If this technique really has such good effects, and you claim to be a non-profit organisation…then why don’t you give it away for free?
Because it wouldn’t work.
The TM technique works, for everyone, on one condition: That it is taught properly. This requires an organisation, a teaching infrastructure, salaries that have to be paid etc. Even non-profit organisations still have costs that need to be covered. More details on the TM course structure and the costs: how do I learn TM?)
To teach TM properly requires personal instruction, and proper follow up. TM is a natural technique, but “natural” means something different for different persons. Even though the TM technique simply makes use of the instinctive desire of the mind to transcend, a desire that is universal, on the normal active thinking level everybody is different, and requires different personalized guidance to bring him to the experience of transcending.
Once they learn people will have different experiences. Experience depends on the state of the nervous system, which is different for everybody. Then it is important that somebody is there to guide them through these experiences and answer any personal questions that may come up.
To do this properly requires a very intensive training. Teaching TM is not something where you read 2 pages on the internet and you call yourself a meditation teacher. If this was the case then the TM organisation would have simply put those 2 pages on the internet themselves, as it would be a much easier and quicker way to create a better world. In fact, if it was that easy, the experience of transcending would never have gotten lost, and the world would already be in a much better shape.
But it’s not that easy. A TM teacher has to go through thousands of hours of training in order to be able to teach anyone, and guide him properly afterwards. The proper training to teach this technique correctly had gotten lost, and as such people started to wrongly interpret meditation as a form of controlling the mind. Teaching meditation is easy, teaching transcending requires far more expertise.
A TM course consists out of 7 steps in 4 consecutive days, taking about 10 hours in total, plus a detailed follow up program including regular follow up meetings, a weekend residence course and lifelong followup if and when needed. This is the requirement to practice this technique correctly, and this has a certain cost.
All the money in the world can’t buy the benefits that will naturally come if people learn to transcend properly: happiness, health, success, creativity, self-confidence. And the majority of people who learn TM and keep up the regular practice will find it the best investment they have ever done in their lives, even with a relatively high cost.
So the question should not be why learning TM has a certain cost. Rather it should be why the cost to learn TM is not reimbursed by our health insurance?
Here we have something that has been proven to be a more effective method to provide true healthcare (=making sure we stay healthy) than any other method ever researched, supported by more solid scientific research than any other method ever researched. And still every year billions of euros from taxpayers money are flowing to the bank accounts of the pharmaceutical industry, who are very much in the business to make profit. In fact they make most of their profits from chronic stress related diseases, with lifelong customers, where there medicines can only suppress the symptoms rather than provide a real cure, like depression, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension and many others. It’s exactly those kind of problems where TM has proven to be so successful.
Could it be that the very reason why TM is not supported by the health insurers is exactly because it has so much potential to disrupt the current business model in our healthcare industry?
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