practise its advanced programmes together in groups in 'the beautiful quiet country of wholeness'.
The role of individuals in creating increased positivity in a country was shown in another example Dr Gelderloos gave, of two Dutch people who became interested in promoting Transcendental Meditation. Both had been in the Dutch Army and one was involved in education. When they learned of the success of Dr Deans' Consciousness-Based Education tour in Belgium via Facebook, they began organizing lectures and press interviews to inform the public about the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation and upcoming events about it in Holland.
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