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A Story of Survival and Hope

by Barbara Howard on June 17, 2014

Transcendental Meditation was the saving grace for Tom North, author of True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours.”

Unlike the movie, this family had deep, dark secrets.

They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family—eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America, that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in a movie–Yours Mine and Ours–which was the fourth highest grossing movie of 1968 and the Golden Globe winner. You saw the family in newspaper photos, TV news, movie newsreels and even Langendorf Bread commercials.  But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys.

That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. Now, Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that deprived him of his self-worth and drove him to depression and drugs— and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs.

All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. When he finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing that began when he attended an introduction to TM.

But Tom’s autobiographical account of his journey, entitled True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours,” is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective TM is as a means for healing trauma survivors, especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse.

Tom North benefits from Transcendental Meditation practice

Tom North, author of True North 

Astonished at the relief meditation provided, the sense of bliss that only drugs had previously offered (with none of the negative side-effects), and the clarity he experienced, Tom began to practice daily. Having set his sights on going to college for a business degree—regardless of his stepfather calling  him “stupid” and both parents’ discouragement—Tom made enough money through a summer job on fishing boats in Alaska to enter a school that offered both a business degree and meditation—Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa– now called Maharishi University of Management. Here, the curricula covered everything from biology and accounting, to consciousness and social justice!

North—today an accomplished writer, motivational speaker, financial adviser, poet and adventurer—is one of TM’s most vocal advocates for people who are disaffected or suffering from emotional pain.

“My mission is to reach out to people who feel isolated or misunderstood in the world and help them understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives where they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. Those experiences may have caused great pain,” says North. “The more people experience their own divinity and essential nature, the more they will actually relate to humanity, see the beauty in themselves, in the world, and not the pain. It IS possible to take the broken pieces of a life, put them back together again and become a happy person.

True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” has won a Living Now Award Gold Medal, is recommended reading by the Washington Times, has garnered rave reviews by Writer’s Digest and is an Amazon Best Seller. Tom North appears on radio and television programs, and is a keynote speaker at organizations, colleges, universities and conferences. North is an official supporter of National CASA for Children.

Visit True North by Tom North’s Website

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I started Transcendental Meditation in 1973 and have not missed a single meditation ever since. Twice a day, every day. It has given me effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity and happiness deep within.

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