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Dr. Ashley Deans

Ashley Deans, P.h.D, a quantum physicist and lifelong educator, is the Executive Director of the award-winning Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment

As far back as I can remember, I have loved to travel. Maybe it was trips to the ocean by steam train or traveling on London’s underground, but I never doubted that someday I would be involved in something exciting. At age 4, in nursery school, I remember the teacher asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I couldn’t answer because I wanted to do everything. By age 15 I had decided to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force. I received my pilot’s license while still in high school and joined the London University Air Squadron while studying physics at Imperial College. I loved the flying but found the physics a little dry. I still wanted to know everything and do everything, and while I found the flying exhilarating, the physics seemed to focus on obscure details with no obvious relevance to my life. However, when we began studying astronomy and astrophysics in my final year, I began to feel challenged by the big questions in life, such as “How did the universe start?” and “What is my place in it?”

After graduation, I decided to forgo a career in the Royal Air Force and pursue higher degrees in physics. While completing my Ph.D. in space science from York University in Toronto, I gradually began to realize that physics alone was not fulfilling my scientific quest to know more about how and why the universe began.

The path to gaining knowledge seemed interminable, with each experiment taking years and revealing only a small fraction of what remained to be discovered. I remember one day asking a friend about the spectrum of the nitric oxide molecule, to which he replied, “Sorry, that’s not my molecule.” I certainly didn’t seem to be fulfilling my desire to know everything and do everything.

Then I learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique. I found that the effects were immediate and very real. The first changes I noticed were physiological. I was less tired when I got up in the morning. Then I found I could focus better while studying. Then I realized I was a lot happier. I was becoming more alert, more awake, and more creative—in short, I was growing in consciousness. Gradually, I began to realize that to have greater knowledge of my Self and my place in the universe, I needed to more fully develop these qualities that result from growth of consciousness. Read More...

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