CDR Rene Hernandez

The MIU Graduate and Navy Company Commander has 202 Navy medical students in her command and is responsible for their Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale, and readiness. Additional responsibilities include the supervision and management of all administrative aspects of the company which includes physical fitness testing, weight management, financial management, career development counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. Additionally this position carries with it an appointment as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine which entails assisting in the instruction of basic field medical skills courses and combat medical skills courses. The Navy Company Commander serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of service represented at USUHS; Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Public Health Service.

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My Journey….

On Sep 1, 2010 at 15 minutes past midnight, I drove my car, fully loaded with the most essential of possessions and went onto Fort Huachuca, Az. Once on post, I promptly drove to the headquarters of the 40th Signal Battalion and signed my name on the very last military issued document that I would ever see again for the rest of my life. After six years of youth had been spent stateside, overseas and in combat, I was finally free; I was no longer government property and could, for the first time in my adult life, make decisions as a grown woman.

I got back into my car, cracked open an energy drink and prepared for the drive ahead. I had a long way to go to seize the freedom that I had now tasted. Three days later, I arrived in a small town in rural Iowa by the name of Fairfield, and in my time here I have learned what freedom of the self really means.

The population was around ten thousand people and as expected, there was a lot of corn. In fact there was so much corn, that I ended up renting a room on a farm that cultivated corn and soy. But what the innocent observer would not have realized about my living accommodations is that my house was built according to a very ancient, system of architecture based in India, called vastu and had begun to effect my life strongly just as other technologies of consciousness in this town had.

Argiro Student Center

I was in Fairfield to attend a university called the Maharishi University of Management, because I thought here I would find the secret to happiness. Six months prior, as I was getting ready to make my exit from active duty life, as I was shedding the conditionings of the system that had become my family and my personality, I was at a loss in what direction of life I should go in. Many of my friends had started careers in high paying salaried positions contracting for the government and going back to Iraq and Afghanistan, and this seemed like the most logical and intelligent path to embark down. Many others chose to attend a university and pursue subjects like business and psychology . And many others simply did nothing and struggled with depression, ptsd and other behavioral issues. The one thing that they all had in common was that not one person was truly happy with their life. And as I thought about this more, I realized that not one person, that I knew in life, civilian or military, was truly happy.

Sure there were these transient moments of ecstasy and excitement, but nothing that stuck; nothing that was real. As I pondered on this, the conclusion I came to was that I was not fit to make any clear decisions for my life until I had established a good strong foundation within who I was. I contemplated on this and recalled a faint memory of the ancient writing on Delphi, the Greek oracle, which stated “Know Thyself.”

Al Faw Palace, Baghdad

But how do you exactly go about finding yourself? I had traveled to over 18 countries in my life to include spending 15 months in the deserts of Iraq. I had left home at the age of 16 and been disowned by a family of East Indians, who in their rightful traditions had their own opinions on proper behavior for me and my generation. I had stitched myself back into the tapestry of my family and had a wonderful relationship with my siblings. I had engaged in healthy romantic relationships and refused to succumb to the pressure of getting married to a nice Indian boy, who was nice for the sole reason of his profession of being an engineer. I had no debt and bought my first home at the age of 24. I had completed 3 years of college by going online while working in the military full-time and having a very decorated career. I had accomplished a lot and should have felt on top of the world, but the thought that kept marching back to me was, that I did not know who I was and not a single decision in my life truly reflected my soul.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

After mulching this in my mind, I decided the best thing for me to do was to go look for a nice cave in the Himalayas and find a guru there who would guide me. But then, how would I pay my mortgage? Who would look after my little sister? My real word responsibilities were too great to just leave behind. The best solution would be to find a guru and have my GI Bill fund that journey somehow, so I did what any capable twenty-something would do: I embraced the technology that had influenced a majority of my life and soul-searched on google. And it was there, that I discovered the only regionally accredited university in the entire world that accepted the Montgomery GI Bill and hinted of the vedas, meditation and spiritual insights. And it has been here, at MUM, that I have learned some of the biggest lessons in life, met not only one guru but have had lectures by many gurus (in the “teacher” sense of the word). It has been here that I have experienced the most purest moments of bliss and fallen in love with myself and been able to share that love with the world around me. It has has been in this small town of Iowa that I finally found a home with colorful residents from over 80 countries who all have had their own journeys that led them here, to a place that we call: heaven on earth.

