Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Founder of the Transcendental Meditation program
Benefits for: Mind Body Behavior/relationships Environment
Developing Full Mental Potential TM NEW RESEARCH on the TM technique for full development of life. Transcendental Meditation in the classroom: “One of the Year’s Best ideas.” —New York Times Magazine
Know Thyself. —Oracle at Delphi What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson The self is a “kosmos,” beyond the “boundaries.” —Walt Whitman Go back into yourself, for truth dwells deep within you. —St. Augustine
TM: How it works…
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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 Scientific Research Findings:
Reference: The Journal of Creative Behavior 13: 169–180, 1979.
Reference: Personality and Individual Differences 12: 1105–1116, 1991.
Reference: Intelligence 29: 419–440, 2001
Source of Thought Conscious Mind O O O O O O O 10% Mental Potential Unconscious Mind
Conscious Mind O O O O O O O 15% Mental Potential Unconscious Mind Source of Thought
Conscious Mind O O O O O O O 50% Mental Potential Unconscious Mind Source of Thought
Conscious Mind O O O O O O O 75% Mental Potential Unconscious Mind
Pure Consciousness — “Unbounded” Awareness Conscious Mind O O O O O O O 100% Mental Potential
Enlightenment An uninterupted state of heightened well- being Freedom from suffering An abundance of intelligence and creativity so immense that problems cannot overshadow life Living in perfect harmony with one’s surroundings—a deep, intimate unity with the cosmos Described throughout the ages in similar, universal terms:
“The individual is cosmic.”
Independent Research Conducted at Medical Schools Nationwide Harvard Medical School Stanford Medical School Yale Medical School UCLA Medical School University of Virginia Medical Center University of California, Irvine Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles University of California at San Francisco Medical School University of Chicago Medical School University of Southern California Medical School University of Michigan Medical School University of Hawaii Howard University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. University of Iowa The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Hospital Admission Rates
Scientific Research Findings: Benefits for the body 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
Scientific Research Findings: Benefits for the body 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
Scientific Research Findings: Improved Social Behavior 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
Scientific Research Findings: Improved Social Behavior 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
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Gamma Beta Alpha Theta Delta Problem solving, concentration Busy, active mind Reflective, restful Drowsiness Sleep, dreaming
Typical EEG Tracings A typical EEG tracing is a rapidly changing composite or combination of different frequencies—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, (2006); Biological Psychology, 61, (2002) Increased EEG Coherence
Front Middle Alpha Coherence Maps Eyes OpenTM PracticeEyes Closed References: International Journal of Psychophysiology, 116, (2006); Biological Psychology, 61, (2002); Consciousness and Cognition, 8(3), (1999); Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 35 (1973); International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147–151, 1981.
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): , 2003). Increased Harmony in World Consciousness
“The efficacy of group TM practice 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
“Life is here to enjoy. Tell everyone — nobody has to suffer anymore.” — Maharishi
The First Seven Steps Step 1: Introductory Lecture A vision of all possibilities through the Transcendental Meditation program (1 hour) Step 2: Preparatory Lecture The mechanics and origin of the TM technique (1 hour) Step 3: Personal Interview Interview with a certified teacher of the TM program, following the Preparatory Lecture (10-15 minutes) TM P R O G R A M
The First Seven Steps Four Days of Instruction over four consecutive days: Step 4: Personal Instruction Learning the TM technique (1-2 hours) Step 5: First Day of Checking Verifying the correctness of the practice, further instruction (1-2 hours) Step 6: Second Day of Checking Understanding the mechanics of the TM technique based on personal experiences (1-2 hours) Step 7: Third Day of Checking Understanding the growth of higher states of consciousness (1-2 hours) TM P R O G R A M