by Dr. Sue Brown
In a book called Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal describes his experience of the Transcendental Meditation® technique:
“After a few years of practice, it has allowed me to enter a place inside my mind that is difficult to describe with any better word than transcendence. It is a blissful state that encompasses elements of serenity, peace, and acceptance, but also exhilaration and a sense of new possibilities.”
The word transcendence itself can describe anything that surpasses the limitations of the usual range of experience — you could refer to “The transcendence of Mozart’s music …”, to convey that his music is beyond the limits of ordinary experience.
When talking about meditation, transcendence refers to the silent depths in the ocean of our mind or consciousness.
Our mind, like the ocean, is active in waves on the surface — analyzing, rationalizing, remembering, deciding. Diving to deeper levels, we can transcend, or go beyond, all this activity, even beyond feeling and intuition.
Now there is a systematic way to experience transcendence that is simple and natural and doesn’t require giving up life’s enjoyments.
The great teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revitalized this method from the ancient wisdom of India, calling it the Transcendental Meditation® technique.
Anyone who can think a simple thought can experience transcendence through the Transcendental Meditation® technique, taught by teachers worldwide, trained by Maharishi.
Because the technique is systematic, scientists for the first time have been able to study large numbers of people experiencing transcendence – to find out how this changes our mind and body.
Transcendence is described as a fourth major state of consciousness because breathing, blood chemistry, brain wave activity, and heart functioning are different from when we are awake, asleep, or dreaming.
Dr. Sue Brown is Assistant Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Her doctoral research at MUM was on student development in the context of higher states of consciousness, focussing on Maharishi’s application of the unifying knowledge of Yoga. Dr. Brown gained her B.A. in Literature and Music at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from MUM.
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