“Only Higher Consciousness Can Transform Our World” – Dr. John Hagelin

by Mario Orsatti on March 28, 2012

In a recent national broadcast, Terry Patten, faculty at the Integral Executive Leadership programs at Notre Dame University and host of the Beyond Awakening seminar series, interviews Dr. John Hagelin, world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, and author, about a variety of topics including:

• the importance of the discovery of higher states of consciousness, and how this discovery radically changes our understanding of the limits of human potential.

• the difference between the Transcendental Meditation technique and other techniques of meditation,

• the unique contribution to the field of consciousness made by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and,

• the implications of the Transcendental Meditation program for the transformation of society—for solving intractable problems in the field of education; reducing crime, terrorism and war; and promoting social harmony and world peace.

Interview Excerpts:

Dr. Hagelin:

“Until you can change the consciousness that pervades our society, and that pervades our voters, especially in a democracy we get the government we elect. We get the government in a sense that we deserve. And we are going to continue to have fear-based and narrowly centered policies and elected officials until we deserve a better government. So I have come back more, although I certainly remain politically active, to raising the collective consciousness of the people, and in education introducing the experience of higher states of consciousness through meditation in order to elevate society, and on that basis to start to see a much more profound and rapid social transformation.”

Terry Patten:

You’re doing that work through the David Lynch Foundation?

Dr. Hagelin:

“Yes. In the last 4 years we have taught meditation to half a million students, especially in inner city schools through David Lynch Foundation. This would have been in my opinion impossible even five years ago due to fear surrounding the idea of meditation that to many seems foreign, even Eastern, possibly religious, and would conflict with the separation of church and state and such concerns you might expect could be raised. Those fears have really been overcome, primarily based on the acute need to do something different in the schools that will help our students cope with severe stress…. and boost educational outcomes, expand creativity—really develop the brain for improved educational performance. That is what’s happening. And it’s because of the research on those results and the concrete and undeniable transformation of these schools that have now incorporated the TM technique as part of the curriculum. On that basis it is really spreading rapidly. The demand far outstrips our ability to fulfill that demand. This is a very exciting transformation because it is really transforming the individual from the inside out through expansion of comprehension and consciousness in a measurable way in terms of brain functioning. This is going to create a more profound type of development than education traditionally delivers, and on the basis of more profoundly developed individuals with expanded comprehension, ultimately a new world. I don’t think that there is any other way.”

You can listen to the entire 90 minute interview by clicking here:


About John Hagelin
John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, author, and President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace.

Dr. Hagelin has conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). He is responsible for the development of a highly successful grand unified field theory based on the superstring—a theory that was featured in a cover story of Discover magazine.

In addition, Dr. Hagelin has spent much of the past quarter century leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development, and the use of collective meditation to defuse societal stress and to reduce crime and social violence.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dr. Hagelin was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made “major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.” The award recognized Dr. Hagelin as “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington.”

Dr. Hagelin has appeared many times on ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Larry King Live! and many others. He has been regularly featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and most other major metropolitan newspapers.


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  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Architectural-Home/265554793493672 Donald E. Coles

    There is a reputable technique that develops the full mental potential and hence all facets of the individual. It has become reputable among the scientific community’s psychologists and physicists and now defense.
    The religious community is slow to accept it because of it’s foreign origin. But clergymen are embracing it. It has withstood the test of time and yet it is utterly simple, a child can do it. But, the simplicity is a barrier for those who embrace control and concentration therefore it is doomed for failure when administered improperly. It can’t be disseminated from a book of instruction. A book does not reveal every individual’s experience. If you don’t find your experience in a book you may think you have failed. That is why trained exponents are made available for private instruction. The technique takes three months to learn with a trained instructor. The technique is called Transcendental Meditation.

    • Peter Muldavin

      Mr. Coles stated that it takes “three months” to learn TM. This may have been a typo, but whether he intended to state this or not, this statement is incorrect. Anyone can completely learn TM in four (4) 1 1/2 hour sessions over four consecutive days.

  • Elena Leonardo

    Transendental Meditation is fantastic. For several decades I have been meditating every day and can not imagine live with out it. When you meditate you know the scientific information is very true by personal experience. Elena

  • Peggy Emm

    I’ve been looking into TM for a long time and can’t find anyone near me that teaches it. I read that you can’t learn from a book but that you need a trainner. The only one that I’v seen for trainning cost $1500.oo and it is on the other side of town. I’ve have read a lot about it over the years and am very much interested. I live in Baltimore Ciounty, Md., zip code 21234. I don’t have a lot of money to spend but I am interested.

    • http://www.tm.org/transcendental-meditation-washington-dc Linda Mainquist

      Dear Peggy,

      Currently, the closest TM center would be the WDC center located in N. Bethesda, MD. Please feel free to give us a call at 301-770-5690 or email: bethesda@tm.org We have some scholarship funds available for those with financial need.
      Warmest regards, Linda
      Co-Director of the WDC Transcendental Meditation Center

  • Jay

    i have sooo much Respect Dr.John Hagelin

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