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Transcendental Meditation: A Scientific Perspective by Quantum Physicist John Hagelin, PhD


Hello, I am John Hagelin, quantum physicist
and teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. We’re going to be talking about Transcendental
Meditation…what it is, what it is not, why millions of Americans would do it, and millions
more throughout the world. But to really understand meditation, to understand the mind, to understand
consciousness, we need to invest a minute in understanding a little bit about the nature
of reality. Modern science, over the past fifty years, has revealed that our physical
universe is structured in layers of creation…layers of creation. From superficial, macroscopic,
to microscopic. From the surface sensory world of day to day experience, day to day objects,
to the deeper world of the atom and quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. And this
inward exploration began with the study of what’s called Classical Mechanics, the study
of the world of macroscopic objects, or day to day world, but quickly went to the discovery
and exploration of the atom, the the world of what’s called Quantum Mechanics. And deeper
than the atom is the atomic nucleus and subnuclear particles. This is the world of Quantum Field
Theory. And then finally the recent discovery of Unified Field Theories. Unified Field Theories
– super string theories – reveal the fundamental unity of life. They show, as this chart reveals,
that at the basis of our diverse universe is a single universal field of intelligence…the
fountainhead of all the laws of nature, and the source of all order displayed throughout
the universe. Now from the scientific context, what is meditation? What is consciousness?
We know today that the human mind, human consciousness, is structured in layers, in parallel to the
structure of the universe…human mind is structured in parallel with the structure
of physical reality, which means there’s surface levels of mind…active, thinking, choppy,
chaotic mind. But deep within there are quieter and quieter levels of mind, more silent, more
powerful levels of the thinking process. And from this perspective, meditation, properly
understood and properly practiced, is a technique to take out outwardly directed attention through
the senses, powerfully within, to experience and explore deeper levels of mind…quieter
and quieter and quieter levels of the thinking process, as this chart shows. And this inward
flow of the mind culminates in the experience of complete silence, the direct experience
of this fundamental unity, this unified field at the basis of mind and matter. Now not only
is this extremely interesting philosophically, but it has profound practical results for
our health, for brain development, for our life. This meditative state, achieved through
TM, transcending, is a fourth state of human consciousness, identified by modern physiological
science. It’s called a “hypo metabolic physiological state.” It’s not waking, not dreaming, not
sleeping…it’s a fourth state of consciousness, the meditative state. And hypo metabolic physiological
state is just doctor talk for “a state of deep rest,” in fact a state of rest that is
much deeper even than sleep. And this published research compares the rest through Transcendental
Meditation – shown in blue – with the rest that is gained through conventional relaxation,
rest, or sleep. And it shows that the level of rest through TM is much more profound.
And deep rest is the most powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. And the deeper rest
of Transcendental Meditation is much more effective at dissolving stress and anxiety
that conventional relaxation, other forms of meditation, or sleep. It’s very, very significant,
according to this meta-analysis of published studies, conducted at Stanford University…very
powerful study. Now stress is important for health…stress causes or complicates most
disease, including heart disease. If you look at the risk factors for heart disease, the
number one is high blood pressure. And the deep rest of Transcendental Meditation lowers
blood pressure more effectively that most hypertensive drugs, and much more effective
than other forms of relaxation, or meditation. Indeed, in April the American Heart Association
came out with a major study, a proclamation, a policy stating that doctors should consider
recommending TM to all patients with blood pressure over 120 mmHg…which is most of
you. [laughter] And that means…and they also were clear to point out that no other
meditation, relaxation, or alternative therapy actually has been shown to be effective against
high blood pressure. So this is a really remarkable result, and it is unique to TM. There are
other risk factors for heart disease. There’s arterial sclerosis, and the deep rejuvenating
rest of Transcendental Meditation has been shown to unclog clogged arteries. And in addition
to that, diabetes is a very important risk factor for heart disease as well. And one
of the most amazing recent results, which really stunned the medical community…and
got them very enthusiastic, they issued an incredible press release that went around
and around the world…showing that TM actually normalizes, or helps to normalize, insulin
