Transcendental Meditation and Other Techniques
There are many other techniques of meditation available - so how does Transcendental Meditation differ? Most other meditation techniques involve either concentration or visualisation. Neither of these methods can be said to be easy.
In contrast, Transcendental Meditation is based on allowing the mind to settle down in an easy natural way. This experience is not itself the technique of TM, but rather the natural result of correct practice.
If we think of the mind as an ocean, with our everyday busy thoughts being the ruffled waves on the surface, and our more relaxed, intuitive experiences as the deeper, quieter levels, then when you concentrate or visualise, your mind remains on the surface level. In contrast, TM can be compared to diving deep to the bottom of the ocean. Here you experience the deepest silent levels of the mind, the source of all creativity, intelligence, peace and happiness. On coming out of meditation, these qualities become infused into the surface levels; with repeated diving, more and more of these qualities are experienced in everyday life.
Anyone looking to ignite the birthright of our human potential could not dream up a more effective means to this inspiring end."
Rob McGowan, Stockbroker, Edinburgh
Cindy Campbell, Social Worker, Edinburgh
Rest assured: when you learn Transcendental Meditation there will be no chanting; no hypnotism; no wearing saffron robes, beads and sandals; no concentrating on a candle flame; no visualising; no sitting in the 'lotus position'; no joining a cult.
Many other techniques are associated with religions or cults. With Transcendental Meditation, that is something you don't have to worry about.
You can be confident that Transcendental Meditation is effective because:
- It is a unique form of meditation which comes from an ancient living tradition in the Himalayas. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the latest in a long line of meditation teachers that has kept the ancient tradition alive over uncounted years
- It is tried and tested throughout the world. Most people learn TM because they have been recommended it by a relative or friend
- TM is the most popular and effective technique of meditation or relaxation available. It is increasingly recommended by doctors and health professionals
- The benefits of TM have been verified by more than 500 scientific research studies. (See research chart at the bottom of this page)