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The Institute for Excellence for Africa offers programs to address fundamental challenges in society. A key to change is the development of individual and collective consciousness so that it displays full creativity, intelligence and harmony.

Without this fundamental awakening of human potential, the provision of mere economic assistance, infrastructure, and social systems will not be effective in solving the problems of poverty, sickness, conflict, and suffering found throughout Africa.

Therefore, the initiatives the Institute and its partners promote include not just sustainable organic agriculture; natural prevention-oriented healthcare; balanced and fair economic development; and cultural integrity—but, most-importantly, Consciousness-based education to awaken the full potential of every individual.

One of the key methodologies used in Consciousness-based education is the Transcendental Meditation technique to improve the cognitive functioning of the brain and increase creativity and intelligence.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique to promote the development of consciousness. It is compatible with all faiths and traditions and has been learned by over 5 million people throughout the world.

More than 600 scientific research studies conducted at over 250 universities and research institutions in 33 countries have show the profound benefits of this technology of consciousness in all areas of individual life—mind, body, behavior, and society.

Research further shows that even a small number of experts in this technology can reduce conflict and social stress and transform the trends of time towards a new era of peace and prosperity for their nation and the entire world family.


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What is the Transcendental Meditation (TM)  technique?

It is a simple, natural, effortless  procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.

What happens when one meditates?

The Transcendental Meditation technique allows the mind to settle inward beyond thought to  experience the source of thought — pure  awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness, or the unified field. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — one’s innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, the brain functions with significantly greater coherence and the body gains deep rest.

How many people practice the TM technique?

More than five million people worldwide have learned this simple, natural technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — making it one of the most popular of all meditation techniques.

How much scientific research has been done on the TM technique?

The TM technique is the most widely researched of all meditation techniques. Over 650 research studies have been conducted at more than 250 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals.

MMMY-small-dropWhere did the TM technique come from?

The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. About 50 years ago, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness at this critical time for humanity.

How is the TM technique different from other meditation techniques?

There are many forms of meditation, with many goals. Other practices most often involve some concentration or control of the mind and others involve contemplation—thinking about something. These practices keep the mind engaged in some way, for example, by focusing on an object or on something like your breath. Others keep us aware of thoughts, or images. These practices keep the mind active in some way on the surface thinking level. TM allows the mind to simply, naturally and effortlessly transcend thinking and to experience a deep state of restfully alert consciousness. The holistic benefits that have been found to result from the practice of the TM technique are the automatic result of this unique experience.