Controlling mind is meditation, Think about nothing is call thought less stage… continues thought less stage is meditation.
If you can control your mind to think nothing, you can do medition by your own.
it’s just a form of mantra meditation. you can learn mantra meditation on your own from a website or a book. it’s expensive because TM is a money making organization.they have an agenda to spread the technique and that requires money. it use to be reasonable cheap but now it stupid expensive unless a person want to join the TM movement which also includes retreats and it’s own university.
if a person wants to meditate no more than about 30mins and not more than 2x a day to become calmer and more focused it is probably safe to just learn it on your own. if a person wants to meditate alot then it takes a vast amount of personal study or access to a teacher because things can come up in meditation that you won’t know how to deal with or that you will have a false belief about.
If you really want to learn transcendental meditation on your own, then begin with Vipasana Meditation of Buddhists because it is most simple and harmless.
You can know about it from various sites connected with Buddhism or meditation.
There are Certified TM Teachers (tm.org) all over the US who are dedicated to finding loans, grants, scholarships to enable everyone to learn The Transcendental Meditation Technique regardless of their financial situation. Call the Toll Free number on the website and you will find a TM teacher near you. The TM Organization is a non-profit organization and teaches TM in many extremely poor countries around the world, as well as to people in need in the US. Maharishi, the founder of the TM program, spent over 50 years elucidating the principles behind the Transcendental Meditation technique, always emphasizing the need for personal, one-on-one instruction:
“By necessity, the practice of Transcendental Meditation is imparted by personal instruction. It cannot be done through a book [or CD or online training] because it not only involves telling an aspirant how to experience the subtle states of thinking, but an even greater responsibility lies in finding out what the aspirant experiences when he proceeds on that path… The experiences on the path of Transcendental Meditation are very subtle… It takes a while for the beginner to be able to pinpoint his experiences of the subtle state of thought. The practice of Transcendental Meditation must always be given by the expert teachers of Transcendental Meditation who have been properly trained to give it and who have been trained to check the experiences.
“The checking of experiences is a vital point in the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Again, it cannot be done through books…by nature it is delicate and therefore highly technical. But under personal instruction and guidance the way is smooth and easy.“ [Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Science of Being and Art of Living (New York: Plume/Penguine Group, 1963/2001), p. 35-36]
The process of systematic “effortless transcending” is simple and easy, but also very, very delicate; so delicate that it was lost to society, East and West, for thousands of years simply because of misunderstanding and inadequate teaching methods.
With reference to citing TM studies and comparing them to other forms of meditation, there have been several published meta-analyses comparing the Transcendental Meditation technique to many other relaxation and meditation methods. Rigorous research found that TM was twice as effective in reducing anxiety, and other risk factors, than the other practices, which were no more effective than placebo. A paper, including a visual summary of the meta-analyses, Five Meta-Analyses Comparing the Transcendental Meditation Program with Other Meditation and Relaxation Techniques, can be found at TruthAboutTM.org
A new scientific research study conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine showed that people with high blood pressure can find relief through meditation–but the study also found that not all forms of meditation are equally effective. The study compared findings from research on several well-known types of meditation and relaxation practices, and found that the only mind/body practice that produces significant changes in blood pressure is the Transcendental Meditation technique.Â
Neural imaging and EEG studies indicate that TM practice creates a unique brain pattern: it is the only meditation technique known to create widespread brainwave coherence which results in increased IQ, moral reasoning, etc. The TM technique also produces deeper rest than other practices, and studies show the technique to be more effective at reducing depression and increasing self-actualization.
I’ve tried a couple of meditation techniques and TM seems to offer the most, in terms of personal, one on one, instruction and unlimited follow up. I’ve also heard it can’t be mastered by reading a book. Most people find meditation difficult and boring but TM seems to be different and they really spend the time to make sure you get it right. At least that’s what I’ve heard. I’m still saving my money, then I plan to take TM myself.
There are lots of things you can learn on your own, but Transcendental Meditation is not one of them. Actually TM is not as expensive as people think, there are reduced fees for people in financial need and even scholarships, but in general yes it is more then some other techniques But in my opinion you get what you pay for. I have friends who have tried other techniques and say that TM is the best and only one they staid with.