One of the TM organization’s enticing promises was that regular practice of TM would lead to both continued and permanent improvements in ones life, and that meditation retreats would lead to quicker growth. But what were the actual results for me? What were the results for you?
Cumulative results? When I first learned TM, I felt calmer, more productive, more energetic. Every day I felt better than the day before. That lasted for about 2 months. After that, even though I kept meditating twice a day, I didn’t feel any continued improvement. I plateaued. I was told that I was on my way toward “enlightenment,” but after those first 2 months, I honestly didn’t notice any additional changes.
Permanent results? When I learned the TM-Sidhis technique, sometimes I felt euphoric, at one with the universe, more confident, joyful, loving and energetic. But when I stopped doing the TM-Sidhis, I went back to feeling the same way I had felt before I had started. (In addition, when I stopped, I went through a period where I felt emptiness and panic . It felt like descriptions I have read of people withdrawing from opiates. I suspect that the TM-Sidhis was activating a brain chemical similar to the one that opiates and addictive behaviors activate).
What about “rounding?” “Rounding” is the procedure for meditating more than two times a day. It is done on TM retreats (“residence courses”). In my day, one “round” consisted of yoga postures, then yogic breathing, then TM, then rest. The TM organization states that rounding exponentially speeds up one’s growth. That is, meditating eight times in one weekend is supposed to lead to more benefits than the usual meditating eight times over the course of four days. But actually, I never saw any fast growth from residence courses. I would often get relaxed on retreats, and the relaxedness would continue for a while after I returned. After a a weekend retreat, I’d often be mellow for 3 days; after a six-month retreat, I’d be mellow for about a month. But after that, I’d be back to my usual self.
What about you? Did TM fulfill its promises of cumulative benefits, lasting benefits, and more rapid benefits from rounding?
“TM Promises: cumulative, lasting, speedy change?vs. TM’s results”