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Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation Hardcover – June 2, 2011
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—Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
"Dr. Norman Rosenthal's Transcendence is the best-ever book on Transcendental Meditation: Accessible and substantive, engaging and scientific, practical and profound. A very enjoyable read that can change your life, for good."
"I have been meditating for over 10 years, and I found Transcendence to be a uniquely compelling introduction to the art and science of Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Norman Rosenthal's book will propel TM into the mainstream where it belongs."
"Whether your troubles are deep or you simply know life could be better and happier, read this book."
—Candy Crowley, CNN anchor
“One of the striking features of this book is the empowering empathy with which Dr. Norman Rosenthal discusses the people with given health issues. It cannot but make the reader become more understanding of other humans and their anguish. In addition, there is all the neat science – explained simply yet not watered down to the degree of becoming trivial. Essentially, this is book about human condition in the modern world. But unlike the existentialists, Dr. Norman Rosenthal sees light at the end of the tunnel.”
“The book makes a useful contribution to understanding the mind-body relationship in holistic ways, advancing ongoing dialogue among clinicians and just plain folks about how to live more healthfully.”
About the Author
Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and has maintained a private practice in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for more than thirty years. He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health, as a research fellow, researcher and senior researcher for more than twenty years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I think the point that TM is useful is made in the first few chapters; the rest of the book reinforces the authors point with several personal anecdotes. Rosenthal knows "his" stuff from his own personal experiences and weaves some pretty compulsive "before and after" events that he's personally witnessed. It's a great book for those people needing additional proof as to the benefits of TM.
The author discloses is the credits that this book was funded by Ray Dalio, a hedge fund manager and prominent proponent of TM. This book should be used as one more piece of information in identifying whether TM is right for you. It tells about TM, not how to do TM. It prepares your intellect for the experience of initiating TM.
TM also promises greater peace for communities. According to Dr. Rosenthal it has been proven to decrease violence in several communities. The hope is as these communities increase TM practitioners there will be greater peace everywhere.
If you want some good, scientific, and research-based information about the method and learn from a large number of different accounts from a variety of individuals, then this book is a good investment.
As for me, I learned TM many, many years ago and quit, going back to it on and off for a while.
Reading this book has provided me with some good information and a lot of motivation to do the technique. I never meditated twice a day. Having learned some hard evidence and from various accounts, I am now highly motivated to meditate twice a day.
There are sites online which tell you the inside scoop on the process. They tend to be from people who for whatever reason are bitter. You can learn a mantra and the technique from these sites. However, having been trained in it myself years ago and having read the online material, I can say that having a teacher is much better. There is no substitute for a real, live teacher.
What the "save your money" people don't tell you is that you can go back anytime you want and get a refresher, call your teacher, and get check ups.
Though the technique is the easiest thing you'll ever do, there are corresponding experiences with meditation that some people might find challenging. Here is where an experienced teacher is invaluable.
After more than 20 years of not contacting a teacher, last week I called up the local TM center and asked questions. The teacher answered my call, took it, and proceeded to listen to me and offer answers and advice, which I found helpful.
The investment is worth it, and if you have a special situation, I have no doubt that the organization will work with you. I have interacted with only two individuals from the organization, but they are service/help oriented, and were glad to assist me. Some people really do want to help other human beings and make the world a better place.
I have no problem endorsing this book. I do not think it is deceptive. It is *about* TM. It doesn't teach TM, and the book states this in the very beginning.