How to Learn

The very important first step is to come to see us for an introductory talk which is free and without obligation. At such a meeting you can find out the full scope of the TM programme and have all your questions answered.

The Seven basic steps

1. Introductory seminar or discussion to assess benefits (40 mins)

2. Preparatory lecture to cover how TM works (20 mins)

3. Personal interview for enrolment (15 mins)

(Steps 1-3 may be accomplished in a single session)

4. Personal instruction of TM technique

5. First follow-up meeting – basics of correct TM practice

6. Second follow-up meeting – covering experiences during TM

7. Third follow-up meeting – overview of long-term personal growth with TM

Steps 4-7 are conducted over four consecutive days, taking about 90 minutes each day. From these steps you will have learned how to carry on your own daily practice of the TM technique for the rest of your life.

Continuity is important, so after the basic course is completed you are invited to participate in any follow-up meetings available locally or worldwide to be assured of lifetime assistance in maintaining correct practice of TM and understanding how it works.

To undertake the basic TM course it is necessary to make the time available to attend all lessons as outlined, and to structure your daily routine to accommodate the daily practice of 20 minutes twice a day.

The Maharishi Foundation Inc. is a registered non-profit charitable organisation but as yet is not Government-subsidised and requires an income the same as any worldwide professional body in order to carry out its valuable work. The financial commitment for learning TM in New Zealand is a one-off payment of $1800 including GST per person which covers the initial course plus attendance at group follow-up sessions at any TM centre thereafter … in effect a life subscription for a lifetime programme.

This fee is due at the start of the instruction phase (step 4). There is a family rate of $2700 which covers a couple and any school age children they may have, and a rate of $900 for any single fulltime student.

If you do not have the ready cash an installment plan through an independent Tauranga-based loan agency: www.simplyloans.co.nz is available with payments as low as $30 per week. Just visit their website and apply online to receive the amount you require.

TM instruction and follow-up is standardised internationally. There are optional activities (see ‘Affiliates’ page) that do require additional payments such as weekend residential retreats or Maharishi Ayurveda (natural health) consultations with an expert trained in that field.

 

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the TM technique …

Q: I play tennis to relax. A friend of mine listens to music. Doesn’t exercise or simple relaxation do the same thing as the Transcendental Meditation programme?

A: Tennis, jogging, fishing, golfing, gardening, reading a book, listening to soothing music, bowling, etc., are all relaxing, enjoyable activities. They provide a welcome change of pace, a break in the routine. But the important question is: While they may seem relaxing, do these activities actually release deeply rooted stress and tension? No. This is because even though they may feel relaxing, nonetheless, they keep the mind and body engaged in some activity.

What is nature’s antidote to stress? Deep rest—and the deeper the better. The Transcendental Meditation programme is not just another form of activity or recreation. It is a scientifically validated technique that provides the entire system with very deep rest—far deeper than ordinary eyes-closed rest or relaxation—and gives us an opportunity to unfold the full range of our own consciousness.

This deep rest has been shown to release accumulated stress and tension that nothing else comes close to eliminating—not a good night’s sleep, a restful holiday, relaxation exercises, a great tennis match, or a stroll in the park.

Q: Is the Transcendental Meditation programme like hypnosis or other types of meditation techniques?

A: The Transcendental Meditation programme is unique. Hypnosis involves suggestion. The Transcendental Meditation technique is natural and involves no suggestion. All other forms of meditation or self-development involve either concentration or contemplation. The Transcendental Meditation technique is easy to learn, effortless to practice, and involves neither concentration nor contemplation.

Research comparing the Transcendental Meditation programme with other meditation and relaxation techniques has found it to be far more effective for reducing anxiety, increasing self-actualization, improving psychological health, and reducing use of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.

Q: Will the technique make me so relaxed that I won’t be motivated for success?

A: Just the opposite. By eliminating stress and tension, and increasing energy and intelligence, the Transcendental Meditation technique provides an effective basis for dynamism and success in life.

Q: Can I learn the Transcendental Meditation technique from a book or a CD?

A: No. Each person is unique; each person has a different nervous system and therefore a different pace of learning. Ensuring that you learn the technique properly requires personal instruction from a qualified Transcendental Meditation program teacher. Reading a book or listening to a tape cannot provide the experience of pure consciousness and the corresponding profound state of restful alertness; nor can a book anticipate or answer all of the questions that every person might ask while learning the practice. With proper personal instruction, you can enjoy the technique for the rest of your life—as well as all of the benefits it naturally unfolds.

Q: Is the Transcendental Meditation technique difficult to learn?

A: The Transcendental Meditation technique is easy to learn and effortless to practice. Over six million people worldwide of every age (10 years and up), profession, education, and religion have learned the technique and enjoy its benefits. Once you’ve learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, you practice it on your own. There is, however, a complete, optional, lifetime follow-up programme and you can take advantage of this programme at your convenience.

Q: Will my practice of Transcendental Meditation conflict with my religion?

A: No, it will enhance your religion. Millions of people of all religions—including clergy—practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. They report that the technique, by increasing energy and intelligence and eliminating stress and fatigue, allows them to better follow the tenets of their religion. It is a technique, pure and simple. It involves no religion, belief, philosophy, or change in lifestyle.

Q: How long does it take before I will notice some benefits?

A: It varies from individual to individual. All those who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique do notice positive growth and development in their life; however, it’s not really possible to predict which particular benefits you might receive from the practice or even how long it will take before you would experience a specific benefit.

Q: And everyone can do it?

A: Yes. Anyone of any age, profession, education, religion, or culture. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Transcendental Meditation programme or not. You can be 100 percent sceptical about the technique, and it will still work perfectly. And for those who think, ‘I could never sit still for 20 minutes,’ or ‘I’m too high strung, I could never relax,’ or ‘I’ll probably be the first person in the world who won’t be able to learn it,’ don’t worry. Everyone can learn TM. See for yourself.