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An Introduction to Transcendental MeditationTM is a programme for the Development of Consciousness which, in the UK, is available only from Maharishi Foundation®, registered educational charity number 270157 TM
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Founder of Transcendental Meditation TM Maharishi introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world more than 50 years ago, giving to millions of people the means to systematically develop higher states of consciousness and bring life in harmony with Natural Law. Maharishi offers enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation – Heaven on Earth. TM
Step 1 Introductory Lecture (1 hour) A vision of all possibilities through Transcendental Meditation – mind, body, relations, world Step 2 Preparatory Lecture The mechanics and origin of TM (1 hour) Step 3 Personal Interview (10-15 minutes) Interview with a certified teacher of TM, following the Preparatory Lecture continued… TM L E A R N I N G
Four days of instruction over four consecutive days –– Step 4 Personal Instruction (1-2 hours) Learning Transcendental Meditation Step 5 First Day of Checking (1-2 hours) Verifying the correctness of the practice; further instruction Step 6 Second Day of Checking (1-2 hours) Understanding the mechanics of TM based on personal experiences Step 7 Third Day of Checking (1-2 hours) Understanding the growth of higher states of consciousness through regular practiceTM L E A R N I N G
T he Kingdom of Heaven is Within You —Jesus Christ G o back into yourself, for truth dwells deep within you —St. Augustine T alents develop in quiet places, character in the full current of human life —Goethe F irst, Know Thyself —Socrates H e who has that knowledge which is Self-knowing will know himself —Plato Y our Self is a sun with a thousand rays —Picasso
Developing Full Mental Potential TM NEW RESEARCH on the TM technique for full development of life. Transcendental Meditation In the classroom: “The missing link to a successful life.” – David Lynch, film director Monday, April 6, 2009 Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr promote Transcendental Meditation for pupils Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage in New York Monday, April 6, 2009 Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr promote Transcendental Meditation for pupils Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage in New York
Gamma Beta Alpha Theta Delta Problem solving, concentration Busy, active mind Reflective, restful Drowsiness Sleep, dreaming The Human Brain …total functioning capability
Typical EEG Tracings A typical EEG tracing is a rapidly changing composite or combination of different brain waves moving up and down at different rates— some slow, some fast. During ordinary waking consciousness, EEG patterns are complex, scattered and disorderly.
EEG coherence during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique: brainwaves rise up and down together—maintaining a stable phase relationship—indicating that the whole brain is highly correlated. This integrated state of brain function corresponds to the subjective experience of heightened wakefulness or restful alertness. Research shows that the TM technique cultures the brain to behave more coherently and efficiently overtime, as seen in a person’s improved response to stimuli—with better performance on spatial and memory tasks, creativity scores, and reaction time tests. Such findings are not reported from other meditation practices. References: International Journal of Psychophysiology, 116, 1519-38 (2006); Biological Psychology, 61, 293-319 (2002) Increased EEG Coherence during TM
Front Middle Alpha Coherence Maps Before TM, Eyes Open After 3 months of TM References: International Journal of Psychophysiology, 116, 1519-38 (2006); Biological Psychology, 61, 293-319 (2002); Consciousness and Cognition, 8(3), 302-18 (1999); Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 35 (1973); International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147–151, 1981. Before TM, Eyes Closed
High levels of EEG coherence measured during Transcendental Meditation are significantly correlated with higher creativity, greater efficiency in learning, improved moral reasoning, higher IQ, less neuroticism, higher academic achievement, and greater efficiency of brain functioning. References: International Journal of Neuroscience 13: 211–217, 1981; 15: 151–157, 1981
Benefits for the Mind Increased creativity The Journal of Creative Behavior Improved memory Memory & Cognition Increased IQ Personality and Individual Differences Improved perception Memory & Cognition Faster reaction time Personality and Individual Differences Increased intelligence Higher Education Research and Development Increased field independence Perceptual and Motor Skills
Benefits for the Mind Improvement in academic skills British Journal of Educational Psychology Improved concept learning Journal of Clinical Psychology Improved problem solving ability Scientific Research: Collected Papers, Vol.1 Integration of left- and right-hemispheres Psychophysiology Improved mental health Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal Holistic improvement in intellectual performance Intelligence
Statistical meta-analysis of available research (42 independent studies) indicated that Transcendental Meditation increased self-actualisation by about three times as much as procedures of contemplation, concentration, or other techniques. Reference: Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 6: 189–248, 1991.
