Living with Transcendence Interview: Lessons I’ve Learned on the Road

Living with Transcendence is a live interview that will take place on November 21st at 9pm EST. During this interview I will discuss the lessons I’ve learned on the road, as well as insights and patterns shown from case studies and research during my 3o plus years in the clinical setting. The Living with Transcendence interview is the result of a growing response from the public, as well as a deep desire on my part to connect with the audience that is drawn to my latest book, Transcendence. Furthermore, I will be taking questions about Transcendence and my book Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder directly from the social networks.

Did you miss the live interview?  You can view the recorded version below at your convenience.

If you are interested in downloading sample chapters of Transcendence or Winter Blues you can do so at the bottom of this page.

HeatherHartnettI will be interviewed by Ms. Heather Hartnett. Heather is the Director of Communications for the David Lynch Foundation. She has interviewed, on and off camera, dozens of supporters and participants of the Foundation’s programs and has hosted live benefit concerts and events.

This is an interactive interview, and an opportunity to get your questions answered in real time. You can post questions to my Facebook page, as well as by using the hashtag #AskDrNorm on Twitter, or simply leave them in the comments section below.

About Norman E. Rosenthal. M.D.

Dr. Rosenthal is the senior NIMH researcher who identified seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and developed light therapy for its treatment.  He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and has maintained a private clinical practice in the Washington, D.C. area for over thirty years.  Dr. Rosenthal is a recipient of the prestigious Anna Monika Foundation Research prize for his contribution to research on treating depression, and has been listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”  Dr. Rosenthal is the author or coauthor of over 200 professional articles and five popular books.

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61 Replies to “Living with Transcendence Interview: Lessons I’ve Learned on the Road”

  1. Mark James says:

    Thank you for the research

    1. Norman says:

      You are most welcome Mark, the pleasure is mine.

  2. Dean Murphy says:

    Dr. Rosenthal,
    I simply wanted you to know that as a result of your writing and me reading your book “Transcendence” I was prompted in taking action to learn TM. It has been three months now since I took instruction and I continue to practice twice per day. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Thank you.

    1. Norman says:

      This is wonderful Dean, I am so happy for you!

  3. Carole Smith says:

    Loved your book, Transcendence, Dr. Rosenthal. I keep ordering more books to keep our TM Library stocked!

    1. Norman says:

      Great, I am glad you are enjoying!

  4. Jamie Kalama says:

    Your book helped me so much to understand how and why TM has really impacted my brain disorder. I believe TM has reduced the number and severity of the seizures I have had since I started practicing TM. You have validated my beliefs. Thank you!

    1. Norman says:

      Jamie, it is wonderful to hear from you. I am so glad that you are feeling better than ever. Please keep us posted on all of your success.

  5. AL ROLDAN says:


    1. Norman says:

      Thank YOU for your comment!

  6. Ryan Douglas says:

    Thank you for all the insights. Your work has helped millions and spurred a revolution in non-invasive medical treatments for depressive disorders. This book further empowers people to seek and find answers for their health and wellness without the need for drugs and chemicals.

    1. Norman says:

      Beautiful, your feedback is very much appreciated!

  7. kedir says:

    What benefits does Transcendence have for us? I would love for you to be as detailed as possible.

    1. Norman says:

      Hopefully this will be very clear for you by the end of the interview this evening. Thank you for your inquiry.

  8. Adam bicer says:

    Will TM help with depressive/anxiety disorders that are based on chemical imbalances caused by toxic exposure as well as those that are only caused by negative thinking? What about irrational fears? I look forward to your answer tonight. Thank you!

  9. Elizabeth Kramer says:

    I have practiced my TM twice a day for the last six months. I don’t think I ever “transcend” as other people claim they do . I find it relaxing and sometimes rather calming, but that is about all. How can I get to a “transcendance state”? /Would really like you to do this because my practice seems rather thin and a little boring even. Please answer this for me. Thank you .

