About

Ken Chawkin is a media relations director for Maharishi University of Management and helps promote Transcendental Meditation, and the David Lynch Foundation. For questions about these organizations you can reach him at kchawkin@mum.edu.

The Uncarved Blog is his first attempt at social media and contains articles, audio and video clips, primarily related to the TM technique, consciousness, and enlightenment. You can also follow him on Twitter @kenchawkin.

Ken also shares his love of poetry and posts a few of his own poems as well as those of other poets he appreciates. Some readers have wondered about the name of his blog and how it came about. We’ll let Ken explain that one.

How The Uncarved Blog got its name

Heather Hartnett at the David Lynch Foundation, encouraged me to set up my own blog and post all the TM-related articles I was sending around. So, when I thought of the word, blog, it reminded me of the word, block, the uncarved block, specifically, a term from Taoism that means the uncreated pure potentiality from which all things are created, the Tao, the source of the 10,000 things. It also reminded me of the unmanifest pure Creative Intelligence Maharishi talks about in his Science of Creative Intelligence, the field of pure potentiality; also the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature, the Veda within Atma, Sutratma, the Self. And since ‘block’ and ‘blog’ sounded so similar, I thought it was a clever poetic way of coming up with a name.

I first read about the uncarved block in a wonderful book, Creativity and Taoism, by Chang Chung-Yuan. In it he described how the Taoist artist, a sculptor in this case, used to meditate, fast, purify himself first, and then go into the forest to find the right tree that for him contained the vision of what he was called to create. He would take that block of wood back to his studio and carve it out. Think Michelangelo freeing the statue from the marble he was carving.

Same message in the Bhagavad Gita translated and commented on by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program and Maharishi University of Management: Transcend, Be, then act; and, established in Being perform action. Established in the Self, act in tune with Natural Law. Then you’ll be more successful in actualizing whatever inspired vision, or idea, you had that motivated you to create, whether it’s a poem, a painting, a piece of sculpture, or a blog post.

I certainly enjoy blogging, and glad I started. It’s a fun creative process using digital words, images, and sounds, to carve out something meaningful for myself and hopefully my readers. Of course, there’s so much more one can do in terms of the look and functionality of a blog. But that takes up even more time, so I’ll leave it up to the good folks at WordPress.com to keep coming up with more ways to improve the experience, both for bloggers and readers. Enjoy exploring The Uncarved Blog, and thank you for visiting!

And in case you were wondering what the small colored abstract square you see next to the link in your browser at the top left, or on the right next to my comments, is all about, it’s one of Ken West’s photos, used as the blog picture, or icon, for The Uncarved Blog. Here is the complete photo © 2008 Kenneth G. West Jr.. Click on it and it will open up in a larger format. I chose it for its beauty and ambiguity; its abstract quality can imply different things. For more information and links to a video and photo gallery, check out this blog post: Ken West and his unique landscape photographs are featured on IPTV show Iowa Outdoors.

UPDATES

In the summer of 2014 I retired from my position at MUM. A year later I was featured on the TMhome website: PR to poetry – how things sometimes happen to Ken Chawkin, followed up with a second article: International History Channel documentary on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. A nice way to go out. I continue to write, blog, and freelance as a publicist.

On July 27, 2017, Feedspot selected The Uncarved Blog among the Top 75 Consciousness Blogs and Websites Winners on the web! This is the most comprehensive list of the Top 75 Consciousness Blogs on the internet chosen from thousands in their index using search and social metrics. Click here to read about their selection criteria for the 24th Best Consciousness Blog on the planet.

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18 Responses to “About”

  1. Janet Bray Attwood Says:

    Good for you! This is great! love Janet

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  2. Willy WIlson Says:

    Hey Ken, thanks for sharing my article on Felicia Hoo in your blog.

    Willy Wilson

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    • Ken Chawkin Says:

      You’re welcome, Willy. That was a while ago now. What’s happening with you these days? Did Felicia complete her TM Teacher Training Course?

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  3. julieeagleton Says:

    Wonderful blog, Ken!

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  4. Carla Brown (@TMChicago) Says:

    I love your blog. It is consistently uplifting, like you.

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  5. How The Uncarved Blog got its name « The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] How The Uncarved Blog got its name by Ken Chawkin […]

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  6. Valerie C. Gangas Says:

    You are totally awesome!!

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  7. Elliot Majerczyk Says:

    Hello Ken,

    Yes, I just started doing TM on a regular basis over the last few months. Its been years since I tried to incorporate the practice twice a day. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I don’t know why I didn’t embark on this regularity sooner.

