Whether you are searching for inner beatitude or simply wish to move through each day with grace, the Transcendental Meditation technique naturally unfolds the wholeness of one’s innermost Self—the spiritual essence of life.
As we strive to balance our inner world with the busy, chaotic, and sometimes empty routine of outer life, we seek a refuge, a sacred place within—where we are sublime, eternal and divine.
During TM practice, the mind effortlessly transcends or goes beyond its busy, active state to become settled and more awake inside. Even if fraught with worries or anxieties, one can dive deep within to experience an inner realm of bliss and timeless silence.
This experience of transcendence is said to be spiritual because there is no material content present in this state—just pure Being, beyond space-time and conceptualization and dogma. Such experiences have long been described by the great spiritual traditions of every culture but have been deemed mystical and hard to attain.
Neuroscience and Spiritual Experience
Neuroscience has helped demystify transcendence. Studies on brain functioning during the TM technique verify that the experience of heightened awareness has its own EEG pattern or brain wave signature: high amplitude alpha coherence.
With regular TM practice, this unique and more orderly style of brain functioning, along with increased balance and calmness in the physiology, allows one to naturally enjoy more powerful focus and greater appreciation and compassion in daily life. Love and goodness flow spontaneously without having to consciously try to behave more spiritually.
Spiritual growth and enlightenment
Living a spiritual life need not require renunciation. The TM technique is a practice that doesn’t require forsaking worldly involvement or material comforts to enjoy spiritual enrichment. An enlightened state of awareness maintains serenity spontaneously, even in the midst of worldly enjoyment or dynamic activity.
Without a technique of meditation for experiencing pure consciousness with ease, the spiritual life has been considered hard to attain. It has been sought mainly through acts of goodness and charity, or by adopting a spiritual attitude, or through austerities such as detachment and denial of the world.
Mistaking the goal for the path
Unfortunately, the goal of many great traditions of enlightenment has, over time, been mistaken for the path, leaving well-intentioned seekers straining to create a contrived attitude of equanimity or mindfulness. The qualities of equanimity, mindfulness, and simplicity often strived for in the name of spirituality are attributes of an enlightened state of consciousness, not the path to it.
Cultivating higher consciousness
A revival of this effortless path of spirituality—the Transcendental Meditation program—allows pure, enlightened consciousness to be naturally cultivated through daily experience of transcendence, rather than through forcing the mind, suffering, or attempting to act spiritual. Enlightenment, the full awakening of human consciousness, is everyone’s birthright, and with daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, spiritual growth becomes simple and easy.
Junon Maceus: “This must be what heaven feels like.” (1:38)
Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program
- Inner peace
- Increased clarity
- Heightened perception
- Improved relationships
- Growth of happiness
The chart graphs the difference of attention responses during complex and simple reaction time trials. This finding indicates greater efficiency of brain responses, in which the quality of inner silence supports the dynamism of thought and action. Biological Psychology61: 293-319, 2002.
Statistical meta-analysis indicated TM practice increased self-actualization by three times as much as procedures of contemplation, concentration, or other techniques. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality6: 189-248, 1991