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What Majors are offered at MUM?

When I often tell people that I go to Maharishi University of Management, they ask me well what do you major in? What are the possibilities for studying there.

This university is small and growing but we do offer a wide t of majors and minors. My Major at MUM is Media and Communications with a creative writing track but there are other tracks offered in my department as well as other departments.

Below are the all the possibilities for studying here and they are al linked to the university website with detailed information. If you need more information on something specific feel free to contact me or the department head for each major.

The scopes of studies at MUM are:

Undergraduate Level:

Art (B.A. / B.F.A.)
Business (B.A.)
Computer Science (B.S.)
Educational Innovation — Elementary Track (B.A./M.A.)
Educational Innovation — Secondary Track (B.A./M.A.)
Individualized Studies (B.A.)
Literature (B.A.)
Literature with Emphasis in Writing (B.A.)
Maharishi Vedic Science (B.A.)
Mathematics (B.S.)
Media and Communications (B.A.)
Physiology and Health (B.A.)
Pre-Med Program — Physiology and Health (B.A.)
Sustainable Living (B.S.)


Creative Musical Arts
Development of Consciousness

Masters Level:

Sustainable Business (MBA)
Accounting (MBA) (varies according to track)
Computer Science (M.S.) (February, June, October)
Educational Innovation (M.A.) (August only)
Maharishi Vedic Science (M.A.) (August only)

Ph.D Level:

Maharishi Vedic Science (August 2011)
Management (August 2011)
Physiology — Special Research Program

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Learning to Fly a Plane

me in the pilot's seat

I recently started taking flying lessons at the airport in Fairfield and it is one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. The best thing about learning to conquer the skies, is that many other students and alumni are doing the same right along with me. MUM has a wide variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in and there is never a dull moment here. We may be a small town but we pack a punch!

If a student wants to try something and it is not currently available, then there a wide variety of resources available to make that happen. Knowing this, many of my friends and I banded together and created the Fairfield Flying Club and we are all on our way to having a Private Pilot’s Licence.

To learn about existing clubs and organizations you can click here. If there is something you are interested in and it is not available then with a little initiative and like-minded people it is can be easily created. You need a minimum of 5 people to participate and a faculty member to endorse the club and its activities. Once you have that information collected, then simply go online and fill out a club approval form and/or talk to a member of the GSC (Global Student Council) and then you will have take off !

The Fairfield Flying club currently consists of 8 members but we are open to new members looking to join. Our faculty member is Wally DeVasier who is an extremely experienced commercial pilot and a wonderful teacher. He has assisted us in answering many questions and arranging logistical support.

Rahul Vats

At the moment we meet once a week at the Men’s Peace Palace. To learn more about us you can email me, look us up on Facebook  here or show up to one of our meetings. We meet at 10 am every Sunday to discuss the goals and future planning of the club. We also make arrangements for flying time at this meeting.  Also in the near future we will be receiving club funding and a “flying room” will be set up in the peace palace. It will consist of a television, a computer and all the high-speed gadgets needed to simulate a real flight experience. Along with simulated experiences we will be having weekly study sessions to cover the bookwork that is needed to take the written test.

Soren Pearson & Chunyu Guo

To explore other activities that are available check out the Department of Student Life or create your own club. Remember, the sky is the limit !

Victoria Hart

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What is the IRR and Muster Duty?

The Individual Ready Reserve is a service that is mandatory for many veterans. When a service member signs their initial contract, it is usually for 2-6 years. If that service member did not re-enlist or have a contract beyond 8 years then they are automatically in the IRR. Within a month or less, the servie member will receive a letter in the mail and official military orders saying they have to report to muster duty. I received my letter recently and called the number that was listed to set up an appointment to fullfil my muster duty.

IRR Patch

As it turns out, muster duty was a very easy and painless process. My liaison that was assigned to me was great. She had me watch some videos on benefits that I am now eligible for and answered questions that i had about my new status. She also reactivated my AKO account so now I have access to AKO email and free educational services like Rosseta Stone.

