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Consciousness-Based Education

Consciousness-Based education is very easy to implement. It simply involves the students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for a short time twice a day. In addition, older students also practice the advanced TM-Sidhi program, including Yogic Flying.

These easily learned, effortless techniques produce ideal education through the development of consciousness.
Established in their own growing inner happiness and creativity, students enjoy learning in an environment that is free of stress and conducive to happiness and friendship.

Traditionally, education has focused primarily on what the students study—the object of knowledge in different disciplines, the known. However, education has lacked a systematic means of developing the full value of the knower and the process of knowing—thus lacking the means to unfold the full creative potential of every student.

During the Transcendental Meditation program, early (sensory) components of the brain’s response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171–180, 1999.

Since the 1970s scientific research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique has shown increased intelligence and reduced anxiety among high school students, improved academic achievement, cognitive ability, creativity and self-esteem, and increased tolerance, friendliness, and trust—among many other studies.

Growing interest in the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique and its theoretical aspect, the Science of Creative Intelligence, inspired Maharishi to offer Consciousness-Based education, which develops the total creative potential and total brain functioning of the student and prevents the harmful effects of stress. With this program we now have a reliable, practical way to develop all students, irrespective of their background, so that they grow in ideal citizenship and inner fulfillment.


View CBS Sunday morning video about the Transcendental Meditation technique in education

View video about Consciousness-Based education—Dr. John Hagelin

View NBC video of Consciousness-Based Education in a Detroit inner-city public charter school

View Schedule for Fall 2006 Children’s Health and Education Conferences – North America


“It’s as if the knowledge from the teacher is absorbed into the silent pool of my awareness and remains there undisturbed for me to retrieve it whenever I need to.”—Emily Marcus, National Merit Scholar Finalist, 2000


“When I attended my local public high school, I started every day with a knot of anxiety and apprehension in my stomach. When I entered Maharishi School as a sophomore, I felt as if I was in a dream: the teachers were kind and compassionate, and the students were instantly accepting and inclusive. What a difference!” —Jennifer Maidment