The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is the most widely practiced, extensively researched, and most effective method of self-development in the world.
More than six million people worldwide — of all ages, cultures, and religions — have learned this simple, natural technique. It is practiced for a few minutes twice a day. Because it is so easy to learn and because its benefits provide a solid foundation for education, the TM technique is a fundamental aspect of the education at Maharishi School.
Students may receive instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique (or Word of Wisdom technique for younger students) upon arrival in Fairfield, Iowa or at the nearest TM Center.
What happens during Transcendental Meditation?
You gain a deep physiological rest, which dissolves stress and rejuvenates the nervous system, coupled with heightened alertness, in which your brain functions in a more orderly manner.
This experience — termed restful alertness — has been identified by researchers as a state of consciousness that’s distinct from the waking, sleeping, and dreaming states. In this fourth state, your mind transcends (settles beyond) all mental activity to experience the most silent form of awareness, known as Transcendental Consciousness.
How much research has been done on the TM technique?
Over 600 scientific research studies have been conducted, at more than 200 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford) in more than 30 countries around the world.
These studies have been published in more than 100 scientific and scholarly journals, including such peer-reviewed journals as Science, American Journal of Physiology, Scientific American, International Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, and many others.
What are the research findings?
Significant benefits have been found in many areas, including the following:
- increased self-actualization
- increased intelligence
- greater orderliness of brain functioning
- increased creativity
- improved learning ability
- improved memory
- improved academic achievement
- higher levels of moral reasoning
- reduced stress and anxiety
- increased energy and vitality
- reduced incidence of disease
- improved cardiovascular health
- improved strength and stamina
- reduced drug and alcohol abuse
- faster reaction time
- improved athletic performance
- improved self-confidence
- improved perception of others
- improved social harmony
- increased orientation toward positive values
- increased tolerance
- improved emotional maturity
Where did the TM program come from?
The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the oldest continuous tradition of knowledge in human history, the Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. The Vedic knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years.
About 50 years ago, Maharishi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness at this critical juncture in time for humanity.
When we teach the Transcendental Meditation technique today, we maintain the same procedures and effectiveness as the teachers of thousands of years ago.
How does TM technique compare with other forms of meditation?
A meta-analysis of 597 studies of meditation practices was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (May/June 1998). The study found TM technique to be significantly superior to other forms of meditation and relaxation in a wide range of criteria related to mental and physical health.
Another meta-analysis, published in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, found the effect of the Transcendental Meditation technique on increasing self-actualization to be markedly greater than that of other forms of meditation and relaxation.
Are advanced techniques available?
Yes, the TM-Sidhi program cultures the ability to think and act from the field of Transcendental Consciousness. A natural extension of the Transcendental Meditation program, it was brought to light by Maharishi in 1976 from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, from the ancient Vedic tradition of India.
One aspect of the TM-Sidhi program is Yogic Flying. During the first stage of Yogic Flying, the body lifts up and moves forward in short hops. EEG studies show that this practice, at the moment the body lifts up, produces maximum coherence in brain wave activity. This optimum coherence in brain functioning creates greatly enhanced mind/body coordination expressed by Yogic Flying.
When Yogic Flying is practiced in groups, the influence of coherence spreads throughout the environment, reducing negative tendencies and promoting positive, harmonious trends in the whole society.
Students age 15 or older are eligible to apply for the TM-Sidhi program.