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22 February 2014

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A new paper, Transcendental experiences during meditation practice, provides insights into research on individuals experiencing higher states of consciousness. The paper was published the January 2014 issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

The paper is based on a presentation by Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, given at ''Advances in Meditation Research'' (AMR)—a meeting of the nation's top meditation researchers at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City.

Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director
Center for Brain, Consciousness,
and Cognition

In his paper Dr. Travis explains that meditation can lead to nondual or transcendental experiences, a sense of self-awareness without content. As part of the paper he discusses descriptions of transcendental consciousness from 52 subjects practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, which allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward beyond thought to experience pure awareness, or ''transcendental consciousness''—one's innermost self.

Specific physiological changes are associated with this subjective experience of transcendental consciousness. These include changes in breath rate, skin conductance, and EEG patterns.

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In the 5-minute video below Dr. Travis describes the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on brain functioning.

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