    I did work for the CBC, however I left for various reasons of dissatisfaction. I returned to school and became a Pediatric Audiologist and practiced for around 8 years. When I moved to Charlottesville (my wife teaches at UVA), I re-entered the radio world. I now produce a show for the NPR network called With Good Reason. I sometimes still do on the air work for the show.
    I also record and play electronic music. Here is an interview that I did on the NPR station WMRA.

    http://wmra.org/post/elliot-majerczyk

    By the way, are you originally a Montrealer or did you just live there for a while?

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  8. Ken Chawkin Says:

    Hi Elliot,

    Am now enjoying your interview with Martha Woodroof and your audio samples. Interesting how you’ve been connected to music through your brother and the Montreal scene, and later to audio as a pediatric audiologist, radio producer, and music/sound sampler/composer. Enjoyable.

    Yes, I am a Montrealer, or was. Grew up there, and after I left, discovered there was a whole world outside Montreal called Canada! But I’m still a Canadian at heart. I returned to Montreal twice several years ago, once for my father’s funeral, and the following year for the unveiling. I found a different city. It had changed. But then, so had I.

    BTW, there is a TM Center in the Charlottesville, VA area. It’s always easier to get back into TM and to stick with it after you’ve had your meditation checked. Here’s their page. http://www.tm.org/transcendental-meditation-charlottesville

    Nice to connect with you. You look much younger than me!

    Best wishes,

    Ken

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  9. Elliot Majerczyk Says:

    Hello Ken,

    So nice to hear from you and thank you for the kind words about the interview. It was recorded live in one take. I haven’t listened to it in a while due to an inability to relax and not be hyper-critical when I hear my own voice being played back to me.

    I also go back to Montreal to visit my mother who is now 89. I usually stay in an AirBnB in the Mille End area (around Bernard, St. Viateur, and Jeanne Mance). That area is very vibrant, heterogenous in people, with great restaurants, bakeries, coffee, bagels, etc.

    Yes, it is no longer the Montreal of my youth. However I do enjoy showing the city off to my 15 year old daughter when our family visits. She gets to see different cultures and hear different languages. Something that is missing in Charlottesville.

    I’m actually going to approach her about learning TM. It will be her decision, however I hope that she may be opening about being instructed in the technique. I think she would benefit immensely.

    By the way, another acquaintance from Montreal at Maharishi University is David Goodman. I doubt that he would remember me, but I do remember David as kind soul who encouraged me to stick with my meditation practice.

    All the best,

    Elliot

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    • Ken Chawkin Says:

      OMG! I met David on a Residence Course. He was 17 at the time. I think we became TM teachers together and used to teach at the downtown TM Center on Sherbrooke Street above the Walter Klindoff Art Gallery, beneath a Charm School above us. He graduated from McGill. My sister also graduated there in music. She was an opera singer and also became a TM teacher along with our younger sister. David teaches at MUM in the Business department. I’ll tell him we connected when I see him. You can also email him at dgoodman.david@gmail.com. I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you.

      Maybe you also know Sebastian Lange, a filmmaker in Montreal who lives and works in that area you describe. I stayed at his place when I was in Montreal. He graduated from the Maharishi School in Fairfield.

      If you ever come for a visit, bring your daughter to see the Maharishi School. Most kids fall in love with it and don’t want to leave. It was listed as one of the Cool Schools in the younger People magazine. http://maharishischooliowa.org

      BTW, our Commencement speaker this year at Maharishi University of Management will be another famous Canadian, Jim Carrey. He learned TM when he played the role of Andy Kauffman in Man on the Moon, but didn’t stick with it. He visited Fairfield last year with a friend and MIU, now MUM, graduate who’s his friend and publicist. Jim had his meditation checked and is very serious about his spiritual development. Lot’s going on here. You should come for a visit some time.

      Here’s a course open to the public and meditators that may be of interest for your family http://www.experiencetheself.org.

      All the best,

      Ken

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  10. Gregory Fraser Says:

    Dear Ken Chawkin,

    I wonder if you might be able to put me in contact with former Missouri professor Margaret Sayers Peden? I need to ask her permission to reprint several translations she did of the poems of Claribel Alegria, this for a feature essay in The Birmingham Poetry Review. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’m having a hard time tracking down an email address or phone number for her.

    Sincerely,
    Gregory Fraser, Ph.D.
    Professor of English
    University of West Georgia

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  11. Anuj Agarwal Says:

    Hi Ken,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog The Uncarved has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 75 Consciousness Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/consciousness_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Consciousness Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    best,
    Anuj

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