The TM technique

The TM technique is a simple, natural, enjoyable procedure to settle the mind, expand awareness, and access the limitless reservoir of creativity, energy, and intelligence that resides within everyone — for more powerful thinking, increased well-being, and greater efficiency in life.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is practised twice daily for 15-20 minutes while sitting quietly and comfortably with eyes closed. It requires no effort or concentration and no special skills or change of lifestyle. You don’t even have to believe in the technique for it to work!

How it works
During the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, mind and body spontaneously settle into a unique state of restful alertness — the body becomes deeply relaxed as the mind awakens to its inner potential. Scientific research studies on the TM technique show that twice-daily experience of this restful alertness alleviates stress and revitalizes mind and body, creating better health and stimulating the natural growth of creativity, intelligence, inner-happiness, and self-sufficiency.

What it does
The Transcendental Meditation technique enriches all aspects of life, as watering the root nourishes all aspects of a tree. This is because the TM technique attends to such a basic level: the quality of one’s consciousness. Hundreds of scientific research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique have shown that daily practice leads to a wide range of personal benefits — higher IQ, faster reaction time, improved problem solving abilities, decreased anxiety, improved self-esteem, normalized blood pressure, reduced illness and longer lifespan — while creating a more harmonious environment.

What’s the proof?

The beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation program have been verified by over 600 scientific research studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions worldwide — such as Yale Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Stanford and UCLA — and published in over 150 peer-reviewed scientific journals. The National Institutes of Health has granted over $24 million for scientists to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on brain function and cardiovascular health. After nearly 40 years of scientific investigation of the Transcendental Meditation program, all the major findings about the program’s benefits have been replicated.

Perhaps more important, over the past 50 years the life-enriching effects of the Transcendental Meditation program have been proven in the lives of millions of people around the world who have enjoyed the benefits of twice-daily practice.

How it’s different
The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike any other form of meditation, relaxation or self-development, distinguished by its effortlessness, naturalness and profound effectiveness. It is the most extensively researched form of meditation, with scientifically verified benefits for all areas of life.

The Transcendental Meditation technique allows the mind to transcend, or go beyond mental activity to experience the source of thought — the lively, silent reservoir of limitless creativity and intelligence within human awareness. The various forms of meditation available engage the mind in different ways and have their own aims — and not all forms of meditation are intended for transcending.

Scientific studies have shown that meditation practices differ in their effects. Research studies comparing brainwave patterns, levels of rest and effects on mind and body have found that no other method produces the wide range of benefits that result from the Transcendental Meditation program.

Many comprehensive meta-analyses of published studies on meditation and stress-reduction techniques show that the TM technique produces marked reductions in high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other highly beneficial effects for health not produced by other techniques.

Origins and history
The Transcendental Meditation technique comes from a timeless tradition of knowledge, the Vedic Tradition of ancient India, a tradition that has withstood the test of time as an advanced science and technology of consciousness. The teachers of the Vedic Tradition preserved this meditation technique for thousands of years, handing down knowledge about the practice from generation to generation. But over the long lapse of time, the nature of correct meditation eventually became misunderstood, and the effectiveness of the practice was lost.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi restored the technique to its original effectiveness and introduced the Transcendental Meditation program to the world in 1957.
One of Maharishi’s important contributions has been to subject the Transcendental Meditation technique to scientific scrutiny by inviting scientists to conduct extensive research on the practice, thereby establishing the TM technique’s practical benefits on the objective ground of modern science.

Tens of thousands of teachers have been trained by Maharishi, and the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the same way everywhere. Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique by certified teachers is available in virtually every country, and over 6 million people have learned the practice worldwide. When the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught today, it is taught through the same effective procedures used by Vedic teachers thousands of years ago.

"I’ve always been a creative person, but suffered from lack of confidence and energy in manifesting the ideas that were important for me as an artist. Since meditating I find that my inner voice is strong and with increased energy my ideas are coming to fruition. I would recommend TM for any person, but for creative individuals it is an amazing tool. 

In addition to TM, I would suggest reading “Catching the Big Fish” by David Lynch. He has a beautiful way of explaining how TM aids in going deeper within oneself to catch the bigger ideas. I was so inspired by his book that I painted a portrait of him. Enjoy!

Suzanne Bean, Artist, Victoria, BC

David Lynch portrait by Suzanne Bean

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