resistance, which means it helps to reduce diabetes. Bottom line though, when it comes
to heart health is “What is the effect of TM on heart attack? Or stroke? Or death?”
And here the results are perhaps most profound. In a 9 year study, funded by the National
Institutes of Health – a random controlled assignment study, blue chip, gold seal study
– people who were at risk, had high blood pressure, were at elevated risk of heart disease,
experienced a two thirds (2/3rds) drop, in comparison to controls, in the number of heart
attacks, stroke, and death. That two thirds drop in heart attack was more significant
than the effects of medicine, the effects of diet, the effects of exercise, and both
groups – the meditators and the controls – were taking their medicine, and they were struggling
with their exercise and diet, but the real difference between the groups that led the
drop, comparatively two thirds reduction, was the TM. And another thing…after this
9 year study, 80% of the people who had learned TM were still doing it. How many people do
you think were still doing their diet and their exercise regimes? Almost none. And the
difference is that TM is fun to do! Exercise, debatable. Diet, no way. This was also big
news that went around and around the world, and it was just an amazing finding…the research
gets stronger and stronger every day. Now there is more to health than heart disease,
and one of the remarkable major studies that have been done – there have been about 700
almost, published studies, on the medical benefits of the TM program. This study looked
at all disease, and showed a marked reduction in every major category of disease, just by
adding 20 minutes of TM, twice a day. Now if you have good eyes you might spot that
fact that there is one category of disease here that wasn’t reduced, and that is childbirth,
and that is childbirth, but I would argue childbirth is not actually a disease. The
meditators were having as many babies as the non-meditators. Now here’s one final note
to put on the subject of help. You know, stress, fatigue wear and tear at the body, so that
over the course of a lifetime, people start to look aged, they start to age, their stamina,
their sharpness starts to degrade…That is due to the wear and tear caused by stress.
The profound, rejuvenative rest of TM and the dissolving a of stress through that technique
results in a slowing of the aging process, which is very significant…such that people
who have been meditating regularly, twice a day for five years or more, tend to have
a bodily age, physiological age, 12 to 15 years younger than their chronological counterparts.
That’s a big deal to anyone my age, or older…12 more years of high quality, healthy living.
I’m an educator, and a brain researcher, and I’m even more excited about the effects of
TM not just on the body, but on the brain and on brain development. Now, if we look
at again what meditation is from the modern scientific perspective, and what the classic
definition of meditation is, meditation from the yoga tradition, which is where this comes,
thousands of years ago, there are different levels of mind, as we have seen. And from
the surface, active mind, to deeper, quiet, settled states of mind, to absolute silence
within the mind. And this next chart shows that those three levels of mind – active,
concentrating, focused mind, silent self-reflection, or the meditative state – have a completely
different style of functioning of the brain. Completely different electroencephalograms
– firing of the neurons looks completely different. These three levels of mind correspond to the
three major categories of meditation discussed in the scientific literature. Outward, active
thinking, concentration, focus, is one category. A quieter category called mindfulness often
in the literature, involve various techniques of quiet self-reflection. The brain looks
completely different. The mediative state, through TM, so called transcending, pure consciousness,
samadhi…a completely different style of functioning. And if you look carefully at
it, what it is, is the whole brain functioning in a completely integrated way, in a highly
coherent way. Front of the brain, back of the brain, temporal lobes, parietal lobes,
left and right hemisphere, the whole thing in concert. And that orderliness, coherence,
that integrated functioning of the brain, translates to coherent, orderly thinking,
and coherent, orderly thinking translates to coherent, clear, orderly speech, and orderly,
purposeful, effective, active, dynamic action. And that means successful action, and that
means fulfilling action. And if you want to look at it more graphically, take a look at
the brains here. On the left, this is a subject sitting with eyes closed rest. And the little
dots represent the electrodes places on the scalp, looking at the electrical activity
of the brain, and every once in a while there’s a bar connecting those neighboring dots…not
very many on the left. When you see a bar connecting neighboring dots on the scalp in
means those two parts of the brain are talking to each other. They’re functioning in some
kind of intelligent, coherent, orderly way, not totally chaotic, not totally scattered,
but pretty scattered, as you can see from this picture. On the righthand side in the
very same person, three months later. They’ve learned to meditate, and this is during TM.