nature Orderliness – Intelligence is seen everywhere is seen everywhere in Nature
“The whole history of science has been the gradual realisation that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order...” – Stephen W. Hawking
The orderliness of the Unified Field— reflected as increased brainwave coherence Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 46: 267, 276, 1984 Greater orderliness of brain functioning
“The individual is cosmic.” Human potential is infinite
Better Health through TM The Physiology of Enlightenment
Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest 25%
Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest Reduced blood lactate 20%
Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest Reduced blood lactate Significant increases in basal skin resistance 70%
ALPHA POWER Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest Reduced blood lactate Significant increases in basal skin resistance EEG: restful alertness
Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest Reduced blood lactate Significant increases in basal skin resistance EEG: restful alertness Scientific American 1972; 226:84-90; Science 1970; 167:1751-1754
Reductions in breath rate—deep state of rest Reduced blood lactate Significant increases in basal skin resistance EEG: restful alertness Scientific American 1972; 226:84-90; Science 1970; 167:1751-1754 Decreased plasma cortisol Increased muscle relaxation Natural suspension of respiration Increased blood flow to the brain EEG coherence—holistic brain function American Journal of Physiology 235: R89–R92, 1978; International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147–151, 1981; Hormones and Behavior 10: 54–60, 1978; Journal of Applied Physiology 56: 607–612, 1984; Physiology & Behavior 35: 591–595, 1985
$24 Million in TM Research by the US National Institutes of Health
“… the most effective program for promoting health and reducing health-care utilization and medical expenses. ” — Kulreet Chaudary, MD, Medical Director of Neurology, Scripps Memorial Hospital “ … the single-most effective program to reduce stress. ” —Steele Bellok, M.D. Harvard Medical School “ High blood pressure is reduced even after a few months of twice- daily practice of the TM technique. ” —Gary Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D. New York University School of Medicine faculty. “… a deep state of rest that refreshes mind and body — improving sleep, increasing creativity and intelligence, and reducing anxiety. ” — Nancy Lansdorf, MD
Those who had been regularly practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program showed younger biological age, with a greater reduction in biological age the longer they had been participating in the Program. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53–58, 1982.
Health benefits Reduction of Atherosclerosis Stroke Increased longevity International Journal of Neuroscience Quicker recovery from stress Psychosomatic Medicine Reduction of high cholesterol Journal of Human Stress Improvements in bronchial asthma Clinical Research Decreased insomnia Journal of Counseling and Development
Health benefits Improved heart function The American Journal of Cardiology Improved neuromuscular function Perceptual and Motor Skills Reduced blood pressure Hypertension Archives of Internal Medicine Calmer style of physiological functioning American Psychologist More stability of autonomic nervous system Psychosomatic Medicine
O O O Pure Bliss Consciousness Growth of Consciousness O O O More Peace & Harmony Inner happiness TM
Patients suffering from post-traumatic stress problems who learned the Transcendental Meditation Program showed significant reduction in depression after four months, in contrast to others who were randomly assigned to receive psychotherapy. Reference: Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212–215, 1985.
A statistical meta-analysis of 146 independent study results found that the Transcendental Meditation Program is significantly more effective in reducing trait anxiety than procedures of concentration or contemplation, or other techniques. Reference: Journal of Clinical Psychology 45: 957–974, 1989.
