Research with the most modern technologies confirms what ancient texts claimed 5,000 years ago: transcending is essential for our full development.
The brain is like a muscle. When we train it, it becomes stronger. If we neglect it, it will shrink. We only use a small part of our brain potential as we evidently forgot how to train our brain and increase its capacity. That training is transcending.
Every experience we encounter stimulates a part of our brain. When we see something, the neurons in our visual cortex start making all kinds of connections and as a network increase in strength. But if we only have local experiences (for example, we see what’s inside the room, but not what’s outside of it), we only use a local part of our brain. Other parts are not stimulated, fail to make the requisite connections, and as a result the neurons start to die.
Transcending is an experience of the united source of all that there is, a non-localized experience; it’s an experience where the individual wave of our own consciousness melts together with the infinite ocean of consciousness, its universal source. (see in touch with our higher self). In modern times, the effect of this on our brain can be measured with MRI scanners. The experience of transcending can even affect the so-called “hidden reserves” of the brain. Ref. Human Physiology, 25: 171–180, 1999).
There are other interesting ways of measuring what happens in the brain, without expensive medical scanners, through EEG-coherence measurements that can even be connected to a laptop computer.
Every time a part of the brain is active, there is an electrical activity that can be measured with an electroencephalogram (EEG), an instrument visualizing information as waves.
The EEG waves of different parts of the brain are then sent to a computer that (in real time) calculates the extent to which different waves overlap (= display coherence). If the brainwaves are fully coherent, then this implies that the different parts of the brain are connected to each other. They function as one whole.
During normal activities this coherence is quite low, somewhere between 30 and 40%. During transcending, however, the mind experiences a state of unity, and this has an immediate, measurable impact on the brain, which starts working as a more unified whole. The video shows, in real-time, how this process takes place.
By regularly experiencing unity, we stimulate the brain to more complete growth.
The more someone experiences high EEG coherence, the more the brain gets used to this state: as a result, EEG coherence also increases outside of the TM practice, as shown in the graph below. Ref.Travis, F. and Arenander, A. International Journal of Neuroscience, 2006.
This graph shows the progress of the average EEG values of 50 students over the course of 12 months, with increased EEG coherence becoming more established during activity outside of TM practice.
EEG coherence has shown that all that is good in our human brain improves if the brain is able to function in a more efficient way, more as one whole. IQ and creativity increase, the ability to learn increases, concentration improves, emotional stability increases, impulsiveness decreases, and people have better social relationships. Even ADHD symptoms, which have been linked to exceptionally low EEG coherence, spontaneously abate. In essence, EEG coherence is a way of objectively measuring how the qualities of unity can be increased in our consciousness. [The qualities described at the link: in contact with our higher self creativity, intelligence, love, peace, etc.]
Such increased EEG coherence can only be obtained when one really experiences transcending, the real experience of unity which influences the brain. Normal relaxation won’t do much to increase EEG coherence. This is why the TM technique has a much greater effect on improved intelligence, creativity, and school performance than other forms of meditation.
If we were to buy a new laptop only to find that it only works at 10% of the advertised speed, no one would accept this. Anyone would immediately walk back to the store and demand a repair or upgrade. But if no one realized the real potential of the computer, and everyone’s laptop worked at more or less the same slow speed, then that same 10% would be considered “normal”.
Throughout the centuries, teachers have appeared that “advertised” the real potential of humanity, and sometimes also offered examples of the real possibilities of the human nervous system. But the practical technique to obtain this result was often lost. Maharishi has always said that Transcendental Meditation is nothing new, and that it can be found in the texts of ancient cultures. He just rediscovered the practical method and developed it into a systematic technique.
All benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique can be found on this site: improved health, being more in touch with oneself, improved relationships, improved intelligence, more personal and professional success. All are side-benefits of what is really taking place, growth towards the development of our full potential; growth to a state of life in which the qualities of Transcendental Consciousness (rest, peace, happiness, love, infinite creativity and intelligence, being connected) are permanently present in everyday life. This is a state described by Maharishi as “invincibility” (see in contact with our higher self).
To specifically accelerate the growth to higher states of consciousness, various advanced techniques in addition to Transcendental Meditation were structured. These techniques can be learned after receiving instruction in TM. One of these techniques is the TM-Sidhis programme, including a technique called Yogic Flying. (what is the TM-Sidhi programme)