Ed Bonfield and Emmy Zuckerman had a banner year for deepening their experiences in meditation. Since attending their first TM® Retreat, they received instruction in four Advanced Techniques of the Transcendental Meditation® program.
“Ed and I were curious and looking forward to learning the Advanced Techniques. We felt it would it make a difference in our lives,” says Emmy, from New Jersey.
All the Advanced Techniques accelerate the growth to higher states of consciousness. The first Advanced Technique does so by taking advantage of our time of sleep to support the growth of enlightenment, as the Advanced Techniques page on EnjoyTM.org describes.
“I was delighted and amazed with the first technique,” reports Emmy. “It’s very powerful on its own. After learning it, I had a grin on my face. It’s not like anything I would ever have expected. It was just wonderful.”
What Are Advanced Techniques?
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Founder of the TM technique, explains that Advanced Techniques add to the efficiency of transcending: “The purpose of Advanced Techniques is to take the experience to another, higher level. Advanced Techniques are like fertilizers; fertilizers bring better fruit to every tree. To enjoy greater achievement and fulfillment in life, take advantage of this beautiful program of Advanced Techniques to enrich the development of higher states of consciousness.”
“To enjoy greater achievement and fulfillment in life, take advantage of this beautiful program of Advanced Techniques to enrich the development of higher states of consciousness.” —Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Sequence of Four Techniques
Maharishi developed the sequence in which the four Advanced Techniques are taught, to maximize the growth of consciousness. Emmy and Ed were eligible to learn a second Advanced Technique after two months of regular practice with their first Advanced Technique. They repeated this pattern over the course of a year, learning all four Techniques.
“Like the TM technique itself, each Advanced Technique is so simple and easy that your first reaction is to wonder, ‘Is that all there is?’ ” says Ed. “But when put into practice… Wow! It makes a huge difference. Each technique adds so much to the total experience.”
Emmy agrees. “With each technique, you wonder how it could get any better. But each one makes the practice deeper and stronger. It increases the intensity of blissfulness, and I’m transcending more frequently.”
“I feel that each new technique has added another layer of clarity and depth to my experience, both inside and outside of meditation. I feel more connected with everything around me.” —TM Meditator
Developing Finer Levels of Perception
With an Advanced Technique, we enhance our ability to experience finer levels of thought and perception. These are the quieter levels of the mind that we experience during our TM practice.
At the deepest and quietest level of the mind, consciousness is found in its simplest or most pure state. Maharishi refers to this state as pure consciousness, or Transcendental Consciousness. It is the source of all the creativity, intelligence, and inner happiness we experience in our thinking and action.
With an Advanced Technique, we become more and more familiar with the experience of pure consciousness within. As a result, the more active levels of our mind become more infused with these qualities of inner happiness, creativity, and intelligence. Our perception also becomes more enriched.
As our mind becomes more familiar with pure consciousness, our thoughts and actions spontaneously become more creative and powerful. This is how Advanced Techniques accelerate the full development of the mind and body.
Greater Fulfillment of Our Desires
The outcome of practicing Advanced Techniques of the TM program is twofold:
- more profound infusion of pure consciousness in our awareness, and
- more “support of nature” and the fulfillment of desires in daily life.
Have Ed and Emmy noticed a difference in achieving their goals since learning the Advanced Techniques? Ed says that they have noticed more “coincidences” in their lives. It’s easier to make connections and to accomplish their desires.
“As I practiced my new Advanced Technique, I felt that my intellect was becoming sharper and stronger, more clear and harmonious. These qualities have been growing in my daily activity.” —TM Meditator
Preparation to Learn the TM-Sidhi Program
Learning and regularly practicing two Advanced Techniques is also a prerequisite for learning the TM-Sidhi® program. This is what originally inspired Ed and Emmy to start taking the Advanced Techniques courses.
After being instructed in the fourth Advanced Technique, Emmy remembers that she and another participant looked at each other and agreed, “Boy, that was certainly worth the price of admission.”
“From my first meditation using the Advanced Technique, I felt I was floating in deeper and deeper levels of peace. My perceptions are much clearer, with more insight and understanding, more acceptance and love. I feel I am a much wiser participant in the play of life.” —TM Meditator
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