And you see in this deeply settled state of mind, the whole brain is functioning in this
incredibly coherent way. You don’t see that in waking, dreaming, sleeping, hypnosis, in
any other state but this meditative state. And why that’s good, not just interesting
for a brain person, but why that’s good, is that orderly brain functioning correlates
with rising intelligence…IQ, learning ability, academic performance, creativity, alertness,
reaction time, more reasoning, psychological stability, emotional maturity. Everything
good about the brain depends on it’s orderly functioning. And now orderly brain functioning
can be systematically, easily, effortlessly, joyfully increased in anyone of any age, from
10 years old, where a child can easily sit and master, and deeply enjoy this relaxing,
natural effortless practice, or even the elderly, who are institutionalized in nursing homes.
Now, I want to talk for just a moment about acute stress, and can meditation, can TM,
tackle the most acute stress. Let’s look at veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress.
This a major problem of our age. PTSD results when the fear center of the brain, due to
some overwhelming stress, some shock, gets frozen in hyperdrive. And the normal restive
sleep is typically not enough to shut it down. The deeper rest of Transcendental Meditation,
the meditative state, can de-activate, can calm the fear center even in the very first
meditation… And sometimes for people it can take maybe a couple of months of twice
a day meditation. And you see these remarkable reductions in the symptoms of PTSD. PTSD is
a terrible thing that can absolutely destroy a life, and it’s the worst, most acute type
of stress. Even that dissolves effortlessly, in a relatively short period of time, through
TM. And that is why we’re seeing the modern militaries of the world – the Department of
Defense, the Veterans Administration, military academies and universities in America, incorporating
TM into the curriculum. As an antidote to stress, and as a vaccine inoculating the troops
against the ravages of war stress…so scientifically established now, is it’s effectiveness. And
one other final area, as an educator I have to mention, and that is that so many of our
children, in our increasingly stressful world – we’re living in an epidemic of stress, according
to the Surgeon General, and that has negative effects on health and brain functioning – so
many of our children have stress, and ADHD is a symptom of today’s modern stress. Millions
of children diagnosed with it, millions of children medicated for it, but very little
to do about it. Suddenly now, with TM, a technique to restore balance in the brain, to dissolve
deep stress, we find, in about 12 weeks, according to the latest study, of twice daily meditation
among junior high school students, maybe 12 minutes or so, twice a day, a normalization
of the brain function and marked drop in the symptoms of ADHD. And that is why principals,
superintendents, parents, schools all over the country and all over the world are incorporating
TM into the school curriculum…involving around the world close to a million students
today, and hundreds, at least 400 different schools. And it takes powerful benefits and
documented research to motivate a principal or a teacher to try something so, what? Innovative.
And the results are spectacular. I’ve talked a lot about stress today…I just wanted to
mention that TM is more than relief from stress. It’s about the holistic development of the
brain, the total development of the personality, the integrated functioning of the person – mind,
body, relationships, behavior – and that is called in the literature “self-actualization.”
You see a marked improvement in what’s called development of the mind, development of consciousness,
self-actualization, through TM, that you do not see in other systems of meditation. Only
because they don’t go quite deep enough. So that’s it. The TM program is learned very
easily in a series of simple steps. You have just graduated from Step One. You have heard
and hopefully understood an introductory lecture on the benefits of meditation. The next step
would involve a second talk with one of your local teachers, certified teachers, where
they’ll talk more specifically about the practice, about the mechanics of it, about how it’s
different from other types of meditation, and why it’s so easy, so effortless, so universally
effective. And then there are several….4 subsequent meetings, if you choose to proceed,
where you sit for instruction, over 4 consecutive days. And after those 4 days of instruction
you are a master meditator. You are starting to enjoy the full benefits of your daily practice,
twice a day. And that’s really all there is to it, except to note that we have a very
rich follow up program that everybody’s entitled to. Once you meditate you can to to any teacher,
any TM center in the US, or in the world, sit for free with a TM teacher, have your
meditation fine tuned, have it checked, gain deeper understanding. All that is part of
the TM program. Highest priority of any teacher of TM is tending to the people they have already
taught. Next step, again is find a local teacher…you can get in touch with a teacher at www.TM.org.
And I certainly hope you will.

