So, what is Consciousness-Based education?
In 1971, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded Maharishi International University (renamed Maharishi University of Management in 1993-2019), and developed Consciousness-Based℠ education (CBE) to provide what has been missing in education.
What Has Been Missing in Education
The process of education always involves three aspects: the knower—the student; the known—that which is to be learned; and the processes of knowing—that which connects knower to known— sense perceptions, mind, intellect, intuition, aided by a teacher in formal education. In fact, you can identify these components in every experience; regardless of age or occupation. There is always a subject (you), some object of your attention, and some process of knowing that connects you to that object.
Traditionally, education has focused primarily on the known: the world is divided into disciplines, sequences of courses and lessons, focused on the objective information you are expected to master. Think about how you are evaluated: by test results, grade point averages, SAT scores.
What is missing? Education has lacked an equally systematic way of developing the knower—the student—developing their full creative potential so that their processes of knowing are functioning more and more effectively, for greater clarity of perception, innovative thinking, deepest insights, inner happiness and fulfillment.
Knowledge of the knower in their unbounded capacity has been missing from education. This is because educators did not know how to do this. Fortunately, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought to the educational process a simple, reliable, universal technology for day-by-day development of the best in every student.
The technology—the Transcendental Meditation® technique and advanced programs—achieve this by profoundly improving the functioning of the nervous system, giving deep rest and dissolving stress in body and mind, and at the same time stimulating increasing use of the whole brain.
As a result, students start functioning at the optimal level for doing anything, which is the state of relaxed, wide-awake alertness. In short, they are developing their consciousness to achieve their highest goals.
Consciousness-Based education is based on this technology to dissolve stress and optimize brain functioning, to increasingly develop the knower, and thereby optimize the process of knowing and the usefulness of the known.
In the last 50 years, hundreds of scientific research studies have documented the benefits of this technology for mind, body, behavior, and—with large groups practicing—in society as a whole, reducing negative trends, and improving positive trends.
You may recall moments when you felt wide awake, more alert and conscious than usual, moments people call “peak experiences.” Without a systematic means to develop consciousness, these treasured times are left to chance. The TM technique is a way to develop and stabilize these holistic, fully wakeful experiences, enhancing your inner quality of life, so learning and life is easier, more enjoyable, more relevant, as well as more dynamically progressive.
Consciousness-Based education also includes a comprehensive understanding of consciousness: its development, range and potential; its source and goal. In this system of education, you will come to know yourself better than you had dreamed possible.
An Integrated, Consciousness-Based Curriculum
Modern science, with its objective approach, has yielded vast information about specific aspects of life—from nuclear energy to genetic engineering—but it does not integrate or connect the parts of life into a whole. Subjects are separate from each other and often do not seem to connect to you as a person. Brilliant scientists can split atoms and dissect DNA but they sometimes seem cut off from the ethical consideration of these actions.
At MIU you will learn all about the field of consciousness and how every discipline and every aspect of creation arises out of consciousness—that same basic field of consciousness that you experience twice daily in Transcendental Meditation. With this, you start to feel at home with everything and everyone.
When we practice Transcendental Meditation we enliven the entire brain and develop latent brain potential. We access the full value of consciousness, the basis of every experience and every aspect of life. And group practice of TM and its advanced techniques enhances its effects for us individually and for the whole environment.
Through the study of the Science and Technology of Consciousness for Computer Professionals, the first course in our Master’s in Computer Science program, we appreciate both approaches to gaining knowledge: objective and subjective, outer and inner—with the goal of living total knowledge: full understanding of diversity on the ground of inner unified wholeness.