What is transcending?
It’s the natural process of going inward, beyond thought, beyond all mental activity, to experience the state of pure awareness or restful alertness — accessing your deepest inner reserves of creativity, intelligence and well-being. The TM technique allows the mind to effortlessly and spontaneously transcend.
During practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, as the mind easily and spontaneously settles inward and mental activity subsides, wakefulness naturally increases, as confirmed by EEG brainwave research (Cognitive Processing 2010). When the mind comes to a state of complete rest during TM practice, but remains fully awake, this is the experience of pure awareness or transcendental consciousness. This state is described as a reservoir of unlimited energy, happiness and intelligence at the source of the thinking process — the essential nature of the mind, one's deepest, inner Self. The TM technique is designed to facilitate this process of transcending.
To transcend means to go beyond all mental activity, all thoughts, sensations and perceptions, to experience this silent state of pure awareness. It's called 'pure' because it's consciousness in its purest, simplest state — just consciousness by itself, aware of itself and nothing else. This transcendental state is also known as the fourth state of consciousness, unlike waking, dreaming or sleep, with its own style of physiological functioning. It is not a trance-like state or form of self-hypnosis, but a settled, peaceful, expanded state of awareness that is completely natural to every human nervous system.
Why is transcending important?
As numerous scientific research studies help demonstrate, this experience of transcending is the primary reason for the Transcendental Meditation technique's holistic, positive effects. TM practice is specifically a process for effortless transcending, distinct from practices that have other purposes or which engage the mind and keep it active or busy in various ways. During this process of transcending, numerous research studies show that the brain functions with greater coherence and the body gains profound rest.
According to physiological research, this state of transcendental consciousness is very different from ordinary relaxation — giving deeper rest and greater rejuvenation to mind and body. Over 700 scientific studies have validated this principle that the process of effortless transcending during the TM technique produces the widest range of benefits among the variety of meditative practices.
The process of automatic self-transcending is simple and natural, but also very delicate; so delicate that the technique was long lost to society — East and West — because of misunderstanding and inadequate teaching methods.
Maharishi revived correct practice of this timeless practice and structured the systematic, standardized seven-step TM course, so that teachers could be trained and people throughout the world could learn to meditate effectively and gain maximum benefit.
"When I meditate, I go to that place within where truth dwells." —Dr. Mehmet Oz
VIDEO: Quantum Physicist John Hagelin: "Human Potential is Infinite" — How Transcending Stimulates Growth of Higher Stages of Human Development
• Is TM the only way to transcend?
The Huffington Post: "How Meditation Techniques Compare—Zen, Mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation and More"
Physorg News: "Are All Meditation Techniques the Same?"
Read the short essay: "A Historical and Scientific Perspective on the Fourth State of Consciousness," by David Orme-Johnson, PhD