Otis Rodgers

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81 COMMENTS

  1. Mohan Udiavar Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Simply beautiful, thanks a lot

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  2. Matt Shorty Wells Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Very interesting indeed. TM has my attention.

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  3. Mark Manohar Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Simply beautiful, thanks a lot

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  4. Sorba Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    How does this differ from other, alot cheaper to learn, meditation techniques?

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  5. Master Chief Posted on April 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Author of "Manual for a Perfect Government", John Hagelin, Ph.D. is a world renowned quantum physicist and leading proponent of peace. Stood for President of the US in 1990 and received over 2 million votes. Conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Centre for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre). His scientific contributions in the fields of electroweak unification, grand unification, super-symmetry and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He is also responsible for the development of a highly successful Grand Unified Field Theory based on the Superstring. Dr Hagelin is therefore at the pinnacle of achievement among the elite cadre of physicists who have fulfilled Einstein's dream of a 'theory of everything' through their mathematical formulation of the Unified Field, the most advanced scientific knowledge of our time. Dr Hagelin is currently Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a leading science and technology think tank, and International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, an organization of leading scientists throughout the world dedicated to ending nuclear proliferation and establishing lasting world peace.Dr. Hagelin has spent much of the past quarter century leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness. He is one of the world's pre-eminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development, and the use of collective meditation to defuse societal stress and to reduce crime and social violence.In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dr. Hagelin was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made "major contributionsto society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology." The award recognized Dr. Hagelin as "a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington."Dr. Hagelin was featured in the hit movies What the Bleep Do We Know?! and The Secret for his cutting-edge research in physics, higher states of consciousness; and the peace-promoting effects of large meditation groups.Dr. Hagelin has appeared many times on ABC's Nightline, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's Larry King Live! and Inside Politics, CNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, and others. He has also been regularly featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other major metropolitan newspapers.Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981. He is currently director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, Professor of physics at Maharishi University of Management, President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, President of the David Lynch Foundation, and Director of the Maharishi Foundation USA, which overseas the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in the United States. John talks about his life, his work and the benefits of meditation.

    LOL if you ask me , thats alot of contribution to the world and also aloot of Credibility ! he can substantiate everything Scientifically. so please realize who you are listening to , hes no ordinary Physicist . LOL other physicist are no where near his level . 

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  6. Dun Cole Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I really wanted to whatch the movie Transcendence tonight. Raja Haglin's version of it will help me get to bed on time.

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  7. Galfreya Posted on June 8, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Been doing TM since 1975.  Thank you <3

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  8. Jonny Servatura Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:21 am

    This guy is a hardcore world renowned Quantum Physicist who has conducted pioneering research at CERN and also a recipient of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made “major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.” The award recognized Dr.John Hagelin as “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington.”

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  9. Thomas Notarianni Posted on July 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I've heard that it is very expensive which seems odd to me. How much does it cost and are there ongoing fees?

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  10. David Thomas Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Another great video. John hagelin is still the person I'd most like to sit and have a chat with in this world.

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  11. 33bellant Posted on August 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    When all is said and done no one can explain the human brain's ability of self-awareness using biological cells and neurons in its make up that exceed any combination of man-made computers to ever be able to duplicate.

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  12. Gabriel Martin Posted on August 23, 2014 at 4:55 am

    In San Francisco, students in public schools are taught to meditate for free. Students meditate twice a day in school. It;s great!

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  13. Radha Singh Posted on September 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Meditation plays a very pramatic and effective part of life.

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  14. Matthew Sera Posted on September 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I love this and how he presents it. But buddy looks like when he gets mad, shit hits the fan lol.

