Today there are many forms of meditation, and pretty much anyone can read two pages on the internet and call herself a “meditation-teacher”.
But this will not bring the experience of transcending. Transcending is a very powerful, but also a very intimate personal experience, and it cannot be learned from a book. The books have always been there, for thousands of years, but nevertheless the experience of transcending has been lost, because there were no teachers left who had the right formula to guide people to this state.
Transcending is a natural experience, but “natural” means something different for every single person. Because everyone is different, learning to transcend requires detailed personal guidance, at least during the first few sittings. A TM teacher has received an elaborate professional training to guide any person, independent of her state of mind, intellectual background, religion or education, to the state of transcending. Once someone has reached this state regularly, after the first 4 days of training, the memory of this experience is ingrained in the mind, and the mind will go there by itself, in a completely effortless, natural and enjoyable manner. Then anyone will be able to practice the technique on her own for the rest of her life. But still it is important that the teacher is there to follow up on her practice, verify regularly that the practice happens correctly, and answer any questions people may have with their experience.
Becoming a Transcendental Meditation teacher, to teach the TM technique correctly requires an intensive 5 month in residence training. After this training, the TM teacher receives a certification. This certification is the guarantee that she can pass on the TM technique correctly. All of the teachers that are found on this website have this certification. (see where do I learn TM?)
Over the last 40 years, more than 40.000 TM teachers have been trained around the world, but this is currently not sufficient to meet the demand, so we are always inviting more people to take the training to become TM teachers.