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“10 great books for your holiday gift list” recommended by…

10 great books for your holiday gift list recommended by Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and other top leaders …

Among them is Ray Dalio who recommends “Super Mind”, by Norman Rosenthal.


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Maharishi University of Management Now Offering MBA, Management PhD at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

MUM’s graduate programs in management are now being offered in Shanghai, China, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the oldest university in China with about 40,000 students.

The first course, taught by MUM Professors Fred Travis, Yunxiang Zhu, and Lijuan Cai, began in October with 18 students, half MBA and half PhD.

The graduate programs are low-residency, oriented toward working professionals. The students go to campus on weekends for classroom instruction while also receiving instruction online. The classes taught by MUM faculty are offered in Chinese through an interpreter.

More than half the instruction is by MUM professors and the rest by Shanghai Jiao Tong University faculty members from the Antai School of Business, considered by the Financial Times to be the top business school in China.

The first course, World-Class Brain for Success in Life, connected principles of the Science and Technology of Consciousness to management.

“The students are top-level people, such as top managers at the largest auto manufacturer and largest real estate business in China,” Dr. Travis said. “They deeply appreciate what they’re learning – a larger vision of the mind.”

The students learned about the levels of the mind and transcendence, and how this not only benefits the individual but also the organization.

“They appreciated how Transcendental Meditation gives organizations an extra edge,” Dr. Travis said. “Their dean is very enthusiastic about the process.”

Focus on Brain Integration

A new book by Harald Harung and Dr. Travis, World-Class Brain, was used in the course, with the first weekend of instruction drawing from the beginning chapters. This part of the book talks about the most important factor common to individuals who perform at a high level: greater brain integration.

The students then learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique from Yunxiang Zhu and Lijuan Cai.

Then the second weekend of the course, after the students had the experience of transcending, the course covered the latter chapters of the book: how to develop brain integration, peak experiences, and the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for the individual and society.

“The students were very open to the idea of collective consciousness,” Dr. Travis said. “It’s part of their tradition that the individual is the basis of the family, the family the basis of the environment, and the environment the basis of society.”

Dr. Travis gave the students two assessments before they began Transcendental Meditation and after one week of practice. The students were shown to have reduced levels of perceived stress after just one week.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is considered to be one of the top nine universities in China, comparable to the Ivy League universities in the U.S.

Enthusiastic Students

Dr. Yunxiang Zhu said the CEOs and top professionals in China are very eager to hear about consciousness and brain development.

“Our students enjoyed learning Transcendental Meditation and their experiences,” he said. “They appreciated the connection with Chinese traditional wisdom such as the teaching of the Dao and Confucious.”

“They seem free and eager to grow and develop,” Dr. Travis said. “They’re open to new ideas and are wanting to excel.”

MUM’s programs are offered in collaboration with Shanghai Haizhe Education Service, an organization affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

While in China Dr. Travis traveled to Beijing and Taiwan to give presentations. He also taught a six-hour course in Hangzhou to CEOs and professionals.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #6, November 28, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management

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Top Journal Publishes New Study Showing Reduced PTSD

Media around the world reported on a study published by Lancet Psychiatry, a top journal, that found that the Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduced post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans compared to the standard treatment.


After three months of practice, 61% of the 68 subjects in the Transcendental Meditation group had a clinically significant reduction in symptoms compared to 42% in the group that used the standard treatment. In a second control group, which received health education, 32% of the subjects showed a clinically significant reduction.

In addition, the participants in the Transcendental Meditation group were more likely to participate in the treatment sessions than those in the standard treatment group.

Standard treatment, referred to as “prolonged exposure,” entails veterans re-experiencing their trauma through remembering and engaging with situations that remind them of the trauma in order to eventually diminish their stress response. Some 30–45% of veterans typically withdraw from the treatment because it’s so unpleasant.

“New treatments, including options not involving exposure to the traumatic experience, are needed for veterans who do not respond to treatment or drop out due to discomfort,” said MUM researcher Sandy Nidich, first author of the study.

Other MUM coauthors included Maxwell Rainforth, Robert Schneider, John Salerno, and Carolyn Gaylord-King.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #6, November 28, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management

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