  10. Mary says:

    Hi — I want to watch and listen to the interview tonight but my speakers aren’t working, so don’t know if I’ll be able to do. Will there be an opportunity to listen to it at a later date?

  11. Call Centrix says:

    Some people hold the view that bipolar disorder is solely a biochemically and physiologically based brain disorder which cannot be treated by meditation (nor by talk therapy), and believe it can only be controlled through medication. Can you discuss, in response to this view, how TM affects bipolar disorder and its underlying causes, the brain physiology and biochemical aspects, and including any research that has been done, and experience in clinical practice. We have a relative who holds this view and feels uncomfortable about their adult child, who has bipolar disorder, being recommended

    1. Beverly says:

      I was unable to meet the time schedule for your live interview. Are there any options to view it at a later date/time?

      1. Norman says:

        My team is working on getting this up as soon as possible…

  12. Susan Kitterman says:

    I would like to see the program but can’t watch it at 9 p.m. tonight, Monday. How can I see it at another time? Light therapy has made the difference between life & death in the winter for me!

  13. Genea says:

    I have been meditating a short time but regularly. I have noticed some people experience a deep transcendence or state of bliss immediately during their practice, some infrequently, and some never. What are your perceptions about this aspect of the TM practice and does the frequency of this deep transcendence enhance the general benefits of TM? Thank you.

  14. Brooke Cragan says:

    I have registered for this evening’s evnent. Can’t figure out out how to hear it

  15. Call Centrix says:

    What experience have you had with treating PTSD, and OCD, with TM for individuals in the general population, and are there any plans for research?

  16. Mark James says:

    Understand that ‘thoughts’ are normal for TM; however, is there a point to which one says ‘something is not going right’…too many thoughts? Tired vs. energized

  17. Mark James says:

    Quick thanks. I have OCD and ADD and since I have been doing TM, have completely eliminated all medications but one…which I am very close to eliminating that as well.

  18. Yared says:

    What is the best book to read about this topic for a starter like me?

    1. Norman says:

      Dear Yared,

      If you are talking about TM my book “Transcendence” can be a valuable resource, as it is the most recent one out there. However, you cannot learn TM from a book, it must be taught by a certified teacher. Please be in touch with any additional questions…

  19. Will says:

    Have been practicing TM 2 years with great benefit. Work in high-pressure sales in Corporate America. The stress from corporate life seems to tear down most of the relief I acheive through TM – any suggestions? Thank you –

    1. Norman says:

      Hi Will,

      This is a great question for my blog, thank you!

  20. SANJAY says:

    Does the TM technique help more severe psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder & schizophrenia, to what extent, and if not why do you believe repeating the mantra does not affect these disorders positively?

    1. Norman says:

      Hi Sanjay,

      I did answer a question like this in the interview, however I will go into more depth in the blog post. Thank you!

  21. DJ says:

    Can you address resistance and ‘allowing’ TM to work? All of my TM teachers have no answer. I get so tired of hearing, ‘just let go’ , ‘relax’.

    1. Norman says:

      This sounds like a good question to address on my blog for others to see. Please stay tuned…

  22. Gus says:

    Why is the cost so high to be trained in TM?

    1. Norman says:

      I am not the best person to talk to about the cost of TM, however I do know that the David Lynch Foundation offers scholarships for those in need. For more info. on price options and reasoning please call 1-888-LEARN-TM

  23. Linda says:

    I’m hoping by starting TM my niece who is in a methedone program will help her anxiety and need to attempt to self medicate. She wants very much to find help

    1. Norman says:

      Warm wishes your way Linda, leading by example is always a good way to go.

  24. brandon says:

    What would you recommend for those who are extremely interested in TM but have issues, whether they be financially or ethically, with paying for the instruction?

    1. Norman says:

      Dear Brandon,

      I would recommend really reaching out to a certified teacher of TM, sitting with him or her and expressing your every concern. From here you can assess if TM is a right fit for you.

