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. (read more)