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  15. chelefr Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Idk why make cost money, if it's so beneficial to life? I understand that is part of your job but I had recently been to one TM here in boulder and it's too costly I mean the people that really should be thought this are those who probably need money…… At least make a free for those who have none and if is it really what they claim then publicity with give them the money. If you have right intentions money kinda comes to you…. Idk I might be worse, and not trying to offend any one, correct me if I am.

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  16. Ravi Iyer Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

     
    All these wise guys in the west are beginning to realize the good effects of TM and other meditation techniques now whereas the ancient sages of India and Far East have talked about all this and much more, thousands of years ago. It will take many more years for these material minded westerners to appreciate the wisdom of the east, IMO.   
      

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  17. Uplifting Core Posted on October 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Thank You for posting it…reminding how powerful  our minds are. LOVE to everyone

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  18. Tom Ato Posted on October 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Scientists and Religionists are alike in that
    'they' want you to listen to them more than
    The Truth It-Self, claiming to be organized,
    not being able, themselves, to be 'Its' ideal
    chariot body of the Self-same G=d in them.

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  19. ThePhobiaCrew Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    string theory is a theory…it hasnt been proven yet. why would you even refer to it?

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  20. Barbara Austin Posted on November 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Thank you. This Transcendental Meditation is wonderful for everyone. I am going to learn all there is to know about this awesome technique and its benefits.  

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  21. Roy Long Posted on November 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    TM is relatively expensive, but you can teach yourself mantra meditation, which is similar to TM, for free. One of the best forms of mantra is the phrase 'I am."

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  22. A Grant-Blackwell Muze Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Dad used this method every morning from the 70s onward.  Stress most certainly kills and as a systems analyst,  the demand was high.  Virtual worlds allowed geeknation the ability to build ideal spaces for stress relief after we were dot-commed out of our homes.  Some of my videos were created in spaces I or others designed to replace the real-world spaces we lost..or can't exist in real life.  PTSD, Fibromyalgia, overwork and underpay… TM is a definite asset to prevention and recovery.

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  23. Vincent Rome Posted on December 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Amazing speech. 

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  24. Corbono Posted on December 4, 2014 at 12:49 am

    This is pseudoscience 

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  25. Shecky Green Posted on December 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    TM seems to be the way of the movie stars and yet they all give the symbols of the illuminati…Why is that? The game is rigged…just ask the beatles

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  26. Sharon LaCouture Posted on January 4, 2015 at 3:35 am

    then, dear george, be the teacher

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  27. marinlarin Posted on January 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Some people will never play guitar, cause they can't afford one. I would love to practice this, but I never will, cause I simply can't afford it. Thanks tho.

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  28. Littlezenmama Posted on January 26, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Glad I came across this video.

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  29. Tully Soulliere Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

    OMG !!!!!! Flash forward twenty years .It`s Sheldon……Bhahahhahhahaaa! And so interesting.

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  30. John Baldwin Posted on January 29, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I did learn TM back in 1989 as both of my instructors were married and both had a long career in the air force (commissioned officers) and I was at the time a army reservist…don't recall how I was in a way guided? but I also remembered my martial arts discipline for the 9 years and meditation was an important part to ready ourselves of mind and body that was very effective to execute increase and enhance our physical mechanics and focus…anyways to continue; learned the TM technique but never went beyond that phase of being more involved w/ the organization nor attend their meetings…but I do remember my training and how simple it is and can do TM just about anywhere even if there is distractions and can meditate as little as 10 to 15 mins…or even a 5 min one…
    I had put off for too long as life had took over of the day to day grind and added distractions to taking on more responsibility than necessary that added amounting stress factors and not really taking the time out to take care of 'me'…
    Also not to forget that the 'heart center' is where the real action is…

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  31. Vanguard Posted on February 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I am quite familiar with the notion that "transformative wisdom should be free," just as I am familiar with the need to pay one's bills or to grow a movement so that it is not overshadowed by better-marketed, profit-driven, and less transformative groups.
    My confidence is in John Hagelin as a consistent man of evidence and social vision, and I have seen much good come from this meditation for bolstering homeostasis and self-actualization – to put it in precise terms : )

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  32. Dun Cole Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    The great thing about learning TM from a teacher, a tradition has perfected the actual technique, of-what-to-do, specific. Also, there are 'perks' to integrate quickly, profoundly with advanced techniques and retreats (knowledge)(experiences). Besides, nobody needs to be alone. I seek fellowship in other meditators because, they are so cool.

