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The rewards of writing Transcendence: Bestselling author Dr Norman Rosenthal

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
18 August 2012

Eminent psychiatrist and researcher Dr Norman Rosenthal, whose most recent book is Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, was asked recently why he wrote Transcendence and about the reactions to it that he has received.

Dr Rosenthal comments: ''As I look back on how I came to write Transcendence, it feels as though I followed the clues in a treasure hunt.

''A patient of mine tells me that Transcendental Meditation has changed his life. I tell him I learned Transcendental Meditation long ago, but dropped the practice. He encourages me (nags me, really) to get back to it. So I do. Then it transforms my life, makes me calmer, happier, more creative. So I do research on it—and it works. And I recommend it to patients—and it works again. Before I know it, I have broken a resolution not to write any more bookss . . . and, voila! Transcendence.

''It has been fulfilling to witness the book's effect. Here's the kind of message I have received from people who learned Transcendental Meditation as a result of reading Transcendence and wanted to thank me for writing it:

'Anxieties are essentially gone. I feel true joy, natural and unforced, coming from within. I have clarity of thoughts with a pro-active and enthusiastic vision toward the future. I experience real or perceived increased mental acuity and sharpness.'

'I feel relaxation and peacefulness that lasts through the entire day. I feel like I am being 'real,' perhaps for the first time . . . and it feels fantastic!'

'I have always been considered by others to be a very positive and well-adjusted person. Now, I feel that I really am that person.'

'It is hard to get me upset about anything.'

'I feel like a different person . . . someone I like very much.'

''Just yesterday, I was talking to a fellow psychiatrist who read Transcendence and is now practising Transcendental Meditation and recommending it to his patients. 'It's just so pleasant,' he said, echoing my own surprise that something that has been so good for me and others could also be so pleasurable. I commented that when you visit a place inside yourself that feels so pleasant, it is natural to begin to think, 'I'm not such a bad guy after all if there's such a happy place inside of me!'

''These, then, are some of the greatest rewards that writing Transcendence has brought me—the knowledge of passing along something that can be so helpful and, in some people, transformational.''

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Dr Rosenthal will be visiting the UK and Ireland this October. He will be giving lectures in London and Dublin on the topics covered in two of his books, recently updated and re-released in the UK: Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation and Winter Blues—Everything you need to know to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

See related article: Dr Norman Rosenthal to lecture in London and Dublin

See related article: Click here for more information about Dr Rosenthal's upcoming tour in the UK and Ireland.

Copies of Dr Norman Rosenthal's book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, are available in the UK from Maharishi Ayurveda Products: Tel: 01695 51015, Email:

Source: Transcendental Meditation News
(UK), Vol. 19, No. 1, August 2012.

© Copyright 2012 Maharishi Foundation UK

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