Has anybody had any first hand experience with this? I am very interested in the idea. However, I am very sceptical of organisations that claim it is only impossible to learn with professional tuition. One of the arguments for this that I read is if you are learning guitar you need a tutor, well in my experience tutored musicians tend to be less capable than those who are self thought, with help and advice from others of course. So I have no intentions of paying a shitload of money, which I don’t even have even if my intentions where different, to learn TM. It seems to me what TM organisations are saying is that TM is only for rich folks, due to the outrageous prices they charge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OLvbJkdwcc If you want scientific evidence for TM, this interview is good!
I would think it is possible to reach it without a teacher. I haven’t done it myself, but I can’t see why not
All in all, I believe if you do these kind of practices you should be an expert in everything you’ve already heard of. Know that you will not be the same
@iflipvans, Have you done this?
I know that. Because. I used to get that way too.
The reason TM needs to be taught is that its efficacy depends on the correct use of sound hence oral transmission is essential. It is a fairly subtle technique. When you read an article about it, it will normally say one has to concentrate or repeat a mantra. This is not really correct. One experiences finer values of a sound and the method of teaching gives that experience.
Re the cost this varies from country to country. In the UK it is about one weeks wages but sometimes there can be sponsorship deals eg from the David Lynch foundation. Once you pay you have it for life and you get follow up included for the first few months.
Re advantages to other meditations I would suggest comparing the scientific research.
Its your choice but if you decide to learn TM then do learn from a qualified TM teacher from the official TM organisation – Hope this is helpful.
Hmmm…. I always say if someone says you “have to”, “should”, “must”, “only way”, it’s time to leave the room. And how much did Jesus or the Buddha charge anyone for what they shared? Peace, Love & Light ~ ricky
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