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In a chapter in the book "Organizing Through Empathy," Dennis Heaton and Fred Travis discuss how feelings and behaviors of empathy are natural consequences of development of consciousness.



MUM faculty author book chapter on empathy
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
May 2013

A chapter by Maharishi University of Management (MUM) faculty, Dennis Heaton and Fred Travis, titled "Consciousness, Empathy, and the Brain," will appear in a forthcoming book titled Organizing Through Empathy that is being published by Routledge, a leading academic publisher.

Dr. Heaton was invited to contribute to the book as a result of contacts he made when he attended the Academy of Management meetings in 2011.

Their chapter describes the research of MUM's Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, which has been examining higher states of consciousness through physiological, psychological, and phenomenological approaches to research.

Specifically, the research has explored how experiences of transcendence are associated with more integrated functioning in the brain, higher levels of moral development, and positive psychological health.

The chapter explains that higher states of consciousness entail a worldview in which one's own Self is associated with a ground of Being that pervades and connects all beings. Feelings and behaviors of empathy are natural consequences of development of consciousness.

The authors discuss the unified field in physics and how it parallels the Vedic concept of consciousness. And they conclude by presenting the research on the Maharishi Effect, which is evidence for coherent field effects in collective consciousness.

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