Improved social behaviour Reduced hostility Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Improved relationships Anxiety, Stress and Coping Improved self-esteem British Journal of Psychology Healthier response to stress American Psychologist Decreased neurosis Japanese Journal of Industrial Health Decreased depression Journal of Counseling and Development
Improved social behaviour Decreased alcohol use Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly Increased job satisfaction Academy of Management Journal Improved job performance Academy of Management Journal Increased leadership behavior Career Development International Decreased use of drugs International Journal of the Addictions Greater appreciation of others Perceptual and Motor Skills
TM raises collective consciousness… TM develops the full value of mind – intelligence – consciousness TM releases stress and strain and improves health of body and mind TM allows us to naturally become more kind and compassionate – improves relationships TM brings peace to individual and society
“In the vicinity of yoga (unified consciousness) hostile tendencies are eliminated.” —Maharishi Patanjali
Maharishi’s Group for a Government reduces crime and violence in Washington DC
In this carefully controlled experiment, the coherence-creating group increased from 800 to 4,000 over the two-month period. Although violent crime had been steadily increasing during the first five months of the year, soon after the start of the study, violent crime (measured by FBI Uniform Crime Statistics) began decreasing and continued to drop until the end of the experiment (maximum decrease 23.3%), after which it began to rise again. The likelihood that this result could be attributed to chance variation in crime levels was less than two parts per billion ( p <.000000002). The drop in crime could not be attributed to other possible causes, including temperature, precipitation, weekends, and police and community anti-crime activities ( Social Indicators Research 47: 153-201, 1999).
A day-by-day study of a two-month assembly in Israel during August and September of 1983 showed that, on days when the number of participants at a peace-creating assembly was high, the intensity of an ongoing war in neighboring Lebanon decreased sharply. When the number of participants was high, war deaths in Lebanon dropped by 76%. (p<.0001). [The mathematical expression p<.0001 indicates that, as a result of standard mathematical analysis, the likelihood that this result could be attributed to chance variation in levels of fighting was less than 1 in 10,000. This amounts to a much higher confidence level than is typical in the social sciences.] Reference: Yale University Journal of Conflict Resolution 32: 776–812, 1988.
The global influence on terrorism of three large coherence- creating assemblies was studied retrospectively through an analysis of data compiled by the Rand Corporation. The data revealed a 72% reduction in worldwide terrorism during the three assemblies taken together, as compared to all other weeks during a two-year period. Each assembly had approached or exceeded the participation threshold (8,000) predicted to create a global influence of peace. The study ruled out the possibility that this reduction in terrorism was due to cycles, trends, or drifts in the measures used, or to seasonal changes ( Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 36 (1-4): 283-302, 2003). 72% reduction in global terrorism through TM and TM-Sidhi programme
“The efficacy of TM and the TM- Sidhi programme to reduce crime and war has been more extensively studied and rigorously established than any phenomenon in the history of social science. It is a scientific fact.” — Dr. John Hagelin
The conventional approach of negotiations and destructive weaponry Since 1000 BC, there have been 8000 peace treaties, lasting an average of nine years
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ONLY A NEW SEED WILL YIELD A NEW CROP –– “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them.” — Einstein
ENVIRONMEN T HEALTH CRISIS CRIME & VIOLENCE ECONOMY FAILING EDUCATION POLITICAL UPHEVAL Problems
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Scientific Research Findings World Peace Decreased Terrorism Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Improved Quality of City Life Journal of Conflict Resolution Decreased Crime Rate in Cities Journal of Crime and Justice Decreased Violent Crime, Wash., DC Social Indicators Research Decreased Crime in Capital Cities The Journal of Mind and Behavior
Scientific Research Findings World Peace Improved National Life –– Decreased Fatalities Social Indicators Improved Quality of Life in Israel Journal of Conflict Resolution Reduction of Armed Conflict Journal of Social Behavior and Personality Increased Progress Towards Peace Journal of Social Behavior Reduction of International Conflict Journal of Conflict Resolution
Enlightenment for the Individual Peace and Invincibility to Every Nation G LOBAL C OUNTRY OF W ORLD P EACE
Fulfilling the need of the time Life in harmony with Natural Law G LOBAL C OUNTRY OF W ORLD P EACE
“Now we have the total knowledge of Natural Law at our disposal to create Heaven on Earth.” – Maharishi
O O O O O O Conscious Mind 10% Mental Potential Unconscious Mind Source of Thought O TM
O O O O O O O Conscious Mind Source of Thought TM
O O O O O O Pure Bliss Consciousness Conscious Mind Mind, Body, Behaviour and Environment Supported by Total Natural Law – More happiness, energy, peace and fulfilment TM
Step 2: Preparatory Lecture The Mechanics of Transcendental Meditation The Tradition from which TM comes Thank you!