What is transcending, and what does it do for our brains? Neuropsychologist Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa, takes us on a guided tour of the brain during the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique, in comparison to what happens in other kinds of meditation.
Dr. Travis demonstrates the unique brainwave coherence that results from the TM technique by way of a live EEG display of a young woman—his daughter, Dariana Travis—practicing TM on-stage at the David Lynch FoundationSM conference “Meditation and the Brain,” at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.
“Transcending leads to a distinct experience, pure consciousness, that transforms the inner nature of the mind, and so provides a new platform for living.” —Dr. Fred Travis
“The benefit of contacting pure consciousness is the brain begins to integrate the restful alertness of pure consciousness into daily life,” says Dr. Travis, who explains various lines of research showing myriad positive effects on our psychology, health, and performance.
“Transcending leads to a distinct experience, pure consciousness, that transforms the inner nature of the mind, and so provides a new platform for living,” he concludes.