by Maharishi International University (MIU), Fairfield, Iowa, USA, MIU Alumni Office
14 Aug 2023
Maharishi International University (MIU) alumnus, Andrew Rushing is on the path to becoming a Maharishi Vastu Architect. He just graduated with a master's in architecture from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and his next step is to attend Maharishi Vastu Architecture Training in Nepal.
Before RISD, Andrew received his BA in Maharishi Vedic Science from MIU and was the valedictorian for the class of 2016.
His interest in enlightenment and human potential was sparked from an early age, "I had a number of spontaneous experiences that I found to be very meaningful but couldn’t find any answers,” Andrew recalled. After doing research online, Andrew came across Maharishi Vedic Science and decided to enroll at MIU.
"My experience as an MIU student exceeded my expectations," he adds. "After learning TM and then the TM-Sidhi Program... I joined what was known as the Prep Purusha program... to make the most of what MIU offers in terms of development of consciousness."
To this day Andrew remains connected with his former classmates, “the relationships that were cultivated while at MIU, as a student, are some of the most significant in my life. You get a sense real quick that the people there are motivated by ideals which are not so commonplace elsewhere.”
After graduating from MIU, Andrew took the TM teacher training course in Bali and spent the next few years serving as the Center Director of the Phoenix TM Program where he taught TM to over 1,000 people.
"Becoming a TM Teacher and teaching TM full-time turbocharges your individual evolution," he shares. "It’s as if you are provided with the opportunity and conditions whereby you can fall into favor with the powers that run the universe."
Vastu architecture emerged as a passion that resonated deeply with Andrew. “I’m of the opinion that architecture can be a significant force for the healing of the planet... affordable Maharishi Vastu housing developments that consider the environment and social values will continue to create very attractive and desirable communities that meet the current demands of society.
“Maharishi Vastu Architecture Training will be the culmination of my education... combining the deepest knowledge of MVS with advanced design techniques and architectonics, positioning me to serve humanity by working with others to establish coherence in the built environment,” he explains.
Andrew is currently working with Vastu architect, Jonathan Lipman, to convert the Fairfield Business Park into dormitories for the MIU ComPro students. After Andrew returns from his training in Nepal, he plans to continue to work on projects with the US Maharishi Vastu Architecture office as they become available.
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