She also told me what I had to do in order to get another Military I.D. card and informed that I would have full CAC-card priveleges while in the IRR. And at the end of it all, I set up a pay system and got a couple of hundred bucks for a few hours of easy work.

Muster duty sounds frightening but its not really not and if you receive that letter in the mail, go ahead and set up your appointment. There are so many benefits of being a Veteran that I did not know about until attending muster duty.

Here is a short video about the IRR from Major General Sean Byrne:

To learn more about the IRR please go to:

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Troy Van Beek

Troy Van Beek

Recently I had the honor to interview MUM alumni and U.S. Navy veteran, Troy Van Beek. He was in the U.S. Navy Seals from 1994– 2003 and then spent two years contracting for the Department of State. After spending many years downrange he was at a crossroads at his life and googled “enlightenment.” He discovered MUM and decided to come here. While at MUM, he spearheaded the sustainability department and made many changes to it, to include reducing lighting costs by 95 percent. I asked Troy some questions about his experiences and here is what he has to say:

How has your experience at MUM effected you?

My experience was of an evolving University, daily transcendental meditation, and a unique town full of of inspired and exceptional people. In computer terms I would say that MUM gave me the ability to “defrag” my brain and body. From this I’ve been able to rest and take in a whole new world of possibilities. After graduating from MUM, I was able to start the company Ideal Energy in Fairfield and it is part of my attempt to be the change I wish to see in the world. Starting with energy efficiency, we hope to be a resource of information and instrument for change in our community and beyond. To me this is a much better way to deal with world security and I am honored to do so

How has TM changed your life?

It was a blast, almost too much. Learning TM was like walking on the moon and it came at time when I really needed it. It gave me the ability to depressurize after spending so much time in different parts of the world and I’m still un-stressing. TM helps me and I utilize it everyday. Im still here because of how powerful it has been for me; I can go anywhere in the world but I’m still here and I want to give back to this community.

Troy Van Beek

What advice or words of wisdom would you offer to someone considering coming to MUM?

It’s not for everybody; but if anybody is looking to learn more about themselves then MUM is perfect. It has the ability to strengthen you as a person and teach you how deep you really are.

How has Maharishi impacted your life?

I did a tour of India when Maharishi passed away and I was told he was the only Yogi to have every received a 21 one gun solute. This I shall never forget. Coming from my background, it seemed rather symbolic for me to see the military honor Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in such a way. I am very thankful for that experience.It is my hope that MUM will continue to have a profound impact on the people of the coming generations.

What are some of your goals?

To make Fairfield sustainable. I am a founding member of the Green Business Council and we help businesses reach levels of sustainability. Fairfield is forward thinking and this comes from MUM and consciousness. MUM nailed me down because of all the support it offers. I finally recognized what it meant to be home. Its like the lotus, continuously unfolding more and more more.

Troy Van Beek

Some final words from Troy Van Beek are, “ Sustainability is really a manifest form of spirituality. Its about being conscious of your environment, the way you interact with things, people, the ecology of things and the environment. You ask me who should be informed about sustainability. I say it should be every man, woman and child. It effects every discipline that is being applied and the world would be a better place because of it. It should be a base for all education.”

To learn more about the sustainability program at MUM please click here:

And here is a short video on the sustainability program at MUM:

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My Top 25 Inspirational Quotes

Fo this block, the forest academy, I am in a class called Inspirational Films and it got me thinking that there are many things that inspire me in this world. And I often write down quotes from people or literature that has impacted me the most. Today, I would like to share 25  inspirational quotes with you:

1. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marriane Williamson

2. Human reason exhausts itself ceaselessly to explain the inexplicable. Explanation itself is high comedy, as preposterous as trying to see the back of one’s own head, but the vanity of the ego is boundless, and it becomes even more overblown by this very attempt to make sense of nonsense. The mind, in its identity with the ego, cannot by definition, comprehend reality; if it could, it would instantly dissolve itself upon recognizing its own illusory nature. It’s only beyond the paradox of mind transcending ego that what Is stands forth, self-evident and dazzling in its infinite Absoluteness. And then all of these words are useless.
-Richard Hawkins

3. The thoughts of great men are our own rejected thoughts. they come marching back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his all strength and soul can be a true Master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.                                                    -Albert Einstein

5. Even after all this time / The sun never says to the earth,/ “You owe Me.”
Look what happens/ with a love like that,/ It lights the Whole Sky.

6. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  – Mark Twain

7. When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world.                                 – Maha Ghosananda

8. There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not open, no gulf that enough love will not bridge, no wall that enough love will not throw down, no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how great the mistake, sufficient realization of love will resolve it all. If only you could love enough, you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

9. “Be a light unto yourself.”
-Gautam Buddha

10. ‎”The old concept of a religious man is that he is anti-life. He condemns this life, this ordinary life – he calls it mundane, profane, illusion. He denounces it. I am so deeply in love with life that I cannot denounce it. I am here to enhance the feeling for it.”                    -Osho

11. The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
-Lao Tzu

12. “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
-Albert Einstein

13. ” Life is now in session. Are you Present?”
– B. Copeland

14. What you see in the world is not the reality, but only an appearance. Deep behind the appearance, the mask, is the reality. To know the reality you have to be free from appearances. And all your attachments prevent you; you become attached to the mask. We rarely grow and become mature. We just go on changing our toys. We remain children; we go on changing our teddy bears.
– Osho

15. “Man seeks joy in far off places and peace in quiet spots; but the spring of joy is in his heart. the haven of peace is in himself. Even when he walks on the moon, man has to take with him, his fears, his anxieties, his prejudices and his pet aversions.”
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba

16. ‎”Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom – all other knowledge is transient.”
– Plato

17. When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten.
When the heart is right, “for” and “against” are forgotten.

No drives, no compulsions, no needs, no attractions:
Then your affairs are under control.
You are a free man.
– Chuang Tzu

18. Perception can make whatever picture the mind desires to see. Remember this. In this lies either Heaven or Hell, as you elect.
-A Course in Miracles

19. People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
— Mother Teresa

20. I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
– Willaim Blake

21. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!                                                                               – Bob Marley

22. Nobody is here to fulfill your dream. Everybody is here to fulfill his own destiny, his own reality.                                                                                                                                            – Osho

23. I am aware that my reality & my conclusions are a result of my unique genetic structure, my life experience & my subjective feelings; and you are a different person, whose same experience (of whatever may or may not be out there) will be translated in your nervous system into something different. And I can learn from that.                              – Alison Harlow

24. Minds are like parachutes; they only function when open.
– Lord Dewar

25. Keep your desire turning back within and be patient. Allow the fulfillment to come to you. Gently resist the temptation to chase your dreams into the world. Pursue them in your heart until they disappear into the Self, then leave them there. It may take a little self-discipline–be simple, be kind, stay rested. Attend to your own inner health and happiness. Happiness radiates like a fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others. Do not strain after your needs of life–it is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally, effortlessly. Life is here to enjoy.
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Some links to share…

Recently yours truly was recognized for her achievements in MUM  😀

All about me

Also, over winter break I completed the TM-Siddhi course and it has significantly impacted my life. Here is a link that will explain in greater detail what it is all about.


The Golden Dome where I meditate twice a day

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Physiology is Consciousness

This block I am in Dr. Fred Travis’ class Physiology is Consciousness and it has been awesome ! Dr. Travis is an amazing teacher and I have learned a lot from him and this class. Rather than writing about my experiences I will show you via video.

The first video is an example of the block final. All students have to create a game of some sort with the lessons learned during this block and on the last day of the class we all get together and play. My group and I are making a giant “board game” on a sheet where the players are the moving pieces.

The second video is a homework assignment done by my friend Ife Aziz. Our homework that night was to demonstrate the process of dreaming with the use of a creative tool i.e. drawing, painting, poetry, etc; Every now and then, in many of my classes we veer away from the traditional format of an essay to a more creative process to learn the material. This helps to break up the monotony that can occur with homework assignments as well as exercise new parts of the brain to increase coherence.

The best part of Dr. Fred Travis’ class is that on test days he brings in two home baked cookies for each of the seventy students to increase blood flow and brain functioning. Gotta love learning!

