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Ashley Ashley Deans, PH.D, a quantum physicist and lifelong educator, is director of the award-winning Maharishi School of theAge of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa.

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.

It was around this time that I attended a science conference in Ottawa, Canada, at which researchers were presenting their findings on the Transcendental Meditation technique. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was the keynote speaker. During his address, it dawned on me that Maharishi was unfolding knowledge that had been missing from my education—the scientific understanding of human consciousness. The scientists presented research showing that the simple technique of Transcendental Meditation, a technique for the development of consciousness, provides a means to address previously intractable problems in such diverse fields as education, health, crime prevention and rehabilitation, and international relations.

After completing my Ph.D., I traveled to Europe to take a course to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. There I met scientists who were thinking along the same lines as I was. It was becoming clear to me that consciousness holds the key to understanding the universe and our place in it.

After teaching the Transcendental Meditation program in Canada for several years, I joined the physics department at Maharishi University of Management. There I did research on Unified Field theories and their relationship to the structure of consciousness.

After seven years, I was offered the job of director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. Here was my chance to help children have the education that I had always wanted—an education that unfolds complete knowledge of the inner Self and the outer universe—Total Knowledge—for a fulfilling, productive, and successful life.

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