A UNIFIED APPROACH
TM strengthens brain connections between the amygdala (fear center), frontal lobes (executive functioning that oversees decision making, planning, problem solving, judgment and ethical reasoning) and both hemispheres (analytical and intuitive aspects). It creates orderly brain function that affects IQ, learning ability, academic performance, creativity, alertness, moral reasoning, psychological stability and emotional maturity. Stress in comparison, dissolves the connections and causes poor planning and lack of clarity. Anger, depression and sorrow work on a similar scale to stunt the flow of ideas and creativity. All these emotional states are like vice grips that prevent us from truly experiencing the value of daily life and appreciating the world we live in. TM increases serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter and prolactin, which induces an overall feeling of wellbeing. It opens access to pure consciousness which is based on qualities such as bliss, intelligence, universal love, energy and peace. Ideas flow more and we are in a position to grasp them as they come. As pure consciousness grows, the final outcome of the growth is enlightenment, or the full potential of all human beings. The greatest side effect is that negativity begins to recede.
According to John Hagelin, quantum physicist and president of the David Lynch Foundation, “the basis of our diverse universe is a single universal field of intelligence, the fountainhead of all the laws of nature – the source of all order displayed throughout the universe. Transcendental Meditation allows the conscious mind to identify itself with the unified field of all the laws of nature.” It is a total development of the personality, the integrated functioning of the body, mind, relationships and behavior that leads to increased self actualization.
As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has expressed, “any type of suffering indicates a weakness in a person – emotional, intellectual or health – TM causes awareness to widen and the resistance to the unfolding of pure consciousness to disappear.” He describes the resistance as clouds hiding the sun. The sunshine, or pure consciousness, is always there and there is no need to cultivate it. However, the resistances in the form of stresses and strains must go. When the mind is able to open to unbounded pure awareness, then it will lose the stresses and with it the clouds that once hindered the full use of inner creativity and intelligence. The mind becomes purer and clearer, aspirations richer.
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The TM technique is learned over 4 consecutive days for approximately 1.5 hours.
Thereafter, TM is practiced individually twice daily for 20 minutes.
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