On a final note here are some words from Dr. Travis on the human brain and various meditation techniques.

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A Beautiful Adventure

MUM logo

Earlier today I had a reveleation. It’s a thought that occurs to me often but each time this thought comes I am always taken back with surprise. Without fail I invariably come to this conclusion on a regular basis: life is awesome, simply and beautifully awesome. Each day is a brand new adventure filled with so many interesting things and so many interesting people. I am truly grateful for where I am today because it is this place that makes life so amazing. One might wonder why I am filled with so much optimism.  I would like to demonstrate this by telling you about my day today.

I woke up at 0500 this morning. I took a shower and got myself ready for the day and then I sat down to and did some yoga and breathing meditations. Then my friend Jesse came to pick me up and we went to the dome together to meditate with over 1,500 people. Meditation feels pretty great but when you do it with such a large number of people the feeling is out of this world.

We meditated for about an hour and half and then went to campus. I love to start my day with this routine; it sets the right pace for the rest of my day. By the time I leave the dome I feel very relaxed, energetic, centered and ready to conquer the world or at least the subjects that I am studying at the moment.

Argiro at MUM Campus

Classes don’t start until 1000 am at MUM but we usually get there early to finish our homework assignments from the night before. We are on a block schedule here which means that we take one class and one class only for one month and then the next month we do this again but with a different class. I love this for a few reasons. One: I can dive completely into a subject. When my attention is entirely on one topic then I can really process it and understand it fully. Two: I get to make great friends in each class because we spend so much time together. Three: The professors get to know you and this makes your working relationship so much better. Four: You complete more credits with this system. Here students take  10 blocks of classes with each class being 4 credits equaling 40 credits a year. By the end of a block I always have a very satisfied feeling because I have learned and accomplished so much and it wasn’t even painful. As a matter of fact it was fun. Can you believe that school can be fun?

For lunch today I ate on campus at the campus dining hall which serves all organic, vegetarian food. The choices are very tasty and healthy and can satisfy a range of appetites. I am attempting to be give up cheese for personal reasons and MUM makes it easy to do so. All the food items are labeled whether or not it contains dairy or wheat as many students are conscious of eating those items. The majority of the vegetables we eat are either grown by MUM or bought from local farmers which makes me feel good about the impact we have on the local economy and about reducing my carbon footprint. Did I also mention that all the breads are fresh and baked daily by MUM staff? Yeah, this is heaven.

Organic Veggies

As I was eating lunch with my friends all of a sudden I heard a rumbling in the cafeteria. Two other student had come into the cafeteria and were drumming on large drums. The music was wonderful and went deep into my soul. The entire cafeteria was captivated by this tribal energy that touched us on so many levels. After a few minutes the music stopped and one of the drummers, Janet, announced that she would be offering a free workshop this saturday to teach people how to drum in the style of various cultures of West Africa. It is not unusual to see classes and workshops offered in the evenings and weekends by students, faculty and members of the community to students for free. Yes, you heard that right: for free. Life just gets better and better.

After lunch I went back to class and learned all about the human brain and physiology by Dr. Fred Travis. He is an amazing professor like so many other professors I have come to know here. I am really enjoying his class but I will have to dedicate an entire blog to discuss his class because it warrants that much attention.  So keep a lookout for the next article.

After class at 3 pm I went to a local coffee shop/ used bookstore to study for my class and to catch up with some friends I had not seen in a while. Then I went to the dome for the evening meditation and re-expereinced the blissful feeling of meditating with over 1,500 people. After meditation I went home and was surprised to see that one of my housemates had made dinner for all of us. I had another awesome organic, vegetarian dinner whilst discussing previous sailing adventures and contemplating the philosophies of various spiritual authors.

After the days adventure I laid down to go to sleep and thought how lucky I am to live this life. I felt so much gratitude for this day. It is truly a blessing to be here and a part of this community. The best part is that pretty much everyone I know here feels the same way that I do. Its a great experience to be happy with other happy people. The even better part is that tomorrow I get to experience this all over again.

To see a short video about the MUM cafeteria click below (its a really good video!):

and to know more about our cafeteria read here:

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