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  33. xratedceleb pixnvideos Posted on February 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Even the Bible instructs us to think on the beautiful, holy things. Yup.

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  34. usbruce15 Posted on February 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This May will make 40 years that I have been practicing TM 2 times per day. I have never missed A meditation; it must be good.

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  35. Todd Shafer Posted on March 3, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I think its ironic that living in the king dom of god is fun to do and that all you have to do is choose it

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  36. MoonManT Posted on March 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Breath taking, experince will be the only truth

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  37. gtran7 Posted on April 3, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Scientist don't know jack. If they do know, then how come you don't know???

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  38. BellinghamsterTrail Posted on April 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    How Much Does It Cost?
    It would be interesting to know that going in?
    It all sounds very good to me. 

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  39. Adam Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I love the way he talks. Like the oracle from halo lol

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  40. Rev. Lisa Marie Greene Posted on April 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    20 minutes 2 x's a day wont cut it, since somehow i sense my mind should be even beyond even this meditative state of mind. Moreover, if 20 min. 2 x's a day actually heals the body, can I imagine what perpetuity will do for, or maybe 2 the body after the first 20 minutes. just so happens, I was successfully given and administered Reiki. However, the more I learned, the less i practiced.
    Lisa

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  41. Joe O'Connell Posted on May 1, 2015 at 2:16 am

    i learned T M over 40 years ago, when i desperately was in the process of recovering from alcoholism. it made the process much easier and i'm still meditating all these tears later

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  42. Duc Viet Nguyen, Ph.D Posted on May 5, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Dr John Hagelin, Ph.D:
    Please accept my wholehearted thanks, and appreciation the best values of medication to avoid severe health difficulty.
    I myself have applied medication to serve patients with Chronic Illness. Most patients have good feedback while on medication and physical treatment.

    Duc Viet Nguyen, Ph.D.

    Independent Research for Health.

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  43. musiclover81813 Posted on May 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This is no different than any other meditation technique. Not worth all the money they charge for it. All you do is concentrate on a sound or phrase for 10 minutes or more. After a while you can just enter that mode of thinking and you dont even have to repeat a word or phrase in your head. There is nothing  unique about the words they give you either. You can find them online if you want.. You achieve the same effect by concentrating on your breathing or the sounds around you.. You just screen out competing stimuli and you can relax and lower your blood pressure, breathing rate , gsr etc.  The science behind this is more interesting than the technique.

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  44. Yolanda Méndez González Posted on May 8, 2015 at 12:14 am

    So interesting..,,

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  45. henry voulger Posted on May 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I remember when Hagelin ran for president 20 years ago. He bought a prime-time infomercial for his Natural Law Party.

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  46. Robert Steven Silverstein Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    what about EHS (electro hyper-sensitivity and the ravages and stress levels of global warming? these TM guys think it's 1967 all the time! lol

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  47. Bruce Stoller Posted on May 23, 2015 at 1:36 am

    A lot money changes hand over this bogosity, like psychologists it's a lot of rubbish! There is no path to meditation, you must be a light unto yourself!

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  48. dole25 Posted on June 9, 2015 at 4:01 am

    No question about the importance of meditation. However, charging thousands of dollars for simple tool is too much to digest. There is nothing special about TM.

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  49. creative mediaz 66 Posted on June 15, 2015 at 8:41 am

    cool

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  50. Catherine Sidoti Posted on June 24, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I have been a TM practitioner for over 11 years, regular practice creates the brain coherence outside of the meditation. It is useful and I highly recommend it to everyone. You enjoy life outside of the meditation more than even when you are in the meditation because you get rid of stress during the meditation. It is a simple, natural technique anyone and everyone can do, there are meta-analyses done at Stamford University that prove the benefits of this so work with a teacher as soon as you can. You can go to TM.org and find a teacher in your area.

