TM is based on the discovery that “meditation”, as it is understood today, no longer has anything to do with true meditation as it was practiced in the past. Because people have lost the correct technique to let the mind transcend in a natural and effortless way, they have started to force the mind and to control it with various forms of concentration – on a sound, on breathing, or “being in the now”.
Transcendental Meditation is based on the opposite premise: Transcending is the most pleasant experience possible for the mind, and the mind wants nothing more than to have this experience. We don’t have to force or control the mind, but we only have to put it in the right direction and then let it go into that state by itself, in a completely natural and effortless process.
This is not only much easier to learn and more enjoyable to do, but it also appears to be far more effective than trying to control the mind.
More than 10 independent studies over the last 40 years have shown that the natural process of Transcendental Meditation turns out to be two to four times more effective than any other technique that has ever been scientifically researched.
So, if you ever tried another meditation technique before, and you came to the conclusion that it didn’t seem to work very well, don’t think that it is your fault, or that you “are just not good at mediation”. You simply didn’t have the right technique.
When taught correctly, anyone who can think a thought can practice meditation and transcend.