  25. Albert says:

    I am a forex trader, fear and anxiety is against my performance, any hint?

    1. Norman says:

      Hi Albert,

      This is something you will have to find for yourself. I think a balanced lifestyle will most certainly help. Proper diet, exercise, work and leisure are very important. Meditation is a great practice to reduce stress and for some brings a deeper feeling of contentment, which can most certainly help to reduce fear. Hope this helps, and warm wishes your way.

  26. Cynthia Hankin says:

    I first spoke with Dr. R. when my son was in 3rd grade, he is now 27. He agreed with me that SAD could be seen in children his age. His book has really helped us deal with both of our winter limitations.

    1. Norman says:


      It has been some time : )

      I am happy Winter Blues could be a valuable resource for you and your son.

  27. Danette says:

    Thank you so very much for your time, Dr. Rosenthal. Your book is truly inspiring.

    I work with people in a private/public setting. Is there benefit of using TM with alcoholism and withdrawal without using medications? Are patients able to use TM in lieu of medications?

    thank you and all the best.

    1. Norman says:

      Hi Danette,

      I addressed this in the interview, however I can elaborate in the blog post. This is a great video on TM helping with alcoholism: http://youtu.be/W1hIdJPEGpA

  28. Danette says:

    Dr. Rosenthal – thank you SO much for your valuable time.


  29. Carolyn Martino says:

    You make it sound so miraculous, but I have been meditating for 3-4 months now, and I have not entered that calm, no boundaries space. And yet in your book you make it sound that people have stopped being angry or anxious or stressed almost immediately. This makes me feel like a failure and does nothing to help my already-low self esteem. How long does it take to reach this “transcendent state” and are there people who do not respond to TM?

    1. Norman says:


      TM does not have to be flashy to be effective. Stay with it and if you ever have any questions you can get your TM checked by a certified teacher anytime… Another great question for my blog!

  30. Paul Roochnik says:

    Has TM been used clinically to treat (a) migraine headaches and (b) tinnitus? If not, whom could we encourage to undertake such a study?

    1. Norman says:

      Great question Paul,

      I think I will answer this in a blog post for all to see.

  31. Bill Replogle says:

    Dear Dr. Norman and Heather, I’ve found I’ve slacked off and am doing TM once a day (first thing) as a rule rather than 2x. Big mistake?


    1. Norman says:

      Bill, Stay tuned for an answer on my blog…

  32. Joyce Hall says:

    I started meditating 40 years ago when the Maharishi came to my college. Reading your book has given me new insight and renewed my dedication to the practice. Thank you!

  33. Dean D. says:

    Dr. Rosehnthal,
    I found your webinar regarding transcendence very interesting especially the anecdotal information regarding TM easing the effects of depression. I have a long history of depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I am no longer on medication and have recently started TM. I find it difficult to be still long enough to meditate effectively, probably due to my anxiety. Does TM work like exercise? Will I gain a sense of centeredness if I stick with it? Will my symptoms improve over time if I practice TM regularly?
    Thank you for your help and best regards?

    1. Norman says:

      Dean, These are great questions that I will address on my blog in the coming days.

  34. Tom Mitchell says:

    Thanks Doctor it was an excellent conversation very clear which I’ve thought ever since I first listened to you its a pleasure to listen to your insight I’m sure you will help many more people who come to you for knowledge of that special place you have found inside yourself. Best Wishes

    1. Norman says:

      Thank you Tom, glad you enjoyed!

  35. Carolyn Martino says:

    I’m curious what “your comment is awaiting moderation” means? Thanks.

    1. Norman says:

      Hi Carlyn,

      My blog has a feature that allows me to look at comments before they are posted. This helps to eliminate spam, and malicious comments, if they are to arise.

  36. Elizabeth Kramer says:

    How do I get to your “blog”??

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