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  51. pavanatanaya Posted on July 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I love that the only way to understand the path is to abandon paths…yet we create charts and tables to come to the conclusion that charts and tables get you no closer to realization and on and on and on and on and on

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  52. Eric Freeman CMT, ATCT,BA Posted on July 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    YOGANI

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  53. Robert Steven Silverstein Posted on July 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    thank G-d for TM

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  54. datjessersify Posted on August 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Awesome teachings!!!

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  55. Roberta Smith Posted on August 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Other than the entire right side of the mind having been obliterated by atrophy; so all creativity, tenderness, beauty, reason, joy, happiness, nobility, kindness is gone, hey, this is great stuff.  Calm down; you too can do the important stuff, build a career before your heart attack comes, and well, "you can't take it with you"  so, having NOT come off the wheel of reincarnation, you might want to avoid the white light when you die, because it is the birth canal….maybe being a confused ghost would be better, because there is no physical pain, only psychic pain…good job kids

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  56. UsernameUser Posted on August 12, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Provoking, perhaps, but classical transcendentalism teaches that one should find their own inner peace with the "natural gods" (not actual gods, mind you, it's more about the beauty of nature. See: Hudson River School of Painters).
    The whole point of transcendentalism is to learn by oneself. Teaching, let alone paying for a transcendentalist lecture kind-of circumnavigates the whole point of the movement.

    This is certainly… um… Interesting? But it isn't transcendentalism. It's just some guy wowing a bunch of slack-jawed droolies with big words and fancy diagrams.

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  57. Charles Mosley Posted on August 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    John Hagelin is one of my heroes. I voted for him three times when he ran for President under the Natural Law Party. What I love about Hagelin is that he has the scientific background which enables him to clearly explain on an intellectual level what TM is and how it works. But the best testimony comes from kids in inner city schools; or veterans suffering from PSTD; or young autistic kids, or prisoners who've benefited from learning the technique. It works.

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  58. Conspiracy Theories Posted on October 13, 2015 at 8:14 am

    very nice lecture. thank you. pure consciousness. one.

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  59. Besa65 Posted on October 17, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Can TM help those who suffer from tinnitus??

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  60. Stephanie Roberts Posted on November 4, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Why is there a fee for an age old practice?

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  61. Richard Wilson Posted on November 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Simply eating correctly – i.e. adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet – can provide all the benefits that Hagelin claims are exclusive to TM alone, and in most cases, notably diseases like cancer and diabetes, can surpass its effectiveness. Not to say that TM isn't worth while – but the sales pitch seems a bit disingenuous at times, comparing TM only to pharmaceuticals which everyone knows are 1) mostly ineffective and 2) extremely hazardous.
    He also doesn't describe superstring theory correctly, which is a bit worrying. It's not even a scientific theory, because it cannot be tested/invalidated. It's just an idea with currently no basis in reality, no more compelling than believing that unicorns govern the flow of time.

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  62. Jay Lawrence Posted on November 15, 2015 at 12:53 am

    What would we think of if we were born into a void , with no other people to influence us, poison our minds, and left alone to just be within.our own minds. Like being deaf dumb and blind.

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  63. Susan Forhealth Posted on December 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Transcendental Meditation is shown in over 150 scientific studies to effectively reduce anxiety, improve focus and learning, and reduce physical and mental diseases. TM is easy and pleasant to do, but must be done properly (taught to you by a certified TM teacher) for these benefits. To put the cost in perspective, it costs less than therapy, and therapy cannot do the things TM is shown in scientific studies to do for physical and mental health.

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  64. Susan Forhealth Posted on December 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    My doctor referred me to a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher. Local certified teachers can be found at www.TM.org I wish I had known this years ago.

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  65. Jay Lawrence Posted on December 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Why is this not mandatory and taught in every grammer school free, especially if you want an enlightened society. Maybe there would be less violence in society, including gun violence.

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  66. P Pumpkin Posted on January 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I have been practicing TM for 40 years. Sucessful meditation for me, is coming out of it, without having any awareness of where the last twenty minutes went. Imagine how refreshing it must be for 20 minutes to have no internal dialogue, no problems, no stress. If you have difficulty going to sleep at night because you are all wound up about something, I use the same method to clear out my mind and drift off to sleep. Some people here complain about the fees, but I would not try to do it on the cheap. I have tried to teach my friends with out great effect and in the future I recommend that they go to a pro and pay the fee.

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  67. Tony Santone Posted on January 15, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I learned the system in 1973 in Columbus,Oh. for $75. It was $30 for students at that time, which I was not. Looking back, what a great deal. What he says is true & I do not even know this guy.

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  68. Paul Nilson Posted on January 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Can I do the likes of 'Chakra Healing Meditations' along with my TM sessions? Like the TM session morning and evening and the Chakra Healing Meditation in between the two, or right before bed?

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  69. Reezy37 Posted on March 31, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I have done meditation before many times and I can tell you that it is helpful and that many successful people including billionaires have used it to help them achieve their goals.

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  70. mary jo Prater Posted on April 28, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I have tried every possible way to find a TM class in Columbus, OH but I can not afford even a fraction of the fees. It is amazing that classes are not offered by insurance companies or by the universities or hospitals or church groups and whatever. If what Hagelin says is true then why is it so difficult to find? If TM is as miraculous as so many testify about it seems to me it would be available all over the place. Why not have state and federal and corporate courses available at least at reasonable fees for people like me on fixed income? It don't make no sense.

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  71. Vivzi Hari Posted on September 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Great explanation. Many Thanks

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  72. Deeneann Whittenford Posted on October 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Excellent….

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  73. Alan Kuntz Posted on June 19, 2017 at 4:06 am

    16:18 thats pretty syncronistic

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  74. Laurel Posted on July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I'm posting my comment with genuine concern and not judgement. Confusion, maybe… but not judgement. And I'm not inviting a debate- just my perspective. Which is this: just because someone is performing a "spiritual" job doesn't mean they shouldn't get paid. Everyone complaining about paying for learning this incredible technique, answer these questions: who should pay for the extensive training the instructors must undergo in order to teach TM? Who should pay the trainers who train them? Who should pay the TM Instructors' paycheck so they can eat, drive, pay their bills? It takes technology, time, and intelligence as well as other resources (office space, air conditioning, electricity, transportation… and a dozen other costs) to run any organization; TM is no different in this respect. Who should pay these costs? I learned TM a month ago and it's changed my life. My instructor is very dedicated and knowledgeable. She's not selfish. She's not "out to get me" or "make a fast buck." I don't get why anyone would think for one minute that she should teach me or anyone else for free. She's performing a real job in a real world. TM is very inexpensive to learn and implement- compared to the thousands upon thousands of dollars it costs to treat heart disease, diabetes, or PTSD, etc. You don't think twice about going to a doctor or other health practitioner whose treatment often gives you less savory results than TM. "Spiritual teacher" does not equal "vagrant." Peace!

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  75. Jacqueline Acevedo Posted on September 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    This definitely like a new Era how to improve quality of life. Awesome. Maybe a research can done TM on women and children that the are being in domestic violence.

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  76. joe Archambeau Posted on March 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Simply close your eyes and quiet your mind you all sound so negative that I'm surprised that you are ever learned how to operate a keyboard to make such a statement. All of us pay for our education and many of us continue to do so. Someone developed these ideas for themselves or himself. You may even go to church every Sunday to hear the word of God from the mouthpiece of our pastors and reverends. And that too is a non-for-profit. So what's your complaint about the church making money do they too sell the word of God for a prophet.??

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  77. Jerry Tubb Posted on June 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    heavy, deep & real. I've experienced it many times over…

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  78. gotta light Posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Been doing TM for 4 days. And all I gotta say is. Gotta Light

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  79. JESUS CHRIST Posted on January 29, 2019 at 4:33 am

    This is brilliant

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  80. musicisbrilliant Posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I want/hope to see MORE John Hagelin in 2019!!!! Love this man and his work.

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